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Drama on 3

Fear and Loathing in Russia Today

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Radio 3 puts a spotlight on the best of Russian contemporary playwriting by producing three specially commissioned short plays written by young playwrights working in Russia today. Show more

Riot Girls

The Good Terrorist

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent radicals in a London squat. Alice (Olivia Vinall) finally meets her revolutionary neighbour, the enigmatic Comrade Andrew. Show more

Drama

Lying Low

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Adrian Dunbar stars as Samuel Beckett in a play by Stephen Wakelam that imagines what took place during the three weeks he spent lying low in Folkestone in March 1961. Show more

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Long Time Coming

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Rachel is ambushed by a woman in the supermarket who claims to be an old school friend. But who is she really? By Ben Weatherill. Show more

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Day Release

Spineless Cacti

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Frank helps out in a restorative justice conference, but decides to deliver a very different kind of justice when he finds out that his daughter is under threat. Show more

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Frank Watt:
Lenny Henry
Bernice:
Janet Kumah
Nicole Hopcroft:
Cecilia Noble
Kieran Albright:
Gary Duncan
Sound Engineer:
Rupert Holliday Evans
Director:
Mary Peate

A Charles Paris Mystery

Dead Room Farce

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Actor cum amateur sleuth Charles Paris is offered a small role in an awful play up in Rugland. As always with Charles, murder is never far behind. Show more

Tommies

10 November 1917

Duration: 44 minutes

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

From TE Lawrence and the Great Pyramid at Giza, to the Third Battle of Gaza. The war in 1917 is redrawing the Middle East. Stars Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From November 2017. Show more

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Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Zarbab Grewal:
Avin Shah
Pte Jack Bliss:
Antonio Aakeel
Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
Capt Christi Mansoor:
Narinder Samra
‘Nephthys’ Sha’arawi:
Lara Sawalha
Habib El-Mahdy:
Amir El-Masry
Huda Hosseini:
Nathalie Armin
Agatha Grey-Egerton:
Nathalie Armin
Insp Ibrahim Habachi:
Selva Rasalingam
TE Lawrence:
David Reakes
Corporal:
Gary Duncan
Producer:
David Hunter
Director:
David Hunter
Writer:
Avin Shah

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Tommies

11 November 1917

Duration: 44 minutes

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

From TE Lawrence and the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Third Battle of Gaza. The war in 1917 is redrawing the Middle East. Stars Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From November 2017. Show more

Contributors

Capt Mickey Bliss:
Lee Ross
Commentator:
Indira Varma
Zarbab Grewal:
Avin Shah
Pte Jack Bliss:
Antonio Aakeel
Celestine de Tullio:
Pippa Nixon
‘Nephthys’ Sha’arawi:
Lara Sawalha
Habib El-Mahdy:
Amir El-Masry
Huda Hosseini:
Nathalie Armin
Agatha Grey-Egerton:
Nathalie Armin
Insp Ibrahim Habachi:
Selva Rasalingam
Capt Lionel Larkin:
Clive Hayward
TE Lawrence:
David Reakes
Corporal:
Gary Duncan
Colonel:
Neil McCaul
Producer:
David Hunter
Writer:
Avin Shah

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Shardlake

Heartstone

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

4 Extra Debut. Summer, 1545: There’s a new case in Portsmouth and across the Channel a French fleet prepares to attack. Stars Justin Salinger. Show more

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Shardlake:
Justin Salinger
Queen Catherine:
Emily Wachter
Ellen Fettiplace:
Kath Weare
Goodryke:
Clive Hayward
Sir Richard Rich:
Nicholas Murchie
George Leacon:
Finn den Hertog
Sir Nicholas Hobbey:
David Seddon
Hugh Curteys:
Will Howard
Abigail Hobbey:
Isabella Inchbald
Reverend Seckford:
Neil McCaul
Philip West:
Chris Pavlo
Feaveryear:
Gary Duncan
Author:
CJ Sansom

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Drama on 3

The Last of the Volsungs

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Available for years

A powerful dramatisation of the tragic story of Sigurd Volsung and Brynhild, the woman he loves, with an introduction by its author, Melissa Murray. Show more

That Was Then

Episode 1

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Anna sends you her secret recordings, in this phone-based thriller. Show more

That Was Then

Episode 4

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Anna sends you her secret recordings, in this phone-based thriller. She takes Stuart back to Nottingham, and the house where Ben died. Show more

That Was Then

Episode 5

Duration: 23 minutes

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

Anna sends you her secret recordings, in this phone-based thriller. What if home's not a safe place any more? Show more

That Was Then

Episode 3

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Anna sends you her secret recordings, in this phone-based thriller. But her secrets are blown when she gets herself vlogged. Show more

That Was Then

Episode 2

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Anna sends you her secret recordings, in this phone-based thriller. She finds old films of her student housemates - and watches them with new eyes. Show more

Drama

Lights, Camera, Kidnap!

Episode 1

Duration: 44 minutes

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

The true story of how a South Korean movie star and her estranged director husband were kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il, brought to the DPRK and forced to revive the film industry. Show more

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Choi Eun-hee:
Liz Sutherland
Shin Sang-Ok:
Paul Courtney Hyu
Kim Jong-Il:
Leo Wan
Mrs Lee:
Sarah Lam
Hak Sun:
Wendy Kweh
Catherine Hong:
Isabella Inchbald
Mister Kang:
Samuel James
DI Crocker:
Charlie Clements
Shin's Brother:
David Reakes
Neighbour:
Ellie Darvill

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Drama

Lights, Camera, Kidnap!

Episode 2

Duration: 44 minutes

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

The true story of how a South Korean movie star and her estranged director husband were kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il, brought to the DPRK and forced to revive the film industry. Show more

Contributors

Shin Sang-Ok:
Paul Courtney Hyu
Choi Eun-hee:
Liz Sutherland
Kim Jong-Il:
Leo Wan
The Professor:
David Yip
Kusakabe:
Samuel James
Receptionist:
Abbie Andrews
Newsreader:
Ellie Darvill

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A Month of...

A Month of Maureen

Theodora Potts: Victorian Psychic

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Maureen Lipman is Theodora Potts, in Tracy-Ann Oberman and Ivor Baddiel's slightly surreal Victorian comedy drama, co-starring Tracy-Ann herself in an unusual role. Show more

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Theodora Potts:
Maureen Lipman
Sioux Sioux:
Tracy-Ann Oberman
Adolphus:
Neil McCaul
Dr von Ubermench:
Neil McCaul
Countess:
Ellie Darvill
The Earl:
Clive Hayward
Mr Soames:
Gary Duncan
Woman with Birthmark:
Isabella Inchbald

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Drama

Graham Greene: Stamboul Train

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

As the Orient Express rattles its way through the volatile Europe of the 1930s, a motley group of people find themselves surrounded by intrigue, skulduggery and murderous politics. Show more

Day Release

House Arrest

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Lenny Henry plays Frank Watt, a reformed double-murderer recently released from prison. Frank and his ex-cellmate Geoff have set up a rehabilitation company for ex-offenders. Show more

Contributors

Frank Watt:
Lenny Henry
Geoff Hoagland:
Ralph Ineson
Shudi Misir:
Deeivya Meir
Aidan Lavington:
Rupert Holliday Evans
Michelle:
Kath Weare
Ex Con 1:
Gary Duncan
Officer 2:
Abbie Andrews
Director:
Mary Peate