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Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 72: 17-21 April 1917 (Season 10 start)

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for years

The first omnibus of Season 10, Our Daily Bread, set in Folkestone, in the week, in 1917, when the Chinese Labour Corps set up camp in Folkestone. Show more

Contributors

Ralph Winwood:
Nicholas Murchie
Alec Poole:
Tom Stuart
Maisie Harris:
Cassie Layton
Noah Hamilton:
Finn Monteath
Sylvia Graham:
Joanna David
Lilian Pemble:
Alex Tregear
Mrs Grimes:
Amelda Brown
Reg Roach:
Arthur Smith
Mathieu Winwood:
Bea Riddell
Adam Wilson:
Billy Kennedy
Florrie Wilson:
Claire Rushbrook
Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els
Tang Chi-chang:
David Tse
Dolly Clout:
Elaine Claxton
Cynthia Hamilton:
Fenella Woolgar
Howard Argent:
Gunnar Cauthery
Maggie Macknade:
Hollie Thoupos
William Stokes:
James Lailey
Constance Peel:
Jane Slavin
Nancy Parker:
Jane Whittenshaw
Walter Hamilton:
Joseph Kloska
Esme Macknade:
Katie Angelou
Isabel Graham:
Keely Beresford
Edna Harris:
Lara West
Juliet Cavendish:
Lizzie Bourne
Jessie Moore:
Lucy Hutchinson
Gabriel Graham:
Michael Bertenshaw
Oscar Hendrickx:
Pierre Elliott
Dorothea Winwood:
Rachel Shelley
Mrs Edkins:
Rachel Davies
Florence Rumsey:
Sarah Ridgeway
Cristine de Groot:
Ysabelle Cooper
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

Genres

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Pauline and Michael's eldest daughter Lindy is a problem teenager and a source of tension in their marriage. Stars Sara Stewart. Show more

Tsar

2. Alexander I: Into the Woods

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 3 months

Alexander I, the man who never wanted to be Tsar, but who ended up taking on Napoleon Bonaparte. Starring Joel MacCormack. Show more

Contributors

Brand

Tsar

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 5 months

In Russia, a family estate is about to be turned into a golf course. Stars comedy trio Peepolykus. From 2017. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Circe turns Odysseus's men into pigs, the god Hermes gives him a herb to make him immune. Poet Inua Ellams turns this into a modern story of enchantment, desire and disenchantment. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Karen McCarthy Woolf's drama in couplets, inspired by the Underworld episode in Homer, Odysseus's mother strives to contact her son, who is working a night shift as a cab driver. Show more

Home Front

19 April 1917 - Maisie Harris

Duration: 11 minutes

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

Available for years

On this day in 1917, a report from Russia claimed the revolutionary movement was spreading with 'tranquillity', while in Folkestone, Maisie searches for the still, small voice. Show more

Contributors

Maisie Harris:
Cassie Layton
Florence Rumsey:
Sarah Ridgeway
Hilary Pearce:
Craige Els
Lilian Pemble:
Alex Tregear
Edna Harris:
Lara West
Walter Hamilton:
Joseph Kloska
William Stokes:
James Lailey
Series Editor:
Jessica Dromgoole

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

1972, It Has Not Been Fun

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The celebration of Pauline and Michael's 30th wedding anniversary triggers a momentous decision. Stars Sara Stewart. Show more

The Pick Up

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

4 Extra Debut. Beth's estranged father asks her to take a road trip to Moscow. But is everything as it seems? Stars David Threlfall. From 2017. Show more

The Pick Up

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

David Threlfall and Kimberley Nixon star in Sarah Cartwright's comedy about an estranged father and daughter driving to Moscow to meet his future wife. Show more

Drama

Herald of Disaster

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

The story of the Herald of Free Enterprise. Using transcripts from the inquest, this docu-drama explains how a cross-channel ferry could capsize minutes after leaving harbour. Show more

HG Wells

The War of the Worlds

Part 1

Duration: 57 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Following strange sightings on the surface of Mars, martian ships arrive on Earth and mercilessly invade. Starring Blake Ritson. Show more

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

1941, Iodine and Bandages

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Baltimore, 1941: an encounter over first aid begins Michael and Pauline's turbulent partnership. Stars Julianna Jennings. Show more

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

1978, The Piano Teacher

Duration: 15 minutes

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

An unexpected encounter with Anna strikes just the right note for Michael - could it lead to something more? Stars Ian Porter. Show more

Drama

The Rosenthals

Eskimo Day

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. 1996: interview day at Cambridge University and it seems it’s not just the would-be students who are nervous. Stars Ben Miles. Show more

Contributors

Shani Whittle:
Pooky Quesnel
Bevis Whittle:
Nicholas Gleaves
Hugh Lloyd:
Ben Miles
Harriet Lloyd:
Lucy Robinson
Neil Whittle:
David Moorst
Pippa Lloyd:
Rosie Day
James Poole:
Timothy West
Simon Poole:
Samuel West
Mother Polly:
Georgie Glen
Mme Olga:
Georgie Glen
Miss Bodley:
Sarah Ridgeway
Isobel Wilding:
Maeve Bluebell Wells
Rosemary's Dad:
Simon Ludders
Big Issue Vendor:
Simon Ludders
Care Home Interviewer:
Chetna Pandya

Genres

Drama

The Rosenthals

Cold Enough for Snow

Duration: 1 hour

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

Neil and Pippa's futures are uncertain as A-levels loom, with their parents learning from them. Starring Pooky Quesnel. Show more

Contributors

Shani Whittle:
Pooky Quesnel
Bevis Whittle:
Nicholas Gleaves
Hugh Lloyd:
Ben Miles
Harriet Lloyd:
Lucy Robinson
Neil Whittle:
David Moorst
Pippa Lloyd:
Rosie Day
Gordon Callow:
Ben Jones
Miss Bodley:
Sarah Ridgeway
Lingerie Assistant:
Maeve Bluebell Wells
Tony Groves:
Tom Forrister
Master of Ceremonies:
Charlie Clements
Invigilator:
Philip Fox

Genres

John Galsworthy - The Forsyte Saga

The Forsytes Concludes

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

It is 1928, and Fleur and Michael Mont welcome young cousin Dinny into the Forsyte fold, who reveals her passionate nature when the wellbeing of loved ones is at stake. Show more

Drama

George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour

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

A cockney flower girl is trained by a professor of phonetics to pass as a duchess. Stars Alistair McGowan and Morgana Robinson. Show more

Contributors

Henry Higgins:
Alistair McGowan
Eliza Doolittle:
Morgana Robinson
Alfred Doolittle:
Al Murray
Colonel Pickering:
Hugh Fraser
Mrs Higgins:
Siân Phillips
Mrs Pearce:
Charlotte Page
Mrs Eynsford-Hill:
Georgie Glen
Clara Eynsford-Hill:
Maeve Bluebell Wells
Freddy Eynsford-Hill:
Tom Forrister
Nepommuck:
David Sturzaker
Ambassador:
John Dougall
Ambassador's Wife:
Sarah Ridgeway
Bystander:
David Sterne
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres

Drama

George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

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

Eliza‘s day of reckoning - can she pass as a lady at the ambassador's ball? Classic tale starring Al Murray and Sian Phillips. Show more

Contributors

Henry Higgins:
Alistair McGowan
Eliza Doolittle:
Morgana Robinson
Alfred Doolittle:
Al Murray
Colonel Pickering:
Hugh Fraser
Mrs Higgins:
Siân Phillips
Mrs Pearce:
Charlotte Page
Mrs Eynsford-Hill:
Georgie Glen
Clara Eynsford-Hill:
Maeve Bluebell Wells
Freddy Eynsford-Hill:
Tom Forrister
Nepommuck:
David Sturzaker
Ambassador:
John Dougall
Ambassador's Wife:
Sarah Ridgeway
Bystander:
David Sterne
Director:
Emma Harding

Genres