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Samuel Johnson - Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Rasselas and companions follow a quest for happiness to Cairo, encountering Arab Spring revolutionaries. Stars Ashley Zhangazha. Show more

Contributors

Samuel Johnson:
Jeff Rawle
Arthur Murphy:
Kevin Trainor
Princess Nekayah:
Cynthia Erivo
Prince Rasselas:
Ashley Zhangazha
Mohammed:
Zubin Varla
Intelligence Man:
Zubin Varla

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The Wire

The Insider

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

By Leila Aboulela. Marking the centenary of Albert Camus, a drama reimagining the lives of the unnamed, unspeaking characters from The Outsider. Show more

Age Before Beauty

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series telling the story of a dysfunctional family. With Ivy-Rae's help, Bel plots to humiliate Wes and Lorelei in front of their friends and family. Show more

Contributors

Ivy-Rae:
Sue Johnston
Chizzler:
Struan Rodger
Mitchell:
Ross Grant
Composer:
Michael Price
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Executive Producer:
Sally Haynes
Executive Producer:
Debbie Horsfield
Executive Producer:
Laura Mackie
Production Company:
Mainstreet Pictures

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First broadcast: on Red Button (Freeview)Latest broadcast: on Red Button (Freeview)

Relive the stunts, explosions, emotional storylines and Hollywood guest stars as Derek and Cathy (Charlie & Duffy) celebrate their 30 years in Casualty.

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Book at Bedtime

The Automobile Club of Egypt

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Abd el-Aziz's wages from the Automobile Club are barely covering his costs. But that is the least of his problems. Show more

Age Before Beauty

Series 1

Episode 4

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series telling the story of a dysfunctional family. Lorelei uses the knowledge that Bel is Wes's wife to try to win Wes's heart. Show more

Drama

The Price of Oil

The Weapon

Duration: 45 minutes

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

On 21 December 1975, Venezuelan Marxist pin-up Carlos the Jackal storms the OPEC HQ in Vienna. He takes 96 hostages, including 11 oil ministers from OPEC countries. Show more

Contributors

Carlos 'the Jackal' Martinez:
Joseph Balderrama
Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani:
Zubin Varla
Jamshid Amouzegar:
Bijan Daneshmand
Riad Al-Azzawi:
Amir El-Masry
Chief Feyide:
Alex Lanipekun
Grizelda Carey:
Rhiannon Neads
Eddie Hinterecker:
Sam Dale

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Gudrun

Series 4

Episode 7

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Marlas gets sucked back into the intrigues of his former life leaving Gudrun to explore the city alone. Starring Kate Phillips. Show more

Gudrun

Series 4

Episode 8

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Gudrun wins the Emperor’s respect for saving his life. She’s more concerned Marlas kept secrets from her. Stars Kate Phillips. Show more

Gudrun

Series 4

Episode 9

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Gudrun is determined to stop a political marriage that will see Alexandra married to a brute. Starring Kate Phillips. Show more

Contributors

Demetrious:
Ryan Whittle
Bishop Arascius:
Sean Murray
Theophanes:
Ryan Early
Emperor Basil:
John Lightbody
Director:
Gemma Jenkins
Producer:
Gemma Jenkins

Gudrun

Series 4

Episode 10

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Gudrun waits anxiously for Marlas to return. Will he be able to stop the wedding in time? Starring Kate Phillips. Show more

Gudrun

Series 4

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Gudrun finally arrives in Constantinople. Despite the city's ordered grandeur, there’s religious unrest. Stars Kate Phillips. Show more

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Tommies

10 November 1917

Duration: 44 minutes

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

From TE Lawrence and the Great Pyramid at Giza, to the Third Battle of Gaza. The war in 1917 is redrawing the Middle East. Stars Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From November 2017. Show more

Contributors

Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Zarbab Grewal:
Avin Shah
Pte Jack Bliss:
Antonio Aakeel
Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Capt Christi Mansoor:
Narinder Samra
‘Nephthys’ Sha’arawi:
Lara Sawalha
Habib El-Mahdy:
Amir El-Masry
Huda Hosseini:
Nathalie Armin
Agatha Grey-Egerton:
Nathalie Armin
Insp Ibrahim Habachi:
Selva Rasalingam
TE Lawrence:
David Reakes
Corporal:
Gary Duncan
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter
Writer:
Avin Shah

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Tommies

Tommies

11 November 1917

Duration: 44 minutes

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

From TE Lawrence and the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Third Battle of Gaza. The war in 1917 is redrawing the Middle East. Stars Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From November 2017. Show more

Contributors

Capt Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Zarbab Grewal:
Avin Shah
Pte Jack Bliss:
Antonio Aakeel
Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
‘Nephthys’ Sha’arawi:
Lara Sawalha
Habib El-Mahdy:
Amir El-Masry
Huda Hosseini:
Nathalie Armin
Agatha Grey-Egerton:
Nathalie Armin
Insp Ibrahim Habachi:
Selva Rasalingam
Capt Lionel Larkin:
Clive Hayward
TE Lawrence:
David Reakes
Corporal:
Gary Duncan
Colonel:
Neil McCaul
Producer:
David Hunter
Writer:
Avin Shah

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Tommies

Fall of the Shah

Ep 2. Black Friday

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service West and Central Africa

Available for years

Protesters take to the streets, inspired by exiled religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. The Shah mobilises his army. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

General Oveissi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Nargess:
Sara Zeymour
The Major:
Paul Chahidi
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 5. A passion play

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service West and Central Africa

Available for years

The Americans are arguing with themselves. Should the US support the Shah? Meanwhile, there’s more violence on the Iranian streets. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

Zbigniew Brzezinski:
Sam Dale
Gary Sick:
David Seddon
Warren Christopher:
Don Gilet
President Carter:
Nathan Osgood
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 6. Shah raft

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

The Shah is forced to quit Iran to make way for the new prime minister. Sharpour Bakhtiar is a liberal – and a former prisoner of the Shah. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 7. The return of the hidden imam

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service AustralasiaLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East Asia

Available for years

Millions gather in Iran’s streets to welcome the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. But can the new prime minister maintain order? #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sharpour Bakhtiar:
Peter Polycarpou
General Gharabaghi:
Vincent Ebrahim
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Age Before Beauty

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 56 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series telling the story of a dysfunctional family. When Bel and Wesley's kids go off to uni, best mate Teddy puts in motion a plan to break up the marriage. Show more

Contributors

Ivy-Rae:
Sue Johnston
Chizzler:
Struan Rodger
Shaquille:
Eugene Collins
Composer:
Michael Price
Executive Producer:
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Executive Producer:
Sally Haynes
Executive Producer:
Debbie Horsfield
Executive Producer:
Laura Mackie
Production Company:
Mainstreet Pictures

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Age Before Beauty

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Drama series telling the story of a dysfunctional family. Bel books a personal training session with Lorelei and is horrified that her rival is young and gorgeous. Show more