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War and Peace

Episode 1

Duration: 58 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Andrei joins the army while Prince Vassily and Anna battle over Count Bezukhov's will. Starring John Hurt and Paterson Joseph. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 2

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Pierre inherits a fortune after the death of his father. Meanwhile Andrei leaves Bald Hills to join the army. Stars John Hurt. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 3

Duration: 58 minutes

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

The Battle of Austerlitz takes place, Lise is due to give birth and Pierre and Dolokhov duel over Helene. Stars Harriet Walter. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 4

Duration: 58 minutes

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

After Lise's death, Pierre visits Bald Hills to try and console a broken Andrei. Starring John Hurt and Stephen Campbell-More. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 5

Duration: 57 minutes

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

Natasha’s life is about to change forever when she is invited to her first ball. Starring John Hurt and Lesley Manville. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 6

Duration: 1 hour

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

Natasha starts to doubt her marriage to Andrei after meeting Prince Anatole. Starring John Hurt and Stephen Campbell-Moore. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 7

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Prince Bolkonsky reacts badly to the French approaching Smolensk while Pierre is on a mission to save Russia. Stars John Hurt. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 8

Duration: 1 hour

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

Pierre recounts the events that took place during the Battle of Borodino. Starring Paterson Joseph and Simon Russell Beale. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 9

Duration: 1 hour

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

Pierre returns to a deserted Moscow, in disguise, planning to assassinate Napoleon. Stars Paterson Joseph and Lesley Manville. Show more

War and Peace

Episode 10

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Pierre recalls his time in prison and Kutuzov reluctantly leads the Battle of Tarutino. Stars Roger Allam and Tom Goodman-Hill. Show more

Free Thinking

Race in America: Selma, Joyce Carol Oates, Timberlake Wertenbaker

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy considers American history and racial divisions as depicted in the new novel from Joyce Carol Oates, the latest play from Timberlake Wertenbaker and the film Selma. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce Carol Oates
Interviewed Guest:
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Cohen
Interviewed Guest:
Kit Davis
Interviewed Guest:
Rebecca Carroll
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lena and Lila are now young women. Lila married at 16 and has a young son. Lena has escaped Naples, earned her college degree and published a successful novel. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lena and Lila are now young women. Lila married at 16 and has a young son. Lena has escaped Naples, earned her college degree and published a successful novel. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: My Brilliant Friend

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

A story about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. Growing up in a poor Naples in the 50s, Elena and Lila learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone, or anything, else. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: My Brilliant Friend

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Story about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. Growing up in a poor Naples neighbourhood in the 50s, Elena and Lila learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone, or anything, else. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: The Story of a Lost Child

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lila's life is turned upside down by the disappearance of her young daughter and she struggles to hold herself together. The shadow of her friend will haunt her - and vice versa. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: The Story of a Lost Child

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

By Elena Ferrante. Lena seeks a divorce from her husband, while she embarks on an affair with her best friend's ex-lover. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: The Story of a Lost Child

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

By Elena Ferrante. Despite his loyalty to his wife, and her friend Lila's dismay, Lena continues her affair with Nino. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: The Story of a New Name

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lila and Lena, two bright young girls who have grown up in the tough streets of post-war Naples and are striving to make a better life for themselves before their worlds divide. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe - Italy: The Story of a New Name

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Lila and Lena, two bright young girls who have grown up in the tough streets of post-war Naples and are striving to make a better life for themselves before their worlds divide. Show more