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Midnight's Children

Part 2: The Birth of a Nation

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Saleem is born on the stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947, at the exact moment of Partition. Show more

Contributors

Methwold:
Philip Fox
Commander Sabarmati:
Ace Bhatti
Wee Willie Winkie:
Ronny Jhutti
Dr Narlikar:
Emilio Doorgasingh
The Midwife:
Renu Brindle
Joseph d'Costa:
Ashley Kumar
Harmonium Player:
Kiran Thakrar
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Part 1: The Perforated Sheet

Duration: 57 minutes

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

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, an ambitious dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Mrs Aziz:
Meera Syal
Emerald:
Deeivya Meir
Nadir Khan:
Akbar Kurtha
The Hummingbird:
Sagar Arya
Major Zulfikar:
Ace Bhatti
Ramram Seth:
Sagar Arya
The Girl:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Omnibus

1. The Perforated Sheet

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Dr Aziz falls in love with a woman hidden behind a perforated sheet. Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel starring Abhin Galeya. Show more

Midnight's Children

Omnibus

2. The Birth of a Nation

Duration: 1 hour

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

Saleem is born at the exact moment of Partition. Salman Rushdie's novel of love, history and magic starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Dr Narlikar:
Emilio Doorgasingh
Nadir Khan:
Akbar Kurtha
Methwold:
Philip Fox
Commander Sabarmati:
Ace Bhatti
Joseph d'Costa:
Ashley Kumar
Wee Willie Winkie:
Ronny Jhutti
Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Omnibus

3. All India Radio

Duration: 1 hour

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

Young Saleem discovers he has the power of telepathy. Salman Rushdie's novel of love, history and magic starring Zain Syed. Show more

Contributors

Dr Narlikar:
Emilio Doorgasingh
Nadir Khan:
Akbar Kurtha
Methwold:
Philip Fox
Commander Sabarmati:
Ace Bhatti
Joseph d'Costa:
Ashley Kumar
Wee Willie Winkie:
Ronny Jhutti
Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Doctor Who

Series 2

Episode 8: The Impossible Planet

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Available for years

The Doctor and Rose land in a base on an 'impossible planet'. But the TARDIS is missing, there's a killer in the base, and who are the Ood?

Contributors

The Doctor:
David Tennant
Rose Tyler:
Billie Piper
Mr Jefferson:
Danny Webb
Zachary Cross Flane:
Shaun Parkes
Toby Zed:
Will Thorp
Danny Bartock:
Ronny Jhutti
Scooti Manista:
MyAnna Buring
The Ood:
Paul Kasey
The Beast:
Gabriel Woolf
Director:
James Strong
Writer:
Matt Jones

Fall of the Shah

Ep 3. An audience with the Ayatollah

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

The man behind the protests. In episode three of the drama, a young journalist goes to France to meet the Ayatollah. #FalloftheShah

Contributors

Carole Bauman:
Clare Corbett
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh:
Philip Arditti
Ebrahim Yazdi:
Paul Chahidi
The Ayatollah Khomeini:
Selva Rasalingam
American journalist:
David Seddon
Narrator:
Diana Rigg
Sound Designer:
Caleb Knightley
Director:
Marc Beeby
Producer:
Marc Beeby

Fall of the Shah

Ep 4. No instructions

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

The Shah asks for help from the US, but they have problems of their own. Protesters are taking over large parts of Tehran. #FalloftheShah Show more

Contributors

William Sullivan:
Tony Turner
Tony Parsons:
Sam Dale
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

Doctor Who

Series 2

Episode 9: The Satan Pit

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Available for years

As Rose battles the murderous Ood, the Doctor must grapple with a monster that challenges his every belief: the Beast.

Contributors

The Doctor:
David Tennant
Rose Tyler:
Billie Piper
Mr Jefferson:
Danny Webb
Zachary Cross Flane:
Shaun Parkes
Toby Zed:
Will Thorp
Danny Bartock:
Ronny Jhutti
The Ood:
Paul Kasey
The Beast:
Gabriel Woolf
Director:
James Strong
Executive Producer:
Russell T Davies
Writer:
Matt Jones

Vexed

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Police detectives Jack and Kate have very different approaches to the job and life in general. The hunt for a killer proves to be both good and bad for their relationship. Show more

Contributors

DI Kate Bishop:
Lucy Punch
DI Jack Armstrong:
Toby Stephens
Naz Omar:
Ronny Jhutti
Dan Bishop:
Rory Kinnear
Lauren Roberts:
Naomi Bentley
Mike Reynolds:
Nicholas Tizzard
Suzie Miller:
Sian Brooke
Oliver Young:
Peter Bramhill
Sally Jacobs:
Katharine Burford
Producer:
Eve Gutierrez
Director:
Matt Lipsey

Vexed

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Police detectives Jack and Kate find themselves entering the world of therapy when a depressed banker being treated at a private rehabilitation clinic is targeted by a hit-man. Show more

Contributors

DI Kate Bishop:
Lucy Punch
DI Jack Armstrong:
Toby Stephens
Dan Bishop:
Rory Kinnear
Naz Omar:
Ronny Jhutti
Andrew Bridgely:
Kevin Doyle
Charlotte:
Amanda Douge
Director:
Matt Lipsey

Vexed

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

The high profile kidnap of a girl band member puts an uncomfortable spotlight on detectives Jack and Kate, resulting in an embarrassing ransom situation and mounting tensions. Show more

Contributors

DI Kate Bishop:
Lucy Punch
DI Jack Armstrong:
Toby Stephens
Naz Omar:
Ronny Jhutti
Dan Bishop:
Rory Kinnear
Richard Anderson:
Del Synnott
John-Paul:
Dylan Brown
Tina T:
Marcy Oni
Dr Lawrence:
Jenny Jules
Billy (mugger):
Jumayn Hunter
Andy (neighbour):
Tony Gardner
Director:
Matt Lipsey

Midnight's Children

Part 3: Snakes and Ladders

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Born at the moment of India's Partition, Saleem grows up in the care of two adoring mothers. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Mrs Ibrahim:
Rina Mahoney
Dr Narlikar:
Emilio Doorgasingh
Nadir Khan:
Akbar Kurtha
Wee Willie Winkie:
Ronny Jhutti
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Part 6: How Saleem Achieved Purity

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Salman Rushdie's prize-winning novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever. Starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Brigadier Iskander:
Selva Rasalingam
Sergeant Major Najmuddin:
Sagar Arya
Shaheed:
Ronny Jhutti
The Peasant:
Akbar Kurtha
Picture Singh:
Silas Carson
Parvati:
Aysha Kala
Young Shiva:
Nael Ameen
Young Parvati:
Nikita Mehta
Midnight’s Child:
Ahren Chadha
Midnight’s Child:
Shiven Shankar
Midnight’s Child:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Part 7: The Shadow of the Mosque

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances. Show more

Midnight's Children

Omnibus

4. How Saleem Achieved Purity

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 7 months

The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever. Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Brigadier Iskander:
Selva Rasalingam
Sergeant Major Najmuddin:
Sagar Arya
Shaheed:
Ronny Jhutti
The Peasant:
Akbar Kurtha
Picture Singh:
Silas Carson
Parvati:
Aysha Kala
Young Shiva:
Nael Ameen
Young Parvati:
Nikita Mehta
Midnight's Child:
Ahren Chadha
Midnight's Child:
Shiven Shankar
Midnight's Child:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres

Midnight's Children

Omnibus

5. The Shadow of the Mosque

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 7 months

Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances. Salman Rushdie's novel starring Nikesh Patel. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Brigadier Iskander:
Selva Rasalingam
Sergeant Major Najmuddin:
Sagar Arya
Shaheed:
Ronny Jhutti
The Peasant:
Akbar Kurtha
Picture Singh:
Silas Carson
Parvati:
Aysha Kala
Young Shiva:
Nael Ameen
Young Parvati:
Nikita Mehta
Midnight's Child:
Ahren Chadha
Midnight's Child:
Shiven Shankar
Midnight's Child:
Shreya Shah
Director:
Tracey Neale
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Tracey Neale
Producer:
Emma Harding

Genres