Radio 3 Drama, 1998

General notes: As programming is generally scheduled around evening concerts, start times have been noted after the date; As opposed to 1997's list, the Sunday Feature was just composed of documentaries with no dramatic element.

Barry Hodge

Sunday evenings, various times as noted; Note that one part of a three-play series was broadcast on a Saturday (November's 'Troy').

(04-01-1998; 7:30pm) The Misanthrope (Moliere, trans/adap Tony Harrison)
Alceste is the original misanthrope: he rants against human hypocrisy and saves his most pointed attacks for those around him. Whether friend or foe, he is determined to be honest, no matter what it costs. But Alceste is in love with Celimene, who does not appear to be as pure and virtuous as she seems. With David Schofield, Alan Cox, Maria Miles, Randel Herley, Brigit Forsyth and Michael Begley. Director Nandita Ghose. (120m)

(11-01-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) After Easter (Anne Devlin)
A radio production of the critically acclaimed stage play that was first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995. Greta has mystic visions - are they premonitions or a lament for the soul which she left behind in Ireland? Starring Stella Gonet as Greta, and with Sorcha Cusack, Michelle Newell, Doreen Flynn, James Ellis, William Houston, Janice McKenzie, Sunny Ormonde, Denys Hawthorne, Roger May, Diane O'Kelly, Mark Finn, Alex Jones, Richard da Costa and Linda Rhodes. Original music composed and played by Anthea Gomez. Director Sue Wilson. (145m)

(18-01-1998; 9:30pm; Rpt) Insignificance (Terry Johnson)
The thought-provoking play about the meaning of celebrity in America and the perils atomic warfare, made into a film in 1985 by Nicholas Roeg. An actress, a baseball player, a professor and a senator (bearing striking similarities to Marilyn Monroe, Joe Di Maggio, Albert Einstein and Joseph McCarthy) are gradually drawn to the professor's New York City hotel room in 1954. The academic and the actress talk about the limits of their fame and are joined the next morning by the other members of the quartet, who have pressing questions for them. With Frances Barber, Alun Armstrong, Tom Mannion and Colin Stinton. Director Hilary Norrish. (105m)

(25-01-1998; 7:30pm) Hysteria (Terry Johnson)
Why is Sigmund Freud concealing a naked woman in his closet? Why is he wearing a raincoat indoors and being pursued by Salvador Dali? Where are Dali's trousers? All things considered, is it any surprise that the father of psychoanalysis turns out to be the one most in need of it? Johnson's surreal comedy about the supposed meeting between Freud and Dali takes a hilarious and audacious trip into the unconsciousness of the man who discovered it. Starring Henry Goodman, Phoebe Nicholls, Tim Potter and David de Keyser. Director John Adams. (120m)

(01-02-1998; 7:30pm) The Steward Of Christendom (Sebastian Barry)
Thomas Dunne is an Irish Catholic superintendent, fiercely devoted to the British crown. Incarcerated in a Wicklow asylum, he is trapped between his need to remember and the urge to forget his past life, which threatens to engulf him. The play was first performed at the Royal Court in 1995. With Niall Buggy, Jim Norton, Dearbhla Molloy, Brid Brennan, Aisling O'Sullivan, Catherine Cusack, Ned Mulready and Lloyd Hutchinson. Director Hilary Norrish. (100m)

(08-02-1998; 7:30pm) The Trojan Women (Euripides)
With original blues music by Colin Linden, the great tragedy spans the centuries as a voice of protest against the inhumanity of slavery. With Conrad Coates, Michelyn Emelle, Alison Sealy-Smith, Karen Glave, Marium Carvell, Phil Aiken and Tyrone Benskin. Director Martin Jenkins. (130m)

(15-02-1998; 7:30pm) Good Person Of Ajmer (Bertolt Brecht, trans Michael Hoffman)
Based on Brecht's parable `The Good Person of Sichuan'. This adaptation places the story in Rajasthan, where water is scare and dog eats dog. The good woman Shanti finds it impossible to remain good in such a tough world. With Sudha Bhuchar as Shanti and Shiv Kant, and a cast including Rehan Sheikh, Meera Syal, Saeed Jaffrey, Badi Uzzaman, Surinder Kochar, Nitin Chandra Ganatra and Adlyn Ross. Composition and musical direction Roy Babbington. Tabla player Shiv Shankar Ray. Director Kristone Landon-Smith. (90m)

(22-02-1998; 7:30pm) Flight (Mikhail Bulgakov, trans Michael Glenny, adap Don Taylor)
In 1920, the Russian Civil War is ending with the triumph of the Bolsheviks. For the defeated White officers and the refugees who have gathered around them in the Crimea the only escape is across the sea to Constantinople, Paris, and a life of exile - unless they decide to return to Russia. With a cast including Kenneth Haigh, Tom Georgeson, Jamie Glover, Joanne Pearce, Charles Kay, Adjoa Andoh, Michael N Harbour, Peter Jeffrey, Peter Woodward and Jerome Willis. Directed by Don Taylor. (105m)

(01-03-1998; 7:30pm) More Sinned Against (Alexander Ostrovsky)
The first performance of a new English-language version by Frank McGuinness of one of the most popular plays in the Russian repertoire. With Samantha Bond, Elizabeth Chadwick, Nicholas LePrevost, Niamh Daly and Val Lilley. Director Irina Brown. (120m)

(08-03-1998; 7:30pm) The Weir (Conor McPherson)
Newcomer Valerie is brought for an evening to a lonely bar in a remote part of Ireland and is spellbound by the ghostly stories told by the bachelors who drink there. Funny and chilling, this haunting hit production comes fresh from London's Royal Court Theatre. With Jim Norton, Brendan Coyle and Kieran Ahern. Director Ian Rickson. (120m) (NB: Repeated 20-12-1998.)

(15-03-1998; 7:30pm) Divine Words (Ramon del Valle-Inclan, trans/adap David Johnston)
One of the greatest plays by Spain's most innovative 20th-century dramatist, `Divine Words' is set in Valle-Inclan's native Galicia, the Celtic corner of north-west Spain. It presents a grotesque, distorted picture of rural life, a primitive society where amorality, avarice, adultery and cowardice flourish. With T P McKenna, Dervla Kirwan, Denys Hawthorne, Gerald McSorley, Sorcha Cusack and Frances Tomelty. Director Kate Rowland. (120m)

(22-03-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) An Informer's Duty (Greg Cullen)
Leningrad, 1937. Shostakovich is under official attack as Stalin's terror decimates his world. He cannot compose Soviet anthems, his Fourth Symphony is too dangerous to perform - and yet, as the Soviet Union's premier composer, he must respond to the times. With Melanie Walters, Christine Pritchard and Mark Straker. Director Alison Hindell. 8.55 Shostakovich: Symphony No 5. BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Davis. (135m)

(29-03-1998; 10:05pm; Rpt) The Life & Death Of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Michel Azama, trans Caroline Behr)
Alfred Molina plays Pasolini, the notorious Italian film-maker, poet, homosexual and political activist whose mutilated body was found on a Roman beach on All Souls' Night, 1975. With Dexter Fletcher, Richard Pearce and Graham Callan. (70m)

(05-04-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) Gristle (Lee Hall)
Peter returns home to poverty in Newcastle, from active service in Northern Ireland. He has been horribly injured, and his relationship with his wife and friends deteriorates. His status as the outsider allows him to see the corruption of everyday existence, but he is unable to salvage any dignity from his situation. `Gristle' is based on Ernst Toller's `Hinkerman', which deals with the impact of war on ordinary people's lives. Derek Walmsley plays Peter, with Tracey Whitwell, Trevor Fox, Sharon Percy, Shaun Prendergast and Dave Whitaker. Director Kate Rowland. (75m)

(12-04-1998; 7:30pm) The Mysteries (Edward Kemp)
Inspired by the medieval mystery plays, with additional text by Kemp. A vivid and contemporary retelling of the Bible story, drawing on a wide range of texts including the Bible, the Koran, Dostoevsky and Bulgakov. This is a radio adaptation Katie Mitchell's production for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Starring David Ryall, Joseph Mydell, Johnny Lodi, Paul Hamilton and Paul Hilton. Director Marianne Elliott. (150m)

(19-04-1998; 7:30pm) Skylight (Richard Eyre)
The acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of David Hare's `Skylight' comes to Radio 3. In the 1980s, married entrepreneur Tom Sergeant had a brief affair with his assistant Kyra. Now his wife is dead and Kyra is a teacher in the East End. During a long night, Tom and Kyra try to explore what happened to them and to find new meeting grounds between them. They are still in love, but can there be any future for them as a couple? David Hare's play `Amy's View' is currently running to great acclaim in the West End. With Bill Nighy, Stella Gonet and Theo Fraser Steele. Director Janet Whitaker. (115m)

(26-04-1998; 7:30pm) Passing Places (Stephen Greenhorn)
Greenhorn's adaptation of his own `road movie for the stage', one of last year's great successes at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. Brian and Alex flee Motherwell in a clapped-out Lada with a stolen surfboard on the roof and, feeling like strangers in their own country, head north into deepest Scotland with a psychopathic gangster in hot pursuit. With Paul Thomas Hickey, Colin McCredie, Kenneth Bryans, Iona Carbarns, Kathryn Howden, Finlay Welsh and Liam Brennan. Director Patrick Rayner. (105m)

(03-05-1998; 7:30pm) Cardiff East (Peter Gill)
Hopes, memories, warmth and tragedy combine to make up 24 hours in the life of a close-knit community in Cardiff. With Anthony O'Donnell, Susan Brown and Robert Harper. Director Alison Hindell. (90m)

(10-05-1998; 7:30pm) Heartbreak House (George Bernard Shaw)
A fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes. In his 1919 preface, Shaw described the play as `cultured, leisured Europe before the war'. Begun in 1916, the play is a witty satire on the Bohemian classes, the horse-riding classes and the pragmatic politicians and capitalists who hover between the two. Amidst the farce, they are not indifferent to the impending danger but seem unable to help themselves, `like moths round a candle'. With John Wood, Eleanor Bron, Cheryl Campbell and David Troughton. Director Janet Whitaker. (155m)

(17-05-1998; 7:30pm) Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
On the night when all the world is turned on its head and all authority usurped by civil misrule, girls become boys and women lust after women, in this most optimistic of Shakespeare's comedies. Michael Maloney (Orsino), Anne-Marie Duff (Viola), John Rowe (Captain), Josette Simon (Olivia). Music by Neil Brand, performed by Neil Brand (piano), Max de Wardener (double bass), Stuart Hall (violin), George Hinchcliffe (ukelele). Director Eoin O'Callaghan. (120m)

(24-05-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) The Relapse (John Vanbrugh)
Lord Foppington gains a title and loses his bride, Amanda loses her husband and gains a gallant, and Sir Tunbelly Clumsey loses his only daughter and gains two son-in-laws. With Clive Francis, Ian Hogg, John Duttine, Robert Glenister and Susan Tracy. Director Sue Wilson. (150m)

(31-05-1998; 7:30pm) Life Is A Dream (Pedro Calderon de la Barca, adap Adrian Mitchell & John Barton)
One of the most celebrated plays of the Spanish Golden Age. The birth of an heir to the Polish throne is accompanied by terrible omens, and he is banished to a dungeon. Thirty years later, the reunion of the ailing king and his brutalised, tormented son leads to a catastrophic struggle for power. With Paul Rhys, T P McKenna, Becky Hindley, Stephen Thorne, Kim Wall, Alison Reid, Alex Lowe, Christopher Scott, Gerard McDermott and Chris Pavlo. Music by Mark Lawrence. Director Cathryn Horn. (125m)

(07-06-1998; 7:30pm) The Ceremony Of Innocence (Martyn Wade)
Starring Simon Russell Beale as Benjamin Britten and Julian Wadham as Peter Pears. It is 50 years since the first Aldeburgh Festival, and this new play about the life and work of Benjamin Britten explores his professional and personal passions. The play focuses on the foundation of the festival and, through it, the nature of his interest in the young people who played roles in the first performances of some of his compositions. Also starring Anna Massey, John Wood and Alan MacNaughtan. Director Cherry Cookson. (100m)

(14-06-1998; 7:30pm) Inventing America - A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee William)
Set in New Orleans. In William's masterpiece, Blanche Dubois's tender feelings are destroyed by Stanley Kowalski's brutal desire as they battle for control of those close to them. Glenne Headly (Blanche), Vincent D'Onofrio (Stanley), Amy Brenneman (Stella). Music by John Roby. (120m)

(21-06-1998; 7:30pm) Inventing America - Hughie / The Emporer (Eugene O'Neill)
A double bill of plays by O'Neill. 7.30 Hughie. A classic experimental drama. When the night clerk in a low-grade rooming house dies, a small-time gambler - and full-time loser - discovers that he has lost his only friend in New York. With Jason Robards and Jack Dodson. 8.20 The Emperor Jones. Legendary off-Broadway drama company the Wooster Group perform O'Neill's classic expressionist text about a small-time emperor who flees a revolt only to face a night of primal terror in the jungle. With Kate Valk and Willem Dafoe. (110m)

(28-06-1998; 7:30pm) Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (James Agee & Walker Evans, dram Stanley Richardson)
In 1936, Fortune magazine in NYC commissioned journalists James Agee and Walker Evans to do a lifestyle article on tenant farmers in Alabama. What the two delivered was an emotional and quite shocking portrait of an impoverished and near feudal existence - a portrait that Fortune found itself quite unable to print. Starring Nathan Osgood, Garrick Hagon, Matt Givens, Dean Hill and Stacey Zuckerman. Director Eoin O'Callaghan. (105m)

(05-07-1998; 7:30pm) Loot (Joe Orton)
Another chance to hear the first-ever radio production of his hilarious, black masterpiece. With Trevor Peacock, Debra Gillett, Neil Stuke, Andy Serkis and Timothy Spall. Director Lindsay Posner. (85m) (NB: Repeat of 14-09-1997.)

(12-07-1998; 7:30pm) Up Against It (Joe Orton, adap John Fletcher)
An unfinished screenplay written for the Beatles in 1967. Orton was found dead on the very day he was to meet director Richard Lester about the making of the film. In this first production of the play, 30 years on, Blur's Damon Albarn provides a musical link to the original Beatles casting. Also starring Leo McKern, Sylvia Syms, Prunella Scales, Douglas Hodge, Joe Fiennes, Louise Lombard and Jacinta Mulcahy. John Gielgud and Irish director Joe Dowling make cameo appearances. Director John Adams. (90m) (NB: Repeat of 21-09-1997.)

(19-07-1998; 9:15pm) The Art Of The Big Bass Drum (James Kelman)
A new play for radio by the Booker Prize-winning writer. Four men talk late into the night about art, life, and rock and roll. With an introduction by Douglas Gifford. With Gary Lewis as Colin, Liam Brennan as Vik, Laurie Ventry as Rory and Kenneth Glenaan as Bill. Director Kenneth Glenaan. (95m)

(26-07-1998; 9:50pm) Cadenza (David Pownall)
Starring Michael Maloney, Joss Ackland, Eleanor Bron, Richard Griffiths, Jonathan Coy, Tom Watt, Gavin Muir and Abigail Docherty. Alessandro Stradella, though a musical genius, is banished by Pope Innocent XI for his notorious philandering. But it is only after he has crossed the Doge of Venice that he finds his music may be the only thing between him and a bloody end. (75m) (NB: Repeated 27-12-1998.)

(02-08-1998; 9:35pm; Rpt) Death In Venice (Thomas Mann, dram Peter Wolf)
Starring Clive Francis as Gustav von Aschenbach, Penny Downie as Anja, John Rowe as the Writer and Peter England as Tadzio. A famous German writer tries to find the happiness and inspiration that is evading him by travelling to Venice after a premonition that his life will be transformed there. At first, he notices only the decay and disease lurking behind the beautiful facades. Then, just as he is about to leave, he becomes obsessed by the beauty of a young Polish boy staying at the same hotel. With Tessa Worsley, Eve Karpf, Stephen Critchlow and Anthony Ofoegbu. Director Cherry Cookson. (80m)

(09-08-1998; 9:55pm; Rpt) Oedipus At Colonus (Sophocles, trans/adap Ranjit Bolt)
The tragedy directed for radio by Peter Hall with the cast of the Royal National Theatre production, with original music by Judith Weir. Oedipus wanders the land in self-imposed exile. With his daughter Antigone, he seeks sanctuary at Colonus, striking fear into the local people. Starring Alan Howard as Oedipus. (60m)

(16-08-1998; 9:50pm) Havisham (Ronald Frame)
In just a few sentences of `Great Expectations', Charles Dickens sketches in the bare bones of a history for the character of Miss Havisham, the old woman who sits in a shuttered old house in her soiled bridal dress, as she as done since the day she was jilted many years before. Ronald Frame's new play asks how she got to be in that state. With Emma Fielding, Liam Brennan, James Bryce and Michael Perceval-Maxwell. Director Patrick Rayner. (90m)

(23-08-1998; 10:10pm) The Reith Affair (Michael Hastings)
With John Sessions as John Reith, Samuel West as Charlie Bowser, Keeley Hawes as Muriel, and Tracy Wiles as Maysie. The play focuses on the triangular relationship between the future founder of the BBC, his fiancee Muriel and his best friend Charlie. John Reith's turbulent personal life would later creatively influence the development of the world's greatest broadcasting corporation. With original music by Barrington Pheloung. Director Peter Kavanagh. (90m)

(30-08-1998; 10:15pm; Rpt) The Voluptuous Tango (David Zane Mairowitz, music Dominic Muldowney)
An operatic radio drama which throws together dancer Isadora Duncan and founder of Italian futurism F T Marinetti. First broadcast in `Between the Ears'. With Maria Friedman as Isadora Duncan, and Alan Belk as Marinetti. (60m)

(06-09-1998; 9:55pm; Rpt) East From The Gantry (Edward Thomas)
In the derelict shell of their burnt-out house, a husband and wife swap memories while a mysterious drifter lurks on the hillside. Love is strange. With Ri Richards, Boyd Clack, Andrew Howard and Wyndham Price. Music by Gareth Whittock. Director Alison Hindell. (80m)

(13-09-1998; 9:45pm; Rpt) To The Wedding (John Berger, dram John Berger)
The play, with Simon McBurney and Mark Wheatley, is presented with an international cast well known from the productions of the Theatre de Complicite. A father and mother separated for 17 years travel across Europe to their daughter's wedding Italy. As they travel, we become aware of the human tragedy that awaits them and a conclusion which is as tender as it is devastating. With Lilo Raur, Sandro Mabellini, Katrin Cartlidge, Tim McMullan, Simon McBurney, Kathryn Hunter and Richard Hope. Director Simon McBurney. (90m) (NB: Repeat of 30-11-1997,)

(20-09-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) Divine Words (Ramon del Valle-Inclan, trans/adap David Johnston)
(120m) (NB: Repeat of 15-03-1998 - see above.)

(27-09-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) The Misanthrope (Moliere, trans/adap Tony Harrison)
(120m) (NB: Repeat of 04-01-1998 - see above.)

(04-10-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) Via Dolorosa (David Hare)
Hare's one-man play, written after his trip to Israel and Palestine in 1997 and performed by the playwright in his acting debut. After many invitations, the 50-year-old playwright finally visited the state of Israel in 1997. The resulting play offers a meditation on an extraordinary trip which leaves the author questioning his own values as searchingly as the powerful beliefs of those he met. Director Kate Rowland. (90m)

(11-10-1998; 7:30pm) US (Peter Brook)
A study of a seminal event in the development of political theatre, using a mix of performance and interviews. `US', a play reflecting the anti-war movement in America and England in 1966, was performed by the RSC at the Aldwych Theatre and later transferred to New York. This new production is both a show and a homage to the writer and director, Peter Brook. With contributions from Peter Hall, Michael Kustow, Glenda Jackson, Adrian Mitchell, Ian Hogg, Albert Hunt and Michael Williams. Cast: Adrian Lester, Alison Pettitt, Ron Berglass, Lise Stuart, Graham Padden, Andy Hockley, Sean Connolly and Alex Jones. Director Brian Lighthill. (100m)

(18-10-1998; 7:30pm) Hedda Gabler (Ibsen, trans/adap Helen Cooper)
The classic in a vibrant new translation. Hedda is so exasperated with her suffocating marriage that she decides to make her mark upon the world in the gravest way imaginable. Harriet Walter (Hedda), Corin Redgrave (Judge Brack), Nicholas Farrell (Tesman), Michael Feast (Lovberg). Music by Julie Cooper. (120m)

(25-10-1998; 7:30pm) Man & Boy (Terence Rattigan)
This performance of Rattigan's final play features Alan Bates as fraudulent international financier Gregor Antonescu, who, with his worldwide empire facing collapse, flees to the New York apartment of his estranged son Basil. With Catherine Cusack, John Light, David Bradley, James Laurenson, Nick Waring and Anne Carroll. Music by Peter Hayward. Director John Dove. (85m)

(01-11-1998; 7:30pm) Naked (Luigi Pirandello, adap Nicholas Wright)
A new version for the Almeida Theatre of the classic play, starring Juliette Binoche. Ersilia Drei, a young woman, is hounded by the press after the death of a child entrusted to her care. She is offered refuge by a middle-aged novelist, and gradually her story emerges. Ersilia is exploited by four men in turn and seen in a different light by each one. Ultimately, she attempts to reveal her true self. Also starring Oliver Ford Davies, Anita Reeves, David Sibley and Ben Daniels. Music by Jonathan Dove. Sound design by John A Leonard. Director Jonathan Kent. (85m)

(08-11-1998; 7:30pm) Cancer Ward (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
Set in 1955 in a cancer hospital in Tashkent, this classic of the Soviet period is a metaphor for the corruption endemic under Stalin, as revealed in Khrushchev's `thaw'. With Malcolm Storry, David Ryall, Melanie Walters, Gillian Barge and Dorien Thomas. Dramatised by Olwen Wymark. Composer Colin Sell. Director Alison Hindell. (135m)

(15-11-1998; 7:30pm) Major Barbara (George Bernard Shaw)
Peter Hall directs Shaw's devastatingly witty comedy, featuring the cast from the recent West End production: Anna Carteret, Crispin Bonham Carter, Stephen Noonan, Jemma Redgrave and Peter Bowles. (150m)

(22-11-1998; 7:30pm; Rpt) The Winter's Tale (William Shakespeare)
Tom Courtenay stars as the wildly jealous King Leontes, who, suspecting his queen Hermione of infidelity with his best friend Polixenes, exacts a terrible revenge which forces the full retribution of the Gods. With Harriet Water, Jill Balcon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rory Campbell, Nickolas Grace and Jonathan Cullen. Music by Julie Cooper, played by Justin Pearson (cello), Alasdair Malloy (percussion), Lucy Wakeford (harp), David Roach (oboe) and Claire Moore (singer). Director Eoin O'Callaghan. (160m)

(28-11-1998; 8:30pm) Troy - 1: King Priam & His Sons (Andrew Rissik)
Three new plays re-telling the story of events leading up to and following the fall of Troy, broadcast over this weekend on Radio 3. With Paul Scofield as Hermes. At the birth of her second son, Hekabe, Priam's wife, dies. And her child is cast out onto the hillside in order to satisfy the demands of the gods. Also starring Toby Stephens, James Hayes, Oliver Cotton and Ian Hogg. Director Jeremy Mortimer. (90m) (NB: Note that this play was broadcast on Saturday evening, continued on Sunday in a double-bill.)

(29-11-1998; 7:30pm) Troy - 2: The Death Of Achilles (Andrew Rissik)
With Paul Scofield as Hermes and Geraldine Somerville as Helen. The story resumes in the ninth year of the Trojan War. Achilles has removed himself from the action after a quarrel with Agamemnon. Also starring Toby Stephens, James Hayes, Oliver Cotton and Ian Hogg. Director Jeremy Mortimer. (90m)

(19-11-1998; 9:30pm) Troy - 3: Helen At Ephesus (Andrew Rissik)
With Paul Scofield as Hermes and Geraldine Somerville as Helen. The final play follows Helen on her way back to Sparta after the plundering of Troy, during which time she is separated from her husband Menelaus. What is the significance of these stories of pride, jealousy, love and war? What do we learn about the way that people and societies behave? Director Jeremy Mortimer. For cast see 7.30pm. (90m)

(06-12-1998; 7:30pm) A Flag Unfurled (Leigh Jackson)
A play about the life and times of Erskine Childers, one of the most enigmatic Englishmen of the 20th century. Writer of the celebrated novel `The Riddle of the Sands', he was a British patriot who fought in the Boer and First World War, and later became an Irish revolutionary and a propagandist for Sinn Fein in the struggle for Irish independence. Pianist Bill Lloyd. Violinist Sean McGuire. Director Roland Jaquarello. (120m)

(13-12-1998; 7:30pm) Adverse Possession (John Waters)
It is a normal funeral in today's west of Ireland: tears and regrets - some real and some sentimental - when an unknown, illegitmate daughter arrives from England and Irish respectability and provincialism is exposed. With Chrissie Cotterill, Michelle Collins, Rosaleen Linehan and Alan Barry. Director Pam Brighton. (120m)

(20-12-1998; 10:00pm; Rpt) The Weir (Conor McPherson)
(90m) (NB: Repeat of 08-03-1998 - see above.)

(27-12-1998; 10:00pm; Rpt) Cadenza (David Pownall)
(75m) (NB: Repeat of 26-07-1998 - see above.)

Various dramatic twenty-minute pieces that are used as mid-concert interval pieces during Performance On 3 and Opera On 3; Writer/reader credits have been noted where available; Documentaries/talks have been omitted.

(06-01-1998; 8:20pm; Rpt) The Last Picnic (James Hamilton Paterson, read by Nigel Anthony) A strange little man joins the family gathering. He sips some beer, eats some sausage rolls and, quite without ceremony, introduces himself as Robert Schumann.

(13-01-1998; 8:10pm; Rpt) The Dell (James Hamilton-Paterson, read by Roger May) A young flautist discovers the relationship between water and music.

(27-01-1998; 8:10pm; Rpt) Knight (James Hamilton-Paterson, read by Ron Berglas) An extract from `The Music'. An American pilot is captured in Vietnam and is determined not to reveal any military secrets. Then he hears someone playing Bach on the piano.

(29-01-1998; 7:55pm) Fantasia On A Favourite Waltz (William Boyd, read by Hadyn Gwynne) Hamburg in the 1940s. She walks in the streets and he plays the piano. One day he gives her a musical score - a sign of greatness to come? (NB: Repeated 03-07-1998.)

(30-01-1998; 8:00pm) To The Gate Of Ice & Snow (Sean O'Brien) When the Newcastle-based poet Sean O'Brien was invited to visit a remote Japanese island, he jumped at the chance, particularly when he heard about its near-legendary inhabitants. But what was life really like for a hairy Geordie amoung the hairy Ainu?

(03-02-1998; 8:25pm; Rpt) Anxieties Of Desire (James Hamilton-Paterson, read by Kim Wall) A composer flees to Algiers after his controversial work fails to receive a major prize. Then he discovers that another musician of the same name has received critical acclaim in Europe.

(10-02-1998; 8:20pm; Rpt) Sidonie Kleist (James Hamilton-Paterson, read by Lorelei King) An American concert pianist has a breakdown during a performance of Beethoven's fourth piano concerto.

(17-03-1998; 8:15pm; Rpt) The Last Of The Habsburgs (James Hamilton-Paterson, read by Christopher Scott) A Balkan kingdom stages a lavish opera to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of its national composer.

(24-03-1998; 8:15pm) The Cemetery By The Sea - Ranjit Bolt introduces his new translations of poems by the French Symbolists Verlaine, Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Mallarme.

(21-04-1998; 8:10pm) Longer Contemporary Poems - Samuel West reads `Spring Offensive', `Exposure', `Insensibility' and `Strange Meeting' by Wilfred Owen.

(28-04-1998; 8:10pm) Longer Contemporary Poems - Denys Hawthorne reads `Easter 1916' and `The Tower' by WB Yeats. (30m)

(07-05-1998; 8:35pm) Amnesia In Litteris (Patrick Suskind, read by Mark Straker) All those magnificent books we have read, all those stories and characters. But we rarely remember them, do we?

(30-06-1998; 8:15pm) Like A Circle In A Spiral (Russell Hoban, read by David Horovitch) He meets her on a foggy London morning as she finishes the line of a song he is humming. What next? A specially commisioned story with BBC Music Magazine.

(03-07-1998; 7:50pm; Rpt) Fantasia On A Favourite Waltz (William Boyd, read by Hadyn Gwynne) Hamburg in the 1940s. She walks in the streets and he plays the piano. One day he gives her a musical score - a sign of greatness to come? (NB: Repeat of 29-01-1998.)

(15-07-1998; 8:10pm) Ivor Gurney - Poet PJ Kavanagh explores Gloucestershire poet Ivor Gurney's powerful and neglected work written during the First World War, and his subsequent years in an asylum. Gurney's poetry is read by David Goodland.

(21-07-1998; 7:45pm; Rpt) Beehernz (Penelope Fitzgerald, read by David Troughton) A story commissioned by Radio 3 and BBC Music Magazine. Once upon a time, there was an old, reclusive composer who just had to be lured out of retirement.

(25-08-1998; 8:40pm) Poets On Painting - An anthology of poems about painting read by Andrew Hilton and Sally Cookson.

(10-10-1998; 7:10pm; Rpt) Why Do We All Hate Philip So? - Was Philip II of Spain too conscientious to appeal to the likes of Schiller and Verdi? Novelist Adrian Mourby asks why some monarchs are loved by history and others loathed. The words of the real and operatic Philip are read by Peter Jeffrey, and the testimony of those who knew the king is spoken by Cyril Shaps and Alice Arnold.

(15-10-1998; 8:10pm) Intimate Letters (read by Timothy West) In 1917, Janacek met Kamila Stosslova and fell madly in love with her. He was 63, she was 26, and they were both married. But Kamila was to inspire many of the great works of Janacek's old age, and his letters reveal the intensity of his love for her.

(22-10-1998; 8:10pm) Rachmaninov's Recollections - Derek Jacobi reads from Rachmaninov's recollections, exploring the melancholy in his nature and in his music.

(05-11-1998; 8:25pm) Fire Power - Fire has fascinated people since mankind began. Against a backdrop of the sounds of Bonfire Night, this programme celebrates the many aspects of this awesome element through real-life stories, readings, poetry and music.

(26-11-1998; 8:10pm) New Music (Carol Shields, read by David Threlfall) She studies Tallis, he deals in reinforced concrete. So what is the attraction? A new story specially commissioned with BBC Music Magazine.

(01-12-1998; 8:25pm) The House Of Fear (Leonora Carrington) Four interval programmes of readings from the surrealist works of Carrington. In these small and concentrated portions, the oddest elements from metaphysics, fantasy, daily routine and material life are simmered together and mischievously served up. The House Of Fear (read by Eleanor Bron) and The Oval Lady (read by Kate Beckinsale).

(03-12-1998; 8:40pm) The House Of Fear (Leonora Carrington) Waiting (read by Eleanor Bron) and Cast Down By Sadness (read by Kate Beckinsale).

(04-12-1998; 8:15pm) The House Of Fear (Leonora Carrington) Royal Summons (read by Kate Beckinsale) and The Seventh Horse (read by Eleanor Bron).

(08-12-1998; 8:20pm) The House Of Fear (Leonora Carrington) White Rabbits (read by Eleanor Bron) and The Seventh Horse (read by Kate Beckinsale).

Various post-concert series, broadcast weekdays between 9pm and 10pm, with varying running times (both as noted); Again, documentaries/talks have been omitted.

(19 to 23-01-1998) Word Pictures - Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis to develop a short imaginative narrative. (15m)

1: Marina Warner on Correggio's `The School Of Love'. (9:45pm)

2: David Dabydeen on Pieter Bruegel the Elder's `Adoration Of The Magi'. (9:35pm)

3: Peter Porter on Sassetta's `Aspects Of The Life Of St Francis'. (9:05pm)

4: Peter Levi on Claude's `Landscape With Aeneas At Delos'. (9:20pm)

5: A S Byatt on Velasquez's `Kitchen Scene With Christ In The House Of Martha & Mary'. (8:45pm)

(02 to 06-03-1998) Choice Grenfell - A five-part entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman, recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by comedian Joyce Grenfell. (20m) (NB: This series was repeated 20 to 24-07-1998.)

1: Featuring `Counterwise', in which an enthusiastic store assistant encounters the pitfalls of applying sales psychology; and `Opera Interval', during which an opera lover attempts to follow the plot of `Mildura' as it progresses from the sleepy village of Pola, with its royalist fisherfolk, to the cloisters of St Geminiano. (9:15pm)

2: Featuring two songs with music composed by Richard Addinsell - `All my tomorrows' and `Picture Postcard' - and `Lally Tullet', a steamy tale of close relationships from a Virginian veranda. (9:30pm)

3: Featuring `Thursdays', a commonplace story in which a wrong number nearly turns into a blind date; and a poignant song, `Dear Francois', with music composed by Richard Addinsell. Plus Grenfell's letters to Virginia Graham. (9:30pm)

4: Featuring `In the Train', in which a chatty American chorus girl remembers the kindness of an English actor whose funeral she has just attended; and `Tristram', who finds God, to the despair and embarrassment of his liberal parents. `Two Christian Scientists', written by Joyce Grenfell and Virginia Graham, is set to music by Denis King. (9:20pm)

5: Featuring `Telephone Call from Down Under', a touching scene of divided loyalties; `Mrs Mendlicote', a musical account of life and times in Pont Street; and, to end, `When You Go'. The songs were composed by Richard Addinsell. (9:15pm)

(16 to 20-03-1998) A Poem For Ireland - In the week in which St Patrick's Day falls, five Irish poets read a selection of works. (10m)

1: Today Paula Meehan presents some of her own new work. (10:10pm)

2: On St Patrick's Day, Brendan Kennelly reads new poems in which he remembers two saints, two teachers and his 90-year-old grandmother. (9:15pm)

3: Michael Longley reads new works: love poems, elegies remembering a small child and an Irish poet, memories of County Mayo, and a sequence of poems linked by two world wars. (9:30pm)

4: Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill reads new works in English and Irish, including `Dubh', a poem inspired by the fall of Shrebrenice. (9:35pm)

5: In the last of this week's readings by Irish poets, Tom Paulin presents a selection of new works. (9:50pm)

(27-04 to 01-05-1998 Postscript First & Last Words (20m)

1: The Muse's Babes - Michael Schmidt introduces a selection of poems by well known poets taking their first faltering steps, including Edgar Allan Poe, George Herbert, Milton, Pope and Burns. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon. (9:15pm)

2: Goodbye Cruel World - Michael Schmidt introduces poems of farewell, including Raleigh, Nashe, Donne and Herbert. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon. (9:45pm; 15m)

3: Taking Shape, Where Poetry Began - Michael Schmidt introduces poems which were the first of their kind, from Caedmon to Ezra Pound. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon. (9:00pm)

4: Reshaping, New Poetries - Michael Schmidt introduces the work of poets who have taken the English language into their own cultures. Featured poets include Gertrude Stein, John Ashbery, Edward Kamau Brathwaite and Hugh MacDiarmid. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon. (10:10pm)

5: Elegy - Michael Schmidt introduces poems that say goodbye - to a murdered king, an only son, a sister, a parent and a friend - and one facing up to the poet's own death. With poems by Stephen Crane, Frank O'Hara, Philip Larkin and Emily Dickinson. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon. (9:00pm)

(01 to 05-06-1998) Inventing America - Sam Shepard: Live at BAC - The first of five programmes recorded at the Battersea Arts Centre in which actor and dramatist Sam Shepard reads from his work, drawing on twenty-five years as a writer. (10m)

1: Tonight's readings chronicle epic truck drives across America and sad encounters in motel rooms and bars, with selections from `Cruising Paradise' and `Motel Chronicles'. (9:30pm)

2: he celebrated actor and dramatist explores America's gun culture, spiritual dereliction, and the immensity of the country, with selections from `Motel Chronicles' and `Cruising Paradise'. (9:00pm)

3: Sam Shepard draws on his career as a film actor for material that is both farcical and tragic. In selections from `Cruising Paradise' and `Motel Chronicles', he reflects on whether the movies are more meaningful than life - or devoid of meaning altogether. (9:50pm)

4: Sam Shepard reads from work that reflects his preoccupation with the sound of language, including selections from `Motel Chronicles' and a scene from his play `The Tooth of Crime'. invented. (9:15pm)

5: Sam Shepard reads from his work, including a scene from his play `State of Shock' that offers a jaundiced salute to America's heroes. (9:10pm)

(22 to 26-06-1998) Inventing America - The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway (abr John Hartley) (20m)

1: The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber (read by Ed Bishop) Determined to show that he's not a coward, Francis Macomber goes on a big game hunt. (9:10pm)

2: The Capital Of The World (read by Kerry Shale) Paco is a waiter who longs to be a bullfighter, so he builds a practice bull with two carving knives and a chair... (9:00pm)

3: The Snows Of Kilimanjaro Harry, a writer, has gone to Africa to seek inspiration. But his truck has broken down in the middle of nowhere and his gangrene is spreading... (10:15pm)

4: My Old Man (read by Stuart Milligan) Joe's father is an American jockey working the European circuit. He has made it to Paris, owns a good horse and rides in his own colours. (9:40pm)

5: The Killers (read by Kerry Shale) Al and Max are on a job. They hold up a diner and await their victim. Reader Kerry Shale. (9:00pm)

(13 to 16-07-1998; Rpt) Radio Poems - Four specially commissioned poems blending words and sound. (20m) (NB: Repeat of 27 to 30-10-1997; The fifth part of the original series, Hopewell Haiku by Paul Muldoon, was omitted.)

1: Spirit Machines (Robert Crawford; 9:10pm)

2: Wire Through The Heart (Ken Smith; 9:00pm)

3: Once Upon A Zoo (Lavinia Greenlaw; 9:40pm)

4: The Man Made Of Rain (Brendan Kennelly; 9:15pm)

(17 to 21-08-1998; Rpt) Fan Mail - Following the example of W H Auden's `Letter To Lord Byron', five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past whom they admire. (15m) (NB: Repeat of 13 to 17-10-1997.)

1: Tom Paulin reads his letter to John Clare called `The Writing Lark'. (10:00pm)

2: Kathleen Jamie writes to Robert Burns about growing up in modern Scotland and about devolution. (9:45pm)

3: Glyn Maxwell writes to Edward Thomas. (9:55pm)

4: The Caribbean writer Olive Senior reads her letter to the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. (9:10pm)

5: In the last of the series, American poet Mark Doty reads his `Letter to Walt Whitman'. (9:45pm)

(28-09 to 02-10-1997) Rereading Auden - Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.(20m)

1: (9:25pm)

2: (9:40pm)

3: (9:55pm)

4: (9:40pm)

5: (9:40pm)

(05 to 09-10-1998) Life After Death - Five dramatised documentaries drawn from the KGB's literary archive by Vitaly Shentalinsky and presented by Professor James Riordan. (20m)

1: I Beg You To Hear Me: The File On Isaac Babel - The legacy of writer Isaac Babel is recalled by his grandson. Babel rode with the Cossacks in Russia's bloody civil war, gave the world his short story collection `Red Cavalry', and was arrested and executed in 1939. With Stephen Grief as Babel and Jon Strickland as the interrogator. (9:40pm)

2: Isolate But Preserve: The Files On Osip Mandelstam - The story of the Russian poet who came under attack in the 1920s for being out of step with the Soviet regime and was first arrested in 1934 for a poem denouncing Stalin. He died in 1938 en route to a labour camp. With Alex Jennings as Osip Mandelstam, Eleanor Bron and Jon Strickland. (9:30pm)

3: Any Satirist In The USSR Must Question The Soviet System. Am I Conceivable In The USSR? - The story of Russian prose writer and dramatist Mikhail Bulgakov, author of `The Master and Margarita', who waged an astonishing and daring war of words against the secret police that yielded surprising results. With John Sessions as Bulgakov. (9:20pm)

4: Seventh Heaven: The File On Nina Hagen-Torn - Until recently unknown and unpublished, ethnographer and daring free thinker Nina Hagen-Torn wrote vividly about her suffering in the vast gulag of Kolyma. With Amanda Root as Hagen-Torn, and Eleanor Bron. (9:20pm)

5: The Arrested Word: The File On Nikola Klyuev - The story of poet Nikola Klyuev, who wrote during the terrible campaign for total collectivisation. His views led to his denunciation and arrest, but he refused to recant and was executed in 1937. With Simon Russell Beale as Klyuev and Jon Strickland as Shivarov. (9:40pm)

(02 to 06-11-1998) Fictuality - Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story. (20m)

1: One Giant Leap (Sue Teddern; 9:40pm)

2: Come The Day (Fraser Harrison; 9:40pm)

3: Thank You For My Baby (Alison Joseph; 9:20pm)

4: Abide With Me (John Fletcher; 9:40pm)

5: All At Sea (Pippa Gladhill; 9:40pm)

(30-11 to 04-12-1998) Happy Talk - Five monologues about women. (20m)

1: Mrs Birtwhistle - Played by Geraldine McEwan. The new-found independence of her handicapped daughter threatens Mrs Birtwhistle's very raison d'etre. (9:15pm)

2: Avril - Played by Frances Barber. An overweight librarian hopes her life will be transformed by a kickboxer from Dudley. (9:40pm)

3: Philomena - Played by Val Lilley. Away from her homeland, Philomena realises that life has passed her by. (9:05pm)

4: Ivy - Played by Alison Steadman. Ivy sits on a train on her way back from a disastrous weekend with a couple she and her husband met on holiday. (9:50pm)

5: Granny Grimshaw - Played by Angela Curran. Granny Grimshaw is no longer the strong woman she used to be and has had to move in with her middle-aged daughter - and her `friend'. (9:30pm)

Saturday evenings; 45mins; Experimental radiophonic features (the actual dramatic content being unknown), usually grouped in series of six; Writer credits aren't always given; Some extra plays (repeats in other series) have been included for completeness.

ADDENDA: The first in the list is something I missed from 1997 (it seeming to be 'just another concert'), and I add it here as there were no Between The Ears series in the latter half of that year; as noted, it was repeated in the Sunday Feature slot.

(20-07-1997; 5:10pm; Rpt) Beethoven's Fifth (Unknown) Mark Russell presents another chance to hear a specially mixed performance of the symphony first heard last autumn in the series `Between the Ears'. The performance includes a virtually complete rendering of Beethoven's evergreen symphony through a cocktail of curious, controversial and conventional recordings and commentaries. With contributions from Dai-Chi and Valentin (pianos), the training orchestra of the Central Music School, Oxford, Professor Peter Schickele, the Vienna Philharmonia conducted by Carlos Kleiber, Walter Murphy's `A Fifth of Beethoven', the Orchestra of the 18th Century conducted by Frans Bruggen and many, many more. Technical presentation Marvin Ware. Devised and produced by Alan Hall. (NB: Repeated in the Sunday Feature slot; The programme would again be repeated on 25-12-1999 and 09-06-2005.)

(10-01-1998; 10:00pm) Heartsong (Sarah Woods) In this drama documentary three men tell their real-life stories of love. When they meet three fictional women, obsession, betrayal and true love follow. With Victoria Worsley, Haydn Gwynne and Adjoa Andoh. Music by Anders Sodergren. Director Claire Grove.

(17-01-1998; 9:40pm) Gilde (Meredith Oakes, music Gerald Barry) In a major new work, Janet Suzman and Sally Dexter struggle with identity and opposition in a bold exposition of a body under pressure. Clarinettists Anthony Lamb, Victoria Medcalf, Robert Ault and Andrew Webster.

(24-01-1998; 9:40pm) Gould, Tobacco, Bach (Unknown) To boldly go where no pianist has gone before was the lifelong mission of the eccentric Canadian, Glenn Gould. Since his death 15 years ago, his recording of a Bach Prelude and Fugue continues its mission aboard the Voyager spacecraft. This programme recreates a 17th-century experiment for calculating the weight of tobacco smoke in an attempt to calibrate Gould's genius. Meanwhile, old Bach weighs up the statistical risk of his own pipe-smoking.

(31-01-1998; 9:25pm) Out Of The Blue (Unknown) The scene is an office. Two people are sitting facing each other. An event is about to happen which will propel one of them into a drama which is unexpected, short and shocking. It is the moment when a relationship ends. People remember the dramatic turn of events which signifies redundancy.

(07-02-1998; 10:20pm) Anniversary (music Laurence Crane, Errollyn Wallen & Andrew Toovey) A song cycle conceived as a celebration of the unremarkable events of a perfectly imperfect day and compiled with recordings made on Friday, 7 February 1997, and today, a year on. The performers are Melanie Pappenheim, Margaret Cameron, Daniel Hale, Robert Chevara, Jacqueline Parker and Errollyn Wallen. With contributions from the people of London going about their business on 7 February, and reference to the day's news.

(14-02-1998; 9:20pm) The Human Voice (Jean Cocteau, trans Anthony Wood) As an antidote to Valentine's Day, an updated version of Cocteau's classic monologue. Harriet Walter stars as the abandoned woman speaking to her ex-lover on the phone, with electronic sound composition by Robin Rimbaud (scanner).

(09-05-1998; 10:45pm) The Devil Writes To Hildegard Of Bingen / Hildegard 2000 (Richard Gaskell) The first of six newly commissioned experiments in creative radio marks the nine hundredth anniversary of the birth of composer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen. The Devil - fabricated by writer Gaskell and impersonated by Bob Peck - fires off seven deadly letters to distract the visionary abbess from her mission of harmony and heavenly revelation. Meanwhile, another anniversary celebration heads calmly toward an iceberg of unfathomable proportions, as Robin Guenier, executive director of Taskforce 2000, and David Atkinson MP explain. (NB: The title was mentioned in the listings and these are two variations found on the internet; This 'newly commissioned' series included two repeats.)

(16-05-1998; 9:10pm; Rpt) Please Believe Me (Unknown) A voyage through the history of the BBC voice and its close cousin, received pronunciation; a pilgrimage back to the days when announcers had to pass a stringent audition, including ten verses of the Bible and reading in Italian and German. Discover which chancellor of the Exchequer declared that that mispronouncing `Thetis' deserved a whipping, why fears that Cockney was the future of English surfaced in 1949, and how redbrick voices infiltrated the airwaves.

(23-05-1998; 9:00pm; Rpt) The Night Stairs (Unknown) So many feet have passed up and down the flight of stairs that runs from the monks' dormitory to the transept of Bristol Cathedral that the stone looks like the waves of the sea. Joining the monks on parallel night journeys on all kinds of staircases are an astronomer, a stairmaker, a political prisoner, a nightwatchman, an old soldier, a police night squad, a tower block chorus, a historian, and the Cistercian monks of Caldey Abbey.

(30-05-1998; 10:00pm) A S D F G (Unknown) When novelist Charlotte Cory's grandmother died, she inherited a typing course on scratched 78rpm records and a set of chipped willow pattern china which inspire this exploration of the connections between how we think and how we write. With Kathryn Stott and Vincent Duggleby.

(06-06-1998 10:25pm) I'll Be Watching You (Iain Sinclair) The unblinking eye of the surveillance camera now keeps a perpetual watch over high streets, shopping centres and road junctions. This is an an audio journey through the world of hidden cameras, webcams, surveillance shops and beyond, with guidance from novelist Sinclair. (NB: This was billed as the 'third of six' - actually the third new play, but the fourth overall - and the next was billed as 'the last'.)

(13-06-1998 8:45pm) Procession To The Private Sector (David Gascoyne, adap Sean Street) The first production of a surrealist film scenario written in 1936 by the poet David Gascoyne, the most prominent English writer of that movement, and rewritten by him in the 1980s after the manuscript was found in the British Library. Adapted as a `film for radio' by Sean Street, with new music by John Surman, it features Simon Callow as the Camera. The story - of the vicissitudes of a pair of lovers - springs from a dream of Gascoyne's and is dramatised through symbol, myth and startling imagery.

(30-08-1998; 10:15pm; Rpt) The Voluptuous Tango (David Zane Mairowitz, music Dominic Muldowney) An operatic radio drama which throws together dancer Isadora Duncan and founder of Italian futurism F T Marinetti. With Maria Friedman as Isadora Duncan, and Alan Belk as Marinetti. (60m) (NB: Repeated in the Sunday Play slot and billed as a repeat from an earlier Between The Ears series; Note the extended running time.)

A rare, extra piece that was not broadcast in the usual slots.

(21-07 to 07-08-1998) Quartet (Steve May) Fresh out of college, hungry for recognition or even just a gig, four musicians forge a radical and somewhat unlikely quartet. But it is only then they find out just how hard it is to cut it in the world of professional music. Amanda Gordon (Moodi), Ian Jeffs (Dave), Alex Lowe (Stu). The music was composed by Steve May, and performed by Adam Walters (horn), Paul Sharman (trumpet), Marie Lloyd (clarinet), Jadie Carey (cello). Director Eoin O'Callaghan. (Weekdays, bar Wednesdays, 4:45pm; 12 x 15m) (NB: A series that took Music Matters' slot during its summer break.)

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