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I'm typing these entries out, summarising them from RT, removing spoilers and editing / adding notes where necessary. Typos are gradually being removed. This week's drama is at the bottom of the page.

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THE PLAYS:

1 Jan: Classic Serial slot: Britt-Marie Was Here,1
By Fredrik Backman, adapted for radio by Charlotte Jones, from a translation by Henning Koch. Britt-Marie needs purpose in her life and she bravely goes out to look for it. She ends up in Borg, a quiet Swedish town. Her part-time job leads to an extraordinary turn of events, beyond anything she imagined. But she finds that bringing people into her life also brings problems and she's soon in the midst of a football drama, involved in a family crisis and at the corner of an unexpected love triangle.Britt-Marie ... Pippa Haywood, Sven ... Matthew Gravelle, Kent ... Simon Greenall, Sami ... Justin Davies , Vega ... Maddison Daye, Omar ... Christopher Benning, Pirate ... Jacob Foot, Bank ... Carys Eleri, Somebody ... Wanda Opalinska, Girl at the Unemployment Office ... Alexandria Riley, The Narrator ... Gunnar Pettersson. Directed by Janine H. Jones. BBC Wales.

2 Jan: The Exception, 1
By Christian Jungerssen, dram. Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph. Three-episode serial. Ep 1: The Email. Iben and Melene are workers at a genocide research centre. They receive death threats, and the evidence points towards a Serbian war criminal they are investigating.Iben: Stine Stengade, Malene: Lisbeth Wulff, Anne-Lise: Kaya Bruel, Paul/Yngve: Mikkel Reenberg, with Thomas Magnusson, Jakob Oftebro, Charlotte Munck, Christopher Laessoe, Thomas Gabrielsson, Mohammed Ali Osman, Elvir Ramovic. Producers: Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph.

3 Jan: The Exception, 2
The atmosphere worsens as suspicion falls on Anne-Lise as the source of the threatening emails. Ep. 2- The Dream. Cast etc - see 2 Jan.

4 Jan: The Exception, 3
Conclusion. Iben and Anne have become close, and Malene is increasingly isolated...then a war criminal becomes involved. Ep.3 - The Reality. Cast etc - see 2 Jan.

5 Jan: Bound
By Cat Jones and Erin Carter. Julia is a social worker. Over breakfast with her husband she prepares for her first prison case. She has to decide whether a baby should stay in prison with his young mother or live with his father and grandparents. The play is the result of a collaboration between the Prison Radio Association and BBC Radio. Frankie: Dolly-Rose Campbell, Michelle: Rachel Austin, Julia: Sally Carman, Matt: Matthew McNulty, with Samuel Holland, John Henshaw, Julia Rounthwaite and Roger Morlidge. Producer: Sharon Sephton.

6 Jan: When Ali came to Abingdon
By Bethan Roberts. Set in 1981. Muhammad Ali is about to pay a visit to a council estate in Abingdon. Described by Jane Anderson of Radio Times as a drama about women discovering their fighting spirit......Sandra: Katie Lyons, Janet: Sarah Thom, Ruth: Janice Acquah, Emma: Emma Sidi, Mick: Steve Oram, Luke: Calum Bonner. Producer: Janice H. Jones.

8 Jan - Classic Serial Slot: Britt-Marie Was Here, 2
By Fredrik Backman, adapted for radio by Charlotte Jones, from a translation by Henning Koch. Britt-Marie has to rely on the people of Borg to come through for her and the team, but suddenly the January Cup is the least of her worries as a family in crisis needs her help. Britt-Marie ... Pippa Haywood, Sven ... Matthew Gravelle, Kent ... Simon Greenall, Sami ... Justin Davies , Vega ... Maddison Daye, Omar ... Christopher Benning, Pirate ... Jacob Foot, Bank ... Carys Eleri, Somebody ... Wanda Opalinska, Girl at the Unemployment Office ... Alexandria Riley, The Narrator ... Gunnar Pettersson. Directed by Janine H. Jones. BBC Wales.

9 Jan: The Corrupted, new series, 1
By G.F.Newman. The drama follows the fortunes of the Oldman family, from small-time business and petty crime to their entanglement in the higher echelons of society. It's the 1970s and Joseph Oldman is trying to get his son out of jail. Joesph Oldman: Toby Jones, Brian: Joe Armstrong, Tony Wednesday: Alec Newman, Cath: Izabella Urbanowicz, Margaret Courtney: Flora Montgomery, Jack: Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Leah: Jasmine Hyde, Lord Goodman: Edward Max, DCI Fenwick: Theo Fraser Steele, Ken Drury: Matthew Marsh, Sir Ralph Courtney: Nick Simpson. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie: Brill Productions.

10 Jan: The Corrupted, 2
By G.F.Newman. Brian Oldman has managed to gain release from Brixton prison. Meanwhile Joseph continues to move in ever-higher circles in the Tory Party. Cast and production details - see 9 Jan.

11 Jan: The Corrupted, 3
By G.F.Newman. Joseph is expanding his business by doing deals with a Columbian drugs cartel, whilst Jack threatens violence when he thinks he is missing out. Cast and production details - see 9 Jan.

12 Jan: The Corrupted, 4
By G.F.Newman. Jack and Brian are back in prison after a kilogram of cocaine was found in Jack's flat. Cast and production details - see 9 Jan.

13 Jan: The Corrupted, 5
By G.F.Newman. Joseph continues to juggle his life around two Margarets; one is his lover, the other wants to lead the Conservative Party and run the country. Cast and production details - see 9 Jan.

14 Jan: Saturday Play - April in Paris
By John Godber. Comedy. Al and Bet's relationship is on the rocks. He has recently lost his job, she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life. Then Bet wins a romantic night in Paris. Before long they are both up to their necks in culture, croissants and champagne. Al-John Godber, Bet- Jane Godber. Producer: Toby Swift.

15 Jan: Classic Serial slot: The Story of a New Name, 1
By Elena Ferrante. A novel about two lifelong female friends, adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Indie (Pier Productions). In part 1, Lila becomes separated from Lena when she is forced to give up her education. Lila: Anastasia Hille, Lena: Monica Dolan, young Lila: Chloe Harris, young Lena: Daisy Tomkinson, with Tom Varey, Harriet Waters, Luke Williams, Lee Rufford, Adam Long, Joseph Palmer, Sam Lupton, Josh Bolt, Claudia Jolly, Kathryn Drysdale, Bessie Carter, Nelly Harker, Brian Fletcher, Sara Markland, Jane Whittenshaw, David Collings, Josh Dylan. Producer: Celia de Wolff.

16 Jan: The Corrupted,6
By Gordon Newman. Joseph is finding it difficult to progress with his building project. In Brixton prison, Jack is trying to take over the drug deliveries. An excellent series with a very large cast. Joseph: Toby Jones, Brian: Joe Armstrong, Tony Wednesday: Alec Newman, Cath: Izabella Urbanowicz, Margaret Courtney: Flora Montgomery, Redvers: Joseph Kloska, Jose Picado: Will Harrison-Wallace, Claude Dobbs: Jonathan Rigby, John Binden: Charles Davies, William Burt: Simon Holmes, Simon Hatfield: Joshua Akehurst, Sonia: Suzanne Proctor, DCS Slipper: Mark Perry, Terry Bishop: Sam Donnelly, Sir Robert Mark: Patrick Cremin, Sir Ralph Courtney: Nick Sampson, George Carman QC: Nigel Cooke, Jack: Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Leah: Jasmine Hyde, Lord Goodman: Edward Max, Julian Tyrwhitt: Janathan Tafler, Charles Richardson: Pat Marlowe, John Lovkhart: Charles Davies, Margaret Thatcher: Steve Nallon, Lionel Smith: Kieron Jecchinis, Martha: Serena Jennings, DC Baldwin: Tom Dawz, Airey Neave: Jonathan Rigby, Kevin Wheeler: Lucas Hare, Melford Stevenson: Richard Wilson, Sir Donald and Reggie Kray: both played by Matthew Marsh. Indie: produced by Clive Brill (Brill Productions).

17 Jan: The Corrupted,7
Brian makes a friend in the Kensington planning department. Tony Wednesday takes new information about the paedophile ring to his commanding officer. Cast etc - see 16 Jan.

18 Jan: The Corrupted,8
Joseph is recovering from a burst ulcer and is desperate to get back to work to save his building development. Cast etc - see 16 Jan.

19 Jan: The Corrupted,9
The police have found a tape proving who started the fireat Joseph's buildings. Tony Wednesday takes his information about the paedophile ring to a high ranking MP. Cast etc - see 16 Jan.

20 Jan: The Corrupted, 10
Brian faces a life sentence for a murder he says he did not commit. Joseph claims to be pulling strings to get him off. Cast etc - see 16 Jan.

21 Jan: Saturday Play: Boswell At Large
By David Ashton; a Corsican adventure based on Boswell's Corsican journals, which were written when Boswell visited Corsica in the 1760s. Boswell: Lorn MacDonald, Jacob: Alasdair Hankinson, Luigi: Andy Clark, Padre Guilio: David Ashton, Countess: Anita Vettesse, Ambrosio: Jimmy Chisholm, Paoli: Gavin Mitchell. Producer: Kirsty Williams.

22 Jan: The Story of a New Name,2
By Elena Ferrante. A novel about two lifelong female friends, adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Indie (Pier Productions).Lila: Anastasia Hille, Lena: Monica Dolan, young Lila: Chloe Harris, young Lena: Daisy Tomkinson, with Tom Varey, Harriet Waters, Luke Williams, Lee Rufford, Adam Long, Joseph Palmer, Sam Lupton, Josh Bolt, Claudia Jolly, Kathryn Drysdale, Bessie Carter, Nelly Harker, Brian Fletcher, Sara Markland, Jane Whittenshaw, David Collings, Josh Dylan, Sylvester le Touzel, Becky Hindley, Ferdinand Kingsley, James Joyce. Producer: Celia de Wolff.

23 Jan: Talk To Me
By Sara Davies. The play is set in 1873; an interviewer appears on the doorstep of Karl Marx's house and passes a day with him. Karl: Matt Berry, Eleanor Marx: Nadia Hynes, Helene Demuth: Pippia Haywood, Freddy Demuth: Euan Shanahan, interviewer/Director: Mary Ward-Lowery (who also produced the play).

24 Jan: Mrs. Robinson, I Presume
By Tracy-Ann Oberman. The play is about the making of Mike Nichols' film 'The Graduate'. Mike Nichols: John Simm, Lawrence Turman: Paul Kaye, Anne Bancroft: Tracy-Ann Oberman, Dustin Hoffman: Kevin Bishop, Gene Hackman: Terry Mynott, Mel Brooks: Steve Furst, Ava Gardner: Lorelei King. Producer: Liz Anstee. Rpt.

25 Jan: The Giffnock Girls: of the Dark Past
By Marcella Evaristi. Comic drama set in Glasgow following two old schoolfriends who struggle to leave their past lives behind as they face a future without the men they married. Bianca: Siobhan Redmond, Gail: Maureen Beattie, Sammi: Daniel Boyd,

26 Jan: The Comets
By Eoin McNamee. A terminally ill woman, June, takes her daughter to the town where she was born. The girl meets a solitary man who looks after large numbers of birds.Kirstie: Erin Galway-Kendrick, Hagan: B.J.Hogg, Eddie: Ciaran McMenamin, June: Mary Moulds, Sgt. White: Kieran Lagan, Dr. McAnulty: Laura Hughes, newsreader: Nikki Gregg. Producer: Heather Larmour.

27 Jan: Pleading
By Rob Drummond. Two teenagers have been on a gap year travelling the world. Their holiday has an abrupt change of direction when, after spending some time in Australis, they enter a Far East country and something is discovered in their luggage. Freya: Kim Allan, Michael: Brian Vernal, Rasiah: Atta Yaqub. Producer: David Ian Neville. Jane Anderson liked this; her review in RT describes it as a tightly plotted drama, with the listener switching empathy from the teenagers to the barrister doing her best to defend them.

28 Jan: Saturday Play: Inspector Chen, 1
Episode title- A Tale of Two Cities. By Qiu Xiaolong, dram. John Harvey. Series 2, new. Inspector Chen is now Special Envoy to the Emperor. His first task in the role is to investigate the death of the head of Shanghai's anti-corruption squad. Chen: Jamie Zubairi, Yu: Dan Li, Catherine Rohn: Pippa Beckett-Warner., Zhao: Louise Mal newberry, Dong: Nicholas Murchie, Gu: John Dougall, Bao: John Bowler, Secretary: Kezia Joseph, reporter: Gavi Singh Chera. Producer: David Hunter.

29 Jan: Classic Serial slot: Aurora Leigh
By Elizabeth B. Browing. Epic poem dramatised by M.S.Roberts. Aurora Leigh: Joanna Vanderham, Romney Leigh: Bryan Dick, Marian Erie: Emily Pithon, Lady Waldemar: Rosina Carbone, Lord Howe: Toby Hadoke. Producer: Charlotte Riches. The incidental music drew praise from RT's reviewer, Chris Gardner.

30 Jan: Comment Is Free
By James Fritz, rpt. This play won the Imison and the Tinniswood Awards, announced on 29 Jan (yesterday) at the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House. A woman with an outspoken media-man as a husband goes through very hard times after he goes a step too far on a television programme and someone stabs him. The play then speculates about the sickly social-media aftermath to the event by the very people who said he deserved to be done away with. You can imagine it ... platitudes plastered all over Facebook and Twitter, followed by the ubiquitous and mindless 'Share if you Agree'. Frighteningly realistic. Hilary Cooper: Rachel Stirling, Alistair Cooper: Tobias Menzies. Producer: Becky Ripley.

31 Jan: All Mouth and Trousers
By Mark Burgess, rpt. Married couple Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps recall their struggle to create the television series "All Gas & Gaiters". Pauline and Edwin appear as themselves; young Pauline: Lily-Fleur Bradbury, young Edwin: James Joyce, Frank Muir: John Sessions, Stuart Allen: Nicholas Boulton, William Mervyn: Gareth Williams, Robertson Hare: Trevor Littledale, Derek Nimmo: Zeb Soames, John Barron: David Collings. Produced by David Blount.

1 Feb: My Dad Keith
By Maxine Peake. Steph is approaching her 40th birthday and begins to reflect on her life and the quest to find her father's identity. Rpt. Steph: Maxine Peake, Carole: Siobhan Finneran, Jeff: Mike Joyce, young Jeff: Nico Mirallegro, young Steph: Rebecca Ryan, Lily: Rachel Austin, Grandad: Roger Morlidge. Producer: Michelle Choudhry.

2 Feb: Red and Blue, 1: Sacrifice
By Philip Palmer, rpt. Ex-army Lt-Col Bradley Shoreham is a war games expert. Governments and corporations pay big money for his expertise to train their staff how to respond to emergencies. In this play he attempts to get a highly skilled virus expert to assist him in planning and running a civil-emergency exercise; the scenario is that a new pandemic is breaking out. How will the emergency planning departments cope? Shoreham: Tim Woodward (RT said Toby Swift took Bradley's part - not so!), the doctor: Harriet Walter. Producer: Toby Swift.

3 Feb: Inventing Scotland
By Mike Harris, rpt. from 2 Jan 15. Comedy. It is 1822 and King George is coming to Edinburgh. Novelist Walter Scott has a fortnight to create a patriotic, nation-binding spectacle which will avert revolution, save the Union, earn the monarch's gratitude, and rescue himself from imminent bankrupcy. Lockhart: Stuart McQuarrie, Scott: Eric Potts, King George: Nick Blane, with Seamus O'Neill, Fiona Clarke and Drew Caine. Producer: Gary Brown. [Note this week we have had 5 repeats in a row....-Ed]

4 Feb: Saturday Play: Inspector Chen, 2
By Qiu Xiaolong, dram. Joy Wilkinson. A serial killer is on the loose, but Inspector Chen is working on a corruption case, forcing the homicide division to look in some unwelcome high-up places for the perpetratror. Chen: Jamie Zubairi, Yu: Dan Li, Secretary Li: Daniel York, Hong: Vera Chok, Jia Ming: Nicholas Murchie, White Cloud: Elizabeth Chan, Xia: Natasha Cowley, Comrade Fan: John Bowler, Kong: Alison Belbin, Sergeant Qi: Gavi Singh Chera, Shen Wenchang: David Sterne, Director Zhong: John Dougall, hotel manager: Finlay Robertson, receptionist: Catriona McFarlane. Producer: Toby Swift.

5 Feb: Classic Serial slot: A Little Princess, 1
By Frances Burnett, dram. Kate Clancy. A boarding school pupil suffers a setback when her father's fortune is lost. Sara: Archie Panjabi, Becy Perkins: Clare Perkins, Miss Minchin: Rebecca Front, young Sara: Nishi Maide, young Becky: Polly Allen, Captain Crewe: Tom Forrister, Miss Amelia: Adie Allen, Lavinia: Rebecca Hamilton, Little Lottie: Jocelyn McNab, Ermengarde: Lucy Hutchinson, Mr. Barrow: Jonathan Forbes, Ram Dass: Sagar Radia, Mrs. Herbert: Elizabeth Bennett.Producer: Jonquil Panting.

6 Feb: The Transfer
By Nick Perry, rpt from 2015. Danny is a football agent negotiating a deal to bring Serbian player Slavko to Britain. Unfortunately Slavko's girlfriend reports that he hasn't returned home from a night out. Danny's problems start to mount. Danny: David Schofield, Jonathan/Keith: Daniel Abelson, Frankie/Samira: Rachel Austin, Steve/Graham/Barman: Simon Armstrong, Peter/Mr. Agnihotri: Chris Donnelly, Lewis: David Hounslow, Stanislav: Velibor Topic, Slavko: Mirza Koluder, Ian Dennis: himself. Produced by Toby Field.

7 Feb: The Ethical Hacking Bureau
By David Leddy. Barbata is the glamorous and slightly bored wife of a Tory grandee. She thinks he might be having an affair. She hacks his phone but instead of an affair, uncovers something worse. Barbara: Patricia Hodge, Lucinda: Anita Wetesse, Nicky: Sarak Niles, Tom: Robin Laing, with Maryam Hamidi (who plays three parts) and Finlay Welsh. Producer: Kirsty WIlliams.

8 Feb: My Mother Taught Me How To Sing
By Daf James; drama-doc. Daf and his partner want to adopt a child, but when Daf's mother dies, he wonders if he has the necessary qualities to be a parent.He returns to his childhood home and with the help of some cassette recordings made of him growing up, Daf attempts to uncover what it means to be a mother. Daf: himself, little Daf: Lewis Howe, Dawn: Mali Matthews, social worker: Eiry Thomas. Producer: James Robinson.

9 Feb: Red and Blue, 2: Ransomeware
By Philip Palmer, rpt. Bradley Shoreham, the war-games expert, puts a city hedge fund's cyber defences to the test. Although Bradley is barely computer-literate, he puts together a box of tricks for the firm's IT experts to deal with. The crisis generated simulates what could happen if a multi-million pound business were brought to its knees. Bradley: Tim Woodward, Malcolm: Michael Bertenshaw, Toby: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Andrea: Lydia Leonard, Danny: Matthew Watson, Geoff: David Seddon, Melissa: Philippa Stanton, IT analyst: Ben Crowe, senior manager: Hannah Wood. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko, director: Eoin O'Callaghan.

10 Feb: The Thickness
By Daniel Lawrence Taylor.Satire. Marcus is a great father, so why is his 14-year-old daughter pregnant "by boredom" and his 17-year-old son trying to get off with his own 21-year-old girlfriend? Also, why doesn't his ex-partner talk to him any more? Marcus: Jason Barnett, Grace: Clare Perkins, Eli: McKell David, Nathan: Samsom Kayo, Lyeasha: Keziah Joseph, Clifford: Alex Lanipekun, Andre: Percelle Ascott, Nadine: Yasmin Monet Prince. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

11 Feb: Saturday Play: Inspector Chen, 3
By Qiu Xiaolong, dram. Joy Wilkinson. Chen investigates a sudden change in the fortunes of the grand-daughter of chairman Mao's mistress. Chen: Jamie Zubairi, Yu: Dan Li, Mr. Xie: David yip, Jiao: Alice Hewkin, Old Hunter: David Hounslow, Lt. Song: Chike Chan, Long: Paul Chan, Yong: Keziah Joseph, Peng: David Sterne, Gu: John Dougall, Hua: John Bowler, Ling: Natasha Cowley, maid: Catriona McFarlane. Producer: Toby Swift.

12 Feb: A Little Princess, 2
By Frances Burnett, dram. Kate Clanchy, conclusion. Sara: Archie Panjabi, Becky Perkins: Clare Perkins, Miss Minchin: Rebecca Front, young Sara: Nishi Maide, young Becky: Polly Allen, Ram Dass: Sagar Radia, Mr. Carrisford: James Lailey, Mr. O'Neill: Nick Underwood, Miss Amelia: Adie Allen, Lavinia: Rebecca Hamilton, Ermengarde: Lucy Hutchinson, Anne: Kirsty Oswald, Ram Dass: Sagar Radia, Mrs. Brown: Elizabeth Bennett. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

13 Feb: Borderland
By Sarah Woods; thriller, from an idea by John Norton, based on real stories of migrants. In the near future, a mother and daughter travel across the borders of England and Wales and over the Irish Sea in search of a better life. Layla: Juliet Cowan, Rabaa: Sirine Saba, with Ali Ariaie, Esme Robinson, John Norton, Ali Goolyad, Sion Pritchard and Claire Cage. Producer: James Robinson, BBC Wales.

14 Feb: Hashtag Love
By Peter Souter. A live romantic comedy set behind the fictional scenes of The Archers. The drama reacts to listeners' social media comments as it tells the story of an unravelling romance. Ruth Jones, Stephen Tomkinson. Sound: Nigel Lewis, produced by Alison Hindell. BBC Wales.

15 Feb: Love Me
By Sarah Cartwright; her third radio play. Maggie is hopelessly devoted to her ex-boyfriend but then discovers that he's about to cohabit with someone else. The first radio play in which I've heard reference to LARP (Live Action Role-Play). (....All the characters in this play seems a little bit nuts - Ed.) Maggie: Alexandra Roach, Wes: Marcus Garvey, Ed: Jonathan Bailey, Katrina: Bekka Bowling, Stan: Finlay Robertson, Ellie: Kezian Joseph, Mum: Alison Belbin, waiter/friend: Leo Wan, Therapist: Karen Bartke. Produced by Sally Avens.

16 Feb: Red and Blue,3
Episode title: Shadow, rpt. The play is set on a North Sea oil rig. Bradley's exercise is designed to push the crew of the rig to the limit. Bradley Shoreham: Tim Woodward, Tom: Liam Brennan, with Sean Murray, Christine Kavanagh, Roshan Rohatgi, Philippa Stanton, David Seddon and Ben Crowe. Producers: Sasha Yevtushenko and Toby Swift. Director: Toby Swift.

17 Feb: Romance is Dead
By Ben Lewis; comedy drama about an unwilling psychic: a young woman who sees dead people. Lauren: Alexandra Roach, Jamie: Kieran Hodgson, Tim: Joseph Arkley, Jo: Karen Bartke, Celia: Elizabeth Bennett, Reginald: Dennis Herdman. Producer: Kirsty Williams.

18 Feb: Saturday Play - Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell
By Keith Waterhouse, rpt from 2015, 90m, recorded in Gerry's Club in Dean St., Soho. A biographical play about the Spectator columnist, set early in the morning in a pub. Broadcast to commemorate John Hurt, who died recently. JB: John Hurt, Elizabeth Smart: Nicola McAuliffe, Casper: Jeff Rawle, Mistress: Amelia Bullmore, Tom: Miles Jupp. Produced by Celia de Wolff.

19 Feb: Classic Serial slot: Ann Veronica
By Herbert Wells, dram. Ellen Dryden. A woman rebels against the restrictions placed on her by her family. Wells: Bill Nighy, Ann Veronica Stanley: Amy Hoggart, Mr. Stanley: Geoffrey Whitehead, Aunt Molly: Ruth Alexander Rubin, Ramage: Jonathan Keeble, Manning: Henry Devas, Teddy: Ashley Margolis, Constance: Emily Pithon, Miss Miniver: Victoria Brazier. Producer: Pauline Harris.

20 Feb: What Will Survive
By Morwenna Banks. Her second play for radio (the first one won the Tinniswood Award a while back). Kate and Ash both lose their mothers in quick succession and find their grief puts a strain on their relationship. Kate: Rebecca Front, Ash: Ramon Tikaram, Conlith: Gary Lilburn, Ruth: Cheryl Campbell, Liam: Daniel Weyman, with Vinette Robinson, Ezra Banks, Zaak Conway, Siddiqua Akhtar, Simon Lipson, Morwenna Banks. Producer: Heather Larmour; BBC Northern Ireland.

21 Feb: A World Elsewhere, 1
By Clara Glynn, set in Glasgow, illustrating a Muslim youth's path to radicalization. Rida argues with her mother, stresses about exams, and spends too long on her computer, but the escape she dreams of contains dangers she has yet to imagine. Rida: Shabana Bakhsh, Samera: Nalini Chetty, Maisie: Nicola Roy, Scott: Brian Vernel, Amir: Umar Ahmed, Jasleen: Roxana Vilk. Producer: David Ian Neville.

22 Feb: A World Elsewhere, 2
By Clara Glynn. Rida comes back from Syria. On her return she is arrested. The play explores what could be next for her. Rida: Shabana Bakhsh, Samera: Nalini Chetty, Amir: Susheel Kumar, Tariq: Atta Yaqub, with Emma Hartley-Miller and Paul Kozinski. Producer: David Ian Neville.

23 Feb: Inappropriate Relationships, 1
By Chris Reason. New 5-part series. The body of a teenage girl has been discovered. Members of an Asian grooming gang have been arrested, and tensions are running high. A local probation officer hears some rumours of foul play, and then her own daughter goes missing. Rachel, the probation officer: Rosie Cavaliero, Paul: Shaun Dooley, Chloe: Shannon Flynn, Peter: Nick Murchie, Father Fitzgerald: Finlay Robertson, Leo: Martin Savage, Stokes: John Dougall, Mrs. Monroe: Karen Bartke, DJ: Catriona Mcfarlane, reporter: John Bowler, newsreader: Alison Belbin. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

24 Feb: Control
By Adrian Penketh. A play about dramatic events in the world of air traffic control. Rob: Robert Emms, Megan: Michelle Terry, with Priyanga Burford, John Bowler, John Dougall, Karen Bartke, Gavi Singh Chera, Nick Murchie, Luke MacGregor. Producer: Emma Harding.

25 Feb: Saturday Play: Herald Of Disaster
By Stephen Phelps. 90-minute docudrama based on a family's experience of the disaster in 1987 when the cross-Channel ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" capsized as it sailed out of Zeebrugge and 193 people died. Ewan Bailey, John Bowler, Ben Crowe, John Dougall, Tom Forrister, Georgie Glen, Sanchia McCormack, Nick Murchie, Chetna Pandya, Sarah Ridgeway, Finlay Robertson, Michael Shelford, David Sterne, David Sturzaker, Joseph Tremain, George Watkins. Produced by Toby Swift.

26 Feb: Classic Serial - Ann Veronica
By Herbert Wells, dram. (from the novel) by Ellen Dryden. Ann lives alone in London as she continues her quest for liberation. She fends off advances from a man whom she thought was her friend, and discovers that the love of her life is married. Then she is arrested during a suffragette protest. Wells: Bill Nighy, Ann Veronica Stanley: Amy Hoggart, Mr. Stanley: Geoffrey Whitehead, Ramage: Jonathan Keeble, Capes: Henry Devas, Aunt Molly / Miss Garvice: Ruth Alexander Rubin, Kitty Brett: Verity Henry, Manning: Toby Hadoke. Produced by Pauline Harris.

27 Feb: The Wells Way
By Martyn Wade. A fictional meeting between writers Herbert Wells and George Gissing at a crisis point in their lives. Each would like to be more like the other. Wells: Julian Rhind-Tutt, George Gissing: Joseph Millson, Jane Wells: Jade Matthew, Gabrielle Fleury: Louiza Patikas. Producer: Tracey Neale.

28 Feb: The Mark
By Karen Brown, rpt., based on a true story. An ambitious policeman is fooled into believing that his life is coming together in both work and love. He doesn't see that it will soon all fall apart. Dean: Matthew McNulty, Jen: Rachel Leskovac, Ian: Craig Sullivan, Laura: Rachel Austin, Sgt. Walker: Roger Morlidge, DI Edwards: Hugh Simon. Producer: Pauline Harris.

1 Mar: Baller
By Nathaniel Price. Meshach, a promising young footballer, dreams of playing professionally, but when it happens, he begins to question his future. The footballer: Jolvan Wade, Cyril: Cornell S John, Aaron: Sope Dirisu, with Leonie Elliott, John Dougall, Sam Rix, Nicole Abraham and Nicholas Murchie. Producer: Sally Avens. (not 'Evans', as in RT.

2 Mar: Inappropriate Relationships, 2
One of Rachel Collier's clients, a recently released sex offender,informs her that members of the grooming gang arrested for the teenager's murder are innocent, and that the real killers are being protected. As Rachel investigates, she risks putting herself and her family in danger. Rachel: Rosie Cavaliero, Paul: Shaun Dooley, Chloe: Shannon Flynn, Peter: Nicholas Murchie, with Finlay Robertson, Martin Savage, John Dougall, Sacha Dhawan, Elizabeth Berrington, John Bowler, Alison Belbin, Catriona MacFarlane. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

3 Mar: Resistance, 1
By Val McDermid. A thriller examining what might happen if antibiotics stopped working. Among the jouranlists attending the Solstice music festival is Zoe Meadows, who has left her husband and two children at home. Zoe: Gina McKee, Jamie: Jason Done, Sam: Nitin Kundra, Lisa: Angela Lonsdale, Baz: Henry Devas, Will: Ashley Margolis, with Verity-May Henry and Jonathan Keeble. Producer: Susan Roberts.

4 Mar: Saturday Play: War of the Worlds, 1
Two-part version of the well-known story by Herbert Wells. There are explosions on Mars, and then the Martian invasion starts. Dramatised by Melissa Murray. Robert: Blake Ritson, Billy: Samuel James, Ogilvy: John Dougall, Margaret: Sanchia McCormack, Curate: Carl Prekopp, Gus: David Sterne, Dora: Maeve Bluebell Wells, vicar: Finlay Robertson, Carswell: Nick Murchie, Constable: John Bowler, with David Sturzaker, Sarah Ridgeway and Georgie Glen. Producer: Marc Beeby.

5 Mar: Classic Serial slot: A Question Of Blood,1
By Ian Rankin, dram. Chris Dolan. A known criminal is found dead following a house fire. Forensic evidence suggests he was murdered before the blaze startred. When it becomes clear that Rebus was the last man to see him alive, hje becomes the prime suspect. Rebus: Ron Donachie, Siobhan Clarke: Gayanne Potter, DI Hogan: Brian Ferguson, DCI Templer: Sarah Collier, Bell: Brian Pettifer, Miss Teri: Nicola Rpy, Whiteread: Veronica Leer, Peacock: Gavin Mitchell, Kate: Eilidh McCormick, Brimson: Kenny Blyth, James: Alasdair Hankinson, Fogg: Paul Young. Producer: Bruce Young.

6 Mar: Ecco, 1
By Chris Harrald; a three-part science fiction drama. A neuroscientist believes she has brought a new intelligence into the world via the many millions of computers making up the internet. But her husband is concerned about her state of mind, and so is one of her colleagues. Jo: Hayley Atwell, Ben: John Macmillan, Dr. Swift: Pauline McLynn, with Joseph Marcell, Sid Sagar, Mia Selway and Patrick Swain. Producer: Melanie Harris, director: Sam Yates.

7 Mar: Between the LInes
By Rebecca Lloyd-Evans. A jobless divorcee attempts to put her life back together. She does it by writing and reading erotic fiction to a group of partially-sighted car home residents. They love her. Scarlett: Meera Syal, Soph: Sophia di Martino, Janey/Faith: Llewella Gideon, William/Ronnie: Paul Herzberg, Hettie: Fenella Fielding, Tom: William Gaunt. Producer: Melanie Harris, director: Rebecca Lloyd-Evans.

8 Mar: Leila's Shame
By Alessana Hall. An undercover policewoman sets out to gather evidence about a Somali drug-dealing criminal, using a hidden identity. She assumes a false identity to gain access to the Manchester Somali community. Leila, a young British Somali: Yusra Warsama, Kate, the policewonam: Jessica Baglow, Carole and DI Stacey: Julia Rounthwaite, with Yousseff Kerkour, Sandra Cole and Elmi Ali. Producer: Melanie Harris; director Alessana Hall.

9 Mar: Inappropriate Relationships,3
By Chrisa Reason. RT blurb same as last week: "One of Rachel Collier's clients, a recently released sex offender,informs her that members of the grooming gang arrested for the teenager's murder are innocent, and that the real killers are being protected. As Rachel investigates, she risks putting herself and her family in danger." Rachel: Rosie Cavaliero, Paul: Shaun Dooley, Chloe: Shannon Flynn, Peter: Nicholas Murchie, with Finlay Robertson, Martin Savage, John Dougall, Sacha Dhawan, Elizabeth Berrington, Jayson Benovichi-Dicken. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

10 Mar: Resistance, 2
By Val McDermid. Zoe tries to secure an interview with Dr. Aasmah over the research funding into the disease. The chief of Public Health in England arranges a meeting with politicians, only to find that the minister wishes to play down the situation rather than deal with it. Zoe: Gina McKee, Jamie: Jason Done, Sam: Nitin Kundra, Lisa: Angela Lonsdale, Dr. Aasmah: Chetna Pandya, Cheryl: Emily Pithon, Tomlinson: Jonathan Keeble, Gilbert/Andreas: Malcolm Raeburn. Producer:Susan Roberts.

11 Mar: Saturday Play slot: War of the Worlds, 2
By Herbert Wells, dram. Melissa Murray, concluding episode of the sci-fi classic. Too familiar to summarise here. Robert: Blake Ritson, curate: Carl Prekopp, Billy: Sam James, Mrs. Hatton: Georgie Glen, Bridgnorth: Nick Murchie, Lydia: Sarah Ridgeway, Margaret: Sanchia McCormack, doctor: David Sterne, with John Dougall and David Sturzaker. Producer: Marc Beeby.

12 Mar: Classic Serial: A Question of Blood, 2
By Ian Rankin; dram. Chris Dolan from the novel. The inspector's investigation of a helicopter crash gives a new perspective for the police on the crimes of a former SAS soldier who shot three Edinburgh school pupils. Rebus: Ron Donachie, Clarke: Gayanne Potter, Hogan: Brian Ferguson, Templer: Sarah Collier, Bell: Brian Pettifer, Whiteread: Veronica Leer, with Kenny Blyth, Alasdair Hankinson, Gavin Mitchell, Nicola Roy, Anita Vetesse, Simon Tait, Ben Clifford. Producer: Bruce Young.

13 Mar: Hancock's Ashes
By Caroline and David Stafford. Fact-based drama about what could have happened behind the scenes when Willie Rushton brought back Tony Hancock's ashes from Australia to Britain in 1968. Willie: Ewan Bailey, Brian Foster: Richard Dillane, Danny: Paul Heath, stewardess: Roslyn Hill. Producer: Marc Beeby.

14 Mar: The Ferryhill Philosophers
By Michael Chaplin. Ep. 1: Moral Status and the Golden Boy. The mother of a boy on a life-support machine asks for Joe's help with a difficult decision. Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, with Gina McKee and Deka Walmsley. Produced by Catherine Bailey; dir. Marilyn Imrie. Indie - Catherine Bailey Productions.

15 Mar: The Ferryhill Philosophers
By Michael Chaplin. Ep. 2: Political Obligations and the Occasional Toke (sic). Another tale set in a Durham town. Joe is forced to uncover his neighbours' illicit activities, and bitter memories from the 1984 miners' strike re-surface. Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, Brian: Christopher Connel, Lucy: Lauren Kellegher, with Dean Logan and Dean Bone. Produced by Catherine Bailey; dir. Marilyn Imrie. Indie - Catherine Bailey Productions.

16 Mar: Inappropriate Relationships, 4
By Chris Reason. Probation officer Rachel is on the verge of giving up, frustrated by the wall of silence as she investigates sexual abuse across local institutions. She talks to her MP.... and a secret of her own emerges. Rachel: Rosie Cavaliero, Paul: Shaun Dooley, Chloe: Shannon Flynn, Peter: Nicholas Murchie, with Finlay Robertson, Martin Savage, John Dougall, Sacha Dhawan, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Rose Morley, Karen Bartke. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

17 Mar: Resistance, 3
By Val McDermid. Civil society is starting to break down; there have been food riots. There are dead in the streets and this is causing a flare-up of bacterial disease. However scientists in Germany think they may have found an effective antibiotic. Zoe: Gina McKee, Jamie: Jason Done, Sam: Nitin Kundra, Lisa: Angela Lonsdale, Dr. Aasmah: Chetna Pandya, Cheryl: Emily Pithon, PM/Andreas: Malcolm Raeburn, Home Sec: Conrad Nelson, Health Minister: Jonathan Keeble. Producer: Susan Roberts.






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