Radio 3 Drama, 2017

Drama on 3 – 2017


1 Jan: A Patriot For Me [100m]
By John Osborne. Adapted for radio (for the first time) by Philip Osment, but no credit in Radio Times. Repeated from June 2015. The play centres on an ambitious rising star, Alfred Redl, in the Austrian army, in the decadent society of turn-of-the-century Austria, whose journey of self-discovery leads to blackmail, betrayal and murder. Redl is compromised by his newly realised sexual freedom and is compelled by the Russian army to spy on the country and countrymen he cares for. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of John Osborne's play, which is a sweeping epic, an angry plea for tolerance, and a condemnation of hypocrisy. Baron von Epp - Bette Bourne; Mohl - Peter Egan; Albrecht/Ferdy/Paul/Steinbauer - Joshua Elliott; Redl - Richard Goulding; Stanitsin - Martin Hutson; Kupfer/Deputy - Peter Moreton; Oblensky - Michael Pennington; Hilde - Alana Ramsey; Countess - Amanda Root; Kunz/Deputy - Simon Shackleton; Taussig/Tsarina/Deputy - Daniel Weyman; Siczynski/Stefan/Viktor/Young man - Matt Whitchurch; directed by Philip Franks; produced by David Morley.

8 Jan: Manfred [80m]
By Lord Byron. Ghost story dramatized by Pauline Harris. The story centres around Manfred, who lives in isolation high in the mountains, tortured and haunted by a dark crime. Manfred: Joseph Millson, Abbott/Spirit/Arimanes: Jonathan Keeble, Herman/Spirit: Henry Devas, Astarte/Witch of the Alps/Spirit: Emily Pithon, Spirits: Ruth Alexander Rubin, Fionnuala Dorrity. Producer: Pauline Harris.

15 Jan: Rosmersholm [120m]
By Henrik Ibsen, trans Frank McGuinness. The play is set in a manor house on a fiord in western Norway. It concerns a widowed pastor, John Rosmer, whose affection for a new woman leads him down a dangerous path. The theme of the play is social and political change, in which the ruling classes relinquish their right to impose their ideals on the rest of society. John Rosmer: Nicholas Farrell, Rebekka West: Helen Baxendale, Professor Kroll: Ronald Pickup, Ulrik Brendel: Karl Johnson, Peder Mortensgaard: Philip Jackson, Mrs. Helseth: Christine Absalom. Producer: Peter Kavanagh.

22 Jan: Andromache [90m]
By Racine. Written in 1667; set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Andromache, widow of the Hector, tries to protect her child from Pyrrhus. Andromache: Tanya Moodie, Pyrrhus: Alex Lanipekun, Orestes: Joel MacCormack, Hermione: Susannah Fielding, Pylades: Gunnar Cauthery, Phoenix: RaadRawi, Cephisa: Mia Soteriou, Cleone: Rosie Hilal. Producer: Jeremy Mortimer.

29 Jan: Scribblers [90m]
By Steve Waters. Historical play about Henry Fielding and First Minister Robert Walpole. Roughly the same territory as Nick Dear's "The Art of Success", but concentrating on the relationship between the state and stage, and with a lot less foul language. Lady Mary: Niamh Cusack, Walpole: David Troughton, Fielding: Carl Prekopp, Nicholas Paxton / Henry Giffard: Peter Hamilton Dyer, Molly Skerrett: Jane Whittenshaw, Charlotte Clarke: Laura Elphinstone.Producer: Jeremy Mortimer.

5 Feb: The Government Inspector [90m]
By Gogol, ad. Adrian Mitchell. 19th-century satire on sleaze. Somewhere in Russia, a clerk is mistaken for a government official by a corrupt town council. Khlestakov, the suspected inspector: Lenny Henry, The Governor: Roger Allam, Anna: Monica Dolan, Marya: Erin Doherty, the judge: Don Warrington, with Peter Wight, Paul Jesson, James Fleet, Adrian Scarborough, Ivanno Jeremiaj, Geoffrey Palmer, Stephen Critchlow and Jessica Gunning. Producer: Catherine Bailey. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).

12 Feb: Jenny Lomas [75m]
By David Eldridge. The story looks at a court case brought in a world where false news is everywhere. Jenny Lomas, the solicitor: Amanda Hale, Oliver: Max Bennett, Anna: Monica Dolan, with Peter Sullivan, Pater Polycarpou, Sanchia McCormack, Sam Clemmett, Chetna Pandya and David Sturzaker. Producer: Sally Avens.

19 Feb: The Process [75m]
In spite of the title, this is Kafka's "The Trial", dramatised by Mark Ravenhill. A man is arrested and prosecuted by an anonymous authority without his alleged crime ever being described. Joseph K: Sam Troughton, with Caroline Catz, Joe Armstrong, Lloyd Hutchinson (three parts), Pearce Quigley, Hara Yannas, Tony Gardner, Jo Joyner, Sinead Matthews, Marion Bailey, Gaye Brown and Harle Jordean. Producer: Polly Thomas.

26 Feb: Oedipus the King [105m]
Sophocles, set for radio by Anthony Burgess; originally performed in 1972 in America. Music by Stanley Silverman. With Christopher Eccleston, Don Warrington, Adjoa Andoh, Fiona Shaw, John Shrapnel, Vincent Ebrahim, Darrell D'Silva, Katie Kemp-Riley, Tess Robinson, Ryley Nixon, Eleanor Read, Lucy Godson, Billie Robinson. Producers: Polly Thomas, Eloise Whitmore and Mike George.


Various dramatic twenty-minute pieces that are used as mid-concert interval pieces during Performance On 3 and Opera On 3; Writer/reader credits have been noted where available; Documentaries/talks have been omitted.



Saturday nights, 30mins unless otherwise noted; Writer credits, and in some cases entry titles, aren't always given.



Dramatised pieces and readings that don't fit within the usual slots:


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