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Series 1: Origin

Origin: Episode Seven

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Helen and her mother are kidnapped. Seventh episode of a major new nine-part conspiracy thriller, starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton. Show more

Drama

The Arabian Nights

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. Ata Madri hunts for a medieval copy of The Arabian Nights with the original ending. Inventive revival starring Indira Varma. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Nadim Sawalha
King Yunan:
Ewan Bailey
Taxi Driver:
Nayef Rashed
Ali Baba:
Muzz Khan
Ali Baba's Wife:
Noa Bodner
King of the City's Vizier:
Noof McEwan
Cassim's Wife:
Kyria Alyssa
Marjaneh:
Laura Hanna
Captain:
Alexei Sayle
Ali Baba's Son:
Amir El-Masry
Young Man:
Amir El-Masry
Shopkeeper:
Nabil Elouahabi
Fisherman:
Nabil Elouahabi
Sage Duban:
Renu Setna
King of the City:
Bhasker Patel
Evil Wife:
Sharlit Deyzac
Adaptor:
Glen Neath

Genres

Drama

The Arabian Nights

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Ata Madri is in Cairo hunting for a medieval copy of The Arabian Nights. Featuring The Hunchback Cycle starring Alexei Sayle. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Nadim Sawalha
Steward:
Ewan Bailey
Tailor’s Wife:
Kyria Alyssa
Christian:
Niall Ashdown
Lame Young Man:
Muzz Khan
Al-Haddar:
Muzz Khan
Mother:
Noa Bodner
Beautiful Woman:
Noa Bodner
Jewish Physician’s maid:
Sharlit Deyzac
Judge’s Daughter:
Sharlit Deyzac
Caliph:
Renu Setna
Jewish Physician:
Amir El-Masry
Young Woman:
Laura Hanna
Blind Beggar:
Noof McEwan
Taxi Driver:
Nayef Rashed
Adaptor:
Glen Neath

Genres

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

The detectives are getting back into the swim after Sean's return to work. An American movie actor living in London is burgled but the details of the case don't seem to add up. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HD

Drama set in the near future about an investigator who risks his professional career and his marriage when he finds himself drawn to a crime's prime suspect. Starring Tim Robbins. Show more

Contributors

Drama

The Deportation Room

Duration: 45 minutes

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

By Hannah Khalil. Amira, a student in London, is taking some paintings to an exhibition back home in Gaza. But she cannot seem to get out of Cairo airport. Show more

Contributors

Passport Control Officer:
Robert Blythe
Security Policeman:
Ben Crowe
Egyptian Official:
Patrick Brennan
Guard:
Joe Sims
Woman 1:
Suzanna Nour
Woman 2:
Souad Faress
Director:
Mary Peate

Genres

Brand

Drama

Drama

Ferguson

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Hugh Quarshie stars in Bonnie Greer's new play, inspired by Strindberg's The Father, updated to Chicago 2016 and the backdrop of recent fatal police shootings of young black men. Show more

Contributors

Tavis Adolph:
Hugh Quarshie
Laura Abernathy-Adolph:
Clare Perkins
Reverend Mike:
Jason Barnett
Hamid Boubakir:
Nabil Elouahabi
Miss Carlotta:
Cecilia Noble
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

Brand

Drama

Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Drama. A lonely ex-soldier takes in a homeless young female runaway, but her manipulative boyfriend sees an opportunity to use him for his own ends. Show more

Genres

Formats

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Available for 5 weeks

Dara now faces an unsuspected rival and a dangerous neighbour. Starring Philip Arditti and Isabella Nefar. Show more

Contributors

Petrovich:
Philip Arditti
Mother Sara:
Nathalie Armin
Father Sara:
Nabil Elouahabi
Mr Sinbad:
Pezh Maan
Brother Atta:
Pezh Maan
Jafar:
Raad Rawi
Father Dara:
Raad Rawi
Mother Dara:
Mia Soteriou
Translation:
Sara Khalili

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 2

Healing the Sick

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

As slave trader Ibn, accused of hoarding heretical text, seeks justice from the new regime's religious courts, news arrives of a devastating plague. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 2

Kiss My Fingers

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Threat of plague brings Barakat into conflict with Effendi Red. Meanwhile, Manel must now prove her commitment to the rebels by undertaking a dangerous mission. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

A Head Start

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Tumanbay, heart of a vast empire, is threatened by a rebellion and a mysterious force devouring the empire from within. Show more

Contributors

The Girl on the Ship:
Olivia Popica
Her Mother:
Nathalie Armin
The Slave Merchant:
Nabil Elouahabi
Frog's Mother:
Sirine Saba
Sultan Al-Ghuri:
Raad Rawi
General Qulan:
Christopher Fulford
Physician:
Vivek Madan
Ship Captain:
Albert Welling
Director:
John Dryden
Producer:
Emma Hearn
Producer:
Nadir Khan
Producer:
John Dryden

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

Ship of the Dead

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Slave merchant Ibn awaits for his family to arrive in Tumanbay. In the palace, Sarah the slave-girl is recruited by Gregor, to spy on the chief wife Shajar. Show more

Contributors

The Girl on the Ship:
Olivia Popica
Her Mother:
Nathalie Armin
Ship Captain:
Albert Welling
Sultan Al-Ghuri:
Raad Rawi
The Hafiz:
Antony Bunsee
General Qulan:
Christopher Fulford
Head Eunuch:
John Sessions
Slave:
Akin Gazi
Physician:
Vivek Madan
Producer:
Emma Hearn
Producer:
Nadir Khan
Producer:
John Dryden
Director:
John Dryden

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

Coming of Age

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Adrift at sea in a small boat, daughter of slave merchant Ibn, depends on her slave captor for her survival, while Madu swaps palace life for the army. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

Hidden Knowledge

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

As Shajar, the sultan’s chief wife, plots her son Madu's succession to the throne, Gregor is determined to discover what it is she has taken from the Hafiz. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

Strangle Hold

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

General Qulan arrives in the provinces to gather the armies to fight rebel "queen" Maya. In Tumanbay, Gregor is under pressure to find the spies. Show more

Contributors

Physician:
Vivek Madan
The Hafiz:
Antony Bunsee
Maya's Envoy:
Nadir Khan
Al-Ghuri:
Raad Rawi
General Qulan:
Christopher Fulford
Provincial Governor Usman:
John Sessions
Director:
John Dryden
Producer:
Emma Hearn
Producer:
Nadir Khan
Producer:
John Dryden

Genres

Tumanbay

Series 1

In The Beginning

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

With Tumanbay in chaos after the murder of a highly placed individual, Heaven and her slave companion find themselves prisoners in the desert. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

A Tale of Two Cities

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

While the sultan dreams of victory against provincial leader Maya, Gregor is in pursuit of missing slave-girl Sarah and must venture into the catacombs. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

The Purge

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Increasingly insecure and fearful for his life, the sultan begins a purge of the palace. Slave trader Ibn is reunited with the daughter he thought he had lost. Show more

Tumanbay

Series 1

Jaws of Victory

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Available for years

Convinced of victory by the words of the prophet child, the sultan is now ready to march out with his armies and destroy rebellious provincial leader Maya. Show more