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1 Jan: Elsinore, 1
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Prequel to 'Hamlet', set in an alternative Denmark (and Europe) in the 1930s. Claudius, Hamlet's brother: John Light, King Hamlet: John Heffernan, The Dauphin: Ed Gaughan, Captain True: Chetna Pandya, Polonius: Clive Hayward, Anders/Dr. Swiss: Neil McCaul, Olssnon: Rupert H Evans, Yorick/Guard: Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Katya: Isabella Inchbald, Beatrix: Abbie Andrews, Archimdes and the Prosecutor: David Reakes, Horatio and Schroeder: Philip Bretherton, Lascio: Adam Fitzgerald, Uncle: Ben Crowe, Helena: Clare Corbett, Gertrude: Lyndsey Marshal, Mrs. Helgeland: Sudha Bhuchar. Producers: Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko.
2 Jan: Elsinore, 2
Continued from yesterday.
3 Jan: Elsinore, 3
Continued from yesterday.
4 Jan: Elsinore, 4
5 Jan: Intelligence
By Sarah Wooley, based on Muriel Spark's time with MI6. Muriel: Jessica Hardwick, Sefton Delmer: Stuart McQuarrie, Marcelle / Nurse: Lucianne McEvoy, Erich / Officer: Finn den Hertog, Betty: Francesca Dymond, Crips/Hans/Engineer: Robin Laing. Producer: Gaynor MacFarlane.
6 Jan: Saturday Play: Offshore
By Penelope Fitzgerald, dram. Michael Butt. Story about a community of people who live on barges on the Thames. Nenna: Hattie Morahan, Tilda: Rosie Boore, Martha: Molly Pipe, Maurice: Joel MacCormack, Richard: Clive Hayward, Willis: Neil McCaul, Laura: Isabella Inchbald, Fr Watson and Edward: David Reakes, Pinkie: Rupert Holliday-Evans, Antiques Man: Philip Bretherton, Louise: Kath Weare, Mrs. Hodge: Ellie Darvill. Producer: David Hunter.
7 Jan: Classic Serial - Midwich Cuckoos
By John Wyndham ad. Roy Williams; Graeae company's version (disabled performers). Zellerby: Tyrone Huggins, Janet: Alexandra Mathie, Molly: Cherylee Houston, Michaela: Herman Berhane, Boy Cuckoo: Adam Ali, Girl Cuckoo: Terri Donovan. Producers: Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey.
8 Jan: Stone, 1
By Martin Jameson. Ep. 1 of 10. More detective work using the characters devised by Danny Brocklehurst.A body is discovered after a fire at a hostel for the homeless. Stone: Hugo Speer, Sue Kelly: Deborah Andrew, Mike Tanner: Craig Cheetham, Jackie Stanton-Hope: Jill Halfpenny, Sarah: Christine Bottomley, Devon de Costa: Everal A Walsh, Grace Peverall: Susan Twist, Sully: Michael Peavoy, McAffrey: Conrad Nelson, with Sydney Wade, Kieran O'Brien, Graeme Hawley, Emily Pithon, Reuben Johnson, Olivia Sweeney, Krissi Bohn, Claire Benedict, David Schofield and Angela Lonsdale. Producers: Gary Brown and Nadia Molinari. Continued tomorrow.
9 Jan: Stone, 2
By Martin Jameson. The team investigates the homeless charity and the background of the victim. Stone's daughter starts behaving oddly. Cast, etc as yesterday; continues tomorrow.
10 Jan: Stone, 3
By Richard Monks. The father of the victim is questioned. Stone's problems with his daughter continue.
11 Jan: Stone, 4
By Richard Monks. Stone lists new suspects, but has to find them.
12 Jan: Stone, 5
By Cath Staincliffe. Stone finds one of the suspects. It is possible that mistakes were made in a connected earlier case.
13 Jan: Saturday Play- Mememto Mori
By Muriel Spark, ad. Robin Brooks, from the novel. Strange play about a group of elderly people targeted by a troublesome person on the telephone. A detective investigates, and everyone becomes a suspect. Dame Lettie Colston: Patricia Hodge, Geoffrey Colston: Jim Norton, Charmian Colston: Colette O'Neill, Mabel pettigrew: Monica Dolan, Alec Warner: William Gaminara, with Keth Weare, Ellie Darvill, Neil McCaul, Isabella Inchbald and Georgie Glen. Producer: Gaynor MacFarlane.
14 Jan: Classic Serial: The Driver's Seat
By Muriel Spark, ad. Beatrice Colin. Self-contained single episode. A young woman travels in search of an elusive man, adopting a series of odd personas on the way. Lise: Shauna Macdonald, Richard: Robert Jack, Bill: Robert Laing, Carlo: Cesare Taurasi, Mrs. Fiedke: Georgie Glen, with Alasdair Hankinson, Karen Bartke and Alexandra Mathie (narrator).
15 Jan: Stone, 6
Continued from last week. Stone begins to question the reliability of the original murder investigation. Mel Stafford thinks that the person who killed her brother is still free. Stone: Hugo Speer, Sue Kelly: Deborah Andrew, Mike Tanner: Craig Cheetham, Jackie Stanton-Hope: Jill Halfpenny, Sarah: Christine Bottomley, Devon de Costa: Everal A Walsh, Grace Peverall: Susan Twist, Liam McAffrey: Conrad Nelson, with Sydney Wade, Kieran O'Brien, Graeme Hawley, Emily Pithon, Reuben Johnson, Olivia Sweeney, Krissi Bohn, Claire Benedict and Angela Lonsdale. Producers: Gary Brown and Nadia Molinari. Continued tomorrow.
16 Jan: Stone, 7
The team has its prime suspect; only Sarah Martindale can identify him.
17 Jan: Stone, 8
The team locates a possible witness.
18 Jan: Stone, 9
The team is close to solving the case, but as its members close in on the main suspects, problems in Stone's personal life re-emerge.
19 Jan: Stone, 10
20 Jan: Saturday Play - Moll Flanders, 1 of 2
By Daniel Defoe, dram. Nick Perry, rpt. A visit to Newgate Jail offers Defoe a chance to meet 18th-century criminal Elizabeth Atkins, who tells him her strange life story. In need of ready money, he reinterprets her story, reinventing her as heroine Moll Flanders. Moll has to pit her wits against a world which seems determined to see her fail. Moll: Jessica Hynes, Daniel Defoe: Ben Miles, Mr. Mist: Brian Protheroe, Lady Cholmondley: Elizabeth Bennett, Jemmy: Blake Ritson, nurse: Clare Perkins, young Moll: Alex Jarett, Rob: Nick Underwood, Lucy: Kirsty Oswald, John: Tom Forrister, Robin: Sam Rix, Jailer: Sean Baker. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko. 60m.
21 Jan: Classic Serial - The Bastard of Istanbul, 1
By Elif Sharak; dram. Hattie Naylor in two episodes. The story, published in 2006, centres around Asya Kazanci and Armanoush Tchakhmakhchian. It is set in Arizona; San Francisco, California; and Istanbul, Turkey. The novel deals with their families and how they are connected through the history of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. At age nineteen, Armanoush travels secretly to Istanbul to search for her Armenian roots. (In June 2006, a nationalist lawyer accused Elif of insulting her homeland by writing about the genocide: deportations, murders and atrocities carried out on Armenians, all denied by the Turkish government).Lara Sawalha as Asya, Gillian Saker as Armanoush, with Raad Rawi, Laurel Lefkow, Nathalie Armin, Mia Soteriou, Philip Arditti, Anna Savva, Baris Celiloglu, Jonas Khan, Murak Erkek and Catriona Stirling. Producer: Nicholas Jackson.
22 Jan: 4/4: Introduction & Allegro
By Robin Brooks and Sarah Wooley. A new comedy drama recording the exploits and life of the members of a fictional string quartet. Paul: Alasdair Hankinson, Fergus: Simon Donaldson, Archie: Robin Laing, Skye: Shauna Macdonald, Lucy/Claire: Karen Bartke, Philippe/Usher/Guard: Nick Underwood, Hans/journalist/fan: Kenny Blyth. Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane. Music supplied by the Edinburgh Quartet.
23 Jan: How Success Ruined Me
By Christopher Green. Fred Barnes (1885 – 1938) was an English music hall singer known for his song, "The Black Sheep of the Family", which he first performed in 1907. Although popular on stage, Barnes became well-known for his erratic private life and was often mentioned in the press. He was openly homosexual (the closest thing to a 'gay icon' permissible at the time, to paraphrase Jane Anderson in RT). This is not a normal afternoon drama; the format is that of Christopher Green and Roy Hudd 'rehearsing' a play which Christopher has written about Fred Barnes. Cast: Christopher and Roy, with producer Jonquil Panting.
24 Jan: The Duke
By Shon Dale-Jones. Puzzling entry in RT: a one-man show where S D-J explores the fate of a family heirloom, the quandary of a scriptwriter, and a refugee crisis. "Blending fantasy and reality, it gently challenges priorities". Producer: James Robinson; BBC Wales.
25 Jan: Freezing to Death, and How to Avoid It
By Abigail Youngman. This is based on actual events. In 1739, Empress Anna Ivanovna arranged the marriage of two of her jesters. After the ceremony the couple were forced to spend the night in an ice palace. Did they survive? This is the story of what happened. Mikhail, old and young: Karl Theobald, Avdotya: Mandeep Dhillon, Traveller and Grigori Petrovich: John MacKay. Producer: Alison Crawford.
26 Jan: Culture
By Ali Smith, rpt. This is a world where antibiotics no longer work. Anna is a doctor and has to decide, each day, which patients to treat and which ones to leave. Anna: Pippa Nixon, Ned: David Calder, Maria: Olivia Popica, Shireen: Chetna Pandya, Quartermaster: Philip Fox, Celine: Sarah Ridgeway, Tom: Tom Forrister, Bailiff: Emilio Doorgasingh. Producer: Sally Avens.
27 Jan: Saturday Play - Moll Flanders, 2 of 2
By Daniel Defoe, ad. Nick Perry, rpt. Defoe is convinced that his fictional version of Elizabeth Atkins' life story will be a best-seller, and will save him from his creditors. But before she can conclude her tale, she is arrested and taken back to prison. Moll F: Jessica Hynes, Daniel Defoe: Ben Miles, Mother Midnight: Alison Steadman, Jemmy: Blake Ritson, Jailer: Sean Baker, Rob: Nick Underwood, Mother: Elizabeth Bennett, Merchant: Jason Barnett, Landlade: Claire Perkins, Child: Alex Jarrett, Mr. Mist: Brian Protheroe, Lucy: Kirsty Oswald, Mercer: James Lailey, Court clerk: Tom Forrister, Apprentice: Sam Rix. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.
28 Jan: Classic Serial: The Bastard of Istanbul, 2
By Elif Sharak; dram. Hattie Naylor in two episodes. Conclusion. Lara Sawalha as Asya, Gillian Saker as Armanoush, with Raad Rawi, Laurel Lefkow, Nathalie Armin, Mia Soteriou, Philip Arditti, Anna Savva, Baris Celiloglu, Jonas Khan, Murak Erkek and Catriona Stirling. Producer: Nicholas Jackson.
29 Jan: 4/4: Scherzo
By Robin Brooks and Sarah Wooley. Ep. 2. The Benjamin Quartet, with its new member, has played to a tiny audience In Brussels. Fergus has been taken ill with a suspected heart attack. Paul, the new member: Alasdair Hankinson, Fergus: Simon Donaldson, Archie: Robin Laing, Skye: Shauna Macdonald, Claire/receptionist: Karen Bartke, ,taxi driver/doctor: Kenny Blyth. Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane. Music supplied by the Edinburgh Quartet.
30 Jan: The Beard
By Timothy X Atack. A film actress's life alters suddenly when a beard grows on her face. She hides, but is eventually tracked down by a fan who wants to know what has happened to her. Thea Collins: Amara Karan, Collette Cibulski, Cerys and Kathy Crane: Amelia Bullmore, Sally Martin: Mandeep Dhillon, beauty therapist: Zara Ramm. Producer: Alison Crawford.
31 Jan: Wide Open Spaces
By Jane Wainwright, rpt. On the first anniversary of his daughter's death, a young father is determined to overcome his agoraphobia and visit her grave for the first time. Samuel: Paapa Essiedu, May: Sarah McDonald Hughes, Aoife: Fiona Clarke, Dad: Lloyd Peters. Producer: Charlotte Riches.
1 Feb: The Red
By Marcus Brigstocke, rpt. This won the Best Original Single Drama at the Audio Drama Awards on 28 Jan. A repeat of Marcus's first radio play, about a recovering alcoholic who has temptation offered to him when he inherits a cellarfull of wine from his late father. The recording was done on location in a 400-year-old wine cellar. Benedict, the recovering alcoholic: Rufus Jones, the ghost of his father: David Calder, Peter: Marcus Brigstocke. Producer: Caroline Raphael.
2 Feb: Borderland
By Sarah Woods, rpt. This play won the Tinniswood Award. It is set a few years into the future. 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.
3 Feb: Saturday Play - Boy
By Raold Dahl, rpt, ad. Lucy Catherine. Patrick Malahide as Dahl, the narrator. The play is a dramatization of some memories of Roald's own childhood. There are references to his unhappy years at Repton school. Sophie Dahl, Roald's grand-daughter, recalls that one treat for the boys was the delivery of plain cardboard boxes from Cadbury's, asking the boys to test them and score the bars of chocolate. Narrator: Patrick Malahide, young Dahl: Tarkan Uzun, teenage Dahl: Asaac Rouse, mother: Joanna van Kampen, with Daniel Noel, Devon Ruckley, Adie Allen, Richard Nichols, Elizabeth Bennett, Jason Barnett, Tom Forrister, Sam Rix, Kirsty Oswald, Nick Underwood, James Lailey, Sean Baker. Producer: Helen Perry.
4 Feb: Classic Serial: Bride and Groom, 1
By Alisa Ganieva, ad. from the novel in two parts by Bethan Roberts, from the translation by Carol Apollonio. The story follows the relationship which develops between two strangers when they return to their home town from Moscow.
5 Feb: 4/4 Rondo Mysterioso
By Robin Brooks and Sarah Wooley. Ep. 3. After a difficult night in a casualty department in Brussels, the quartet is invited to play at a festival in Lucca. Paul: Alasdair Hankinson, Fergus: Simon Donaldson, Archie: Robin Laing, Skye: Shauna Macdonald, Kelly: Karen Bartke, with Kenny Blyth, Nick Underwood and Finlay Welsh. Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane. Music supplied by the Edinburgh Quartet.
6 Feb: Becoming Betty
By Elizabeth Lewis, based on her experience whilst a teenager of working as an au pair in Italy in 1986. Betty: Emma Sidi, Vilma Cantarini: Francois Pandolfo, translator: Stephen Perring, Marisa: Juliet Aubrey, Illyana: Alice Coles. Producer: Helen Perry.
7 Feb: The Book of Yehudit
By Adam Usden, rpt. This play won the Imison Award. A young Jewish woman wants a divorce from her young husband, but her husband refuses to cooperate. In the Jewish world a divorse can only be granted if the husband is willing to allow it. Yehudit, the woman: Yasmin Paige, Naftali: Henry Devas, Daniel: Ashley Margolis, Baruch: David Fleeshman, Rochel: Kate Anthony, Esther: Rosie Fleeshman, Rabbi Steinberg: Jonathan Keeble. Producer: Charlotte Riches.
8 Feb: The Archivist
By Kellie Smith, rpt. was described in Radio Times as a psychological thriller. I'm not so sure; 'suspense' might be a better description, and it had a few things to say about social media and its effect on our lives. Ben starts to film his family for his personal archive which is, in itself, fairly harmless. However he then shares everything on Facebook and elsewhere. He can't spend a day without videoing something and then sharing it with the world. His partner, Clare, gets sick of it and imposes a ban. Unfortunately Ben is addicted and can't stop; he finds a workaround and continues as before. Will Clare find out? Ben: Adam Nagatis, Clare: Christine Bottomley, John: Henry Devas, Nadia: Fiona Clarke. Producer: Pauline Harris.
9 Feb: The Man Who Bit Mary Magdalene
By Colin Bytheway; comedy, rpt. A play about a religious relic. When an earthquake hits his cathedral, the Bishop has a vision of the Virgin Mary who tells him how to raise money for the repairs. There is a holy relic at an abbey in Normandy. If he can borrow it, it will bring in the punters. Bishop of Lincoln: David Jason, Adam: Miles Jupp, Virgin Mother: Patsy Kensit, Father Henty: Robert Bathurst, Brother Thibault: Kenneth Cranham. Producer: Celia be Wolff.
10 Feb: Sat. Play - National Theatre of Brent -Illustrated Guide to Sex & How It Was Done
By Patrick Barlow and Martin Duncan; performed by Patrick Barlow and John Ramm. Producer: Liz Anstee; director: Martin Duncan. Desmond Olivier Dingle and Raymon Box guide us through various representations of sex, with vignettes ranging from Oedipus Rex to Brokeback Mountain. Jane Anderson describes this in RT as "like Carry-On for Mensa members".
11 Feb: Classic Serial - Bride and Groom, 2
By Alisa Ganieva, ad. Bethan Roberts. A death destabilises the community. A wedding looks less likely. Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Jacob Ifan, Sion Pritchard, Steve Speirs, Alexandria Riley, Beth Roberts, Siw Hughes, Dafydd Emyr, Ifan Huw Dafydd. Producer: Helen Perry.
12 Feb: 4/4 Finale Con Porca
By Sarah Wooley. After playing in a festival in Lucca, the quartet is on its way home. Then the musicians receive another booking. Paul: Alasdair Hankinson, Fergus: Simon Donaldson, Archie: Robin Laing, Skye: Shauna Macdonald, Kelly: Karen Bartke, with Laurie Brown and Kyle Gardiner. Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane. Music supplied by the Edinburgh Quartet.
13 Feb: The Things we Never Said
By Ming Ho, rpt. A play focusing on the bond between mother and daughter. Woman: Lia Williams, Mother: Sian Phillips. Producer: Abigail le Fleming.
14 Feb: The B Towns - The Punjab
By Phil Davies. First of three dramas set in neglected Lancashire towns. A family restaurant is being closed as part of a lucrative mill development. Bilal: Shane Zaza, Troy and DJ: Reuben Johnson, Sarah: Jenny Platt, Khalid and Fleck: Sushil Chudasama, Anjam: Bhasker Patel, Zainab: Rani Moorthy, DC Carney: Leah Marks, friends: Molly Ehrenberg-Peters, Daniel Hand and Jake Talbot. Producer: Gary Brown.
15 Feb: The B Towns - All the Beauty in the World
By Eve Steele. Set in Essex. A young woman graduates and then goes home, but there's not much hope of finding a good job, in spite of the degree. Sarah: Jenny Platt, Adrian: Wilf Scolding, Dave: Andrew Westfield, Jacqui: Susan Twist, Lee: Gary Wood, Michelle: Siobhan Finneran. Producer: Gary Brown.
16 Feb: The B Towns - Connor's Song
By Michael Stewart. Two mothers, from Poland and from Yorkshire, are hit by devastating news. Michelle: Siobhan Finneran, Amanda: Angela Lonsdale, Dad: Seamus O'Neill, Ruth: Mille Rose Kinsey, Halina: Aneta Piotrowska, Brandon: Nico Mirallegro, pianist: Simon Hoban. Producer: Pauline Harris.
17 Feb: Saturday Play - Dead Ringers - An Alien has Landed
"Dead Ringers" started in 2000. After 18 series, the team has come up with a radio drama. An alien named Geoff lands in Britain. The plot involves 'Strictly' and 'Bake Off'; other than that, I know nothing. Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stevenson, Duncan Wisbey. No author credited in RT; producer Bill Dare. 45m
18 Feb: Classic Serial slot: The Robber Bride, 1
By Margaret Attwood; dram. in 2 parts by Sarah Wooley (though Sarah not credited in RT). This is part of the 'Riot Girls' season.Jane Anderson, in RT, tells us that the story was inspired by the Grimms' fairy tale "The Robber Bridegroom". Zenia, a frightful woman, lures three men into her lair. Zenia: Tanya Moodie, Roz: Teresa gallagher, Tony: Barbara Barnes, Charis: Isabella Inchbald, West: David Reakes, Billy: Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Uncle Vern: Rupert Holliday-Evans. Producer: Marion Nancarrow.
19 Feb: Polygamy for Girls
By Julie Mayhew. 'Riot Girls' season. A feminist vlogger carries out a radical domestic experiment. Chloe: Lauren Cornelius, Dan: Luke Bailey, Rosa: Aneta Piotrowska, Gemma: Rebecca Humphries, Barbara: Belinda Lang. Producer: Emma Harding.
20 Feb: Male Order
By Ming Ho. Comedy drama. 'Riot Girls' season. Barbara, a 59-year-old dentist from Bristol, surprises her family when she returns from Brazil with a new husband, a 20-year-old waiter. Barbara: Belinda Laing, Fabio: Lino Facioli, Sue: Carolyn Pickles, Graham: Niel McCaul, Amy: Kerry Gooderson, Matt: Luke Bailey, Dorota: Edyta Budnik, DI Aplin: Rupert Holliday-Evans, DC Begum: Amber Aga, Chloe: Lauren Cornelius, Gemma: Rebecca Humphries. Producer: Emma Harding.
21 Feb: Unfit
By Katherine Jakeways. 'Riot Girls' season. Gemma confides in her new friend Kirsty. Gemma chose to leave her children. Gemma: Rebecca Humphries, Kirsty: Emerald O'Hanrahan, Matt: Rylan Early, Joe: Joe Sims, Emily: Karen Bryson, Gabs: Florence Duncalf, Charlie: Billy Duncalf, Mother: Amber Aga, teacher: Georgie Glenn, Pete: Clive Hayward, Chloe: Lauren Cornelius, Barbara: Belinda Lang. Producer: Emma Harding.
22 Feb: Rumpole - Rumpole on Trial
By John Mortimer, ad. Richard Stoneman, rpt. Rumpole accuses a judge of misleading the jury and gets severely admonished. He frinds himself on trial. Julian Rhind-Tutt as Rumpole, with Jasmine Hyde as Hilda, Cathy Sara, Gus Brown, Nigel Anthony as Justice Gwent-Evans and Erskine-Brown, Michael Cochrane, Stephen Critchlow. Producer: Catheine Bailey; director Marilyn Imrie. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).
23 Feb: Rumpole - Rumpole and Hilda
By John Mortimer, ad. Richard Stoneman, rpt. A story in which the friction between Hilda and Rumpole is central. A solicitor asks Rumpole to defend a man who is accused of murdering his father. The solicitor is well-groomed, charming and sensitive, unlike Hilda's tiresome husband. Rumpole: Julian Rhind-Tutt, with Jasmine Hyde, Stuart McQuarrie, Nigel Anthony as Erskine-Brown, Stephen Critchlow and Cathy Sara. Producer: Catheine Bailey; director Marilyn Imrie. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).
24 Feb: Saturday Play - The Good Companions
By John Priestley, dram. John Retallack. A factory worker from Yorkshire sets off to make his fortune. He joins a concert troupe. Jess Oldroyd, the hero: Ralph Ineson, Miss Trant: Fenella Woolgar, Jimmy Nunn: Roy Hudd, Inigo Jollifant: Oliver Gomm, Susie Dean: Isabella Inchbald, Mr. Ridvers: Gerard McDermott, Mrs. Joe: Ellie Darvill, Monte Mortimer: Clive Hayward, Leonard Oldroyd: Gary Duncan, Mr. Joe: Philip Bretherton, Morton Mitcham: Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Jerry Jerningham: Adam Fitzgerald, Agent: Rupert Holliday Evans, Inspector: David Reakes. Producer: David Hunter. Music: Neil Brand. 90m. Previous versions include the three-part Eric Pringle dramatization (2002) and the 13-episode version by Neville Teller in 1971.
25 Feb: Classic Serial slot: The Robber Bride, 2
By Margaret Atwood, dram. Sarah Wooley (credited this time in RT). Reworking of a Grimm fairy tale.
Conclusion. No description, to avoid spoilers. Zenia: Tanya Moodie, Roz: teresa Gallagher, Tony: Barbara Barnes, Charis: Isabella Inchbald, Mitch: Trevor White, Harriet: Kath Weare, Larry: Adam Fitzgerald, Alma: Abbie Andrews. Producers: Abigail le Fleming and Marion Nancarrow.
26 Feb: Twenty-four hours from Tulse Hill
By Guy Meredith and Zalie Burrow. Romantic comedy. Two estate agents, a would-be writer and an aspiring artist, want to quit their jobs . Then their boss pairs them up to sell a property to a well-off client. Mark: John Heffernan, Lisa: Catrin Stewart, Myles: Nicholas le Prevost, Bartleman: Philip Jackson, Nic: Ricky Norwood, Selena: Rachel Atkins. Producer: Cherry Cookson.
27 Feb: Louis B Mayer and the Bolshevik Beast
By Shephen Sheridan, rpt. Stephen re-imagines an election campaign in California in 1934, when the socialist writer Upton Sinclair was a candidate. Louis B Mayer:Toby Jones, Upton: Colin Stinton, Glick: Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Thalberg: Chris Pavlo, Frank Merriam: Sam Dale, Craig Sinclair: Jessica Turner, Franklin Roosevelt: David Hounslow, Felix: Mark Edel-Hunt. Producer: Sally Avens.
28 Feb: An Instinct for Kindness
By Chris Larner. A factual account of his wife's struggle with multiple sclerosis and her decision to end her life. Chris met his wife Allyson in 1982 when they were actors in a touring theatre company. They married, and divorced, but kept in touch, and now Chris is helping Allyson with one final thing - making use of the services of Dignitas. (summarised from Jane Anderson's piece in RT). Chris: Chris Larner, Allyson: Caroline Catz, Vivienne: Carolyn Pickles, the doctor: Georgie Glen, Arthur: Philip Bretherton, Petra: Julie Teal, Chambermaid: Kerry Gooderson, young George: Oliver Zetterstrom, older George: Luke Bailey. Producer: Sally Avens.
1 Mar: A Pact Of Silence
By Penny Woolcock. Play about the dictatorship in Argentina in 1976, seen through the eyes of a young woman. With Emily Berrington. Producer: Natasha Dack, director: Penny Woolcock.
2 Mar: Playing Dead
By Vivienne Harvey. Roza arrives in Erbil in the war-torn country she fled as a child, with her boyfriend Liam. She has just leaned that her father's remains have been found in a mass grave. He was last heard of three decades ago when Iraq was fighting Kurdistan, which ended with the deaths of tens of thousands of Kurds. The body is not where it should be. Roza: Nadia Emam, Liam: William Ash, Rojan/Namak: Shervin Alenabi, Ari: Murat Erkek, Mother/Bayan: Sahaniaz Hama Ali, Shad/armed guard: Aso Sherabayani, Jenny: Susan Twist. Producer: Nadia Molinari; directors: Vivienne Harvey and Nadia Molinari.
3 Mar: Saturday Play - Shafted
By John Godber. Comedy drama, starring a bad-tempered former miner and his wife, whom we follow in the 30 years after Scargill's miners' strike of 1984-5. Harry: John Godber, Dot: Jane Godber, Producer: Toby Swift. 60m.
4 Mar: Classic Serial slot - The Bethlehem Murders
By Matt Rees (novel), dram. Jennifer Howarth. Omar Yussef is a teacher and amateur sleuth. He tries to clear the name of a former student who has been accused of murder in Bethlehem, where they both live. Omar: Peter Polycarpou, Habib and Marwan: Vincent Ebrahim, Khamis: Nabil Elouahabi, George: Zubin Varia, Dima: Sirine Saba, Jihad: Seva Resalingham, Hussein: Philip Arditti, Abu: Carlos Chahine, Ramiz: Amir El-Masry. Producer: Mary Peate.
5 Mar: The Unforgiven, 1
By Barbara Machin. New serial of five episodes, broadcast on successive days. This is a prequel to a crime thriller shown on BBC television entitled 'Waking the Dead'. It is set 15 years earlier, in 1984; a thriller involving a serial killer/rapist who appeals against his conviction, claiming police corruption. Peter Boyd: Anthony Howell, Grace Foley: Sue Johnston, Frankie Wharton: Holly Aird, Mel Silver: Claire Goose, Spencer Jordan: Wil Johnson, Janny Boyd: Amelia Lowdell, Commissioner: Clive Hayward, journalist: Ryan Early, Kate Foley: Kerry Gooderson, Clive Bristow: Simon Shepherd, Eddie Macteer: Justin Salinger, Astrid Klein: Frances Barber, Diver: Luke Bailey, Marcus Perriman: Jonathan Forbes, HQGreen: Ryan Early, Roz Coolridge: Amber Aga, Sam Gilchrist: Claire-Louise Cordell, June Shewell: Georgie Glen, Mike Shewell: Rupert Holliday Evans, reporter: Ryan Early, Julie de la Mere: Lauren Cornelius, Billy C10: Luke Bailey. Sound Design: David Chilron, Producer: Allegra McIlroy. Indie (Goldhawk).
6 Mar: The Unforgiven, 2
Details as 5 Mar. Trying to peel back the layers of this old case, Grace must face her own fears.
7 Mar: The Unforgiven, 3
Details as 5 Mar. The team desperately need Frankie Wharton's forensic skills if they are to find the kidnapper and save a life.
8 Mar: The Unforgiven, 4
Details as 5 Mar. Mel Silver, a fearless 20-year old policewoman, has only two days to find the victim alive.
9 Mar: The Unforgiven, 5
Details as 5 Mar. Conclusion.
10 Mar: Saturday Play - The Chosen One
By Avi Garvi, set in India. Thriller. 45m. Inspired by the writer's experience of growing up in a commune run by a guru who was less saintly than he professed. In the play, a young woman infiltrates a secretive and sinister religious group. She is determined not to lose her freedoms. Priti: Yuki Ellias, Ravi Baba: Anand Tiwari, Honey: Shernaz Patel, Crystal: Abir Abrar, Vyras: Vivek Madan, Prince: Sukant Goel. Others parts performed by Prerna Chawla, Shikha Talsania, Nadir Khan and Chaitnya Sharma. Producer: Nadir Khan, director: Avi Garvi.
11 Mar: Classic Serial slot: The Samaritan's Secret
By Matt Rees, dram. Jennifer Howarth. Omar Yussuf joins forces with a forner pupil, now a police officer, to solve a murder at a sacred site. Omar: Peter Polycarpou, Sami Jaffari: Nabil Elouahabi, Jibril/Sheikh: Vincent Ebrahim, Roween: Lara Sawalha, Awwadi: Philip Arditti, Amin Kanaan: Zubin Varla, Jamie King: Isabella Inchbald, TV interviewer: Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, thug/young man: Adam Fitzgerald. Producer: Mary Peate.
12 Mar: Community Service
By Jonny O'Neill. Drama about a young man in court for the first time. The stakes are high. Tommy: Daniel Mays, Sam: Leo Bill, Lauren: Katie Redford, Robbo: George Watkins, duty solicitor: Ewan Bailey, Probation Officer: Richard Pepple, Magistrate: Amelia Lowdell. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.
13 Mar: When Last I Saw You
By Peter Whalley, rpt. from 2015. Psychological thriller; a young woman believes she has found the man who attacked her five years earlier. Jane: Lyndsey Marshal, Mike: Graeme Hawley, Neil: Will Ash, Cath: Nicola Ferguson, detective: Kate Coogan. Producer: Pauline Harris.
14 Mar: School Drama, 1
By Andy Mulligan. A repeat of the Goldhawk production from about a year ago. First episode in a four-part series from Indie production company Goldhawk; further episodes broadcast tomorrow, Friday and a 60m episode on Saturday. A formerly well-known TV star is brought into a failing school to help stage a production of Romeo and Juliet. As ever in Goldhawk productions, location recordings are used throughout. There are also some uncomfortable truths about certain parts of the UK education system; I hope the Education Minister was listening. Cast - Tom Hollander, Sian Gibson, Tony Gardener, Heather Craney, Rob Jarvis, Divian Ladwa, Rebecca Emerton, Rory Greenwood, Rob Merriam, Finn Elliot, Floss Willcocks, Susie Baxter, Vincent Ebrahim, and students from Portsmouth Grammar School. Music by Jon Quin. Producer: Emma Hearn; director John Dryden. Indie production, as I said before.
15 Mar: School Drama, 2
By Andy Mulligan. Deer Park Academy is hoping to turns itself around; part of the process is to allow the staging of an unusual production of Romeo and Juliet. The ex-TV star hired for the job breaks all the rules and gets through to the kids, but it's a dangerous game he is playing.
16 Mar: School Drama, 3
By Andy Mulligan. The first night looms, but there are problems...
17 Mar: Saturday Play: School Drama, 4 - Romeo and Juliet
By Andy Mulligan. This isn't part of the nail-biting story by Andy Mulligan but is the actual performance of the play within the play - Romeo and Juliet.The cast: Romeo: Divian Ladwa, Juliet: Rebecca Emerton, Friar Laurence: Tom Hollander, Nurse: Susie Baxter, Capulet: Rob Jarvis, Tybalt: Stevie Basuala, Mercutio: Rory Greenwood, Benvolio: Finn Elliot, Paris: Rob Merriam, Lady Capulet: Lily-Fleur Bradbury, Friar John: Caolan McCarthy, Lady Montague: Abby Moss, Chorus: Poppy Goad. Other parts were played by Jo McAuley, Douglas James, Freddie Fenton, Douglas Lock and students from Portsmouth Grammar School. Music by Jon Quin. Producer: Emma Hearn; director: John Dryden.
18 Mar: Classic Serial: The Mysteries of Udolpho
By Ann Radcliffe (1794), rpt from 31 Dec 16. Adapted by Hattie Naylor from the novel; Gothic horror. A woman is trapped in a castle with her aunt's authoritarian and frightening new husband. Emily: Georgia Groome, Mme. Cheron: Tracey Wiles, Count Montoni: John Dougall, Cavigni: Finlay Robertson, Verizzi: Luke Thompson, Annette: Natasha Cowley, Ludovico: Stephen Wight, Count Morano: John Bowler, Sister Agnes: Karen Bartke, Abbess: Alison Belbin. Producer: Sally Avens.
19 Mar: The Ferryhill Philosophers, 1
By Michael Chaplin. Episode title: Thought Experiments and a little Scrap of a Thing. Joe's daughter is about to go to university; she is also pregnant. Hermione Pink: Deborah Findlay, Joe Snowball: Alun Armstrong, Lucy Snowball: Lauren Kellegher, Peter Smith: Dean Bone, Gloria: Phillippa Wilson, Gillian Smith: Tracy Gillman. Producer: Catherine Bailey, director: Marilyn Imrie. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).
20 Mar: The Ferryhill Philosophers, 2
By Michael Chaplin. Episode title: Minority Rights and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Jemal fights to stay in Ferryhill after his family's secret is exposed. Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, Jemal: Danny Sapani, Jimmy Kelly: Christopher Connel, Gloria: Phillippa Wilson, Sesuna and Salma: Gbemisola Ikumelo. Producer: Catherine Bailey, director: Marilyn Imrie. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).
21 Mar: Tommies, 1. 21 March 1918.
By Jonathan Ruffle, illustrating events in WW1, 100 years later to the day. Three signallers have to make a terrifying choice: between thick fog and German stormtroopers, as they become involved in the surprise British retreat of 1918. Mickey Bliss: Lee Ross, Sapper Juma Gubanda: John MacMillan, Sergeant Desmond Dixon: Daniel Weyman, Sapper Ezekiel Warmby: Tom Vallen, Major George Fenniman: Philip Bretherton, Sergeant Castle: Ryan Early, Captain Hubert Puckle: Simon Wilson, Sapper John Quennell: Nick Underwood, WAAC Florrie Fanshawe: Karen Bartke, messengers: Ryan Whittle and Lukie Bailey, commentator: Indira Varma. Series producers: David Hunter, Jonquil Panting and Jonathan Ruffle; director for the episode: Jonquil Panting.
22 Mar: The King of the Flat White
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