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Brief Lives

Series 5

Episode 3

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

Declan investigates why a father wants his estranged daughter arrested for fraud, and a sad Frank visits his ailing father figure. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 5

Episode 4

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

By Elizabeth Heery. A marijuana operation is discovered at Bella Houghton's farm, and she swears she knows nothing about it. But could her two sons be guilty? Show more

Brief Lives

Series 5

Episode 5

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Series set in a Manchester legal practice, created by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. A female athletics coaching team are being hounded by vicious online slurs and sexual innuendo. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 5

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

By Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. A community interpreter's girlfriend is arrested for assaulting a police officer. Sarah investigates, but all is not what it seems. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 5

Episode 2

Duration: 45 minutes

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

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By Eve Steele. A screaming child at an airport being fought over by estranged parents. At first it seems like a tug-of-love case, but then Sarah discovers possible child abuse. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 5

Episode 6

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Series set in a Manchester legal practice, created by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. Frank thinks he's going to have a quiet day, but then a childhood pal turns up. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

A local councillor is caught selling drugs. Open and shut case? It would seem so on the surface. And a new rep is brought on board, a streetwise kid called Ronnie. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 2

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Frank is called in to represent Jon, who is accused of historic sexual abuse. This has ramifications, as Jon is a teacher, and his wife has just had a baby. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 3

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Ronnie discovers her long-lost younger sister set up in a quayside apartment in the posh end of Salford. How can she afford to live there? Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 5

Duration: 45 minutes

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

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By Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. Sarah prepares for her big trip abroad with her new boyfriend Paul, and Frank gets a big shock when he is called in to represent a computer hacker. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 6

Episode 6

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

Frank and Sarah have been called into Manchester Central for questioning - the start of a Kafkaesque journey for them. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 8

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

A naked young woman is arrested for protesting against the fur trade, but this is just the beginning of a tortuous maze for Frank. Show more

Brief Lives

Series 8

Episode 2

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for years

By Philip Meeks. Frank and Sarah drive to the country to celebrate a friend's eightieth birthday but find themselves in the centre of a family tragedy going back decades. Show more