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THE PLAYS:

1 Jan: The Leopard
By Giuseppe di Lampedusa, read in 5 chunks (not a play) by Anton Lesser over the course of the day.: 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 2.15 and 4.00. Anton relaxes at 9.45am by reading Book of the Week: Brief Answers to the Big Questions, by Stephen Hawking.

2 Jan: Me, Mum and Meena Kumari
By Samantha Baig, based on a true story by Akbar Kurtha, who is in the cast. A young actor struggles to deal with various challenges: caring for his bipolar mother, running his career, and the truth about his sexuality. Akbar: Akbar Kurtha, Zubeida: Shelley King, Uncle: Nish Nathwani, Lia: Emma Handy, Simon: Cameron Percival. Producer: Emma Harding.

3 Jan: The Receiver of Wreck
By Ben Cottam. A rusting ship is washed up on the shore in Fleetwood. What sort of vessel is it? Jen Green is the receiver of Wreck; it is the strangest case of her career. Jen: Alice Lowe, Prudence Peacock, Denisa and The Voice: Jane Horrocks, Malcolm: Pearce Quigley, Kelly: Lucy Gaskell, Adam: Tom Meeten, Jeanicia and Hannah: Hayley Doherty, Tanicia: Hannah Livingston, Ben: Ben Cottam. Producer: Alison Crawford.

4 Jan: Deceit, Desire and the Viking Helmet
By John Hegley, comedian and poet. A surreal and tragi-comic love story, with songs and poems. "John Shuttleworth" (Graham Fellows) is in the cast. The story is inspired by an Anthony Thwaite poem. Background action is provided by the football-playing children and members of the audience. From the Lowry Centre, Manchester. John: John Hegley, Mr. Cooper: Graham Fellows, Mrs. Cooper: Alison Belbin. Producer: Anne Edyvean. Rpt.

5 Jan: Saturday Play - The Canterbury Tales, 2
By the cast of The Archers, dram. Nick Warburton. The tales are set within the frame of the performance in David Archer's barn. Tellers of the Tales: Felicity Finch, Timothy Bentinck, Carole Boyd, Charlotte Martin, John Rowe, Simon Williams. THE PARDONER'S TALE: James Cartwright, Ian Pepperell, Barry Farrimond, John Rowe and Charlotte Martin. THE FRIAR'S TALE: Simon Williams, Timothy Bentinck, Ian Pepperell, Felicity Finch. THE FRANKLIN'S TALE: Barry Farrimond, James Cartwright, Annabelle Dowler and Charlotte Martin, THE BAILIFF'S TALE: Timothy Bentinck, Barry Farrimond, Ian Pepperell, Felicity Finch and Annabelle Dowler. Producer: Alison Hindell. Director: Kim Greengrass. 60m.

6 Jan: Classic Serial - Graeae's Amy Dorrit, 2
Dickens, moved to the modern day. By April de Angelis and Nicola Werenowska. Amy goes to university but has to return to the council estate when her father needs her help. She gets involved in the campaign to stop the sell-off. Amy: Audrey Brisson, Maggie: Kalijoy Perkins, Mrs. Chaudry: Liz Carr, with Ania Sowinski, Anna Elijasz, Tracey Anderson, Matti Houghton, John Kelly, Wayne Norman and Narinder Samra. Producer: Eloise Whitmore. Directors: Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey.

7 Jan: Stone, 1
New series, using characters devised by Danny Brocklehurst. This episode written by Martin Jameson. Crime drama; a body is found at a hotel and DCI Stone is forced to navigate the world of catering. Stone: Hugo Speer, DS Sue Kelly: Deborah McAndrew, DI Mike Tanner: Craig Cheetham, with Lizzie Stavrou, Jason Done, Millie Gibson, Angela Lonsdale, George Bukhari, Peter Singh, William Ash, Sacha Parkinson, Emma Cunliffe, William Fox, Nadia Emam, Simon Trinder. Producers: Nadia Molinari and Gary Brown. Director: NM.

8 Jan: Stone, 2
By Martin Jameson. Stone investigates the background of the murder victim. Details- as yesterday.

9 Jan: Stone, 3
Episode written by Richard Monks. After a surprising discovery about his key witness, Stone's investigatiion into the murder of Maxwell Foley becomes increasingly difficult.

10 Jan: Stone, 4
By Richard Monks. Stone follows some important leads as the past haunts one of the main suspects.

11 Jan: Stone, 5
By Richard Monks. As Stone gets closer to the truth, forces conspire to prevent past crimes from being revealed.

12 Jan: Saturday Play - Riot Days, 1
By Maria Alyokhina; her account of her activism, trial and imprisonment as part of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot. Part 1 of 2; conclusion tomorrow. Maria: Katie West,Nadya: Kerry Gooderson, Katya: Kathryn Drysdale, Petya: Cameron Percival, Lena: Alexandra Meyrick, Olga: Roslyn Hill, Violetta: Clare Corbett, Investigator and Judge: Ronny Jhutti, Oksana: Lucy Doyle, Bass Player and Beautician: Saffron Coomber, Prosecutor: Tony Turner, Major: Michael Bertenshaw, Prisoner: Alexandra Constantinidi, Guards: Carolyn Pickles and Jeanette Percival. Producer: Emma Harding.

13 Jan: Classic Serial slot: Riot Days, 2
By Maria Alokhina; conclusion. Production team: see above.

14 Jan: Into the Maze, 1
By Ayeesha Menon. Thriller set in London, Riyadh and Mumbai, exploring problems faced by women when it comes to sexual assault and personal freedom. Hotel worker Saira is raped by a rich Saudi guest. It throws her life, and that of her sister, into chaos. Jamila: Maya Sondhi, Saira: Aysha Kala, Najma: Fatima Adoum, Majid: Silas Carson, Zafar: Amir El-Masry, Purab: Ronny Jhutti, Clare: Clare Corbett, Sharon: Jeanette Percival, Andy: Lewis Bray, Ms. Morgan: Carolyn Pickles, John McKinley: Tony Turner, DC Price: Alexandra Constantinidi, Officer Megan: Lucy Doyle, Barfly: Christopher Harper, Fisher: Waleed Elgadi, Wheeler: Sam Dale, Jamila's boss: Waleed Elgadi, Guide: Ronny Jhutti, Judge: Sam Dale, Colleague: Christopher Harper. Producer: Emma Harding. Research consultant: David Rhodes, Doughty Street Chambers.

15 Jan: Into the Maze, 2
Jamila decides to use her vlog to bring her sister's rapist to justice, but someone wants to silence her.

16 Jan: Into the Maze, 3
Conclusion. Clare confronts Najma about the true identity of Saira's rapist. Production details: see 14 Jan.

17 Jan: Torch no. 1
By David Pownall. Broadcast to mark the 50th anniversary of the year when Russian tanks invaded Czechoslovakia. Rpt from Jan 2009. Jan Palach set himself on fire in the centre of Prague 50 years ago. He was not a fanatic or a terrorist. The play explores Palach's state of mind and asks why he did it. Indie production (Pier). Karl Davies stars as Palach; produced by Martin Jenkins.

18 Jan: The Ethical Hacking Bureau
By David Leddy. Barbara recently thought that her Tory grandee husband was having an affair. With the help of her Zumba teacher she hacks his phone, only to discover he wasn't. But it doesn't end there; next she starts to investigate her son-in-law, an MP. She encounters something more serious. Barbara: Patricia Hodge, Lucinda: Anita Vettesse, Nicky: Sarah Niles, Tom: Robin Laing, Celine/Kapoor/Miss Simmonds: Maryam Hamidi, Mr. Hooper: Finlay Welsh. Producer: Kirsty Williams.

19 Jan: Saturday Play - The Double
By Dostoyevsky, dram. Jonathan Holloway. A lonely civil servant is driven to madness when his life is stolen by a doppelganger.. The scene is changed in this adaptation; we're in a steampunk version of St. Petersburg, and there are intrusions from the 21st century along with a cyber-weapon. Golyakin and his doppelganger: Joseph Millson, Andrei: Sean Murray, Dr. Rutenspitz: Elizabeth Counsell, Klara / Needles: Kerry Gooderson,. Marmeladov: Lauren Cornelius, Raskolnikov: Joseph Ayre, Fatboy: Ryan Whittle, Maitre d': Ryan Early. Producer: Gemma Jenkins.

20 Jan: Classic Serial: Roderick Hudson, 1
By Henry James, adapted by Lavinia Murray in 2 55m episodes, from the novel (1975). Rowland Mallet becomes patron to a young sculptor and takes him to Rome to study. They don't get on as well as they both expected. Henry James: John Lynch, Roderick: Luke Newberry, Rowland: Derek Riddell, Christina: Emily Beecham, Mary: Caitlin Thorburn, Mrs. Hudson and Mme. Grandoni: Susan Twist, Cecilia: Kate Hudson, Mrs. Light: Lorelei King, Calaliere: Stephen Marzella. Producer: Pauline Harris.

21 Jan: 19 Weeks
By Emily Steel. The story of a woman whose life is in utter turmoil; she is pregnant but there is a suspicion that the child may have Down's Syndrome. Gradually the odds get shorter. Eva Myles as Emily, with: The Doctor:Vanessa Hehir, social worker: Mufrida Hayes, sonographer: Kali Hughes, Frank: Milo Robinson. Producer: Helen Perry. Eva Myles received the Audio Drama Award for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in this play.

22 Jan: County Lines
By Amelia Bullmore, rpt. from June last year. A young black woman sits opposite a middle-aged white woman on a train. Neither of them is what she seems. Joy: Brid Brennan, Umi: Tamara Lawrance, with Sean Murray as the steward, Ryan Early, Nahel Tzegai, Ryan Whittle and Lauren Cornelius. Producer: Mary Peate.

23 Jan: Spike and the Elfin Oak
By Ian Billings, rpt. First-class comic fantasy inspired by Spike Milligan's attempts to preserve the Elfin Oak in Kensington Gardens fifty years ago. Spike: David Threlfall, young Spike: Charlie Brand, Norma Farnes: Kerry Gooderson, Laura: Rosie Boore, Sile: Charlotte Emmett, Mother Superior: Georgie Glen, park keeper: Luke Bailey, Mrs. Grumples: Lauren Cornelius, Groodles: Ryan Early, Huckleberry: Clive Hayward, George: Neil McCaul, council boss: Philip Bretherton, vandal: Rupert Holliday Evans, man with dog: Ghazanfar Hyder. Producer: Gemma Jenkins. David Threlfall won the Best Actor in a Radio Drama award for his performance as Spike, and the play reached the finals (down to the last 3) for the Imison Award 2019.

24 Jan: The Thickness
By Daniel Lawrence Taylor, rpt. Described in RT as a satire about gender and power. Marcus is intelligent, cool, creative and spontaneous. His daughter is 14 years old and pregnant and his 17-year-old son is trying to get off with Marcus's girlfriend. Meanwhile his ex-partner refuses to talk to him. Marcus: Jason Barnett, Grace: Clare Perkins, Eli: McKell David (sp?), Nathan: Simon Mayo, Lyeasha: Keziah Joseph, Clifford: Alex Lanipekun, Andre: Percelle Ascott, Nadine: Yasmin Monet Prince. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

25 Jan: Hello Caller
By Jonathan Holloway. A good example of a play which works best on radio. Decommissioned telephone boxes reveal their secrets; a myriad of voices in trapped phone calls. Annette Badland, Luke MacGregor, Sean Murray, David Reakes and Alex Tregear supply the voices. Producer: Alison Crawford.

26 Jan: Saturday Play - The Bottle Factory Outing
By Beryl Bainbridge (novel), adapted by Abigail Youngman, recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House. The performance is by Diane Morgan and Maxine Peake. During the performance they break off and discuss their love of the book. Sue Johnston narrates, and Jonathan Keeble plays all of the male characters. Producer: Beth O'Dea. 45m.

27 Jan: Classic Serial: Roderick Hudson, 2
By Henry James, dram. Lavinia Murray. A number of relationships are tested... Henry James: John Lynch (narrator), Roderick: Luke Newberry, Rowland: Derek Riddell, Christina: Emily Beecham, Mary: Caitlin Thorburn, Mrs. Hudson and Mme. Grandoni: Susan Twist, Cecilia: Kate Hudson, Mrs. Light: Lorelei King, Calaliere: Stephen Marzella. Producer: Pauline Harris.

28 Jan: A Border Fantasy
By Hugh Costello; another play about Brexit. This one imagines what other possible Brexit outcomes might mean for Ireland. Tania is a business guru and boss of a global tech giant company who flies to the company's HQ in Dublin on the eve of Theresa May's crucial vote on Brexit. The under-achieving Fintan Cooke is delegated to show her the invisible border at the heart of the controversial 'backstop' issue. [Surely they should say wicket-keeper, not backstop - Ed]. Fintan: Colin Morgan, Sinead: Simone Kirby, Tania: Jeany Spark, Ross: Fergal McElherron, Douglas: Frank Laverty. Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan.

29 Jan: Chopsticks
By Jason Barker and Ellie Kendrick. Transgender play. Joanne and Pauline were teenage bridesmaids when they fell in love. Now it is 20 years later; Joanne has undergone trans-operative surgery to become a man, Joel; Pauline considered doing the same thing. One might think their reunion would be easy, considering their shared experiences, but as they say, it's complicated. The play takes a close look at gender identity. Joel: Jason Barker, Blaise: Tigger Blaize, Linda: Christine Cox. Producer: Charlotte Riches.

30 Jan: The Ferryhill Philosophers, 1
By Michael Chaplin, rpt. A Good Thing for a Good Reason. An unemployed ex-miner and a philosophy lecturer become unlikely friends in a small village by the river Wear. They become concerned with moral issues in the community. Joe, the miner: Alun Armstrong, Hermione, the philosopher: Deborah Findlay, Derek: Joe Caffrey, Gloria: Tracy Whitwell, Lucy: Lauren Kellegher, Barry: Jonathan Keeble. Indie: Catherine Bailey Productions; CB produced and Marilyn Imrie directed.

31 Jan: Pieces
By Sian Owen. A modern-day fairy tale. Ellie is suffering from a broken heart. Her sister, Jess, is the only one with a chance of putting the pieces back together. little Jessica: Eva-Marie Thomas, adult Jessica: Carys Eleri, little Ellie: Catrin Jordan, adult Ellie: Sara Gregory, Archie: Rhodri Meilir, Amy: Claire Cage. Producer: Gilly Adams.

1 Feb: Suspicious Minds
By Tom Fowler. A time-travelling fantasy, with the settings ranging from the Titanic to Ancient Rome. Mark is trying to repair a troubled relationship with his unfaithful partner so he books the trip of a lifetime involving visits to different periods of history, but without the ability to change known events. Will it work? Fran: Susannah Fielding, Mark: Tom Motherdale, Simon: Christopher Harper, Duchess: Lucy Doyle, Duke: Tony Turner, Ada: Carolyn Pickles, Greg: Ronny Jhutti. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

2 Feb: Saturday Play - By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
By Elizabeth Smart. The writer's fictional account of her love affair with the poet George Barker, written as prose poetry and published in 1945. Adapted for radio by Honor Berwick from an unmade screenplay by Laura Lamson. Elizabeth: Nancy Carroll, George: Mark Bazeley, Jessica and Amy: Claudie Blakley, Russel Smart: Garrick Hagon, Louie Smart and Mrs.Erikson: Barbara Barnes, Russel Smart, Jr: Jamie Thomas King. Producer: Catherine Bailey, director: Tristram Powell. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).

3 Feb: Classic Serial: Mueller
By Jonathan Myerson. Robert Mueller is the attorney leading the investigation into the possible links between Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Jonathan Myerson has previously written plays about the Republicans and the Clintons. Hunter: Christy Meyer, Najib: Robert Gilbert, Saloman: Ako Mitchell, Felix Slater: Nathan Osgood, George: Pandora Colin, Stormy Daniels: Nancy Crane, Michael Cohen: Kerry Shale. Producer: Boz Temple Morris.

4 Feb: Tumanbay, 1
Series 3 of John Dryden's historical saga, co-written with Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamlukslave rulers of Egypt. The city is recovering from a brutal occupation of the city by the followers of Maya, with Manel now ruling. Gregor: Rufus Wright, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Bavand: Peter Polycarpou, Alkin: Nathalie Armin, Herod: Amir El-Masry, Heaven: Olivia Popica, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Frog: Finn Elliot, Matilda: Humera Syed, Akiba: Akin Gazi, Selim: Farshid Rokey, Spider: Yusuf Hofri, Librarian: Antony Bunsee, Cafe owner: Muzz Khan, Deiner: Vivek Madan, swords trader: Nadir Khan. Producers: Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Dryden. Director: JD.

5 Feb: Blind School
By Mandy Redvers-Rowe and Sarah McDonald-Hughes. Nina joins Charlesworthy School for the Blind. Despite help from her new friend Laura, Nina struggles. Cameo parts by former MP David Blunkett, broadcaster Peter White and journalist Lee Kumutat. Other roles played by staff and students from New College, Worcester. Nina: Ellie Wallwork, Laura: Robin Kinnersley, Ms. Monroe: Gillian Dean, Nina's mum: Ellie Darvill, Ruby: Carys White, Milly: Amber Rogers, Jazz: Sarah McDonald-Hughes, Librarian: Mandy Redvers-Rowe, teacher: David Blunkett, rail announcers: Peter White and Lee Kumutat. Producer: Sharon Sephton.

6 Feb: The Ferryhill Philosophers, 2
By Michael Chaplin, rpt. Joe and Hermione continue to tackle moral issues in the community. This week - should a jobless teenage girl be able to sell her body for sex, and should the truth always be told, regardless of the consequences? Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, Vera: Jackie Lye, Kerry: Laura Elphinstone, Gaz: Chris Grahamson, Rollo Ironside: John Rowe. Producer: Catherine Bailey (Indie), Director: Marilyn Imrie.

7 Feb: Boy Fly
By Daniel Lawrence Taylor. Comedy. At a Peckham coffee shop, a street artist, Sommore, is painting a community art work on the wall. But she has moved out of Peckham to a more upper-class area. Sommore: Nadine Marshall, Michael: Michael Ajao, Ashley: Don Gilet, Tom: Christopher Harper, Luke: Ronny Jhutti, Mrs. Thomas: Clare Corbett, Pearl: Carolyn Pickles. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

8 Feb: Control
By Adrian Penketh, rpt. 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.

9 Feb: Saturday Play - Pandora's Box
By Katie Hims. The drama goes in search of Wedekind's 'Lulu' - older readers may remember the famous radio production by Martin Esslin in 1975. Lulu is every man's erotic fantasy, and therefore, worst nightmare as well. Wedekind and Lulu: Kate O'Flynn, Justin/Aiwa: Joseph Ayre, Simone/Geschwitz: Ayesha Antoine, Kerry: Kerry Gooderson, Dr. Schoen: Tony Turner, Schigolch: Michael Bertenshaw, Piani: Ronny Jhutti, the kind-faced man: Christopher Harper, Rodrigo: Don Gilet, Dr. van Zarnikov: Sam Dale, Charlotte: Franchi Webb. Producer: Toby Swift.

10 Feb: Classic Serial: The Door in the Pillow
By F.C.Boyce; a play about dementia. He weaves its impact into a ghost story. Annie's fractured sense of the world is held together by stories. Her daughter Terri starts to wonder where the tales are coming from. Annie: Anne Mitchell, Terri: Samantha Spiro, Bernie: Carolyn Pickles,Eric: Tony Turner, Father Burns: Don Gilet, soldier: Chris Harper, children: Grace Doherty, Eviee Lavery,and other roles performed by Saffron Coomber, Jeanette Percival and Alexandra Constantinidi. Producer-Director: Allegra McIlroy.

11 Feb: Tumanbay, 2
Episode 2 of 8. By Mike Walker, which was co-created with John Dryden. The city prepares for a royal wedding, and a prominent palace official returns. Gregor: Rufus Wright, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Grand Master Amalric: Anton Lesser, Bavand: Peter Polycarpou, Alkin: Nathalie Armin, Herod: Amir El-Masry, Heaven: Olivia Popica, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Frog: Finn Elliot, Matilda: Humera Syed, Akiba: Akin Gazi, Selim: Farshid Rokey, Spider: Yusuf Hofri, prisoner: Nadir Khan, Martha: Marlene Madenge, slave captain: George Georgiou, the Hafiz: Antony Bunsee, Courtier: Vivek Madan. Producers: Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Dryden. Director: JD.

12 Feb: Northern Lights
By Paul Fraser. Set in a caravan park in Northern England; the story revolves around a handyman named Tom. Tom: Michael Socha, Abby: Rachel Deering, with Mark Addy, Susan Brown, Gordon Kennedy, Sam Rix, Glennn Hirst, Kirsty Oswald. Producer: Gemma McMullen.

13 Feb: The Ferryhill Philosophers, 1
By Michael Chaplin, rpt. Episode title: Filial duties and special goods. An unemployed ex-miner and a college lecturer try to sort out moral dilemnas. Joe's elderly ailing mother wants to die, and asks her son for help. Rpt. from Feb 2016. Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, George: Geoffrey Palmer, Bella: Anne Reid, Dr. Dainty: Jonathan Keeble, Mrs. Cornish: Tracy Gillman. Producer: Catherine Bailey; indie- Catherine Bailey Productions, director: Marilyn Imrie.

14 Feb: The Love Test
By Brian Coyle. Valentine's Day comedy about meeting the perfect partner. Kate, a journalist, is writing an article about a pshchological test capable of saying when you've met the perfect partner. She tries it herself. Kate: Kate O'Flynn, Sam: Carl Prekopp, Mark: Stephen Hogan, Sarah: Deborah Findlay, Gerri: Samara MacLaren. Producer: Bruce Young.

15 Feb: Martians
By Lucy Caldwell. A young midwife prepares to begin life on another planet. She is one of the very few chosen to go to Mars. Laura: Tia Bannon, Michael: Toheeb Jimoh, Margo: Angel Coulby, Lorraine: Michelle Greenidge, Eoin: Lloyd Hutchinson, Joan: Joy Richardson, with Tallulah Bond, Ronny Jhutti and Beth Goddard supplying the other voices. Producer: Celia de Wolff.

16 Feb: Saturday Play: China Towns,1
New series of 11 episodes. A reinterpretation of the "Five Town" novels by Arnold Bennett, set in the Stafforshire Potteries, dram. Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan. It is the middle of the Industrial Revolution. Edwin Clayhanger leaves school with dreams of becoming a painter, but his father refuses to tolerate such an idea. Ephraim: Neil Dudgeon, Darius: Tim McInnerney, Edwin: Cameron Percival, Auntie Hamps: Carolyn Pickles, Big James: Ian Conningham, Constance: Bryony Hannah, Sophia: Alexandra Constantinidi, Mrs. Baines: Clare Corbett, Mr. Povey: Lewis Bray, with Michael Bertenshaw, Tony Turner, Christopher Harper, Don Gilet, Saffron Coomber, Jeanette Percival and Evie Killip. Producers: Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins. Director: MN.

17 Feb: Classic Serial slot: China Towns, 2
More from the inhabitants of Bursley and the Five Towns (of Stoke-on-Trent) between 1865 and 1903. Continues next Saturday. Production details- as yesterday, with Marion Nancarrow as producer and director.

18 Feb: Tumanbay, 3
By Mike Walker. The Blind Man. The priest warriors offer protection, but it will cost... Gregor: Rufus Wright, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Grand Master Amalric: Anton Lesser, Bavand: Peter Polycarpou, Alkin: Nathalie Armin, Herod: Amir El-Masry, Heaven: Olivia Popica, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Frog: Finn Elliot, Matilla: Humera Syed, Akiba: Akin Gazi, Selim: Farshid Rokey, Heaven: Olivia Popica, Courtier: Nadir Khan, Martha: Marlene Madenge, slave captain: George Georgiou, Balarac sergeant: Alexander Arnold, Merick: Carl Prekopp, prostitute: Marlene Madenge, Barli: Vivek Madan, Courtier: Vivek Madan. Producers: Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Dryden. Director: JD. Indie - Goldhawk.

19 Feb: Daphne and Apollo
By Joey Christie, told as a fictional documentary. Actors are interviewed in character and respond with semi-improvised performances. Daphne falls in love and in six months loses everything. Then she tries to fight for justice.Will the others listen? Daphne: Hannah Boyde, Annie: Hannah Ringham, Joe: Philip Jackson, Laura: Grainne Byre, Gavin: Adam Deacon. Producer: James Robinson, director: Rebecca Lloyd-Evans.

20 Feb: The Ferryhill Philosophers
By Michael Chaplin, rpt. from 2016. Another moral dilemma. Joe and Herminione see the wife of Joe's friend with another man. Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, Polly: Gina McKee, Andy: Christopher Connel, Sadie: Jackie Lye. Producer: Catherine Bailey [CB Productions], director: Marilyn Imrie.

21 Feb: A World Elsewhere: The Return
By Clara Glynn, about a radicalised teenager who travelled to Syria. Now she has returned and has been arrested at Glasgow Airport. A very topical drama, bearing in mind the dangers such individuals may pose to the UK authorities. The military have made their views on this clear. Rida: Shabana Bakhsh, Samera: Nalini Chetty, Amir: Susheel Kumar, Tariq: Atta Yaqub, with Emma Hartley-Miller and Paul Kozinski. Producer: David Ian Neville.

22 Feb: Sick
By Annalise D'Innella. A play about extreme morning sickness in pregnancy. Kate: Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Dr. Manning and the Smart Phone: Teresa Gallagher, Naomi: Cariad Lloyd, Dan and Nurse Craig: Alex Lowe, Evelyn: Alison Steadman, John: Sean Baker, Young Kate: Kathleen Keaney, Young Naomi: Lola Page, Sophie: Xu. Producer: Karen Rose. Indie (Sweet Talk).

23 Feb: Saturday Play - China Towns, 3
Reinterpretation of Arnold Bennett, dram. Shaum McKenna and Lin Coghlan. Ephraim plots to get rid of unwanted elements from the Five Towns, and Sophia isn't as happy as she thought she'd be on escaping from her home town. Ephraim Tellwright: Neil Dudgeon, Darius Clayhanger: Tim McInnerney, Edwin: Cameron Percival, Sophia: Alexandra Constantinidi, Gerald Scales: Chris Harper, Chirac: Charlie Anson, Janet: Saffron Coomber, Mme. Foucault: Caroline Loncq, Hilda Lessways: Lucy Doyle, Sarah Gailey: Clare Corbett, George Cannon: Gunnar Cauthary, Dayton: Don Gilet, Big James: Ian Conningham, Florrie: Helen Monks, Cassie: Jeanette Percival, Mr. Orgreave: Tony Turner, Charlie Orgreave: Joseph Ayre, Elliott: Paul Bown, Shushions: Michael Bertenshaw, David: Tony Turner. Producers: Gemma Jenkins and Marion Nancarrow; director: MN.

24 Feb: Classic Serial slot - China Towns, 4
Sophia is stranded in Paris. Hilda Lessways, meanwhile, is causing trouble back home. Cast and production - see yesterday.

25 Feb: Tumanbay, 4
By Mike Walker and John Dryden. Cadali begins a plot to take over the empire. Frog stows away on the Balarac's ships on a mission to kill Grand Master Amalric. He believes the Grand Master is destined to harm the girl he loves. Gregor: Rufus Wright, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Grand Master Amalric: Anton Lesser, Bavand: Peter Polycarpou, Alkin: Nathalie Armin, Herod: Amir El-Masry, Heaven: Olivia Popica, Frog: Finn Elliott, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Akiba: Akin Gazi, Balarac captain: Antony Bunsee, Balarac sergeant: Alexander Arnold, Madam: Annabelle Dowler, Courtier: Nadir Khan, Guard: Vivek Madan, prophet woman: Doyla Gavanski. Producers: JD, Emma Hearn and Nadir Khan. Director: JD. Goldhawk, Indie.

26 Feb: Debbie Purdy
Medical play by Joy Williamson, dramatised from Debbie's book about her struggle with MS. Debbie Purdy was a journalist whose diagnosis of MS led her to a legal challenge in the House of Lords regarding her husband's rights should he assist in her death. Debbie: Christine Bottomley, Omar Puente: Stefan Adegbola, Saimo Chahal: Saffron Coomber, Belinda: Lucy Doyle, Keir Starmer: Don Gilet, helpline lady: Carolyn Pickles, Neurologist: Tony Turner. Producer: Jonquuil Panting.

27 Feb: The Ferryhill Philosophers
By Michael Chaplin. 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, Isabel: Gina McKee, Gordon: Deka Walmesley. Indie: Catherine Bailey Productions; producer CB, director: Marilyn Imrie.

28 Feb: The Third Consecutive Event in Talbot Leigh
By Peter Strickland. Jen and Tim have booked a short break at a hi-tech luxury home equipped with a voice-operated smart speaker system. As exhausted new parents, they are looking forward to a rest, but the weekend doesn't go to plan. Jen: Maimie McCoy, Tim: Paul Ready, Jo: Stephanie Racine, Rod: Leo Bill, Brian: Carl Prekopp, Mark: Jon Millington. Producer: Peter Strivkland.

1 Mar: The Old Man In The Moon.
By Leila Soyah. A British-Iranian academic goes to Iran, recalling memories of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Darius: Paul Chahidi, Majid: Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Sara: Betsabeh Emran, Omid and Morteza: Sharif Dorani, young Darius: Gabriel Ramiah, young Majid: Zac Dowlatshahi, young Omid: Jason Nicolaou. Producer: Boz Temple-Morris.

2 Mar: Saturday Play slot - China Towns, 5
By Arnold Bennett, adap. by Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan. 11-hour marathon. Tellwright and Hilda Lessways take centre stage. Ephraim Tellwright: Neil Dudgeon, Darius Clayhanger: Tim McInnerney, Edwin: Cameron Percival, Sophia: Alexandra Constantinidi, Chirac: Charlie Anson, Janet: Saffron Coomber, Mme. Foucault: Caroline Loncq, Hilda Lessways: Lucy Doyle, Sarah Gailey: Clare Corbett, George Cannon: Gunnar Cauthary, Ingpen: Don Gilet, Big James: Ian Conningham, Florrie: Helen Monks, Cassie: Jeanette Percival, Mr. Orgreave: Tony Turner, Charlie Orgreave: Joseph Ayre, Elliott: Paul Bown, Ruth Tellwright: Rebekah Staton, Titus Price: Michael Bertenshaw, Mr. Boutwood and Dr. Heve: Tony Turner, with Sam Dale and Chris Harper.. Producers: Gemma Jenkins and Marion Nancarrow; director: MN.

3 Mar: Classic Serial slot: China Towns, 6.
Industrial action at Bursley, and Edwin tells Hilda he loves her, but true love never runs smooth. Cast and production - as yesterday.

4 Mar: Tumanbay, 5
Episode 5 of 8. By Mike Walker and John Dryden. General Qulan travels to the provinces in the hope of raising an army to defend Tumanbay. He meets Fatima, a provincial governor's wife. Fatima: Tara Fitzgerald, Gregor: Rufus Wright, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Grand Master Amalric: Anton Lesser, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Bavand: Peter Polycarpou, Alkin: Nathalie Armin, Herod: Amir El-Masry, Heaven: Popica, the General: Christopher Fulford, Frog: Finn Elliot, Akiba: Akin Gazi, Balarac Sergeant: Alexander Arnold. Producers: JD, Emma Hearn and Nadir Khan. Director: JD. Goldhawk, Indie.

5 Mar: Bathwater
By Vicky Foster. Vicky is a poet; the drama is about her experiences involving violence in family life. With Vicky Foster and Finlay McGuigan. Producer: Susan Roberts.

6 Mar: The Ferryhill Philosophers
By Michael Chaplin, rpt. 2/2 Political Obligations and the Occasional Toke. Joe has to uncover his neighbours' illicit activities and confront old betrayals from the 1984 miners' stike. Joe: Alun Armstrong, Hermione: Deborah Findlay, Brian: Christopher Connel, Lucy: Lauren Kellegher, with Dean Logan and Dean Bone. Producer Catherine Bailey, dir. Marilyn Imrie. CB Productions (Indie).

7 Mar: First Do No Harm - Elaine
By Al Smith. Drama about the NHS. I think fictional but the RT doesn't make it entirely clear whether this is a drama-documentary. Elaine Newton's husband died whilst under NHS supervision, but attempting to find exactly what led to the tragedy is like stirring a hornet's nest. Elaine: Rosie Cavaliero, Greg: Michael Bertenshaw, Rhys: Joel McCormack, Caz: Jade Croot, Niall: Joseph Ayre, Joy: Kelly Williams, Maggie: Clare Corbett, DJ: Don Gilet, Lenny: Sam Dale, Keith: Christopher Harper, Jane: Sarah Ovens, Dave: Ronny Jhutti, Martha: Franchi Webb. Producers: Jessica Dromgoole and Sally Avens. Director: JG.

8 Mar: First Do No Harm - Rhys
By Al Smith. Second medical drama about those challenging the workings of the NHS. [Unfortunately RT's writeup is identical to that of 7 Mar]. Rhys is a doctor who tries to help Elaine. Cast - as yesterday, plus Annabel Facer and Sharita Oomeer.

9 Mar: Saturday PLay slot - China Towns, 7
Arnold Bennett, dram. Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan. Darius Clayhanger faces a day of reckoning, and love thrives during the Paris Siege. Ephraim Tellwright: Neil Dudgeon, Darius Clayhanger: Tim McInnerney, Edwin: Cameron Percival, Auntie Hamps: Carolyn Pickles, Sophia: Alexandra Constantinidi, Chirac: Charlie Anson, Janet: Saffron Coomber, Agnes: Amy-Jayne Leigh, Mme. Foucault: Caroline Loncq, Hilda Lessways: Lucy Doyle, Sarah Gailey: Clare Corbett, George Cannon: Gunnar Cauthary, Ingpen: Don Gilet, Big James: Ian Conningham, Florrie: Helen Monks, Cassie: Jeanette Percival, Mr. Orgreave: Tony Turner, Charlie Orgreave: Joseph Ayre, Elliott: Paul Bown, Ruth Tellwright: Rebekah Staton, Titus Price: Michael Bertenshaw, Dr. Heve: Tony Turner, with Chris Harper. Producers: Gemma Jenkins and Marion Nancarrow; director: MN.

10 Mar: Classic Serial slot: China Towns, 8
Anna Tellwright, daughter of the most feared man in the Five Towns, receives life-changing news on her 21st birthday. Cast and production team - see yesterday's entry.

11 Mar: Tumanbay, 6
Fatima, by Mike Walker; series co-created by Mike Walker and John Dryden. The return of the General with an army from the rpovinces gives a hope of stabiliity to the city recovering from a recent coup. But with it has come Herod's ambitious mother Fatima. Fatima: Tara Fitzgerald, Gregor: Rufus Wright, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Grand Master Amalric: Anton Lesser, Bavand: Peter Polycarpou, Herod: Amir El-Masry, Selim: Farshid Rokey, Heaven: Olivia Poopica, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Frog: Finn Elliot, Matilla: Humera Syed, Nurse: Annabelle Dowler, Sisco: Raad Rawi, Undertakers: Vivek Madan and Nadir Khan, Cafe owner: Muzz Khan, Cafe boy: Yusuf Hofri. Producers: JD, Emma Hearn and Nadir Khan. Director: JD. Goldhawk, Indie.

12 Mar: Seven Five Zero Zero
By Adrian Penketh. A desperate pilot hijacks his own plane. Set in and around an airport. Steve: Don Gilet, Neil and Tanner: Shaun Mason, Megan: Katherine Press, Chris: Christopher Harper, Tim: Ronny Jhutti, Giles: Tony Turner, GG: Chetna Pandya, Prime Minister: Susan Jameson, Helen: Sarah Owens. Producer: Emma Harding.

13 Mar: The Ferryhill Philosophers
By Michael Chaplin, rpt. Thought Experiments and a Little Scrap of a Thing. Lucy, Joe's daughter, is pregnant and about to go to university. Everyone else seems to have an opinion, but Hermione, unusually, is remaining silent. Hermione: Deborah Findlay, Joe: Alun Armstrong, Lucy, Joe's daughter: Lauren Kellegher, Peter Smith: Dean Bone, Gloria: Phillippa Wilson, Gillian Smith: Tracy Gillman. Producer Catherine Bailey, dir. Marilyn Imrie. Catherine Bailey Productions (Indie).

14 Mar: An Angel in Miami
By Sebastian Backiewicz, recorded on location in Miami. Amir is a well-off businessman with a beautiful business partner and enjoys VIP club privileges. But when his celebrity guest fails to show up, he's in a bit of a hole. A distinguished guest unexpectedly offers his assistance. Angel: Joseph Marcell, Amir: Abraham Popoola, Mila: Samantha Dakin, Toshi: Akie Kotabe. Producer: Joby Waldman.

15 Mar: Five Rachels
By Katie Hims. A play about the nature of memory. Rachel seems to have discovered memories she didn't used to have. She thinks the memories are from her past, but the doctor doesn't agree. She tries to work out what is happening to her. Rachel Ridley: Rachel Davies, Rachel2: Kika Markham, Dr. Jones: Michael Bertenshaw, girl in the newsagent's: Sarah Ovens, library customer: Christopher Harper. Producer: Allegra McIlroy.






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