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Britten 100: Billy Budd - These Buttons We Wear

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

For Radio 3's Britten centenary celebration, Keith Dewhurst's retelling of the story of Billy Budd, interwoven with the story of the author who came to write it: Herman Melville. Show more

Contributors

Herman Melville:
Gerard Murphy
Eleanor Melville:
Monica Dolan
Long Ghost/Captain Vere:
Robert Portal
Guert Gansevoort/John Claggart:
David Westhead
Bill Budd:
Mark Quartley
Young Eleanor:
Caitlin Welch
Liverpool/The Dansker:
Simon Greenall
Salem/The Stranger:
Nathan Osgood
Consul WIlson/Captain Graveling:
Pip Donaghy
Dr Johnstone/Lieutenant Ratcliffe:
Robert Hastie
Rope Yarn/Donald:
John Tams

Genres

W1A

Series 1

Episode 4

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Comedy sequel to Twenty Twelve. A national paper reveals Ian Fletcher's salary and that he took his PA at the Olympic Deliverance Commission on holiday to Italy. Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
Simon Harwood:
Jason Watkins
Tracey Pritchard:
Monica Dolan
Will Humphries:
Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman:
Nina Sosanya
Anna Rampton:
Sarah Parish
Neil Reid:
David Westhead
Sally Owen:
Olivia Colman
Narrator:
David Tennant
David Wilkes:
Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould:
Ophelia Lovibond
Jack Patterson:
Jonathan Bailey
Ben Rosenstern:
Max Olesker
Jerry Guildencrantz:
Ivan Gonzalez
Barney Lumsden:
Alex Beckett
Elaine Pearson:
Elizabeth Berrington
Mark Stephenson:
Justin Edwards
Journalist:
Matt Addis
Indira Sahni:
Amani Johara
Director:
John Morton

Brand

W1A

Drama

Shakespeare's Fire

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Jane Horrocks and Jasper Britton star in a comedy about the fire that marked the end of Shakespeare's career. Poet Glyn Maxwell's true story of royal favour and burnt trousers. Show more

Contributors

Toby Tallboy:
Adam Gillen
Mary Bodley:
Nancy Carroll
Cat Peckam:
Emma Noakes
Queen Anne:
Jane Horrocks
Shakespeare:
Jasper Britton
Henry Condell:
Simon Greenall
John Fletcher:
Simon Greenall

Genres

Brand

Drama

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Jimmy McGovern's drama based on the UK's joint enterprise law. When 17-year-old Johnjo gives his cousin and his friends a lift, he finds himself implicated in a stabbing. Show more

Contributors

Tony Wallace:
Philip Hill-Pearson
Kieran Gillespie:
Andrew Ellis
Colin McCabe:
Jack McMullen
Coleen O'Shea:
Jodhi May
Peter O'Shea:
Andrew Tiernan
Patrick O'Shea:
Ben Bailey Smith
Karen O'Shea:
Finn Atkins
DI Hastings:
Robert Pugh
Margaret Ward:
Susan Lynch
Tommy Ward:
Daniel Mays
Julie Ward:
Samantha Oliver
Thomas Ward:
Harry McMullen
Hugo Davies:
Dean Smith
Albie Flanagan:
Liam Ainsworth
Shelagh Wallace:
Michelle Fairley
Barnes Williams:
David Westhead
Leon King:
Chu Omambala
Royal Courts Judge:
Michael Gambon
Royal Courts Clerk:
Will Travis
DC Jane Pearson:
Louise Delamere
Defence Lawyer:
Juliet Ellis
Prosecution Lawyer:
James Nickerson
Magistrate:
Marie Critchley
Police Officer:
Julian Gorman
Liaison Officer:
Kirsty-Leigh Porter
Jennifer Fielding:
Tanya Moodie
Hugo's Lawyer:
Mark Chatterton
Bank Manager:
Richard Sinnott
Civil Servant:
Connie Hyde
Undertaker:
Graham Padden
Executive Producer:
Colin McKeown
Producer:
Colin McKeown
Executive Producer:
Jimmy McGovern
Director:
David Blair

W1A

Series 2

Episode 4

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Award-winning comedy about the BBC. David needs to flesh out the programme idea behind One Big Family. And Lucy has been persuaded to take on a new job as head of Inclusivity. Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Tracey Pritchard:
Monica Dolan
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
David Wilkes:
Rufus Jones
Anna Rampton:
Sarah Parish
Lucy Freeman:
Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood:
Jason Watkins
Neil Reid:
David Westhead
Jack Patterson:
Jonathan Bailey
Jerry Guildencrantz:
Ivan Gonzalez
Matt Taverner:
Daniel Ings
Izzy Gould:
Ophelia Lovibond
Ben Rosenstern:
Max Olesker
Will Humphries:
Hugh Skinner
Narrator:
David Tennant
Barney Lumsden:
Alex Beckett
Azia Zamani:
Shelley Conn
Sadiq Iqbal:
Amit Shah
Director:
John Morton
Executive Producer:
Jon Plowman

Brand

W1A

Doctor Who

Series 3

Episode 2: The Shakespeare Code

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One CambridgeshireLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Available for years

In Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare is under the control of witch-like creatures.

Contributors

The Doctor:
David Tennant
Martha Jones:
Freema Agyeman
Shakespeare:
Dean Lennox Kelly
Wiggins:
Sam Marks
Doomfinger:
Amanda Lawrence
Bloodtide:
Linda Clark
Dolly Bailey:
Andree Bernard
Peter Streete:
Matt King
Queen Elizabeth:
Angela Pleasance

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Drama by Jimmy McGovern based on a true story. Tim Roth stars as Reg Keys, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq, who took on Tony Blair about Britain's role in the conflict. Show more

Contributors

Reg Keys:
Tim Roth
Richard Keys:
Elliott Tittensor
Bob Clay:
Ralph Brown
Major Potter:
Chris Brailsford
First Soldier:
Frankie Wilson
Brize Norton Officer:
Myles Keogh
Tom Keys:
Zac Fox
Major Bryn Parry Jones:
Charlie Anson
Lance Corporal Joanne Richardson:
Kate Bracken
Corporal John Fraser:
Mikey Collins
Blair's Minder:
David Westhead
Ambulanceman:
Danny Lawrence
Felicity Arbuthnot:
Jan Goodman
Martin Bell:
David Yelland
Fredrick Forsyth:
Timothy Bentinck
First Voter:
Robert Horwell
Second Voter:
Ian Puleston-Davies
Third Voter:
Moey Hassan
Al Lockwood:
Andrew Readman
Interviewer:
Vivien Creegor
Male Voter:
Dale Meeks
Returning Officer:
Kevin Doyle
Woman Voter:
Margaret Jackson
Producer:
Colin McKeown
Producer:
Donna Molloy
Director:
David Blair

W1A

Series 3

Episode 4

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Comedy. After an item on BBC Breakfast about plans to close the BBC Big Swing Band, the damage limitation team under Ian Fletcher is under huge pressure to limit damage. Show more

Contributors

Jack Patterson:
Jonathan Bailey
Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Faiza Rajah:
Priyanga Burford
Paramedic:
Laura Checkley
Tracey Pritchard:
Monica Dolan
Jerry Guildencrantz:
Ivan Gonzalez
Adam Brady:
Laurence Howarth
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
David Wilkes:
Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould:
Ophelia Lovibond
Ben Rosenstern:
Max Olesker
Anna Rampton:
Sarah Parish
Fiona Craig:
Pooky Quesnel
Will Humphries:
Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman:
Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood:
Jason Watkins
Neil Reid:
David Westhead
Himself:
Brian Cox
Interviewer:
Sophie Raworth
Himself:
Hugh Grant
Director:
John Morton
Executive Producer:
Jon Plowman

Brand

W1A

Bodyguard

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Drama series. As the terrorist threat increases, PS David Budd strives to prevent the home secretary Julia Montague from falling victim to an assassination plot. Show more

W1A

Series 2

Episode 3

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Award-winning comedy about the BBC. Former head of output Anna Rampton has been crowned director of better, but no-one on the management team is quite clear what the job entails. Show more

Contributors

Ian Fletcher:
Hugh Bonneville
Tracey Pritchard:
Monica Dolan
Siobhan Sharpe:
Jessica Hynes
David Wilkes:
Rufus Jones
Anna Rampton:
Sarah Parish
Lucy Freeman:
Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood:
Jason Watkins
Neil Reid:
David Westhead
Jack Patterson:
Jonathan Bailey
Jerry Guildencrantz:
Ivan Gonzalez
Matt Taverner:
Daniel Ings
Izzy Gould:
Ophelia Lovibond
Ben Rosenstern:
Max Olesker
Will Humphries:
Hugh Skinner
Narrator:
David Tennant
Herself:
Mary Beard
Benedict Cartwright:
Simon Bubb
Himself:
Evan Davis
Himself:
Alan Yentob
Director:
John Morton
Executive Producer:
Jon Plowman

Brand

W1A

Polyoaks

Series 4

Losing Patients

Duration: 30 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. A nurse down and GPs are roped into an anti-obesity campaign to save money. Stars Nigel Planer and Simon Greenall. From 2016. Show more

Polyoaks

Series 4

Eight Days a Week

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The staff have their work cut out to provide 'a truly seven day service'. Starring Nigel Planer and Simon Greenall. From 2016. Show more

Polyoaks

Series 4

Back in the NHSS

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The surgery comes under the control of the private sector in a shake-up of care provision. Stars Neil Dudgeon. From 2016. Show more

Contributors

Dr Hugh Thornton:
Simon Greenall
TV's Dr Jeremy:
David Westhead
Nurse Vera Duplessis:
Polly Frame
Dr Roy Thornton:
Nigel Planer
Mr Beckman:
Neil Dudgeon
Stephanie Simons:
Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Mr Eisenburger:
John Schwab

Polyoaks

Series 4

Ladies Strike

Duration: 30 minutes

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

A lack of a female doctor at the surgery gets the team a reputation for casual sexism. Stars Nigel Planer. From 2016. Show more

Polyoaks

Series 4

Duty of Candour

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Staff struggle with telling patients the truth, raised by Dr Jeremy as the ‘Duty of Candour’. Stars David Westhead. From 2016. Show more

The Silence

Episode 4

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

The thriller reaches an explosive conclusion as Amelia takes matters into her own hands. She makes contact with Jim, who races to collect her, placing his life in the balance. Show more

Polyoaks

Series 3

In the Midst of Life...

Duration: 30 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Dr Hugh Thornton has to examine the health of health professionals. NHS satire starring Nigel Planer. From June 2014. Show more

Contributors

Dr Roy Thornton:
Nigel Planer
Dr Hugh Thornton:
Simon Greenall
TV's Dr Jeremy:
David Westhead
Betty Crossfield:
Jane Whittenshaw
Nurse Vera Duplessis:
Polly Frame
Mr Devlin:
Phil Cornwell

Polyoaks

Series 3

For the Records

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Nobody can agree on whether sharing patient data is really a good thing? NHS satire starring Nigel Planer. From June 2014. Show more

Contributors

Dr Roy Thornton:
Nigel Planer
Dr Hugh Thornton:
Simon Greenall
TV's Dr Jeremy:
David Westhead
Nurse Vera Duplessis:
Polly Frame
Mr Devlin:
Phil Cornwell
Mr Taylor:
David Holt
The Social Worker:
David Holt

Polyoaks

Series 3

That Heart Sinky Feeling

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The General Practice is swamped with the chronically undiagnosed and patients back for more. Stars Nigel Planer. From June 2014. Show more

Contributors

Dr Roy Thornton:
Nigel Planer
Dr Hugh Thornton:
Simon Greenall
TV's Dr Jeremy:
David Westhead
Nurse Vera Duplessis:
Polly Frame
Mr Devlin:
Phil Cornwell

Polyoaks

Series 3

Episode 4: Who's Afraid of the CQC?

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The staff at Polyoaks are being assessed by the Care Quality Commission. Will they survive the experience? With Nigel Planer. From June 2014. Show more

Contributors

Dr Roy Thornton:
Nigel Planer
Dr Hugh Thornton:
Simon Greenall
TV's Dr Jeremy:
David Westhead
Nurse Vera Duplessis:
Polly Frame
Dr Pitcher:
Adjoa Andoh
Elizabeth:
Polly Frame