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BBC Radio 3

Sunday Play

Much Ado about Nothing The 1969 radio production of Shakespeare's comedy. Set in Messina, during the Spanish occupation of Sicily, the play's comic subplot is as famous as the main story of Claudio and Hero.
Music by David Cain.
Producer John Powell
BBC Radio 4 FM

Classic Serial

Tolkien's The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Last of four parts.
Music David Cain , performed by the Early Music Consort. Adapted by Michael Kilgarriff Director John Powell
(First broadcast 1968)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Comedy Classics

Arsenic and Old Lace by JOSEPH KESSELRING. With and
Athene Seyler will be 100 years old next Wednesday. As a tribute to her, this play. in which she starred with Dame Sybil Thorndike on the stage and on the radio, is being rebroadcast.
Directed by GRAHAM GAULD
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

Androcles and the Lion by BERNARD SHAW
A shortened version for radio by PEGGY WELLS with Leslie French as Androcles, a tailor
Directed by ARCHIE CAMPBELL (First broadcast in 1967)
BBC Radio 4 FM

War and Peace

medium only by LEO TOLSTOY
A dramatisation in 20 parts from the translation by LOUISE MAUDE
AND AYLMER MAUDE
Edited by MICHAEL BAKEWELL with David Buck. Martin Jarvif Felix Felton and 15: The Unsettled Question Adapted by CONSTANCE cox
Directed by JOHN POWELL (First broadcast in 1970)
BBC Radio 4 FM

War and Peace

medium only by I EO TOLSTOY
A dramatisation in 20 parts from the translation by LOUISE AND AYLMER MAUDE edited by MICHAEL BAKEWELL with David Buck. Kate Binchv Martin Jarvls. Felix Felton Denys Hawthorne as Tolstoy 5: Austerlitz, Nor 1805 adapted by VAL GIELGUD
Directed bv RONALD MASON (First broadcast in 1970)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Saturday-Night Theatre: The Box of Delights

or "When the Wolves were Running"
A Christmas Fantasy by John Masefield freely dramatised for radio by John Keir Cross
"O Greatness, hear, O Brightness, hark,
Leave us not Little, nor yet
Dark."
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Foundation Trilogy

A serial in eight episodes Author ISAAC ASIMOV Book 1: Foundation
Programme 1: Psychohistory and Encyclopedia
The Galactic Empire is doomed, the seeds of its destruction have been sown - by itself. Only the great psychologist and mathematician, Hari Sel don, has both the foresight and the knowledge to save the Galaxy from thousands of years of barbarism. This was the reason for his setting up the Foundation.
Encyclopedic read-out
DAVID VALLA. Audio adaptation PATRICK TULL
Directed by DAVID CAIN BBC Radiophonic Workshop
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

The 13 Clocks
A fairy-tale by JAMES THURBER adapted by PETER FIELDSON Music by DAVID CAIN with and ' Even the hands of the 13 clocks lie frozen in the Castle. They stopped one snowy night, seven years ago, when the Duke murdered time. He is afraid of Now, for Now has warmth and urgency, whereas Then is dead and buried ... Now might bring a certain knight of gay and shining courage who will steal Saralinda from the Castle....'
Music played by THE PRAETORIUS CONSORT conducted by DAVID CAIN Special effects by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Produced and directed by JOHN TUEOCHARIS
BBC Radio 4 FM

Saturday-Night Theatre: Sybil

As a tribute to DamSybil Thorndike. en, who died in June aged 93, we are re-broadcasting some of her most outstanding radio performances. 2: Arsenic and Old Lace the celebrated comedy bv JOSEPH KESSELRING starring Sybil Thorndike and Athene Seyler with Prunella Scales Dinsdale Landen and Desmond Walter Ellis
Scene: the living-room of the Brewster home in Brooklyn Time: the present
Produced and directed by GRAHAM GAULD
(Repeated: Monday 3.5 pm)
9.58 Weather
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

John Hurt , Judi Dench and David Buck in The Last Temptation translated and adapted in two parts from the novel by NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS , by ANDREAS STAVROU and HALLAM TENNYSON
' Jesus himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that he never sinned.' (HEBREWS 4, v 14.1 A powerful, human interpretation of the roles of Mary Mag dalene and Judas Iscariot in fulfilling Christ's destiny. 2: Not to Bring Peace
Music specially composed by ELIZABETH POSTON and conducted by ELGAR HOWARTH Produced and directed by RICHARD WORTLEY
BBC Radio 4 FM

Dear and Honoured Lady

The story of Queen Victoria, her life and the great events of her time in a series of 13 episodes. with and 7: The Idylls of the Queen by DENIS CONSTANDUROS
' Albert makes a capital nurse."
Produced and directed by NESTA PAIN
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

John Hurt. Judi Dench and David Buck in The Last Temptation translated and adapted in two parts from the novel by NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS , by ANDREAS STAVROU and HALLAM TENNYSON
'Jesus himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation. except that he never sinned.' (HEBREWS 4, v 14) A powerful, human interpretation of the roles of Mary Mag dalene and Judas Iscariot in fulfilling Christ's destiny. 1: The Lion Within
Music specially composed by ELIZABETH POSTON and Conducted by ELGAR HOWARTH Produced and directed by RICHARD WORTLEY
(Part 2. next Sunday 2 30 pm)
A really remarkable achievement since it manages to assert the existence of New Testament figures and above all of Christ himself, as living, credible beings without, however. demystifying them ... a thoroughgoing composition for radio. (THs TIMES)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Dear and Honoured Lady

The story of Queen Victoria, her life and the great events of her time in a series of 13 episodes, with Peggy Ashcroft as the Queen
5: The Queen and ' Pilger stein < by JASPER RIDLEY with Carleton Hobbs as Lord Palmerston of whom Prince Albert said: ' How could the Queen consent to take as her chief adviser a man who, while a guest under her roof at Windsor Castle, had committed a brutal attack on one of her ladies? ' and the voices of JOAN MATHESON VERNON JOYNER , MANNING WILSON and GODFREY KENTON
Produced and directed by HALLAM TENNYSON
BBC Radio 4 FM

Dear and Honoured Lady

The story of Queen Victoria. her life and the great events of her time in a series of 13 episodes.
3: God Save the Queen by THEA HOLME with Peggy Ashcroft and Maurice Denham
' The pleasantest summer I ever passed in my life.'
Produced and directed by NESTA PAIN
BBC Radio 4 FM

Dear and Honoured Lady

The story of Queen Victoria. her life and the great events of her time in a 13-part series. 2: The Making of a Queen by NESTA PAIN with Peggy Ashcroft and Ellen Pollock
' am nearer to the throne than I thought.'
Produced and directed by NESTA PAIN
BBC Radio 3

Drama Now: The Girl Who Lost Her Glove

by Penelope Shuttle
This modern fairy tale in which an old woman casts a spell of introversion and sterility on a young girl was one of the prizewinners in the 1974 Radio Times Drama Competition.
(Stereo)
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Noble Savage

The impact of white ' chills, tions ' on native cultures.
5: The Moon of Popping Trees Recollections of a Sioux Indian by JOHN merson. inspired by Black Elk Speaks by JOHN G. NEIHARDT as Narrated by Bob Sherman
The same inscrutable arbiter that decreed the downfall of Rome has pronounced the doom of extinction on the Red Man of America. To attempt to defer this by mawkish sentimentality is unworthy of our age ... With ROSALINID SHANKS
BLAIN FAIRMAN , LEONARD FENTON ROLF LEFEBVRE. PETER MARINKER BILL NAGY and CLIFFORD NORGATE Sound composition and production by DAVID CAIN
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Man Born to be King: 12: The King Comes to His Own

A cycle of 12 plays on The Life of Jesus Christ by Dorothy L. Sayers.
A new version adapted for stereo and produced by Raymond Raikes with music specially composed by Roberto Gerhard played by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rae Jenkins
Produced by Raymond Raikes for the BBC Transcription Service
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Man Born to be King 11: King of Sorrows

A cycle of 12 plays on The Life of Jesus Christ by Dorothy L. Sayers.
A new version adapted for stereo and produced by Raymond Raikes with music specially composed by Roberto Gerhard played by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rae Jenkins.

Part 12: Easter Day 7.20pm






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