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John le Carré - A Perfect Spy

2. A Perfect Mystery

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

MI6 must urgently hunt down Magnus Pym to prevent his defection, but he has his own mystery to solve. Stars Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

Drama

John le Carré - A Perfect Spy

3. Deception

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

As MI6 closes in, Magnus Pym battles to discover what - or who - created his talent for deception. Stars Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

Drama

John le Carré - A Perfect Spy

1. Disappearance

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Magnus Pym disappears after his father's funeral sparking an urgent MI6 manhunt to halt his defection. Stars Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

Contributors

Jack Brotherhood:
Bill Paterson
Lippsie:
Melody Grove
Syd Lemon:
Ewan Bailey
Sefton Boyd:
Tom Forrister
Fergus:
Tom Stuart
Peggy Wentworth:
Aoife McMahon
Director:
Bruce Young

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 9

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

As conspiracy rumbles through the palace, Shonagon is summoned to a meeting with the volatile Lord Korechika. Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 1

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 4 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller, set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon is summoned to meet the new empress - an encounter even more strange and disturbing than she imagines. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 2

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 4 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Lady Shonagon has disgraced herself in front of the new empress - who has sent her spies out to investigate. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 3

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 4 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Concerned for Shonagon, Yukinari attempts to unravel the visions. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 4

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for 4 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Attempting to find some peace, Shonagon leaves the palace during a storm, but she is pursued by disturbing visions. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 10

Episode 5

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for 4 months

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon and Saisho revisit their youth and wander the palace at night. But they are not alone. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Katie Leung
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Empress Teishi is in child-bed - dismissing midwife and priest, she insists Lady Shonagon alone will attend her. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Bobby Rainsbury
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan. With Empress Teishi in child-bed, Empress Shoshi enters her chamber uninvited and unannounced. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Bobby Rainsbury
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. The Emperor breaks with all rules of palace etiquette to be with his beloved Empress Teishi. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon and the Emperor keep vigil over their beloved Empress. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 11

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan. The Empress Teishi is dead - Empress Shoshi begins her devastating reforms in earnest. Show more

Contributors

Shonagon:
Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari:
Cal MacAninch
The Emperor:
Paul Ready
Empress Teishi:
Laura Rees
Empress Shoshi:
Bobby Rainsbury
Director:
Lu Kemp

Genres

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Yukinari returns to the palace to find the Lady Shonagon's affections have strayed. She is also focused on unravelling a mystery that Yukinari cannot understand. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

Yukinari finds his presence in the palace is not welcomed and Shonagon's mind diverted by other matters. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

As Shonagon feared, the passion between young lovers Komatsu and Zushio explodes. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

A tragedy has happened, and Shonagon is determined to unravel the mystery, with or without Yukinari's help. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 5

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

Shonagon is asking questions and looking into dark corners. Yukinari fears for her safety and struggles to understand why she will not let this mystery lie. Show more

The Pillow Book

Series 6

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for years

The idea of being a mother was initially distasteful to Shonagon, but she begins to change her attitude towards the new arrival. Show more