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The Fatwa - Salman's Story

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

Arts series. Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, tells for the first time the inside story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Alan Yentob
Director:
Jill Nicholls
Producer:
Jill Nicholls
Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Participant:
Salman Rushdie
Participant:
Hari Kunzru
Participant:
Ian McEwan
Participant:
Hanif Kureishi
Participant:
Paul Auster
Participant:
Siri Hustvedt
Participant:
William Nygaard
Participant:
Arthur Hibbert
Participant:
Zafar Rushdie
Participant:
Sameen Rushdie
Participant:
Andrew Wylie

Duration: 1 hour, 33 minutes

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

Comedy drama starring Helen Hunt. A teacher's life is turned upside down when her adoptive mother dies, her husband leaves and her biological mother suddenly returns. Show more

Contributors

Formats

Midnight's Children

Part 4: All India Radio

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon, starring Nikesh Patel. Saleem indulges his ability to tune into other people's thoughts. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Evie Burns:
Kerry Gooderson
The Teacher:
Selva Rasalingam
The Shopkeeper:
Abhin Galeya
Midnight’s Child:
Nael Ameen
Midnight’s Child:
Nikita Mehta
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 5: Alpha and Omega

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Saleem continues to talk telepathically to all the other Midnight's Children. Show more

Contributors

Young Saleem:
Zain Syed
Young Jamila:
Misha Shah
Homi Catrack:
Kulvinder Ghir
Commander Sabarmati:
Ace Bhatti
Lila Sabarmati:
Maya Sondhi
Naseem:
Meera Syal
Young Shiva:
Nael Ameen
Young Parvati:
Nikita Mehta
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 FM

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

Front Row

Salman Rushdie, Pasolini, Cyndi Lauper

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Samira Ahmed talks to Salman Rushdie about his new novel Two Years Eight Months, and Cyndi Lauper discusses her new musical Kinky Boots. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Salman Rushdie
Interviewed Guest:
Cyndi Lauper
Interviewed Guest:
Jenny McCartney

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 FM

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

Duration: 2 hours, 13 minutes

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

Drama based on Salman Rushdie's novel. India, 1947: Two newborn babies are swapped in a hospital and are doomed to live each other's life in a country going through big changes.

Contributors

Director:
Deepa Metha
Saleem Sinai:
Satya Bhaba
Parvati:
Shriya Saran
William Methwold:
Charles Dance
Ahmed Sinai:
Ronit Roy
Zulfikar:
Rahul Bose

Formats

Open Book

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News and features from the world of books, presented by Mariella Frostrup. Authors Salman Rushdie and Elif Shafak pay tribute to writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Salman Rushdie
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Caistor

Midnight's Children

Part 1: The Perforated Sheet

Duration: 57 minutes

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

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

Part 3: Snakes and Ladders

Duration: 45 minutes

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

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 FM

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

Omnibus

Episode 1: The Perforated Sheet

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Dr Aziz falls in love with a woman hidden behind a perforated sheet. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. Show more

Midnight's Children

Omnibus

Episode 2: The Birth of a Nation

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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

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

Episode 3: All India Radio

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic. Young Saleem discovers he has the power of telepathy. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. 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

Episode 4: How Saleem Achieved Purity

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's prize-winning novel of love, history and magic. The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon. 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

Episode 5: The Shadow of the Mosque

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances. 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

Free Thinking

Salman Rushdie, Henry Kissinger

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Salman Rushdie talks to Philip Dodd about a sense of belonging and the strangeness in his new novel. Also historian Niall Ferguson on Henry Kissinger and cold war politics. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Salman Rushdie
Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Niall Ferguson
Producer:
Robyn Read