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THE PLAYS:

1 Jan 20: Poetry - Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

2 Jan 20:Eight Point Nine Nine
By James Fritz and Becky Ripley. What if doping were allowed in athletics? How much faster could we go? And at what cost? A retelling of the Julian Mason scandal, a year after the closure of Project Hermes, the doping program which enabled Mason to run the 100m in under nine seconds. What drove the scientists at the heart of the project? What made the athletes sign up? And who was to blame when things went wrong? Drama-doc.

3 Jan 20: Enemies of the System
Three political discover the Chinese are seeking their advice. Two English diplomats are flying to Beijing. They meet Benedict, a former Chief Advisor to the American President. They are flying to Beijing. They have been summoned by the Chinese government to advise on how to deal with the protests in Hong Kong. Heck: Paul Rhys, Danny: Julian Wadham, Benedict: Matt Rippy, Ruby: Macy Nyman, Mai-Ling: Michelle Yim, Yu Haigwang: David K S Tse, Producer: Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish Production).

4 Jan 20: Saturday Drama - Unmade Movies: The Hook
By Arthur Miller, rpt. A 1950s Brooklyn longshoreman is fired for standing up to his corrupt union boss, but decides to fight back by standing for union president. 1951....The Brooklyn Docks, dawn. Hundreds of longshoreman queue in line to see if they’re going to be given a counter and picked for work in that day’s gang. It’s dangerous work, but with a hierarchy of corrupt union bosses all taking backhanders, they have no option but to accept. The play is part of a season of radio adaptions of unproduced screenplays by the major authors of the 20th century. Narrator - David Suchet, Marty - Elliot Cowan, Louis - Nigel Lindsay, Rocky - Michael Feast, Farragut - Tim Pigott-Smith, Piggy - Nathan Wiley, Enzo - Jonathan Guy Lewis, Sleeper - Kerry Shale, Therese - Joanne Pearce, Old Dominic - Vincent Riotta, Mama - Lorelei King, Irene - Hollie Burgess, Pete - Leo Heller. Screenplay written by Arthur Miller. Adapted for radio by Laurence Bowen. Sound Design by Wilfredo Acosta. Directed by Adrian Noble. Produced by Laurence Bowen. Indie (Feelgood Productions). About 2 hours.

5 Jan 20: Classic Serial slot: Riot Days
Rpt. of Maria Alyokhina's account of her activism, trial and imprisonment, as part of Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot. Dramatised by E V Crowe. Directed by Emma Harding. Maria.....Katie West, Nadya.....Kerry Gooderson,Katya.....Kathryn Drysdale,Bass Player.....Saffron Coomber, Petya.....Cameron Percival,Investigator Igor.....Ronny Jhutti; All other parts played by Lucy Doyle, Alexandra Constantinidi, Clare Corbett, Tony Turner, Michael Bertenshaw, Carolyn Pickles, Christopher Harper and Jeanette Percival. Guitarist....Lewis Turner. Additional material from Pussy Riot, A Punk Prayer for Freedom (Feminist Press) and Maria Alyokhina's closing courtroom statement translated by a collaborative team of translators, Marijeta Bozovic, Maksim Hanukai, and Sasha Senderovich, edited by Bela Shayevich, originally published on the website of n+1 magazine.

6 Jan 20:Road to Lisbon
Rpt. from 15 Oct 18.By Douglas Livingstone and producer Jane Morgan; a recent production from a long series of 'Road' stories which began in 1983. In each play,a specially recorded soundtrack made at a major festival is used to create a drama. In this episode, a man is caught up in the Feast of St. Anthony as he tries to discover a family secret with roots in Portugal's fascist past. Tony: Carl Prekopp, Sharmila: Carlyss Peer, Joan: Elizabeth Rider, Paulo: David Westhead, receptionist and Alonso: Andre Flynn, American tourist: Julie Fitzpatrick, Azra: Cleo Sylvestre, Fernando: Malcolm Sinclair. Producer, as mentioned above: Jane Morgan.

7 Jan 20: Seven Pomegranate Seeds
By Colin Teevan. It is summer, and a young girl is stolen under the ground. Up in the world, her mother searches for her lost child, her grief so powerful that the ground hardens into winter. The play draws on Greek mythology to weave a new contemporary story. Based on the stage play. Originally based on seven of Euripedes’ female characters - Persephone, Hypsipyle, Medea, Alcestis, Phaedra, Creusa and Demeter. Niamh Cusack, Ruth Bradley and Leah McNamara. Produced by Allegra McIlroy. BBC Northern Ireland.

8 Jan 20: Someone Dangerous, 1
By Andy Mulligan. Thriller. A couple move into a big house with an unpleasant history. It is unfortunate that only the man knows what happened there. Jed: Rob Jarvis, Ira: Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton, Mr Turner.....Harry Myers, D.I McCabe.....Keir Charles, Yola.....Emma Carter, Estate Agent.....Ewan Bailey, Henna.....Ayeesha Menon, Plumber.....Jonathan Abbott, Saboni.....Lydia Daniston, Young Woman's voice.....Jade Matthew. Original Music by Jon Ouin. Sound Design by Laurence Farr. Produced by Emma Hearn. producer: John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

9 Jan 20: Someone Dangerous, 2
By Andy Mulligan. When Ira finds the young woman's diary under the floor boards, she begins to suspect murder. But all is not what it seems. Jed.....Rob Jarvis, Ira.....Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton, Mr Turner.....Harry Myers, D.I McCabe.....Keir Charles, Yola.....Emma Carter, Coroner....Ewan Bailey, Henna.....Ayeesha Menon, Saboni.....Lydia Daniston, Voice of Young Woman.....Jade Matthew, Sally.....Natasha North. Original Music by Jon Ouin,Sound Design by Laurence Farr, Produced by Emma Hearn.Producer: John Scott Dryden Indie (Goldhawk).

10 Jan 20: My Dad's Wardrobe
By Frazer Flintham.Comedy; a 12 year old boy's attempts to recover his dad's clothes. But there's much more to Louie's mission than merely getting out of trouble. Louie ..... Aaron Gelkoff, John ..... Luca Evans, Mum .... Heather Craney, Sam ..... Ikky Elyas, Dad ..... Clive Hayward, Clodd ..... Gerard McDermott, Dean ..... Will Kirk, Mary ..... Lucy Reynolds, Charity shop man ..... Neil McCaul, Librarian ..... Jessica Turner, Park-Keeper ..... Adam Courting, Heather ..... Sinead MacInnes, Park woman ..... Laura Christy, T-Shirt girl ..... Scarlett Courtney, Swimming coach ..... Greg Jones. Producer: David Hunter.

11 Jan 20: Saturday Drama: The Dreaming Child
Unmade Movie by Harold Pinter. World premiere,based on a Karen Blixen short story. It's Bristol in 1868 and Emily, married to Tom Carter, is haunted by her first love affair with a young soldier who subsequently dies at sea. Seven years later and unable to have children themselves, they decide to adopt a boy from the slum. Jack however is not an ordinary child, and seems to know everything about his new home and family. Narrator - Anne Reid, Emily - Lydia Leonard, Tom - Bertie Carvel, Charlie - Joshua Silver, Mrs Jones - Joanna Scanlan, Miss Scott - Susan Woolridge, Jack - Jack Hollington, Peggy - Rose Leslie, Bess - Bryony Hannah, Mr Rudd - Karl Johnson, Mr Carter - Malcolm Sinclair, Children - Flynn Allen,Esme Allen-Quarmby,Isabella Blake-Thomas, Joey Price. Adapted by Joanna Hogg and Laurence Bowen' Producer: Laurence Bowen. Director: Joanna Hogg. Indie (Feelgood Productions).

12 Jan 20: Classic Serial slot: Riot Days, 2
Rpt.of Maria Alyokhina's account of her activism, trial and imprisonment, as part of Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot. Dramatised by E V Crowe. Maria.....Katie West, Nadya.....Kerry Gooderson, Katya.....Kathryn Drysdale, Beautician.....Saffron Coomber, Lena.....Alexandra Meyrick, Olga.....Roslyn Hill, Prosecutor.....Tony Turner, Defence Attorney Violetta.....Clare Corbett, Guard.....Carolyn Pickles, Oksana.....Lucy Doyle, Major.....Michael Bertenshaw, Judge.....Ronny Jhutti, Guard 2....Jeanette Percival, Prisoner....Alexandra Constantinidi, Producer: Emma Harding, Guitarist....Lewis Turner.

13 Jan 20: Behind Closed Doors, Series 4, ep.1: Life chances
By Clara Glynn. A series of dramas set at legal hearings. This episode is set in the Court of Protection. Emily Cross has a history of anorexia. After collapsing at a Tube Station she has been admitted to an eating disorder unit for the third time. Emily is dangerously ill but refusing treatment. Should she be force fed? Barrister Rebecca Nyman is in court to look after the patient’s interests. Barrister Rebecca Nyman ……Clare Corbett, Jemima MacFadyen …… …Amiera Darwish, Barnaby McNeish ……Peter Forbes, Judge …… Susan Jameson, Dr Hall/George Cross ……Jack Klaff, Letitia Cross ………Joanna Monro, Emily Cross ………Lucy Wells, Dr Jude Meredith ……Debbie Korley, Stella ……Helen Clapp. Producer/director: David Ian Neville. BBC Scotland.

14 Jan 20: Behind Closed Doors, 2: Best Interests
By Clara Glynn. Esti, a divorced Jewish mother, has come to the Family Courts to stop her ex-husband changing their children’s schools. Yossi, the father, has left the Charedi community and wants his children to go to a co-ed. Barrister Rebecca Nyman represents the mother in the dispute. Barrister Rebecca Nyman ……Clare Corbett, Esti Shieman ……Oriion Ben, Judge ……David Acton, Yossi Shieman ……Daniel Ben Zenou, Simon Frear ………Ilan Goodman, Mary Bates ……Kate Barton. Producer/director: David Ian Neville. BBC Scotland.

15 Jan 20: Behind Closed Doors, 3: More than Kissing
By Clara Glynn. The Court of Protection must decide if an eighteen year-old with learning difficulties should be allowed to have sex. Harry is 18 with learning difficulties who enjoys and wants to have sex. His parents think he's too vulnerable and could be put at risk. The Court of Protection must decide what is best. Barrister Rebecca Nyman ……Clare Corbett, Harry Grant ……Ryan Whittle, Joanna Grant ……Debra Baker, Charles Fenwick-Pagett QC..Owen Oakeshott, Judge ………Dan Starkey, Ms Gill ……Caroline Lawrie, Dr Theo Field ………Chris Pavlo. Producer/director: David Ian Neville. BBC Scotland.

16 Jan 20: Behind Closed Doors, 4: Mediation
By Clara Glynn. Maud and Martin's father, a widower, has died and left his whole estate to a twenty-two year-old dog walker. Why? Will the will be challenged? Going to court could be expensive and there are no guarantees. Mediation is a sensible first step, otherwise the legal profession will probably get most of the money. Barrister Rebecca Nyman ……Clare Corbett, Martin Armstrong……Stephen Rashbrook, Maud Armstrong……Samantha Spiro, Hope James ……Sarah Ovens. Producer/director: David Ian Neville. BBC Scotland.

17 Jan 20: Behind Closed Doors, 5: The Balance of Probabilities.
By Clara Glynn. Daniel and Scarlett's baby son was rushed to hospital in the middle of the night and died two days later. Did Daniel cause the baby's injuries? The local authority has taken the couple's baby daughter into care. Barrister Rebecca Nyman has been engaged to represent Daniel in Court. Barrister Rebecca Nyman …Clare Corbett, Daniel ………Samuel Harris, Scarlett ……Georgia Burnell, Dr Bukhari ...Saikat Ahamed, Henry Neil……David Hounslow, Thomas Marengo.……Sean Baker, Sarah Maitland……Melissa Woodbridge, Judge…………Chris Harper, Health Visitor...Helen Clapp. Producer:: David Ian Neville. BBC Scotland.

18 Jan 20: Saturday Play - Animal Farm
By George Orwell (Eric Blair), rpt. One night, on an English farm, Major the boar recounts his vision of an utopia where his fellow creatures own the land along with the means of production and are no longer the slaves of humans. Before long, his dream comes true and for a short while all animals really are equal. But the clever pigs educate themselves and soon learn how to extend their power. George Orwell described his short novel as a fairy story. It's a satire on how the Communist system really works. Narrator ..... Tamsin Greig, Napoleon .....Nicky Henson, Squealer ..... Toby Jones, Snowball ..... Patrick Brennan, Boxer ..... Ralph Ineson, Clover ..... Liza Sadovy, Major ..... Robert Blythe, Benjamin ..... Paul Stonehouse, Muriel ..... Sarah Thom, Mollie ..... Lizzy Watts, With Eleanor Crooks, Ben Crowe, Will Howard, Gerard McDermott, Adam Nagaitis and Stephanie Racine. Musical director ..... Neil Brand. Adapted from his own novel by George Orwell. Producer ..... Alison Hindell.

19 Jan 20: Classic Serial slot - Oliver: Lagos to London, 1
By Charles Dickens / Ayeesha Menon, in three episodes. Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist is a powerful indictment of child poverty and exploitation. This is an imaginative updating of the story for today, beginning in modern-day Nigeria. A young orphan’s search for family and home. Ten year old Oli plays with best friend Mene but the next day, the oil company will come to take their land. When the villagers fight back many of them are killed, leaving Oli and Mene as orphans. They have to find work to survive. Oli - Jordan Nash, Young Mene - Maryam Drammeh, Agnes - Bisola Elizabeth Alabi, Saro - Charles Venn, Tinubu - Danny Sapani, Pastor Solomon - Cyril Nri, Mene - Tamara Lawrance, Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien, Jann - Alexander Campbell, Kwame - Alfie Nash, Mrs Solomon -Jumoke Fashola, Noah - Samuel Adebayo, Dodger - Nifemi Bankole, Bet - Nina Cassells. The children in the mine are played by Ethan Langley, Isiah Adeyeye, Marvellous Aigbedion and Saria Joye. Produced by Gill Parry. Directed by Michael Buffong. Music by Tunde Jegede. Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond. Photography by The Masons. Development concept written by Silas Parry. Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards. Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando. Production Manager: Sarah Tombling. Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden. Indie (CONNECTfilm Productions, Scotland)

20 Jan 20: Burma
By Mike Walker, rpt. The first of four dramas featuring episodes in the life of Eric Blair. After an undistinguished academic career at Eton, Eric left in December 1921. Unlike most of his friends, his parents could not afford to send him to University. When the girl he hoped to marry rejected him, he went Burma to join the colonial police. His experiences in Burma affected him profoundly. He later wrote of 'A Hanging' and 'Shooting An Elephant', and his first novel, 'Burmese Days'. Eric Blair . . . Joseph Millson, Jacintha Buddicom . . . Sophie Roberts, Wilson . . . Joseph Kloska, Inspector d'Souza . . . Ernest Ignatius, Burmese youth . . . Armaan Kirmani, Man on Train . . . Derek Riddell, Ted . . . Alun Raglan. BBC Wales, producer Kate McAll.

21 Jan 20: Dreaming
By Mike Walker, rpt. The second of four plays about Eric Blair (George Orwell). In September 1938, Eric and Eileen Blair leave London for Marrakech. He is hoping that the climate will be good for his health, and that he will be able to complete his novel 'Coming Up for Air'. Eric Blair... Joseph Millson, Eileen Blair... Lyndsey Marshal, Georges Kopp... Ewan Bailey, Tommy... Paul Stonehouse, With Ben Crowe and Will Howard, Producer: Jeremy Mortimer.

22 Jan 20: Loving
By Mike Walker, rpt. Eric Blair's relationship with the opposite sex could be a distraught one; over the course of his lifetime, he made several awkward marriage proposals to different women. But his relationship with Eileen O'Shaugnessy, whom he married in 1935, had a huge influence both on his life and his writing. This drama explores the nine years of their relationship. Eric Blair . . . Joseph Millson, Eileen O'Shaugnessy/Blair . . . Lyndsey Marshal, Dorothy . . . Isabella Marshall, Lydia Jackson . . . Vera Filatova, Inspector Summerfield . . . Dick Bradnum, Len . . . Alun Raglan. BBC Wales, produced by Kate McAll.

23 Jan 20: Jura
By Jonathan Holloway, rpt. In 1947, the year after Eileen's death, Eric leaves London and moves to Jura, with his sister Avril, and his three year old son. He is suffering from tuberculosis but is determined to try and make a go of living off the land. But most of all he is determined to finish Nineteen Eighty-Four, his final book. Eric Blair..Joseph Millson, Avril Blair...Liza Sadovy, David Holbrook... Adam Nagaitis, Sonia Orwell ...Stephanie Racine, Ricky Blair...James Foster, Henry...Will Howard, Lucy...Alexandra Guelff, Jane...Lizzie Watts, Produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

24 Jan 20: Five Rachels
By Katie Hims, rpt. 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.

25 Jan 20: Saturday Play - The Trial of The Well of Loneliness
By Shelley Silas. Radclyffe Hall's novel (1928, Jonathan Cape) about love between women, 'The Well of Loneliness', became the centre of a 1928 obscenity trial. It contains the passionate plea: "Give us also the right to our existence". The book became the target of a campaign by James Douglas, "Sunday Express" editor, and a British court judged it obscene because it defended "unnatural practices between women". Radclyffe Hall ..... Kate Fleetwood, Una, Lady Troubridge ..... Anastasia Hille, Stephen Gordon ..... Laura Christy, Gilchrist Thompson ..... Will Kirk, Sir Chartres Biron ..... Neil McCaul, Eustace Fulton ..... Clive Hayward, Norman Birkett ..... Rick Warden, James Melville ..... Tony Turner, Desmond McCarthy ..... Greg Jones, Court Clerk ..... Adam Courting, Court Actress ..... Scarlett Courtenay, Puddle ..... Jessica Turner. Directed by Emma Harding. Additional research documents courtesy of Morris Ernst Papers, Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin.

26 Jan 20: Classic Serial slot - Oliver: Lagos to London, 2
Continued from last Sunday, adapted by Ayeesha Menon.. In Lagos, Oli is now fifteen and a key member of a gang of Area Boys who sell drugs for underworld figure Miss Saffron Hill. High-octane capers through the backstreets of Lagos, a world of new tricks and double-edged jokes, but Oli never stops looking for his best friend Mene. Oli - Idris Debrand, Babatunde - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Nancy - Tamara Lawrance, Bill - Fehinte Balogun, Dodger - Sylvester Akinrolabu, Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien, Grimwig - Charles Venn, Inspector Ndbuisi - Kalungi Ssebandeke, Charlie - Samuel Adebayo, Auntie Bello - Jumoke Fashola, Blessing - Marlene Madenge, Zaki - Ali Zayn, Hotel guest - Ayeesha Menon, Hotel Receptionist - Samantha Mandaza. Produced by Gill Parry. Directed by Michael Buffong. Music by Tunde Jegede. Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond. Photography by the Masons. Development concept written by Silas Parry. Cultural Advisor: Onassis Andem. Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards. Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando. Production Manager: Sarah Tombling. Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden. Indie; a Connectfilm production.

27 Jan 20: Dykes - Six of one and half a dozen of the other
A new three part series by Sarah Daniels, which follows the friendship of three radical lesbian feminists from the 1970s to today, and takes in the pioneering campaigning of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the backlash of Clause 28 in the 1990s, and the more recent fractures in the LGBTQ community. Part of the fourth season of Riot Girls: provocative writing by women which explores themes of gender identity, lesbian relationships and the intersections between the feminist and LGBTQ movements. Pat.....Nichola McAuliffe, Lynn/Liam.....Jelena Budimir, Miley.....Katie Angelou, Younger Pat.....Lucy Reynolds, Younger Bex.....Scarlett Courtney, Younger Lynn.....Sinead MacInnes, Headmaster.....Neil McCaul, Pat’s Dad.....Ian Conningham. Directed by Emma Harding.

28 Jan 20: Dykes - A greater threat to family life than Adolf Hitler
By Sarah Daniels. The angry, pioneering 1970s give way to the more repressive 1980s, and the introduction of Clause 28 by Mrs. Thatcher, which said that local authorities would not be able to promote homosexuality or promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship. (It was repealed in Scotland in 2000 and in the rest of the UK in 2003.) Pat.....Nichola McAuliffe, Lynn/Liam.....Jelena Budimir, Miley.....Katie Angelou, Younger Pat.....Lucy Reynolds, Younger Bex.....Scarlett Courtney, Younger Lynn.....Sinead MacInnes, Flick.....Laura Christy, Marc.....Ian Conningham, Policeman.....Neil McCaul. Directed by Emma Harding.

29 Jan 20: Dykes: Man that is born of Woman
By Sarah Daniels - a third story following the friendship of three lesbian feminists. Pat.....Nichola McAuliff, Lynn/Liam.....Jelena Budimir, Miley.....Katie Angelou, Andrea.....Heather Craney. Directed by Emma Harding.

30 Jan 20: Torn
By Eve Steele,rpt. Sasha has done some bad things in the past. She has lost her marriage and her relationship with her child. She is now clean and wants to make amends. Can she rebuild her relationship with her daughter? Sasha ..... Eve Steele, Marvin ..... Simon Trinder, Nicole ..... Sade Malone, Del ..... Will Ash, Tony ..... Jim English. Producer.... Gary Brown.

31 Jan 20: The Lights
By Eoin McNamee, rpt.Thriller about the exploitation and trafficking of foreign migrants in Northern Ireland. Claire, retired early from the Police Force following her recent diagnosis of MS, goes to the Irish coast to clear out her dead mother's house and come to terms with her diagnosis. It is whilst here that she finds herself in the midst of a major foreign migrant trafficking ring. And the gangmaster turns out to be someone a little too close to home. Ruth Adamson ..... Emma Canning, Clare ..... Denise Gough, Pastor Adamson ..... Lloyd Hutchinson, Marka ..... Aneta Piotrowska, Maciek ..... Adam Wittek, Sam Owens ..... Tom Glenister, Jim Martin ..... Vinne Shiels. Produced by Celia de Wolff.

1 Feb: Saturday Play - Bathwater
By poet Vicky Foster; one of the Imison Award finalists this year. Rpt. The play explores Vicky's eal-life experiences of what happens when violence spills over into family life. What's the impact on a son of having a violent father he never really knew? How does society view those whose partners are violent? Written and performed by Vicky Foster, with Finlay McGuigan as her son Joseph. Sound score composed and played by Broken Orchestra - Pat Dooner and Carl Conway-Davis. BBC Drama North production, produced by Susan Roberts. 45m.

2 Feb: Classic Serial slot - Oliver: Lagos to London, 3
By Ayeesha Menon. Concluding episode. Oli has become a hardened 20-year-old, who’s forgotten his best friend Mene and all their dreams. Saffron Hill is grooming Oli as the gang’s new leader, and persuades Bill to include him in a plan that will earn them a small fortune. But when they get to the rendezvous, Oli’s kind heart ruins the callous scheme and he pays a heavy price. Is this the end of Oli’s last hope of escape and the possibility of a new life? Oli - Idris Debrand, Babatunde - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , Nancy - Tamara Lawrance, Bill - Fehinte Balogun, Dodger - Sylvester Akinrolabu, Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien, Blessing - Marlene Madenge, Inspector Ndbuisi - Kalungi Ssebandeke, Charlie - Samuel Adebayo , Auntie Rosie - Bisola Elizabeth Alabi, Waitress - Fatima Adoum, Young Agi - Sariah Joye, Other parts played by Ali Zayn, Fabio Goutet, Ewens Abid, Makee Ogbon, Samantha Mandaza, Jayesh Fernando and Kairon Edwards.Adapted by Ayeesha Menon. Produced by Gill Parry. Directed by Michael Buffong. Music by Tunde Jegede.Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond. Photography by The Masons. Development concept written by Silas Parry. Cultural Advisor: Onassis Andem. Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards. Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando. Production Manager: Sarah Tombling. Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden. Indie; a CONNECTfilm production.

3 Feb: The Hartlepool Spy
By Ian Martin, rpt. from Christmas Day 2018. Imison Award finalist. Comedy-drama. Britain is at war with France; it's 1804. Bonapart's spies are everywhere. Invasion is expected any day.Then a French ship has been spotted; it’s heading their way. But there's a storm, and a single survivor washes ashore: a monkey. For reasons which become clear, the town needs to arrest a spy. Could it be the monkey? Cavendish: Michael Palin, Rev. Ferrier: Jim Moir, Mayor Palmer: Toby Jones, Lady Enbleton: Gina McKee, Mrs. Palmer: Monica Dolan, Garvey: Jason Forbes, The Monkey: Robin Berry. Producer: Sam Ward.

4 Feb: Talk To Me: H.P.Lovecraft
By Sara Davies and Abigail Youngman, rpt. Audio Drama Awards finalist. The play is about Lovecraft's marriage to Sonia Greene, a businesswoman whose family had fled Ukraine to live in the USA. Lovecraft: John Mackay, Sonia: Tracy Wiles, Samuel Loveman: Carl Prekopp, Lilian Clarke: Sarah Parks, Florence Greene: Martha Godber. Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery.

5 Feb: The Disappearance of Mr. Chan
By Simon Wu. Hong Kong writer Mr Chan fails to arrive at Heathrow. His daughter Poppy sets out to find him. But her mother begs her to come home and keep her company. She’s scared. Poppy enlists the help of ex-boyfriend Jason, who’s an online journalist. They fly out to Hong Kong determined to research and write a story that will help get her father released, but Poppy’s mother Ada is certain the best way to help is to comply with the authorities by staying silent. Poppy – Jennifer Leong, Jason – Jeremy Ang Jones, Mr Chan and Uncle – Jamie Zubairi, Mrs Chan and Auntie – Liz Sutherland-Lim, Vicky and Security Officer – Michelle Yim. Director: David Tse, Producer: Melanie Harris, Executive Producer: Jeremy Mortimer, Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Sparklab).

6 Feb: Maynard
By Fraser Ayres. Marcus wants younger brother Maynard under his thumb. But Maynard, with help from his girlfriend Jules, is determined to turn his life around and escape a life of crime. Fraser, who wrote the drama and plays Maynard is co-founder of Triforce Creative Network and Dandi which encourages diversity in the media industries. The producer, Kathy Burke, is an actor, writer and director in theatre, television and film. This is the first time she has produced a radio play. Maynard – Fraser Ayres, Marcus – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Auntie P – Ellen Thomas, Sister Magdelene/Petra – Chizzy Akudolu, Jules – Kellie Shirley, Mama – Martina Laird. producer: Kathy Burke, Executive Director: Jeremy Mortimer, Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Sparklab).

7 Feb: Wheatish
By Yasmeen Khan. Sabina contemplates becoming a single mother, despite what her community might think. But there are more than a few hurdles to overcome before she embarks on the first stage. For British Asian women of a certain generation, life can be complicated – even more so if you are Muslim, single and heading into your 40s. Sabina wonders what went wrong. A failed marriage? Compromised fertility? Or perhaps she’s just too choosy? She confides in her best friend Amber that she’s planning to freeze her eggs, just in case. (I can't understand the title - presumably a fault in me - Ed. ) Sabina – Mina Anwar, Amber – Nadia Emam, Sarah – Jeanette Percival, Mum – Rani Moorthy, Nadeem – Esh Alladi. Director: Aisha Khan, Producer: Melanie Harris, Executive Producer: Jeremy Mortimer, Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore. Indie (Sparklab).

8 Feb: Saturday Play: Blood, Sex and Money, by Zola. Ep. 1 - Animals. Season 1, rpt. - Blood; episode title: Animals. By Dan Rebellato. The first season of 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistleblower - Zola. Glenda Jackson is Dide (pronounced Deedee), 104 years old and matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon-Macquarts. I've removed the BBC's spoilers in this write-up. Cast: Dide ...... Glenda Jackson, Pierre ....... Robert Lindsay, Felicité ....... Fenella Woolgar, Antoine .......Ian Hart, Silvère ....... Ashley Margolis, Miette ........ Shannon Flynn, Eugene ......... Robert Jack, Col Masson/Sicardot ....... Jonathan Keeble, Burgat/Roudier ...... Seamus O'Neill, Ursule ...... Kate Coogan. Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

9 Feb: Classic Serial slot: Blackwater
This is a one-off play broadcast in the Sunday slot. Rpt; shortlisted for (and winner of) 'best adaptation' in the Audio Drama Awards 2020. Novella by Joyce Oates, adapted by Sarah Wooley for radio. A young political writer, Kelly, meets a U.S. senator and the pair hit it off. They leave in the evening by car but there is an accident. The story is clearly based on the Kennedy / Chappaquiddick Island incident, in which Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge into swampy waters, got out of the car, left the scene and did not report the accident for several hours. His female companion drowned. Kennedy was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. Kelly: Lydia Wilson, the senator: Elliot Cowan, narrator and mother: Laurel Lefkow, Buffy: Kelly Burke, Ray: Chris Pavlo, Felicia / Operator: Emma Lau, Stacey / woman at party: Hannah Wood. Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane.

10 Feb: Zola, 2: Food
Rpt. (Originally ep 3 of 9 in 2015. Ep. 2 seems to have been skipped this time). Lisa Macquart's brother-in-law arrives and her future seems threatened. Adaptation by Oliver Emanuel. Dide: Glenda Jackson, Jodie McNee, Quenu: Graeme Hawley, Gervaise: Julie Hesmondhalgh, Old man / Revolutionary: James A Pearson, Pauline: Millie Kinsey. Producer: Kirsty Williams.

11 Feb: Zola, 3: Politics
Rpt; this was originally ep. 4 in 2015) Eugene Rougon was once at the heart of government, but now he is just another member of the public. Adapted by Oliver Emanuel. Dide: Glenda Jackson, Eugene: Robert Jack, Clorinde: Laura Dos Santos, Lisa: Jodie McNee, Merle: James Anthony Pearson, Quenu: Graeme Hawley, Gilquina: Jonathan Keeble. Producer: Kirsty Williams.

12 Feb: Zola, 4: Drink
Rpt; this was originally ep. 5 in 2015) As Gervaise Macquart sits across the table from a bottle of brandy and a handsome man, she realises the value of happiness. Adapted by Oliver Emanuel.Dide: Glenda Jackson, Gervaise: Julie Hesmondhalgh, Goujeta: Mark Holgate. Produced by Kirsty Williams.

13 Feb: Zola, 5: Art
Rpt; this was originally ep. 6 in 2015). Adaptation by Martin Jameson. Struggling artist Claude Lantier is determined to create new art in Paris. Dide: Glenda Jackson, Claude: Brian Dick, Christine: Georgina Campbell, Pierre: Richard Hand, Fagerolles: Stephen Fletcher, Bongrand: David Fleeshman. Producer: Pauline Harris. Produced by Pauline Harris.

14 Feb: Zola, 6: Masterpiece
Rpt; this was originally ep. 7 in 2015. Adapted by Martin Jameson. Claude now has a son and feels rejuvenated, but his obsessiion to create a defining masterpiece causes havoc in Paris. Dide: Glenda Jackson, Claude: Brian Dick, Christine: Georgina Campbell, Young Jacques: Talia Barnett, Pierre: Richard Hand, Fagerolles: Stephen Fletcher, Bongrand: David Fleeshman, Jacques: William Ash. Producer: Pauline Harris. Note that the episodes NOT being broadcast this time around on R4 (eps 2,8,9 if my memory is correct) are being broadcast NEXT week on R4X.

15 Feb: Saturday Play: Wide Sargasso Sea
By Jean Rhys, dram. Rebecca Lenkiewicz, rpt. This is a prequel to Jane Eyre, written in 1996. It has been cut a little to fit into the one-hour slot, so some scenes are omitted. The story: A woman's loss of her destiny, through no fault of her own. Antoinette is a white Creole who is married off to an Englishman, Edward Rochester, for £30,000. The honeymoon period is soon poisoned by rumours, paranoia and manipulation. As a result, Rochester tries to mould his new wife into a Victorian lady, at the expense of her freedom and, ultimately her sanilty. Antoinette Cosway: Lara Rossi, Rochester: Trystan Gravelle, Christophine: Martina Laird, young Antoinette: Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Amelie: Alexandria Riley, Grace Poole: Jaimi Barbakoff, Annette: Sirine Saba, Mr. Mason: Don Gilet, Tia: Emily Burnett, Richard Mason: Eric Kofi Abrefa. Original music composed and performed by Lucy Rivers. Producer: Helen Perry.

16 Feb: Classic Serial slot: Money, 1 - A Not Nice Girl
By Christopher Reason, first story in a new series inspired by Zola. Miles Stirling is one of the richest men in Britain and has made his money in plastics. When a dark secret is exposed it puts his career under threat. Constance: Glenda Jackson, Miles: Robert Glenister, Rufus: Jonathan Keeble, Rachel and Janet: Fiona Clarke, Lydia: Heather Craney, Gabriel and Asif: Hasan Dixon. Producer: Pauline Harris.

17 Feb: Money, 2 - The Road More Travelled
By Chris Reason; conslusion of yesterday's play. It seems that Miles is being blackmailed. Unpleasant secrets are exposed. Production team - as yesterday.

18 Feb: Money, 3 - Collapse
By Esther Wilson. A resident of a tower block looking after her son and nephew finds herself without housing when disaster strikes. Constance: Glenda Jackson, Hannah: Gillian Kearney, Eden: Albie Crompton, Dylan: Edmund Davies, Jamal: Peter Singh, Neil: Paul Bernhard, Shelly: Susan Twist. Producer: Pauline Harris.

19 Feb: Money, 4 - The Score
By Roy Williams. Carlton is a small-scale football agent. His most promising footballer is his son, Jordan who suddenly turns up with unwelcome news. Carlton has to take drastic action. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Carlton - Don Gilet, Jordan - Makir Ahmed, Gurpreet - Manjnder Virk, Barry - Clive Hayward, Conor McNamara as himself. Produced by Pauline Harris.

20 Feb: Money, 5 - Grow
By Eve Steele. Nathalie is broke. She's lost her job and now she's been landed with a bedroom tax demand. She's desperate to earn money. But then she meets an old friend. Constance...Glenda Jackson, Nathalie......Siobhan Finneran, Benji.....Jason Done, Sean....Marvin Brown, Denise....Verity Henry, Kelly....Sade Malone. Producer... Gary Brown.

21 Feb: Money, 6 - Sanctuary
By Michael S Roberts. Constance journeys to rural France on the pretence that she wants to commission a famous artist, Eleanor. But there's a lot more to this visit, and there are secrets between Constance and Eleanor. Constance - Glenda Jackson, Eleanor - Eleanor Bron, Celeste - Melody Grove, Alain - Clive Hayward, Produced by Pauline Harris.

22 Feb: Saturday Play - The Man Who Would Be King
By Rudyard Kipling, ad. Mike Walker. Kipling's cautionary tale set deep in the Hindu Kush mountains. Dan and Peachey are two con men with an insane and dangerous plan: they want to conquer a remote region of what is now Afghanistan. Rudyard Kipling .... Blake Ritson, Daniel Dravot ....Richard Ridings, Peachey Carnehan .... Samuel James, Timuk ....Peter Polycarpou, Tribesman .... Joseph Ayre, Tribesman .... Stephen Hogan, Young woman ....Lauren Cornelius, Bride .... Lauren Cornelius, Wounded man .... John Lightbody, Tribesman .... Ryan Early, Tribesman .... Ryan Whittle, Adapted by .... Mike Walker, producer .... Abigail le Fleming.

23 Feb: Classic Serial: The Pallisers,4
Dramatised by Mike Harris based on the novels by Anthony Trollope. Return of the series set in Victorian England. It is the 1880s and Plantagenet is to become Prime Minister. He is in charge of the government, but Cora is determined to be the power behind the throne. Is she a force for good, or is she just meddling? Lady Glencora..................Jessica Raine, Plantagenet.....................Tim McMullen, Phineas Finn...................Edward MacLiam, Marie Goesler.................Melody Grove, Lopez.................................Mark Arends, Emily Drought..............Lucy Reynolds, Orlando Drought.......Neil McCaul, Spurgeon......................Clive Hayward, Sailor/Servant..............Greg Jones, Servant..........................Scarlett Courtney. Director Emma Harding. Producer Gary Brown.

24 Feb: This Thing of Darkness, 1
By Lucia Haynes, with monologues by Eileen Horne. Dr Alex Bridges is a forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of the most unthinkable crimes. In this drama, Alex records the psychological impact of the murder of a young man on his family. A week after 19-year-old Jamie’s murder, Alex interviews the family. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald. Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

25 Feb: The Interrogation, 1 : Ross
By Roy Williams. New series, no. 6, of this popular drama. The detective duo interview a young prisoner about an attack on a fellow inmate, but there's something else they want help with. Max ..... Kenneth Cranham, Sean ..... Alex Lanipekun, Harry ..... Rupert Holliday Evans, Ross ..... Billy Seymour. Produced by Mary Peate. Written by Roy Williams.

26 Feb: The Interrogation, 2: Jack
While DCI Matthews and DI Armitage interview Jack, a writer, who says he's innocent of shoplifting, they discover something more serious. Max ..... Kenneth Cranham, Sean ..... Alex Lanipekun, Julie ..... Georgie Glen, Jack ..... Michael Shaeffer, PC Kerry ..... Kerry Gooderson. Directed by Mary Peate.

27 Feb: The Interrogation, 3: Heather
A man is brutally attacked in his own home, but the detective duo are at a loss to find anyone with a motive. Eventually, years of pent-up anger burst out. Max ..... Kenneth Cranham, Sean ..... Alex Lanipekun, Heather ..... Jo Martin, Clare ..... Claire Rushbrook. Directed by Mary Peate.

28 Feb: Where This Service Will Depart
By Katherine Jakeways. As David embarks on a new life in Chicago, Suzie plans to surprise him at the airport. The final instalment of the romantic comedy about a couple who met on a train. Suzie has taken the plunge and planned a surprise romantic reunion at Heathrow airport with David, as he leaves the country to start a new life in the USA. But Suzie discovers that surprises don't always go to plan. A couple of years ago, Suzie and David sat next to each other on a train journey from London to Penzance. Both married, they shared an intense and unforgettable five-and-a-half hours. Since then they’ve enjoyed escaping their middle-aged lives together. But in reality, is there any future for them? Suzie .…. Rosie Cavaliero, David .…. Justin Edwards, Julia .…. Pippa Haywood, Check-in Person/Security Officer/Passenger .…. Sargon Yelda, Ticket Person/Make-up Woman/Air Steward .…. Katherine Jakeways. Directed by James Robinson. BBC Wales.

29 Feb: The Vital Spark: Intelligence
By Sarah Wooley, rpt. During the Second World War, the young Muriel Spark worked in the British 'Black Propaganda' Department of MI6. Her job was to produce what she called 'a tangled mixture of damaging lies, flattering and plausible truths'. 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.

1 Mar: The Pallisers
Episode 5, dramatized by Sharon Oakes based on the novels by Anthony Trollope. Bruised by his term as Prime Minister, Plantagenet has retired from front line politics. Cora is pleased that they can spend more time with their grown up children Silverbridge and Mary. But can they guide their futures? Lady Glencora............Jessica Raine, Plantagenet...............Tim McMullen, Mary............Laura Christy, Silverbridge...............Will Kirk, Lady Mabel...............Anneika Rose, Marie Goesler.............Melody Grove, Tregear........Prasanna Puwanarajah, Isabel..........Julianna Jennings, Mrs Boncasson........Jessica Turner, Mr Boncasson............Neil McCaul, Tifto............Sam Dale, Popplecourt...............Greg Jones, Johnson.......Ikky Elyas. Director Emma Harding. Producer Gary Brown.

2 Mar: This Thing of Darkness
Pt. 2; by Lucia Haynes, with monologues by Eileen Horne. Alex Bridges is an expert forensic psychiatrist, assessing and treating perpetrators of horrendous crimes. In this play he follows the impact of murder on the victim's family and explores the long shadow cast by homicide, via group therapy for those who have committed murder. Alex … Lolita Chakrabarti, Dougie … Simon Donaldson, Hannah … Jessica Hardwick, Kyle/Tyler … Reuben Joseph, David … Robin Laing, Laura… Shauna Macdonald, Frankie … Brian Vernel. Series created by Audrey Gillan, Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne, Gaynor Macfarlane, Anita Vettesse and Kirsty Williams. Series consultant: Dr Gwen Adshead. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams. BBC Scotland.

3 Mar: The AntiSocial Network
By Peter Jukes, rpt, set in a ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains. A secretive British lobbying firm is manipulating the outcome of elections in the city below. As the clock ticks, one of their team goes missing on the slopes. Did she fall or was she pushed? Marcus ..... Orlando Seale, Kaveeta ..... Deeivya Meir, Niko ..... Adam Fitzgerald, Seth ..... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Greg ..... Philip Bretherton, Kelly ..... Abbie Andrews, Elisa ..... Isabella Inchbald, Pablo ..... Clive Hayward. Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

4 Mar:Two Households
By Claire McGowan. The Cassidys and the Sallises have always lived on adjoining farms in the Northern Irish countryside, near the border in South Down. They were enemies for years during the Troubles. But after years of peace, and when Sean’s daughter Niamh and Ian’s son Michael fell in love, they put their differences behind thems. On the night before the wedding, it’s also almost the Twelfth of July, a time when violence still flares up. The two fathers have a few drinks and discuss their secret plan to give the newlyweds a wedding gift. But Fate has now revealed that a long-ago family death was not suicide; it was murder. Sean ..... Dermot Crowley, Ian ..... Paul Hickey, Niamh ..... Amy Molloy, Michael ..... Fra Fee. Producer ..... Celia de Wolff.

5 Mar: Game Over
By Emily Short; rpt from 27 Dec 17. Building a video game which works, where the player understands the goals and enjoys the experience is one thing, but Chelsea wants her new game to change the world. She's calling it Glacier and it will tell the story of an Alaskan village eroded by global warming. Californian investor Harrison Reed decides to back the game. He has a reputation for great design and commercial success. He has also become infamous for not working with women.Chelsea: Sarah Elmaleh, Lee: Eden Marryshow, Harrison: Ari Brand, Jared: Michael Levi Harris, Gloria: Fay Ann Lee. Other parts taken by Emily Perkins, Pate McGete, and Raphael Martin. Music by Gene Pritsker; produced by Judith Kampfner.

6 Mar: A Fair Shot
By Viv Groskop. Millionaire business-woman Maria Wild launches a new brand of centrist politics promising a fairer shot for voters and minority parties: proportional representation, and is met with a curiously mixed response. Tamara is Maria’s new speechwriter. She is a former lobby journalist and Parliamentary adviser. She believes she can make Maria into a figure who can galvanise the political system and re-invigorate the centre. Maria …………. Barbara Flynn, Tamara …… Viv Groskop, Nicola …….. Jane Slavin, James ……….. Gerrard McArthur. Produced by Eoin O'Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish Productions).






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