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I'm typing these entries out, summarising them from RT, removing spoilers and editing / adding notes where necessary. Typos are gradually being removed. The page is generally updated at the end of each month.

To locate a play, use Control-F which will bring up a search box. The page lists afternoon dramas including Sat-Sun. (Saturday Drama and Classic Serial). .........ND

Note that the 'Classic Serial' slot on Sunday afternoons is no longer described as such in the Radio Times. However I am still using the term so people can navigate the page more easily.

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THE PLAYS:

1 Jan: Hashtag Love
By Peter Souter, rpt. from 14 Feb 2017. Romantic comedy set behind the fictional scenes of The Archers. The drama reports and reacts to listeners' social media comments as it tells the story of an unravelling romance, with the audience steering the story line. With Ruth Jones and Stephen Tompkinson. Sound: Nigel Lewis, Producer: Alison Hindell. BBC Wales.

2 Jan: Saturday Play - The Anansi Boys,6
By Neil Gaiman, rpt. Mythical fantasy about the trickster god Anansi and his son Fat Charlie. Rpt. from Xmas Season 2017; last part.Cast of the series includes Earl Cameron, Tanya Moodie, Adjoa Andoh, Joseph Marcell, Jacob Anderson, Lenny Henry, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Sheila Atim, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Cecilia Noble, Angela Wynter, Ariyon Bakare, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Danielle Vitalis, Ronke Adekoluejo, Clifford Samuel, and Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong. Adapted by Dirk Maggs; Sound Design ..... Wilfredo Acosta, Producer ..... Allegra McIlroy.

3 Jan: Classic Serial slot: Passenger List, 6 - The White Matchmaker
By John Dryden. The wreckage, a missing passport, an unexpected call... Atlantic Airlines flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le, a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth. Kelly Marie Tran, Patti LuPone, Colin Morgan and Rob Benedict star in this mystery thriller. Kaitlin ..... Kelly Marie Tran, Gavin ..... Carl Prekopp, Laura Jones ..... Heather Craney, School Secretary ..... Anjli Mohindra, Professor Marshal ..... Richard Doyle, Homeland Security Man ..... Briggon Snow, Homeland Security Woman ..... Alex Brown Marshall, Murphy ..... Tesse Auberjonis, Mai (Kaitlin’s Mother) ..... Elyse Dihn, Hassan ..... Raad Rawi, Kirsty ..... Julie Adamo. Created by John Scott Dryden. Script Editor, Mike Walker. Casting, Janet Foster. US Producer, Julia Thompson, assisted by Julia Adamo. UK Producer, Emma Hearn. Editing, Sound Design & Music by Mark Henry Phillips. Directed by Lauren Shippen & John Scott Dryden. Executive Producers: Lauren Shippen & John Scott Dryden. Executive Producer for Radiotopia, Julie Shapiro. Indie (Goldhawk, for Radiotopia/PRX and BBC Radio)

4 Jan: You & Me
By Dan Rebellato. A two-hander about the predatory behaviour of men. The story involves marital infidelity, exposing more and more lies, but Robert Lonsdale plays the woman and Racheal Ofori plays the man. The role reveral has a curious effect in how we perceive the dialogue. The drama begins at the actual recording. After doing part of the first scene, the actors stop and decide they want to swap roles. Naomi……..Racheal Ofori, Tom…………Robert Lonsdale, Nick …….Chris Jack, Polly………Polly Thomas, Dan……Dan Rebellato, Director/Producer……. Polly Thomas, Recording engineer…..Louis Blatherwick, Sound design/Producer….Eloise Whitmore, Executive Producer…………..Joby Waldman. Indie (Naked productions). Recorded remotely, actors in their own homes.

5 Jan: Release
By Matt Hartley. Aimee's dad has been in prison since she was 8, for murder. Now she is 17. He's been released. She has grown up with her aunt, believing that her father is a monster who killed her mother. Slowly she has to make a reassessment. Aimee - Saran Morgan, Olly - Richard Harrington, Sian - Siwan Morris, Kyle - Kyle Lima. Directed by John Norton. BBC Wales.

6 Jan: The Republicans: Ronald Reagan - Death Valley Days
45m. By Jonathan Myerson. Rpt. from 2018. It's 1963 and Ronnie Reagan is working as the host of Death Valley Days, a TV show. One day he is approached by the Republican Party with an offer. The drama is framed as an episode of the TV show. Reagan wonders about the possibility of a president with no political experience. (summarised from David Crawford's review in RT, 2018). Can't find any other radio play about Ronald Reagan - a good choice of subject.-Ed. Reagan: Kerry Shale, Nancy Reagan: Madeleine Potter, Maureen Reagan: Samantha Dakin, Barry Goldwater: Corey Johnson, Richard Nixon: Jonathan Hyde, Cliff White: Joseph Balderrama, Lee Edwards: Ryan Whittle, Holmes Tuttle: Stephen Hogan. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

7 Jan: Republicans: Richard Nixon: Searchlight Has Left the Building
By Jonathan Myerson, rpt. from 13 Oct 18. Shortly after announcing the invasion of Cambodia, insomniac Richard Nixon confronts student protesters outside the Lincoln Memorial at 4 o'clock in the morning. Closely based on the accounts of those who were there. Student protests have ignited across the US, with National Guardsmen shooting four dead at Kent State University. Richard Nixon: Jonathan Hyde, Manolo Sanchez: Joseph Balderrama, Arnold Hutschnecker: Jack Klaff, Carrie Moore: Ellen Thomas, Bob Haldermann: Aaron Vodovoz, young Richard Nixon: Rupert Simonian, Hannah Nixon: Emma Handy, secrret serviceman: Ryan Whittle, syudent: Saffron Coomber. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

8 Jan: The Republicans: Gerald Ford: Fascist Insect
By Jonathan Myerson, rpt. 1975. After Nixon’s resignation, President Gerald Ford is fighting for his political survival. But the country is in chaos - and his party is disintegrating. Challenger Ronald Reagan is attacking in weekly radio broadcasts: “Make America Great Again” is his big catchphrase. Saigon has just fallen, the Panama Canal is threatened and détente looks like a sell-out. There’s political fervour on the streets. Patty Hearst, kidnap victim, seems to have turned terrorist. Sara Jane Moore . . . Sian Thomas, Gerald Ford . . . Nathan Osgood, Betty Ford . . . Barbara Barnes, Bob Hartmann . . . Daniel Betts, Jerry terHorst . . . Kerry Shale, Benton Becker . . . John Macmillan, Bert Worthington . . . Philip Desmeules, Richard Nixon . . . Jonathan Hyde, Detective Callaghan . . . Stephen Hogan, Kat . . . Emma Handy, Lud . . . Sean Murray, Producer. . . Jonquil Panting.

9 Jan: Saturday Play: Call for the Dead
90 dramatisation by Robert Forrest of John le Carré's first novel, rpt. from 2009. It's London in the late 1950s and George Smiley is engaged in the routine job of security vetting. When a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide not long after being cleared of Communist sympathies, Smiley investigates and uncovers a deadly conspiracy with its roots in his own wartime past. George Smiley ...... Simon Russell Beale, Inspector Mendel ...... Kenneth Cranham, Elsa Fennan ...... Eleanor Bron, Ann Smiley ...... Anna Chancellor, Peter Guillam ...... Richard Dillane, Maston ...... James Laurenson, Dieter Frey ...... Henry Goodman, Adam Starr/Mundt ...... Sam Dale, Ludo Oriel ...... Janice Acquah, Nursing Sister ...... Caroline Guthrie, With Benjamin Askew and Jonathan Tafler. Producer Patrick Rayner.

10 Jan: Classic Serial slot: Low - David Bowie
By Sean Grundy, rpt. Inspired by the chaotic life of David Bowie during the making of the Low album released in 1977. The play looks into the mind of David Bowie during his years in Berlin. After leaving LA, which he later said had brought him to the edge of sanity, Berlin influenced his recovery and inspired him to create this well-known album. Bowie: Daniel Weyman, Iggy Pop: Kerry Shale, Tony Visconti: Martin Sherman, Roy Martin: Tom Alexander, Rony Haag: Scott Capurro, Coco: Laurel Lefkow, Angie: Helene Maksoud, Zowie Bowie: James Morley, Brian Eno: Wilf Scolding. Producer: David Morley; director: Dirk Maggs. 57m. Indie (Perfectly Normal).

11 Jan: Sparks
By Jessica Butcher, with original music by Anoushka Lucas, about dating, love, loss and grief. BBC blurb (edited slightly): "What do you do if you’re female and in your twenties and a feminist, but you also want to fall in love and maybe have a kid... you meet that someone..it’s perfect...then it's not.....the person you’d really like to talk to is your mum, but she died." Performed by Jessica Butcher and Anoushka Lucas; originally directed for stage by Jessica Edwards. Produced for radio by Emma Harding.

12 Jan: Lives in Transit
By Rosemary Jenkinson, based on a true story. Asha suffered rape and violence in Somalia at the hands of terrorists. She gives her few remaining dollars to a trafficker in the hope of getting to Ireland. But after years of failed asylum applications Asha’s troubles are still not over. Asha Suleman ... Raquel McKee, Thomas ... Jonathan Harden, Interpreter ... Farshid Rokey, Civil Servant ... Ainé McCartney The Landlord ... Tony Flynn, Yasmin ... Nimmy March, Producer ... Eoin O'Callaghan. BBC Northern Ireland.

13 Jan: Republicans: Ronald Reagan - Hanging By Our Thumbs
By Jonathan Myerson, rpt. from 12 Oct 2019. Set in 1987, during Reagan's second term. Congress investigates the Iran/Contra arms-selling deal. Congress is investigating evidence that the US has been selling arms to Iran illegally, and diverting the proceeds to fund Contra guerrilla fighters in Nicaragua, with the President’s knowledge. NATO Ambassador David Abshire is called in to get at the facts.Reagan: Kerry Shale, Bud McFarlane: Mark Heenehan, Fawn Hall: Janine Harouni, Oliver North: Paul Hickey, Admiral Poindexter: Peter Polycarpou, Nancy Reagan: Madeleine Potter, Abshire: Chris Pavlo, Don Regan: David Hounslow, Shultz: Sean Baker, Ed: Jonny Holden, Staffer: Rupert Simonian. Producer: Jonquil Panting. 45m.

14 Jan: George W Bush: A Higher Father
By Jonathan Myerson, rpt. It's now 2000. George W Bush is elected, narrowly, into the Presidency.He doesn't just follow in his father's footsteps. According to a US Marine, his political steps have been guided by a Higher Father, now exerting His influence on US politics. George W Bush: Joseph Balderrama, Sgt. Louella Harkrader: Melody Grove, Barbara Bush: Amanda Boxer, Laura Bush: Debbie Korley, Lee Atwater: Demetri Goritsas, Dick Cheney: Kerry Shale, Karl Rove: Chris Pavlo, Jeb Bush: Jonny Holden. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

15 Jan: Republicans: Donald Trump: This Isn’t Happening
By Jonathan Myerson, rpt. from Oct 2019; the political swings of the Republican Party in the USA. Trump said at a rally that he wouldn't lose voters even if he shot someone in Fifth Avenue. This is contrasted with the consequences of the day when he lost his temper on his Scottish golf course. Donald Trump and a driver: Lewis MacLeod, Ivanka Trump: Christy Meyer, Abraham Lincoln: William Hope, Richard Nixon and a councillor: Ian Conningham, Ray Cohn: Corey Johnson, young Donald: Josh Berry, Fred Trump and a caddy: Neil McCaul, Melania Trump: Jessica Turner, secret service agent and a reporter: Clive Hayward, Till girl and reporter: Sinead MacInnes. Producer: Jonquil Panting.

16 Jan: Saturday Play: Star of the Sea, 1
Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor dramatised for radio by Clare McGowan. It is 1847 and American journalist Grantley Dixon is investigating a murder on board the Star of the Sea. The ship is bound for New York and full of refugees escaping from Ireland. The Potato Famine has torn the country apart. The play shows us what effect the famine had on Ireland and its people. Grantley Dixon ... Kyle Soller, Lord David Merridith ... Johnny Flynn, Laura ... Georgina Beedle, Pius ... Rory Keenan, Mary ... Charlene McKenna, Captain ... Daniel Flynn, Leeson ... Carl Prekopp, David's father ... Stephen Critchlow, Doctor Mangan ... Niall Buggy, Nicholas Mulvey ... Kwaku Fortune, Jonathan ... Ronan Casey, Robert ... Alfie, Young Mary ... Joni Martin, Young David ... Hugo Mallon, Mary's mother ... Tallulah Bond. Dramatised by Claire McGowan. Director, Celia de Wolff. BBC Northern Ireland Production.

17 Jan: Classic Serial slot: Heart of Darkness
By Joseph Conrad, ad. Anita Sullivan, set in the 21st Century. Maya is an environmental scientist, sent into the heart of the Congo Rainforest after contact is lost with a research team. The story is reshaped and describes a world of deforestation and climate catastrophe. Maya…. Georgia Henshaw, Leon…. Peter Bankole, Blaise…. Jude Akuwudike, Daisy…. Ashleigh Haddad, Kurtz…. Stephen Hogan, The Commissioner…. Steve Toussaint, Script Consultant…. Ange Kasongo, Lingala Consultant…. Tracey Nyemba. Producer: James Robinson. BBC Wales.

18 Jan: Because I’m a Mother
By Caroline Bird. Marcie, an artist, takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a show in New York about motherhood, but must leave her baby son behind in the UK for ten weeks to do so. While Marcie builds the giant installation which represents the culmination of 20 years' work, her wife Dawn is back home with their little boy. The couple’s relationship comes under strain. A two-woman relationship is as complicated as a man-woman partnership. Marcie - Jessica Hynes, Dawn - Sinead Matthews, Evalyn - Tracy Wiles, Lucy - Haley McGee, Podcaster - Kerry Shale. Other roles voiced by members of the cast. Studio Production by Michael Harrison Produced by Mair Bosworth for BBC Audio in Bristol.

19 Jan: Breaking Blake
By Barnaby Kay. George Blake, a member of MI6, passed secrets to the Russians and was sentenced to 42 years imprisonment. But after four years, he escaped from from Wormwood Scrubs. Many assumed, incorrectly, that the KGB was behind the break-out. George Blake.........Michael Maloney, Michael Randle..........Elliot Levey, Anne Randle...........Claire Rushbrook, Pat Pottle.........Tony Gardner, Sean Bourke...........Lloyd Hutchinson, Alim/Doctor............Walles Hamonde, Hawkins/Nice Barry........Ben Crowe, Boys............Kellan & Merryn Dowley, News reports..........David Holt, Secretary/Mum.......Freya James, Director .......Barnaby Kay, Sound Recordist and Designer ......David Thomas, Production Coordinator ........Sarah Tombling, Producer.......Karen Rose. Indie (Sweet Talk).

20 Jan: Safe from Harm
By Rhiannon Boyle. The story of Alys, a teacher and mother whose life unravels when a colleague is arrested for possessing indecent images of children. Alys ….. Sian Reece-Williams, Christian ….. Oliver Ryan, Ianto ….. Sion Pritchard, Mum ….. Rhian Morgan, Tyler ….. Alfie Ford, Taya ….. Nerys Stocks, Kyden ….. Iolo Reynolds. Sound design was by Catherine Robinson. BBC (Writersroom) Wales, produced by Helen Perry.

21 Jan: Domino
By Archie Maddocks. Three generations of men from one family play dominos. But this is more than a game - it is a struggle for power. A drama of long-buried resentments and dark secrets. Horsea.....Rudolph Walker, Quashie.....Paterson Joseph, Rico.....Stefan Adegbola, August.....Damian Lynch, Nurse/Resident.....Jane Whittenshaw, Produced by Emma Harding.

22 Jan: Islander
By Amy Draper. A two-hander for Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick, who sing all the songs and perform all of the characters, while weaving, building and layering their voices to create an ethereal soundscape. This won the Musical Theatre Review’s 'Best Musical' Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. Conceived and directed for stage by Amy Draper.and Stewart Melton. Music and lyrics by Finn Anderson, for Helen Milne Productions. Produced by Pauline Harris. BBC Drama North.

23 Jan: Saturday Play: Star of the Sea, 2
By Joseph O'Connor, ad.Claire McGowan. It is 1847 and American journalist Grantley Dixon is investigating a murder on board the Star of the Sea. The ship is bound for New York, carrying refugees from Ireland who have abandoned their country becuase of the Potato Famine. The ship is full of individuals each having a plausible reason for doing the killing. There are many characters for Grantley to choose from. Grantley Dixon ... Kyle Soller, Lord David Merridith ... Johnny Flynn, Laura ... Georgina Beedle, Pius ... Rory Keenan, Mary ... Charlene McKenna, Captain ... Daniel Flynn, Leeson ... Carl Prekopp, David's father ... Stephen Critchlow, Doctor Mangan ... Niall Buggy, Nicholas Mulvey ... Kwaku Fortune, Jonathan ... Ronan Casey, Robert ... Alfie Hurley, Young Mary ... Joni Martin, Young David ... Hugo Mallon, Mary's mother ... Tallulah Bond, Producer: Celia de Wolff. BBC Northern Ireland.

24 Jan: Classic Serial: Devils, 1
By Dostoevsky, dram. Melissa Murray. After years away from home, Nicholai Stavrogin returns to his home town bringing with him the radical ‘free-thinkers’ of Petersburg, intent on causing civil unrest. Stepan ..... Gary Lilburn, Mrs Stavrogina ..... Jane Whittenshaw, Nicholai ..... Joseph Arkley, Pyotr ..... Jonathan Forbes, Darya ..... Charlotte East, Virginsky ..... Ian Dunnett Jr, Krillov ..... Hasan Dixon, Shatov ..... Stefan Adegbola, Lisa ..... Cecilia Appiah, Marya ..... Georgia Henshaw. Directed by Carl Prekopp. Produced by Marc Beeby and Anne Isger.[RT said 'producer - Toby Swift'].

25 Jan: The Interrogation, Series 8: Sandra
New series of the crime drama by Roy Williams. Today the detectives interview Sandra, a local vicar with a challenging family. D.I. Max Matthews ..... Kenneth Cranham, D.S. Sean Armitage ..... Alex Lanipekun, Sandra ..... Emma Fielding. Music - David Pickvance. Producer, Jessica Dromgoole. Director, Mary Peate.

26 Jan: The Interrogation, Series 8: Stephen
By Roy Williams. Stephen has been beaten up at school. The assailant is an excluded pupil, and Stephen is a teacher. But is that really why he's here? Max ..... Kenneth Cranham, Sean ..... Alex Lanipekun, Stephen ..... Joel MacCormack, Music - David Pickvance. Producer, Jessica Dromgoole. Director, Mary Peate.

27 Jan: The Interrogation, Series 8: Tanya and Natalie
Best friends Tanya and Natalie are the prime suspects after a spate of muggings and a brutal attack on an elderly man. Could these young women really be capable of such things? Max ..... Kenneth Cranham, Sean ..... Alex Lanipekun, Tanya ..... Kirsty J. Curtis, Natalie ..... Danielle Vitalis Music - David Pickvance. Producer, Jessica Dromgoole. Director, Mary Peate.

28 Jan: Voodoo Macbeth
By Sharon Oakes. In 1936, the newly-formed Federal Theatre Project’s Negro Unit decided to stage a production of Macbeth. The production was spectacularly successful: Voodoo Macbeth (q.v.) directed by Orson Welles. This drama records the impact of staging this production on both cast and director. Possibly Welles' greatest achievement. Orson Welles – Tom Bateman, Jack Carter – Ariyon Bakare, Edna Thomas – Clare Perkins, John Houseman – John Hollingworth, Abe Feder/John Barrymore – Tom Lawrence, All other parts – Adam Courting, Maggie Service, Lloyd Thomas. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

29 Jan: Our Truth, Their Lies
By Hugh Costello. A reactive drama about the growing influence of conspiracy theories. Organised child sex abuse is coordinated by a cabal of global elites; vaccines are a form of disguised government control. So there you go. The story backtracks through 2020 as it follows Jen’s journey into the online conspiracy theory universe. A family is thrown into crisis as Michael and Louise try to make sense of Jen’s deranged view of the world. Jen: Monica Dolan, Michael: Nicholas Murchie, Louise: Macy Nyman, Luka: Matthew Aubrey, Newcaster/Bot: Jane Slavin Producer: Eoin O’Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish).

30 Jan: Saturday Play - First Out
y David Eldridge. Jim and Mike are identical twins. As children they were inseparable; now they barely speak to each other. With the arrival of the pandemic and the death of both their parents they are forced to confront their relationship. Perhaps a reconciliation is possible. Jim ..... Peter Sullivan, Mike ..... Sam Troughton, Teenage Jim ..... Tom Glenister, Teenage Mike ..... Josh Barrow, Jim as a child ..... Aaron Gelkoff, Mike as a child ..... Bert Davis. Producer ..... Sally Avens.

31 Jan: Classic Serial: Devils, 2
By Dostoevsky, dram. Melissa Murray. Factories are being burned to the ground in a town on the brink of revolution. This was Marc Beeby's last radio drama. Pyotr ..... Jonathan Forbes, Stepan ..... Gary Lilburn, Krillov ..... Hasan Dixon, Marya ..... Georgia Henshaw, Shatov ..... Stefan Adegbola, Mrs Stavrogina ..... Jane Whittenshaw, Lisa ..... Cecilia Appiah, Darya ..... Charlotte East, Virginsky ..... Ian Dunnett Jr. Produced by Marc Beeby and Anne Isger. Directed by Carl Prekopp.

1 Feb: Stone - Protection: Dad
Detective Series created by Danny Brocklehurst. Series 9: Protection. Episode 1, 'Dad', written by Vivienne Harvey. The stabbing of a teenager. DCI Stone:....Hugo Speer, DS Sue Kelly....Deborah McAndrew, DI Mike Tanner...Craig Cheetham, Alice....Sydney Wade, Jolenek, Karen and Valerie:.....Angela Lonsdale, Yusef and security guard: ....Eddie Capli, Ruby and Fi: .....Lucy Dixon, Tolga and JoJo: ....James Cooney, Producer: Nadia Molinari. BBC Audio Drama North.

2 Feb: Stone - Protection: Daughters
Written by Carol Russell. Stone and his team follow leads that take them into investigating violent crime among young people. DCI Stone:....Hugo Speer, DS Sue Kelly....Deborah McAndrew, DI Mike Tanner...Craig Cheetham, Alice....Sydney Wade, Jolene and Greta: ... Angela Lonsdale, Jax and Renita: ..... Doña Croll, WC and paramedic:...Hamish Rush, Nessy and Dr. Abiola: .....Danielle Henry, Madison and DC Novack..... Sacha Parkinson, Director Gary Brown. Producer Nadia Molinari. BBC Audio Drama North.

3 Feb: Stone - Protection: Blame
By Carol Russell. With Layla still missing and time running out for Charlene the pressure is mounting for DCI Stone and Jax is forced to make a heartbreaking decision. DCI Stone:....Hugo Speer, DS Sue Kelly....Deborah McAndrew, DI Mike Tanner...Craig Cheetham, Alice....Sydney Wade, Jax .....Doña Croll, Layla.....Sade Malone, Nessy and Dr. Abiola: .....Danielle Henry, Denny Rashford and Adam Collins: ....Hamish Rush, Yusef: ....Eddie Capli, Directed and produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC Audio Drama North.

4 Feb: Stone - Protection: Blame
By Martin Jameson. Fifteen year old Layla has gone missing, determined to seek retribution for her sister’s murder. DCI Stone:....Hugo Speer, DS Sue Kelly....Deborah McAndrew, DI Mike Tanner...Craig Cheetham, Alice....Sydney Wade, Jax .....Doña Croll, Layla.....Sade Malone, Phil Simpson and Dougie: ..... Rupert Hill, Ruby ............ Lucy Dixon, Director Gary Brown. Producer Nadia Molinari. BBC Audio Drama North.

5 Feb: Stone - Protection: Control
By Martin Jameson. DCI Stone's new informant is taking matters into her own hands leading the case into dangerous new territory. DCI Stone:....Hugo Speer, DS Sue Kelly....Deborah McAndrew, DI Mike Tanner...Craig Cheetham, Alice....Sydney Wade, Jax and Dr. Bassey .....Doña Croll, Layla.....Sade Malone, WC .....Hamish Rush, Solicitor.....Darren Kuppan. Producer (and director) Nadia Molinari. BBC Audio Drama North.

6 Feb: Saturday Drama - Marais and The Soul of the Termite
By Mike Walker. A play about bereavement. Eugene Marais was a South African lawyer, naturalist and poet who was a pioneer of the scientific study of animal behaviour. He spent three years in the wild observing apes for his book The Soul of the Ape. His masterpiece is The Soul of the White Ant, an accessible study of termites. This was originally a series of articles published in 1923, plagiarised by Maeterlinck, who published Termites (he did Bees too), an almost line for line transcription of Marais' work. Marais tried to get recompense or even acknowledgement but was unsuccessful. In 1936, Marais was found dead of a self- inflicted gunshot wound. Eugene Marais: Shaun Evans, Dahon: Lucy Doyle, Maeterlinck: Philip Franks, Lettie: Alexandra Guelff, Mabelel: Bessie Ashley, Walter and Lalele: Jude Owusu, Piet and Kruger: Peter Noble. Sound design: Tom Maggs. Producer/ Director: David Morley. Executive Producer: Dirk Maggs. Original Music by Chris O'Shaughnessy. Pianist - Paddy McDonald.Indie (Perfectly Normal).

7 Feb: Classic Serial: Devils, 3
By Dostoevsky, dram. Melissa Murray. The young revolutionaries turn their guns on each other. The town's inhabitants despair. Stepan ..... Gary Lilburn, Mrs Stavrogina ..... Jane Whittenshaw, Nicholai ...... Joseph Arkley, Pyotr ..... Jonathan Forbes, Darya ..... Charlotte East, Shatov ..... Stefan Adegbola, Lisa ..... Cecilia Appiah, Krillov ..... Hasan Dixon, Virginsky ..... Ian Dunnett Jr, Marie ..... Emma Handy. Directed by Carl Prekopp. Produced by Marc Beeby and Anne Isger.

8 Feb: Pieces
By Sian Owen. When the sisters were little, Ellie believed that Jess would save her if she was wearing her Superman cloak. Now that they are grown up life is not so simple. Ellie is a successful heart surgeon. Jess has a job and a husband and child. They don't always manage to keep in touch. But they are still connected. Rpt. from 2019. Little Jessica ... Eva-Maria Thomas, Little Ellie ... Catrin Jordan, Jessica ... Carys Eleri, Ellie ... Sara Gregory, Archie ... Rhodri Meilir, Amy ... Claire Cage. Producer: Gilly Adams. BBC Wales.

9 Feb: Who Cares
By Matt Woodhead. The story of three young carers in Salford who had no choice but to become the adult in their families. Based on over a hundred hours of interviews. The play was first shown at the Lowry Theatre and then toured the country. The original production was co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG in partnership with Gaddum, a charity providing health and wellbeing support in Manchester. Nicole ..... Lizzie Mounter, Jade ..... Jessica Temple, Connor ..... Luke Grant. Produced by Toby Swift.

10 Feb: Welcome to MedPatch
By Kevin Core. In the Dangerous Visions series.Set in the near future. The NHS has disappeared and the Artificial Intelligent health app Medpatch has ushered in a new era of diagnosis and treatment. Ex-health workers adjust to a vanished career. Jenna, a former doctor, finds herself employed on a new frontier of public health. This is a thriller about the direction which which healthcare might go. Jenna........Ophelia Lovibond, Medpatch/Lauren.....Meera Syal, Luke........Joe Bannister, Dean.......James Cooney, Sash........Verity Henry, Jake........Kenny Blyth, Producer: Gary Brown.

11 Feb: In Search Of The Severn Serpent
By Annamaria Murphy. Jelena goes to Weston-super-Mare to investigate sightings of a Sea Serpent in the Severn. Dr Jelena Petrovic - Anamaria Marinca, Denny - Stuart Mcloughlin, Wanda - Abra Thompson, Sylvia - Heather Craney, David the Swimmer - John Cording, Beach Comber - Ashleigh Haddad, and Evan Davis as Evan Davis. Based on an original idea by The Guerrilla Media Unit at Weston Artspace. Producer: John Norton. BBC Wales.

12 Feb: The Bully
By Zalie Burrow. This is her second drama for Radio 4. Her first, 24 Hours From Tulse Hill, was co-written with Guy Meredith. Zalie has previously written on-line dramas for The Wireless Theatre Company.This play is based on a true story; mum and her son's encounter with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD, left untreated, can quickly overwhelm the sufferer and in Joe's case it leads to entire days being filled from beginning to end with repeated rituals, intrusive thoughts and irrepressible panic. Mum, Kate ..... Juliet Aubrey, Joe ..... Charlie Brand, Angie/Mrs Morton ..... Tracy Wiles, Dr Taylor ..... Hasan Dixon, Virginia Steele ..... Jessica Turner, Doreen ..... Jane Slavin, Professor Dickinson/Bruce ..... Nicholas Murchie, Older Joe ..... Luke Nunn, produced by Tracey Neale. Young Joe is played by Charlie Brand; his first lead role in radio drama.

13 Feb: Saturday Play - Life Class
By Rachel Joyce. A young man bumps into Stella on the street and knocks her off her feet. Then he says "I didn't even see you." For Stella those words are more of a wound than the bruises on her face and she begins to question everything about her life. As the years have gone by, Stella has begun to feel invisible. Stella ..... Sophie Thompson, Doug ..... Roger Ringrose, Hendrix ..... Luke MacGregor, Art Teacher ..... Stefan Adegbola, Monica ..... Jane Whittenshaw, Stu ..... Hasan Dixon, Ian ..... Ian Dunnett Jnr. Producer: Tracey Neale.

14 Feb: Classic Serial - Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 1
Thomas Hardy, ad. Katie Hims. Story about beautiful, poor, young Dorset woman Tess Durbeyfield, told from her point of view. In today's episode, Tess's father is convinced that the family's fortunes are about to improve. Tess ..... Faye Marsay, Angel ..... Matthew Tennyson, Alec ..... Robert Emms, Rosie ..... Bettrys Jones, Car D'Arcy ..... Alex Tregear, Felix ..... Hasan Dixon, Cuthbert ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Joan Durbeyfield..... Maggie Service, Jack Durbeyfield..... Roger Ringrose, Abraham ..... Aaron Gelkoff, Elizabeth and Liza Lu..... Ell Potter, Isaac ..... Noah Leggott, Lily ..... Tayla Hutchinson, Mrs. D'Urberville ..... Elizabeth Counsell, Tom ..... David Seddon, Parson ..... Tony Turner. Musical arrangement: Colin Guthrie. Hardy adviser: Professor Graham White. Producer: Mary Peate.

15 Feb: Faith, Hope and Glory, Series 1 ep 6 : Clement and Gloria
By Rex Obano. It's 1948, and two years since Clement and Gloria, a celibate couple, rescued an abandoned child in Tilbury Dock, and completed their unusual family. Now, they pursue their separate lives until their daughter Joy forces them to admit what is most valuable to them.[Note that episodes 1,2,3,4,5 were broadcast in the 15m drama slot starting on 8 Feb 21; not listed here.] Gloria ..... Pippa Bennett Warner, Clement ..... Stefan Adegbola, Hope ..... Danielle Vitalis, Neville ..... Chris Jack, Olubuki ..... Rex Obano, Martina ..... Clare Perkins, Ida ..... Emma Handy, Gerard ..... Hasan Dixon, Stephens ..... Ian Dunnett Jnr, Post Mistress ..... Jane Whittenshaw, Sallow ..... Roger Ringrose. Director.... Jessica Dromgoole. Producer .... Mary Peate.

16 Feb: Faith, Hope and Glory, Series 1 ep 7 - Hope and Jim
By Roy Williams. It's 1948, and Hope and Jim are stuck in Britain, ashamed to go home, and still suffering the loss of their baby two years earlier. But there's maybe a glimmer. Faith, Hope and Glory charts the lives of three women, connected by the theft of a beautiful pram in Tilbury in 1946. As they live through the eighty years since then, they see the emergence of modern Britain. Jim ...... Martins Imhangbe, Hope ...... Danielle Vitalis, Lorraine ...... Lizzy Watts, Dennis ...... Hasan Dixon, Bert ...... Ben Crowe, Matron ...... Emma Handy Gloria ...... Pippa Bennett Warner, Clement ...... Stefan Adegebola, Johnnie ...... Ian Dunnett Jnr, Neighbour ...... Roger Ringrose. Producer ..... Mary Peate Director ..... Jessica Dromgoole

17 Feb: Faith, Hope and Glory Series 1 ep 8: Faith and Trevor
By Winsome Pinnock. It's 1948. Two years ago, Faith lost her best friend's baby. Having encouraged her to run away and reinvent herself, Trevor is now struggling to tie her down. Faith ...... Shiloh Coke, Trevor ...... Gary Beadle, Millie ...... Jane Whittenshaw, Ag ...... Emma Handy, Hope ...... Danielle Vitalis, Jim ...... Martins Imhangbe, Caleb ...... Dermot Daly, Waiter ...... Stefan Adegbola, Florist ...... Ian Dunnett Jnr, Parent ...... Cecilia Appiah, Musician ...... Hasan Dixon. Musical Director..... Peter Ringrose, Producer.....Mary Peate, Director..... Jessica Dromgoole.

18 Feb: The Elder Son, part 1
By Alexander Vampilov. Translated from Russian by Jan Butler. Adapted for radio by Tom Wainwright. It's the cold Russian winter and two tricksters have missed the last train home and now need a roof over their heads for the night. To achieve it - one of them poses as the lost eldest son of a local family. But it has consequences. Vampilov wrote about Brezhnev's Russia. Volodya . . . . . . Stewart Campbell, Silva . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr, Sarafanov . . . . . Tony Turner Nina . . . . . Elinor Coleman, Vasya . . . . . Aaron Gelkoff, Natasha . . . . . Lauren Cornelius, Neighbour . . . . . Nicholas Murchie. Music composed and arranged by Ian Dunnett Jnr. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

19 Feb: The Elder Son, part 2
By Alexander Vampilov. Translated from Russian by Jan Butler. Adapted for radio by Tom Wainwright. Volodya . . . . . . Stewart Campbell, Silva . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr, Sarafanov . . . . . Tony Turner, Nina . . . . . Elinor Coleman, Vasya . . . . . Aaron Gelkoff, Natasha . . . . . Lauren Cornelius, Mikhail . . . . . Hasan Dixon.

20 Feb: Saturday Play - The Beautiful and Damned, 1
By F Scott Fitzgerald; from the novel, adapted by Robin Brooks. It portrays New York cafe society during the Jazz Age, before and after WW1. Anthony Patch, presumptive heir to a vast fortune, marries renowned beauty, Gloria Gilbert. The couple spend their time partying, drinking and dreaming of the millions they will have to spend when Anthony finally inherits. 60m. Anthony Patch ..... Joel MacCormack, Gloria Gilbert ..... Jessica Hardwick, Fred Passmore ..... Rhashan Stone, Maury Noble ..... David Sturzaker, Joseph Bloeckman ..... Tom Mothersdale, Muriel Kane ..... Melody Grove, Adam Patch/Bounds ..... Ben Onwukwe. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

21 Feb: Classic Serial -Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 2
Hardy's novel about Tess Durbeyfield, a beautiful, poor young Dorset woman, ad. Katie Hims. In today's episode, Tess tries to make a clean break with her past by going to work at Talbothay's Dairy, a world away in a different vale. Tess ..... Faye Marsay, Angel ..... Matthew Tennyson, Crick ..... John Dougall, Izzy ..... Kathleen Cranham, Marian..... Bettrys Jones, Retty ..... Ell Potter, Charwoman ..... Alex Tregear, Joan Durbeyfield ..... Maggie Service, Mrs. Crick ..... Elizabeth Counsell, man at the Inn ..... Hasan Dixon, farmer ..... John Lightbody, stranger ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Jonathan ..... David Seddon, Producer: Mary Peate.

22 Feb: Murmuration
By Christine Entwisle. A diagnosis of voice hearing has long been stigmatised in western culture, but in recent years there’s been a new approach that helps hearers to understand who their voices are and where they come from. Murmuration is about a man who has struggled to live a happy life because of his diagnosis, finding a new and more hopeful way to live within himself and his voices. Christine became involved with voice hearers after working with 'Mind Hub' in Islington. She is grateful for the generosity of the voice hearers who have spoken to her about their experience, and in particular to Open Dialogue Practitioner Rachel Waddingham. Barnaby… Christopher Eccleston, Nellie … Christine Entwisle, Scotty… Joseph Arkley, Child…Debbie Korley, Ringmaster … Dennis Herdman, Produced by Kirsty Williams.

23 Feb: Writ in Water
By Angus Graham-Campbell, marking the 200th anniversary of the death of the poet, who died at 25 of TB. In his 20s, he fell in love with a neighbour in Hampstead, Fanny Brawne, who was the inspiration for some of his famous poems. After much poor health, he was persuaded by doctors to travel to Italy to take advantage of the warmer climate. The play focuses on the journey to Italy and his time there. Angus's previous drama about Keats, Rebel Angel, was broadcast to mark the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth. John Keats.......Billy Howle, Joseph Severn........Callum Woodhouse, Fanny Brawne.......Saffron Coomber, Poynter.......Will Howard, Dr Clark........Stephen Critchlow, Rev. Wolfe.......Crawford Logan, Princess.........Rachel Atkins, Dr Darling........Gerard McDermott. Producer: Cherry Cookson. Indie (Wireless).

24 Feb: The Fall Down
By Melissa Murray. In the 'Riot Girls' series. Episode 1 - Seven mysterious women arrive on our planet, without fanfare and without a spaceship. They apparently offer incredible solutions to the world's problems. But who are they and what do they want? Maya.....Lauren Cornelius, Barry.....Hasan Dixon, Jan.....Lyndsey Marshall, Martin/ Stevens.....David Sturzaker, Doctor Ramsey.....Tony Turner, Horace.....Fanta Barrie, Renata/ Job Centre.....Jane Slavin, Army leader.....Nicholas Murchie, Young Man.....Stewart Campbell, Produced by Emma Harding, Sound design by Caleb Knightley.

25 Feb: The Fall Down, 2
By Melissa Murray. Ep. 2. Maya and Jan have been kidnapped by The Seven, a group of women who have arrived on our planet, offering solutions to the world's problems. But even stranger things are about to start happening - the fall-down is about to occur. Maya.....Lauren Cornelius, Jan.....Lyndsey Marshall, Horace.....Fanta Barrie, Renata.....Jane Slavin, Petri.....Elinor Coleman, Robin.....David Sturzaker, Doctor Ramsey.....Tony Turner, produced by Emma Harding. Sound design by Caleb Knightley.

26 Feb: The Fall Down, 3
By Melissa Murray. Maya and Horace have escaped from The Seven's compound and head to Manchester in order to rescue Jan's baby. Jan has been taken back to the compound, where Renata now asks her to make a sacrifice. Meanwhile, the fall down is increasing in velocity - humans falling out of one world and into another. Maya.....Lauren Cornelius, Jan.....Lyndsey Marshall, Horace.....Fanta Barrie, Renata.....Jane Slavin, Petri.....Elinor Coleman, Mary.....Marilyn Nnadebe, Floran.....Jessica Turner, Barry.....Hasan Dixon, Young Man.....Stewart Campbell, Doctor Ramsey.....Tony Turner, Produced by Emma Harding. Sound design by Caleb Knightley.

27 Feb: Saturday Play: The Beautiful and Damned, 2
By F Scott Fitzgerald; from the novel, adapted by Robin Brooks. Anthony Patch and his wife, Gloria Gilbert, are spoiled and selfish. That's never a good combination. Anthony Patch ..... Joel MacCormack, Gloria Gilbert ..... Jessica Hardwick, Fred Passmore ..... Rhashan Stone, Maury Noble ..... David Sturzaker, Joseph Bloeckman ..... Tom Mothersdale, Muriel Kane ..... Melody Grove, Adam Patch/Bounds ..... Ben Onwukwe, Haight/Percy ..... David Seddon. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

28 Feb: Classic Serial: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 3
By Hardy, dram. Katie Hims. After her disastrous wedding night, Tess gets a job working on the land of a mean-spirited farmer. Tess ..... Faye Marsay, Angel ..... Matthew Tennyson, Alec ..... Robert Emms, Marian ..... Bettrys Jones, Izzy ..... Kathleen Cranham, Felix ..... Hasan Dixon, Cuthbert ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Joan ..... Maggie Service, Jack ..... Roger Ringrose, Abraham ..... Aaron Gelkoff, Liza Lu ..... Ell Potter, Isaac ..... Noah Leggott, Lily ..... Tayla Hutchinson, Kingsbere Man ..... David Seddon, Farmer ..... John Lightbody, Labourer ..... Tony Turner, Driver ..... David Sturzaker, Neighbour ..... Jessica Turner, Mrs Brooks ..... Jane Slavin. Producer: Mary Peate.

1 Mar: Top of the World
By Hugh Costello. Top of the World is Gloria’s podcast promising healing with altitude. She’s a relationship therapist who takes troubled couples for mountain walks. A couple has felt their ten year marriage crumble as political arguments became personal and Covid lockdown kept them from their one shared interest. Can Gloria help? Gloria: Jeany Spark, Sian: Siwan Morris, Jamie: Robert Wilfort, Tom: Matthew Aubrey. Producer: Alasdair Cross.

2 Mar: The Ventriloquist's Dummy
By Amanda Dalton. We've all had an unconscious 'gut feeling' from time to time. There's a reason for it; some of the feel-good hormones in the body are actually secreted by the gut. And no-one seems to know what's wrong with Jess. Apart from the gut, that is. This drama-doc looks at the relationship between mind and body, the mysterious wisdom of the gut, and the history of ventriloquism. Jess.....Christine Bottomley, Eurycles.....Sanjeev Bhaskar, The Gut.....Meera Syal. Programme Consultant Dr Nick Read. Producer: Nadia Molinari

3 Mar: Holding Back the Tide - The Woman in Puce
By Nick Warburton. New series (series 3).When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a house in Breck Howe they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who views the house and the town as his own personal fiefdom. Today John's bravado takes a battering when his past returns to haunt him. Richard Wells ..... Paul Ritter, Clare Wells ..... Kate Duchene, John Hector ..... Philip Jackson, Vanessa ..... Jessica Turner. Producer: Sally Avens.

4 Mar: Holding Back the Tide - Good Fences
By Nick Warburton. Clare and Richard Wells have inherited a house in Breck Howe and a sitting tenant, John Hector, who views the house and the town as his own personal fiefdom. When a new neighbour moves in next door it's not long before John and he lock horns over rights of way. Richard Wells ..... Paul Ritter, Clare Wells ..... Kate Duchene, John Hector ..... Philip Jackson, Mrs Cardabbon ..... Sue Jameson, Morton ..... Sue Jameson, Hedley ..... Nick Murchie. Producer: Sally Avens.

5 Mar: Holding Back the Tide -Walk On
By Nick Warburton. The arrival of a touring theatre company in Breck Howe makes Richard question the mundanity of his life running the B&B. And when auditions are held for extras John Hector is determined to steal the limelight putting Richard's dreams of escape in jeopardy. Richard Wells ..... Paul Ritter, Clare Wells ..... Kate Duchene, John Hector ..... Philip Jackson, Mrs Cardabbon ..... Sue Jameson, Theatre Director ..... Nick Murchie. Producer: Sally Avens.

6 Mar: The Jungle Book, 1
By Ayeesha Menon. Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, re-imagined in the concrete jungle of present-day India. Mowgli, the orphan boy at the centre of the story, is being brought up by the Wolves, a gang of petty criminals in a tenement block in Mumbai, and quickly learns how to survive in that world. But when the villainous politician, Tiger Khan, threatens Mowgli's life, two residents of the tenement block, "black panther" Bagheera and the "bear" Baloo, offer to help him escape and he embarks on a journey of self-discovery through the city, meeting "creatures" along the way who don't always have his best interests at heart. Recorded in India. Mo - Namit Das, Tiger Khan - Rajit Kapur, Mrs Gupta - Shernaz Patel, Mr Gupta- Zafar Karachiwala, Bugs - Sukant Goel, Yuva- Abir Abrar, Kala- Shikha Talsania, Rikita- Devika Shahani, Father Carvalho - Sohrab Ardeshir, Young Kala/Rani- Preetika Chawla, Young Mo - Omkar Kulkarni, Dimple - Trisha Kale, Bobby - Alka Sharma, Varun/Boy - Ajitesh Gupta, Amma - Prerna Chawla, Raksha- Shivani Tanksale, Rafiq & Naag- Tavish Bhattacharyya, Baldeo/Tabaqui/Purun Bhagat- Vivek Madan, Akhil - Nadir Khan. Written and directed by Ayeesha Menon. Producer: Nadir Khan. Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

7 Mar: Classic Serial slot - The Hand of Ethelberta
Adapted by Katherine Jakeways. Hardy’s Women takes a fresh look at the novels of Thomas Hardy, through the eyes of some of his female characters. Ethelberta has numerous potential suitors, but she is not exactly the lady they think she is. Her claim to distinction is one of brains rather than blood. Her sister is her maid, her brother her butler, and she has just a year left before the whole family are left homeless and penniless. She needs a rich husband before the truth gets out. Ethelberta - Rebecca Humphries, Picotee - Abra Thomspon, Christopher Julian - Alfred Enoch, Lord Mountclere - Adrian Scarborough, Neigh - Simon Armstrong, Ladywell - Lee Mengo, Chickerel & Mountclere's brother - Michal Bertenshaw, Aunt Charlotte & Mrs Petherwin - Heather Craney, Menlove & Faith - Catriona McFarlane, Joe - Tom Forrister, Harp - Alis Huws, Piano - Branwen Munn. Producer: John Norton. BBC Wales.

8 Mar: The Christopher Boy’s Communion ,br>By David Mamet; a new thriller, ser in New York. Joan is a devout Catholic and a mother, whose son Michael has murdered and mutilated the body of his girlfriend. He awaits trial in prison. Joan will stop at nothing to free him, even blackening the dead girl’s character. It seems that we are heading for a courtroom drama, but then it goes in a completely different direction. Joan….Rebecca Pidgeon, Alan….Clark Gregg, Mr Stone….David Paymer, Father Paul….John Pirrucello, Mrs Charles….Fionnula Flanagan. Producer: Rosalind Ayres. Director: Martin Jarvis. Indie; Jarvis & Ayres. This is their seventh drama project with David Mamet. They also produced Keep Your Pantheon (R4), Glengarry Glen Ross (R3), and Faust (R3). Martin Jarvis appeared in Mamet’s movies Phil Spector and Funny Or Die .

9 Mar: Scenes from a Zombie Apocalypse
By Katie Hims and Paul Elliott. A modern horror story.When the world goes off track, sometimes children understand it best. Bo ..... Orla Pearce, Ellie ..... Eliza Pearce, Bernadette Strange ..... Laura Elphinstone, David Chase ..... David Sturzaker, PC Blake ..... Nicholas Murchie, PC Ackie ..... Marilyn Nnadebe, Fiona ..... Jessica Turner, Jerry ..... Tony Turner, Man ..... Joshua Riley, Alison ..... Elinor Coleman, Shopkeeper/Saeed/Lawton ..... Hasan Dixon, Mum /Paramedic ..... Jane Slavin, Driver/Dr Simms ..... Stewart Campbell. Producer: Jessica Dromgoole.

10 Mar: The Flowers Are Perfect in the Garden
By Lucy Caldwell. A man spends his final days in a hospice surrounded by his wife and once-estranged children. They have travelled far and wide to be by his bedside at this time. It is full of laughter and tears and it is a chance for them to reconnect. They are able to come together as a family and as a result of the death of their father the family is unified once more. Pat ... Dermot Crowley, Mary ... Dearbhla Molloy, Oisín ... Patrick O'Kane, Emma ... Charlene McKenna, Emma (child) ... Clara Murphy, Oisín (child) ... Alex Warburton, Letitia ... Deborah Bahi, Corazón ... Maria Cristina Crampton, Other parts played by Alice Hoskyns and Tom Glenister, Producer ... Celia de Wolff. BBC Northern Ireland.

11 Mar: At Sea By Lucy Caldwell; second of a trilogy of plays looking at different ways families say goodbye. It is set in a near future; in a refugee camp in Berwick Upon Tweed, filled with families fleeing from a cholera-torn London. We follow three generations of a family as they struggle to hold themselves together in such extreme circumstances. The father has already escaped to Norway to try to set up a new home for them there. Lily ... Clara Murphy, Oliver ... Alfie Hurley, Elaine ... Ger Ryan, Susan ... Emma Amos, Chris ... George Anton, Cameraman/Smuggler 1/Fisherman 1 ... Tom Glenister, Smuggler 2/Fisherman 2 ... Finlay Paul, News Anchor/ Woman ... Julia Grogan, Producer - Celia de Wolff. BBC Northern Ireland.

12 Mar: Martians
Third play of the trilogy, this one is a rpt. A young midwife is preparing to leave her family and the world she knows to begin life on another planet. She is one of the twelve people to be chosen to take their skills to Mars to begin new life, just as her grandmother did when she moved from Jamaica to London and her father’s ancestors leaving a famine-riddled Ireland for America,. Laura has to choose what to take and what to leave behind. She also has to say goodbye to her family. Laura ..... Tia Bannon, Michael ..... Toheeb Jimoh, Margo ..... Angel Coulby, Lorraine ..... Michelle Greenidge, Eoin ..... Lloyd Hutchinson, Joan ..... Joy Richardson, Angharad & Young Woman 1 ..... Tallulah Bond, Ijaaz, Male Voice ..... Ronny Jhutti, Older Woman, Radio Presenter & Automated Voice ..... Beth Goddard, Producer ..... Celia De Wolff. BBC Northern Ireland.

13 Mar: Saturday Play - The Jungle Book, 2
Kipling, set in present-day India by Ayeesha Menon, continued. Mowgli is being brought up by the Wolves, a gang of petty criminals in a tenement block in Mumbai, and quickly learns how to survive in that world. But when the villainous politician, Tiger Khan, threatens Mowgli's life, two residents of the tenement block offer to help him escape. Some of the creatures he meets on the way don't have his best interests at heart. Recorded in India. Mo - Namit Das, Tiger Khan - Rajit Kapur, Mrs Gupta - Shernaz Patel, Mr Gupta- Zafar Karachiwala, Bugs - Sukant Goel, Yuva- Abir Abrar, Kala- Shikha Talsania, Rikita- Devika Shahani, Father Carvalho - Sohrab Ardeshir, Young Kala/Rani- Preetika Chawla, Young Mo - Omkar Kulkarni, Dimple - Trisha Kale, Bobby - Alka Sharma, Varun/Boy - Ajitesh Gupta, Amma - Prerna Chawla, Raksha- Shivani Tanksale, Rafiq & Naag- Tavish Bhattacharyya, Baldeo/Tabaqui/Purun Bhagat- Vivek Madan, Akhil - Nadir Khan. Music by Sacha Puttnam. Songs written and performed by Satchit Puranik. Written and directed by Ayeesha Menon. Producer: Nadir Khan Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).

14 Mar: Classic Serial: Sweeney Todd and The String of Pearls, 1
Based on the novel by Thomas Prest; dram. Archie Scotney. Set in 1785, Fleet Street, during the reign of George III. The demon barber and the pie shop. Killings are hardly rare in 18th century London, but where are the bodies? The police investigate. Mrs Lovett…Joanne Whalley, Sweeney Todd…Martin Jarvis, Colonel Jeffrey…Rufus Sewell, Sir Richard Blunt…Jonathan Cake, Mark…Jack Cutmore-Scott, Tobias…Darren Richardson, Joanna…Moira Quirk, Arabella…Elizabeth Knowelden, Mr Oakley…Julian Sands, Major Bounce…Ian Ogilvy, Mr Grant…Alan Shearman, Morgan/Captain…Neil Dickson, Thornhill/Mundel/Crotchet…Matthew Wolf. Original music: A-Mnemonic Director: Rosalind Ayres Indie (Jarvis and Ayres).

15 Mar: Eastern Star
By Guy Slater, rpt. Based on the true story of young British journalist Christopher Gunness who in 1988 to Burma in 1988 by BBC World Service to go undercover as a backpacker to observe and the military junta. He found himself involved with human rights lawyer U Nay Min at the centre of the 1988. The revolution was brutally put down by the military and Nay Min was imprisoned for 16 years. Gunness went on to an internationally successful career. 25 years later, Gunness and Nay Min meet again. The stage play, with David Yip and Michael Lumsden, was performed at the Tara Theatre in South London in 2018. Chris.....................Michael Lumsden, Nay Min...............David Yip, Nick.......................Nigel Pivaro, Morland...............Ian Kelly, Ba Swe..................Windson Liong, Jake.......................Matt Rippy, Receptionist / Aung San Suu Kyi..........Julie Cheung Inhin, Win Aung / Colonel.................Paul Chan. Produced by Clive Brill. Indie (Brill productions)

16 Mar: The Love Test
By Brian Coyle, rpt. Rom-com about meeting the perfect partner. Journalist Kate is writing an article about a psychological test that can tell when you’ve met the “one” but she’s reluctant to believe it will work - until she tries it herself. Kate ..... Kate O’Flynn, Sam ..... Carl Prekopp, Mark ..... Stephen Hogan, Sarah ..... Deborah Findlay, Gerri ..... Samara MacLaren, Producer: Bruce Young.

17 Mar: Seven Five Zero Zero
By Adrian Penketh, rpt. A desperate pilot hijacks his own plane. The play is set in and around an airport. Steve.....Don Gilet, Neil/ Tanner....Shaun Mason, Megan.....Katherine Press, Chris.....Christopher Harper, Tim.....Ronny Jhutti, Giles.....Tony Turner, G.G......Chetna Pandya, Prime Minister.....Susan Jameson, Helen.....Sarah Ovens, All other parts played by Sam Dale, Michael Bertenshaw, Adrian Penketh and Franchi Webb. Producer: Emma Harding.

18 Mar: Another Place
By Siân Owen. A mum’s struggle to connect to her deaf baby son. Lizzy finds out that Charlie might have a problem with his ears when he's three weeks old. They send him to get tested further. The machine draws lines which make the audiologist stop smiling. Siân Owen has personal experience; her own son was born with severe hearing loss. Lizzy…. Alexandria Riley, Joel…. Matthew Gravelle, Seren…. Carys Eleri, Natasha…. Eiry Thomas, Charlie…. Zachary Cox. Produced by James Robinson. Directed by Carl Prekopp. BBC Wales.

19 Mar: Waking Beauty
By Alex Clarke. Seventeen-year-old Vanilla’s fall from a tree becomes a wake-up call for those close to her. Displaced and disconnected, the Byrne family learn how to reconnect with each other – even though one of them is asleep. Orla ..... Sade Malone, Mary ..... Michelle Fairley, Siobhan ..... Lucy Gaskell, Gemma ..... Sacha Parkinson, Rather Robin .... .Joseph Alessi, Producer: Nadia Molinari. BBC Drama North ("Audio Drama North")

20 Mar: Saturday Play - Tango Diaries
By Ron Hutchinson. A series of vignettes, exploring why Tango is such an obsession for some people. Is it the drama, the proximity, the rhythm, the soul-bearing? Five people explain why this dance means so much to them. Ron's last radio drama was Ship of Lies in 2019. Annie - Summer Strallen, Howard - Matt Rippey, Ross - Damian Lynch, Sean/The Chief - Jos Vantyler, Marco/Dance Hall Owner - Kerry Shale, Grace/Frannie/Kara - Melli Bond, Jeanie - Jane Jackson, Stanislav - Tomasz Aleksander, Lena- Nicola Stuart Hill, Dan - Chris Buckley, Nadya/Shoe Lady - Flora Montgomery, Archie - Richard Wilson. Produced by Clive Brill. Indie (Brill Productions).

21 Mar: Classic Serial - Sweeney Todd, 2
Joanna disguises herself and enters the barber’s employment as ‘Charley’. She wonders if her sweetheart Mark is really lost at sea. Investigator Richard Blunt andLieutenant Jeffreys aim to protect her. Mrs Lovett…Joanne Whalley, Colonel Jeffrey…Rufus Sewell, Sir Richard Blunt…Jonathan Cake, Sweeney Todd… Martin Jarvis, Mark…Jack Cutmore-Scott, Joanna…Moira Quirk, Arabella…Elizabeth Knowelden, Crotchet/Mr Brown/Dr Murphy…Matthew Wolf, Mr Wrankley…Julian Sands, The Judge…Ian Ogilvy, Morgan/Attorney…Neil Dickson, Clerk/Sir Ernest…Darren Richardson, Boatman/Counsel/Fisherman…Alan Shearman, Other parts played by members of the company. Dramatised by Archie Scottney, based on the novel by Thomas Prest. Producer…Rosalind Ayres. Indie (Jarvis and Ayres)

22 Mar: Afterplay
By Brian Friel. It's the 1920s. A couple bump into each other in a Moscow café. Sonya looks after a large estate and is visiting Moscow for financial meetings. Andrey is a violinist; he tells her he’s there to rehearse La Bohème at the Opera House. Andrey…Alex Jennings, Sonya… Janie Dee. Director: Martin Jarvis. Producer: Rosalind Ayres. Indie (Jarvis & Ayres)

23 Mar: Devoted
By Ray Connolly. In 2020 Ray spent six months in hospital with Covid, the China virus. As it attacked his body, he was, for much of the time, in a coma. During this time his mind was filled with fantasies. When he recovered he found that his wife, Plum, had sent daily bulletins on his condition to their children. She feared the ringing of the phone from the hospital. Music helped to end his coma and get him back to health. Ray.............................Philip Jackson, Plum..........................Alison Steadman, Louise.......................Natalie Grady, Dominic...................Matthew Gravelle, Kieron......................Joseph Millson, Nurse Hannah........Marilyn Nnadebe, Newsreader............Leah Marks, Producer Gary Brown.

24 Mar: Endless Second
By Theo Toksvig-Stewart. Drama about consent; two students fall in love, but one drunken evening changes everything. Cast: M ..... Sam Otto, W ..... Louisa Harland. 'Technical Producers' (presumably the SMs and linkup engineer) ..... Martha Littlehailes, Alison Craig, Anne Bunting, Mike Etherden. Production Co-ordinator ..... Gaelan Connolly. Producer ..... Abigail le Fleming. Note: Theo is a dyslexic writer and actor based in London. The son of lesbian parents, Theo is developing some television projects including a show based on his unusual uprbinging.

25 Mar: The Performer - Part 1
By William Humble; a two-part monologue performed by Stephen Fry. Like many adolescents, Matthew lives in a fantasy land. But where other 13 year-old boys hero-worship John Lennon or Mick Jagger, Matthew’s favourite actor is Sir Laurence Olivier. Dad often talks about the day he was stuck in London after work because of a train strike, and ended up going to the theatre to see the great Sir Laurence Olivier in a Terence Rattigan play. But Dad never goes to the theatre; he never goes anywhere much at all, except to the City to do his boring job. Then Dad disappears......... A number of theatre celebrities are evoked in the monologue - Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Rattigan, Max Miller, Noel Coward, Dora Bryan... Indie (Pier Productions).

26 Mar: The Performer, part 2
Continued from yesterday. Performed by Stephen Fry.

27 Mar: Saturday Plar - The Margins
By Al Smith. When Ben takes his girlfriend back home he finds his mother has taken in a childhood friend and is about to disinherit Ben in his friend’s favour, hoping her act of charity will correct past sins. Mandy ..... Rebecca Front, Ben ..... Billy Howle, Cassie ..... Cecilia Appiah, Mo ..... Calvin Demba. Produced by Sally Avens. (Note- Al also wrote 'Life Lines', working with the sasme producer- Ed.)

28 Mar: Luke, Acts, 1
By Michael Symmons Roberts, adapted from the King James version of the bible. Luke is believed to be the author of the gospel which bears his name, a doctor, and writer of 'The Book of Acts'. In this drama, 'Theophilus' is cast as a woman; a Roman who looks for Luke in the AD60's, three decades after the death of Jesus. Luke has come to Rome with Paul to support him in his forthcoming trial. As part of this support Luke is writing down as accurate an account as he can of the events leading from the birth of Jesus to the spread of the early church. Together they hope carefully chosen extracts from his account will equip the legal team to exonerate Paul. Luke's gospel tells the story of the life and ministry of Jesus from his birth through healings, miracles, betrayals, trial, execution and resurrection. The Book of Acts picks up the story after the resurrection with Jesus' disciples in hiding and devastated at the violent death of their leader. Luke....David Schofield, Theophila....Verity Henry, Jesus.....David Seddon, Peter.....Shaun Mason, Chief Priest.....Jonathan Keeble, Mourning Mother.....Angela Lonsdale, Prodigal Son.....Ashley Margolis. Multiple parts played by members of the cast. Director: ..Sharon Sephton, Producer.....Susan Roberts.

29 Mar: Yellow Lips
By Katie Redford; her first radio play. A daughter’s memories of her mum’s struggle with mental health. When Jen was eight, her mum was sectioned. The young Jen never realised the effect it had on her and her family. Years later, the grown-up Jen delves into the past. Narrator/Jen ….. Katie Redford, Mum, Alison ….. Lorraine Ashbourne, Dad, Rick ….. Stephen Critchlow, Young Jen ….. Grace Doherty, Matty/Izra ….. Wilbur Conabeare, Granny Beryl ….. Jessica Turner, Mrs Howe ….. Elinor Coleman. Produced by Tracey Neale. (Katie now plays Lily in The Archers - Ed.)

30 Mar: Oak Tree Close
By seven writers; a ballad in seven scenes. A boy who believes he has magical teeth meets a King in a tree in Boscobel in 1651. The ballad follows the life of a protective oak, with a new song - Where My Tooth Once Grew - by Johnny Flynn. Thomas (1651) ..... Rui Greaves, Charles ..... Johnny Flynn, Helen ..... Maya Coates, Lizzie ..... Elinor Coleman, Arthur ..... Taylor Simner, Harry ..... Laurie Kynaston, George ..... Joel MacCormack, Padma (1981) ..... Jiyan Kaur Deol, Mr Andrews ..... Stewart Coleman, Thomas (2021) ..... Laurie Kynaston, Padma (2021) ..... Priyanga Burford. Writers: Maud Dromgoole (1651), Sonia Jalaly (1727), Hatty Jones (1787), Joel MacCormack (1891), Margaret Perry (1919), Priyanga Burford (1981) and Max Levine (2021). The song: Where my Tooth Once Grew - Lyrics by Johnny Flynn and Robert MacFarlane, Music: Johnny Flynn, Musical director: Peter Ringrose, Production Coordinator, Anne Isger, Producer: Jessica Dromgoole.

31 Mar: Happiness
By Ian Billings; rpt.from 23 Dec 19.A comedy drama about the brilliant comedian and singer Ken Dodd when he faced tax evasion charges in 1988, tracking his year-long battle with the tax man, including the 1989 trial. Ken Dodd (and Dicky Mint): David Threlfall, George Carman Qc: Clive Hayward, Bennett: Will Kirk, Mr. Justice Waterhouse: Neil McCaul, Brian Leveson QC: Ian Conningham, Albert: Greg Jones, Eileen: Laura Christy, Croupier: Adam Courting, mother: Heather Craney, Usher: Ikky Elyas. Producer: Gemma Jenkins.

1 Apr: The Grey Man and Other Lost Legends
By Sebastian Baczkiewicz; rpt. from 14 Apr 2020. A strange craft crash lands into the UK’s second highest peak. The mayday signal is picked up by amateur radio enthusiast and conspiracy theorist Fergus McGregor whose special interest is the Great Grey Man.Stories of the Grey Man have been reported by hikers and mountaineers on Ben Mcdhui as far back as the Victorian era. Fergus sets out to find the truth. Includes interviews with residents and visitors in the Cairngorms National Park. Special thanks to Angus Upton. Weatherall …. Laura Elphinstone, Fergus McGregor ... Brian Vernel, Councillor Boyne … Rachel Handshaw, Sound Design by Steve Bond, Executive Producer Jeremy Mortimer, Produced by Joby Waldman, Directed by Steve Bond and Joby Waldman. Indie. (Reduced Listening production).

2 Apr: Settlers
By Adam Usden, rpt. from 31 Mar 2020. Adam won the Imison in 2018 (though not with this play).Two scientists have been in cryogenic stasis for nine hundred years along with one thousand others. They are underground waiting for a new planet to be born, then they can colonise. Nothing can go wrong, can it? A sci-fi comedy. Sam ..... Laura Aikman, Ian ..... Tom Rosenthal, Michael.... Hamish Rush, System ..... Leah Marks, Director/Producer Gary Brown. (... RT listed 'Maynard' by Fraser Ayres, Imison winning play 2021, but this was not broadcast - Ed.)

3 Apr: Saturday Play - Luke, Acts, part 2
Biblical account, ad. Michael Symmons Roberts. The Gospel of Luke tells the astonishing story of the life and ministry of Jesus from his birth through healings, miracles, betrayals, trial, execution and resurrection. The Book of Acts picks up the story after the resurrection with Jesus' disciples in hiding and devastated at the violent death of their leader. Then he appears to them, resurrected, and the book then tells the extraordinary story of the birth and battles and growth of the early Christian church, including Paul's dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus from persecutor to apostle. Luke....David Schofield, Theophila....Verity Henry, Jesus.....David Seddon, Peter.....Shaun Mason, Chief Priest.....Jonathan Keeble, Miriam.....Angela Lonsdale Paul.....Jason Done Ananias.....Hamish Rush Nephew.....Stephen Hoyle Multiple parts played by members of the cast. Director: ..Sharon Sephton, Producer.....Susan Roberts.

4 Apr: Classic Serial slot - Lights Up: Dedication, 1
By Nick Dear. After 60 years of production The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton closed its doors due to the coronavirus from Wuhan. This play was written for the Theatre in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It was written to commemorate both Nick’s and Shakespeare’s connection with Southampton. Nick grew up there; .Shakespeare’s relationship with the Earl of Southampton was well-known. Shakespeare dedicated poems to Southampton. Nick plays with three possibilities which may explain part of Shakespeare’s life. It's not known whether they met, but here, Shakespeare is on trial, where he is questioned about his relationship with the gay, cross-dressing Earl of Southampton. William Shakespeare........Alfred Enoch, Harry, Earl of Southampton......Tom Glenister, Lord Chief Justice........Sam Dale. Other roles played by Nick Armfield, Tallulah Bond, Declan Mason and Finlay Paul. Producer: Celia de Wolff. Sound Designer: Lucinda Mason Brown. Broadcast Assistant: Anna de wolff Evans. Indie (Pier productions)

5 Apr: Lights Up: Dedication, 2
Concluding part of yesterday's play.

6 Apr: McLevy
By David Ashton, rpt. Series 12. Ep 1. A Matter of Balance. Victorian detective drama. A circus visits Edinburgh and attempts to drum up business with a high-wire act stretching from the Scott Monument across Princes Street without a safety net. The circus crowds attract a gang of pickpockets. McLevy is on the case. Then the high-wire artiste, Maria Capaldi, receives a death threat. McLevy..........Brian Cox, Jean........Siobhan Redmond, Mulholland.........Michael Perceval-Maxwell, Roach...........David Ashton, Ballantyne.........Finlay McLean, Richard Cameron........Alasdair Hankinson, Maria..........Anita Vettesse, Billy Sangster.......Steven McNicoll. Other parts played by the cast. Producer: Bruce Young. BBC Scotland.

7 Apr: What He Would Have Wanted
By Viv Groskop, rpt. from Jul 2020. Caroline had an affair with Jen's husband, and it ended their friendship. Now it is a year later. Jen's father has died and Jen's mother is determined that his memorial will prompt a reconciliation. Anne: Barbara Flynn, Jen: Flora Montgomery, Caroline: Jane Slavin, Sorcha: Nimmy March, Geoffrey: Gerrard McArthur. Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan. Indie (Big Fish). Extract at the end is from Winnie the Pooh.

8 Apr: Losing Paradise
By Stephanie Dale. Fairbourne’s council has chosen to stop funding its coastal defences; currently they are saying no more money will be spent on flood defences after 2054. Presumably this is part of their 'environmental plan'. Flooding in Fairbourne is not significant, but residents are reportedly unhappy about the decision because it has been said that there will be no compensation if any residents are forced to relocate. One hopes that the decision will be reconsidered; these plans are generally not set in concrete. In the play, Fairbourne’s story begins in the 19th Century, when mill owner Arthur McDougall created the idyllic holiday paradise. But his head builder has disturbing dreams about the future. George…. Kieran Knowles, McDougall…. John Dougall, Seithenyn…. Sion Pritchard, The Narrator…. Eiry Thomas, The Earth…. Lisa Jen Brown. Produced by James Robinson. BBC Wales.

9 Apr: Comrade Ackland and I
By Frances Bingham; based on the true story of poet Valentine Ackland and writer Sylvia Townsend Warner. Set in Dorset in 1936. Sylvia and her lover, poet Valentine Ackland, have just returned to their country cottage from Spain. A young tourist arrives who’s had a car accident. Publicity-shy Sylvia stays in the cottage as Valentine helps him. Sylvia.....Joanne Mitchell, Valentine....Helen O'Hara, Frank Mallory....Ashley Margolis, Major Frobisher.....James Quinn, Landlady.....Joan Kempson, Arthur.....Lloyd Peters, Producer - Sharon Sephton.

10 Apr: Saturday Play - Saturday Play - Nora Webster, 1
By Colm Toibin. Rpt. from 9 Nov 2019. Nora Webster is now a single parent, having recently lost her husband, a politically active schoolteacher who has died young. She has four children children. It's set in Enniscorthy, Ireland, in the late 1960s.Nora: Siobhan McSweeney, Aunt Josie: Brid Brennan, Una: Norma Sheahan, Catherine: Ruth Bradley, Jim Webster: Gary Lilburn, Mick Sinnott: Edward MacLiam, William Jr: Paul Reid, Fiiona: Sophie Robinson, Aine: Lauren Coe, Conor: Sinead McGee, Donal: Tommy Harris, Sister Thomas: Jessica Turner, Peggy Gibney: Heather Craney. Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

11 Apr: Classic Serial slot - The Magic Mountain, 1
By Thomas Mann, dram. Robin Brooks. Young Hugh Casthorpe goes on a short visit to a sanatorium in the mountains, and finds that he cannot leave.Trapped there, he meets and learns from his fellow patients, gets acquainted with another constant companion, Death, and explores aspects of love. Narrator ..... Lucy Robinson, Hugh Casthorpe ..... Luke Thallon, James Simpson ..... Hugh Skinner, Doctor Crowmarsh ..... Sandy Grierson, Professor Jones ..... Richard Harrington, Clauda Civet ..... Genevieve Gaunt, Edie Robinson ..... Keziah Joseph, Marjorie ..... Georgina Strawson, Stour ..... Ed Jones.Ffrom a translation by John E Woods. Produced by Fiona McAlpine. Sound Design by Alisdair McGregor. Indie (Allegra Productions)

12 Apr: 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? This is a retelling of the Julian Mason scandal, one year on from the closure of Project Hermes, the doping program that 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, rpt. from 2 Jan 2020. Made in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust.

13 Apr: McLevy
Series 12, rpt. Final series, rpt. from 2016.
By David Ashton. Victorian detective drama. Ep 2. A Man Of Honour. Episode title: A Man of Honour. The inspector's relationship with Jean turns frosty, but he doesn't understand why. Mulholland chases a man with a knife across the rooftops of Leith harbour; there is a tussle; the man falls to his death... the consequences are serious. McLevy…….Brian Cox, Jean…….Siobhan Redmond, Mulholland…….Michael Perceval-Maxwell, Roach…….David Ashton, Ballantyne........Finlay McLean, Callum……Ron Donachie, Josie Spence……Samuel Keefe, Sim Burnside……Ben Clifford, Annie Mills……Charlene Boyd. Other parts played by the cast. Producer: Bruce Young BBC Scotland.

14 Apr: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
By Alexander McCall Smith. Set in Gabarone's only detective agency. Episode title: The House of Unexpected Sisters. A new dramatisation. Mma Ramotswe dips a reluctant toe into local politics while the Agency is charged with investigating a simple case of wrongful dismissal. Mma Ramotswe ... Janice Acquah, Mma Makutsi ... Nadine Marshall, Mr JLB Matekoni ... Ben Onwukwe, Mr Polopetsi ... Steve Toussaint, Mma Potokwani ... Sarah Niles, Charity ... Saffron Coomber, Charity's mother ... Lorna Gayle. Producer: Eilidh McCreadie. BBC Scotland.

15 Apr: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The Colours of All The Cattle: As election day approaches, Mma Ramotswe struggles with conflicted feelings over an old family mystery. Mma Ramotswe ... Janice Acquah, Mma Makutsi ... Nadine Marshall, Mr JLB Matekoni/Chairman ... Ben Onwukwe, Mr Polopetsi ... Steve Toussaint, Mma Potokwani ... Sarah Niles, Stephen/John ... Jason Barnett, Mingie Ramotswe ... Debbie Korlay, Charlie ... Maynard Eziashi, The Neighbour ... Saffron Coomber, Mma Gopalang ... Lorna Gayle. Producer: Eilidh McCreadie. BBC Scotland.

16 Apr: Longline
By Henry Darke. His first radio play. Jay is an observer on a deep sea trawler. He's there to ensure that the strict international laws on fishing quotas, sustainability and safety are followed. Jay ..... Matthew Aubrey, Kim-Long ..... Chike Chan, Kate ..... Sarah Ovens, Esther ..... Franchi Webb, Carlitos ..... Joseph Balderrama, Juan/Radio Operator ..... Simon Scardifield, Dad ..... Kenny Blyth, Lecturer ..... Michael Bertenshaw, Sisco/Lazrus ..... Richie Campbell. Directed by Gemma Jenkins.





Compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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