Radio 3 Drama & Readings, 2007

General notes: As programming is generally scheduled around evening concerts, start times have been noted after the date; Repeats again not marked in listings so I've noted them when I remember; 'Sunday Feature' entries with elements of drama (or those with actors credited) are to be found in the 'Other' section at the foot of the page.

Barry Hodge


Sunday evenings, times and durations as noted.

(07-01-2007; 18:50) King Lear (William Shakespeare)
Shakespeare's classic tale of treachery and betrayal illustrates the consequences of evil triumphing over truth and the vanity of old age. King Lear - Corin Redgrave, Duke of Kent - David Troughton, Duke of Gloucester - John Carlisle, Goneril - Geraldine James, Regan - Kika Markham, Cordelia - Justine Waddell, Edmund - William Houston, Edgar - Robert Glenister, Duke of Albany - John Rowe, Duke of Cornwall - Clive Francis, Fool - Paul Copley, Oswald - Struan Rodger, King of France - Sean Baker, Old Man/Gentleman - Gavin Muir. Music specially composed by Elizabeth Parker. Directed by Cherry Cookson. (160m)

(14-01-2007; 20:00) Regime Change (Peter Straughan)
A wickedly dark comedy inspired by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and produced in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In a run-down apartment block in Istanbul, Lutz is in hiding. He is preparing to seize power in his former state, just as soon as he is allowed to. Lutz - Henry Goodman, Coiler - Joseph Alessi, Dreyer - David Rubin, Jean - Golda Rosheuvel, Vlas - Julian Bleach, Ahmet - John Hopkins, Natascha - Mariah Gale, Umit - Ali Barisik. Music composed by Adrian Lee, performed by Adrian Lee and George Hadjineophytou. Director Jonquil Panting. (90m)

(21-01-2007; 20:00) Three Japanese Gothic Tales (Izumi Kyoka, dram Georgia Pritchett)
1. The Holy Man Of Mount Koya. Sakagami - Simon Russell Beale, Monk - Adrian Scarborough, Wanderer - Paul Rhys, Peddler - Iain Robertson, Farmer - Neil Dudgeon, Woman - Lia Williams, Old Man - Geoffrey Palmer. 2. A Tale Of Three Who Were Blind. Sakagami - Simon Russell Beale, Blind Man - Toby Jones, Older Blind Man - Geoffrey Palmer, Blind Woman - Lia Williams. 3. One Day In Spring, Sakagami - Simon Russell Beale, Monk - Adrian Scarborough, Wanderer - Paul Rhys, Tamawaki Mio - Mairead McKinley, Priest - Neil Dudgeon, Man - Iain Robertson, Lion Boy - Oscar Fletcher. Director Roxana Silbert. Composer Howard Davidson. (90m)

(28-01-2007; 20:00) Professor Bernhardi (Arthur Schnitzler)
In Vienna in 1900, a distinguished Jewish doctor prevents a Catholic priest from administering last rites to a dying patient. His actions provoke a political witch-hunt, leading to the professor's trial and imprisonment. This new version of a play which had been unseen in London for over 70 years was produced for the stage by Dumbfounded Theatre Company in 2005 by National Theatre playwright Samuel Adamson. (90m)

(04-02-2007; 20:15) Two Men From Delft (Stephen Wakelam)
In 1675, at the time of the death of his close friend Johannes Vermeer, Antony Van Leeuwenhoek made an astonishing discovery. He was the first person to identity bacteria. Antony Van Leeuwenhooek - Stephen Tompkinson, Christiaan Huygens - Alex Jennings, Maria Van Leeuwenhoek - Emma Noakes, Elisabeth Vermeer - Alex Tregear. Music by Sylvia Hallett. Viol played by Vanessa Coode. Directed and produced by Jeremy Mortimer. (75m)

(11-02-2007) No programme (The Tchaikovsky Experience coverage)

(18-02-2007; 20:00) Hooligan Nights (Mike Walker)
The brutal world of London gangland in the 1890s is brought vividly to life in an innovative new musical created by writer Mike Walker and composer Mike Woolmans. Loosely based on the book by Clarence Rook, it recounts the criminal career of Alf, a self-styled Lambeth hooligan. Alf - James Daley, Ally - Pamela Banks, P.C. 91- Stephen Greif, Harry - Carl Prekopp, Billy the Snide/Patrick Hooligan - Gerard Horan, Frenchy - Freddy White, Shop Assistant/Izzy/Judge - Gerard McDermott, Young Alf - Jamie Borthwick, The Great Reboundo - David O'Dell, Referee/Barman - Sam Dale, Alf's Ma - Bethan Walker. Other parts played by Paul Richard Biggin, Joseph Kloska, Emma Noakes and Saikat Ahamed. Director Toby Swift. (90m)

(25-02-2007; 20:45) Love & Money (Dennis Kelly)
A radio adaptation of the Young Vic/Royal Exchange co-production of Kelly's funny and heart-wrenching exploration of the devastating impact of debt and desire in the modern world. Jess, who is in love with David, believes that happiness can be bought - but in a world of easy credit, it doesn't come cheap. Jess - Kellie Bright, David - John Kirk, Mother - Joanna Bacon, Father/Duncan - Paul Moriarty, Val/Debbie - Claudie Blakley, Paul/Doctor - Graeme Hawley. Original Music by Olly Fox. Sound Design by Ian Dickinson. Directed by Matthew Dunster and produced by Nadia Molinari. (90m)

(04-03-2007; 20:00) The Fiery World (Peter Ackroyd)
In this Radio 3 special commission, Peter Ackroyd dramatises the life of William Blake. In 1805, with England at war and in constant fear of invasion, radicalism was the equivalent of treason. Blake was never afraid of speaking his mind, but as a poet and visionary he was at odds with the spirit of his age - so much so that his life was in danger. William Blake - Robert Glenister, James Deville - David Warner, Catherine Blake - Miriam Margolyes, Kedges - David Timson, Mrs Deville - Alison Pettitt, Samuel Rose - Sean Barrett, Billy Cosway - Hugh Ross, Scofield - Mark Gillis, Armitage - Brian Croucher, Boy - Deo Simcox. Directed by Roy McMillan. (90m)

(11-03-2007; 20:00) Crossing The Bar (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
A headlong plunge into the sea-narratives of Alfred Lord Tennyson, with sea-songs from the acclaimed acappella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson, centred around his most popular work Enoch Arden, written in the space of two weeks in 1864. The Kraken, read by John Dougall. The Sea Fairies, read by Rachel Bavidge and Jasmine Callan. Enoch Arden, read by Sam Dale, Jasmine Callan, Stuart McLoughlin and Joseph Kloska. The Voyage of Maeldune, read by John Dougall. Crossing the Bar, read by Sam Dale. With original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen. (90m)

(18-03-2007; 20:00) The Homecoming (Harold Pinter)
A new production for BBC Radio 3 of Pinter's play that sees the playwright himself heading up a star cast in the role of Max, the head of the Hackney family to which a professor and his wife return one night from America. Max, a man of 70 - Harold Pinter, Lenny, a man in his early 30s - Samuel West, Sam, a man of 63 - Michael Gambon, Joey, a man in his middle 20s - James Alexandrou, Teddy, a man in his middle 30s - Rupert Graves, Ruth, a woman in her early 30s - Gina McKee. Director Thea Sharrock. (105m)

(25-03-2007; 21:00) The Lamplighters (Jackie Kay)
The lyrical drama explores the heart of enslavement through the experiences of four women, Constance, Mary, Black Harriot and The Lamplighter. (90m)

(01-04-2007; 20:00) War With The Newts (Karel Capek, dram George Poles)
When humanity encounters another race of intelligent bipeds sharing the Earth, what choice is there but to exploit it? When the existence of a group of speaking newts comes to the attention of the ruthless GH Bondy and his Salamander Syndicate, they find themselves turned into a commodity as the nations fight over them. At its heart, this joyously funny satire is a plea for decency and tolerance towards others, as relevant now as when it was first written in the 1930s. Capek - Dermot Crowley, Olga - Sally Hawkins, Van Toch - Henry Goodman, Povondra - Geoffrey Beevers, Mrs Povondra - Tina Gray, G H Bondy - Adrian Scarborough, Ensemble - Ben Crowe; Martin Hyder; Geoff McGivern. Howard Davidson (composer), Elizabeth Freestone (director). (90m)

(08-04-2007; 20:00) Breakfast With Mugabe (Fraser Grace)
The year is 2001. President Mugabe and his wife are holed up in the State House in Harare, with Mugabe in paranoid terror. He is being stalked by an ngozi or bitter spirit, the murderous ghost of a long-dead comrade. Fearing for his sanity, Mugabe turns to a white psychiatrist for help. Witty and provocative, Fraser Grace's new play imagines the combative relationship between the black president and his white psychiatrist. In a series of bruising encounters, Breakfast with Mugabe explores the conflict between despotism and liberalism in modern Zimbabwe. Grace Mugabe - Noma Dumezweni, Robert Mugabe - Joseph Mydell, Gabriel Marunda - Christopher Obi, Andrew Peric - David Rintoul. Music composed by Chartwell Dutiro and played by Chartwell Dutiro and James Jones. Directed by Antony Sher. (90m)

(15-04-2007; 20:00) Entertaining Mr Sloane (Joe Orton)
The first radio production of this notoriously successful play, first staged in 1964. Sloane, an ambiguously sexually attractive young man, comes in search of lodgings and is seduced by the landlady and desired by her homosexual brother. Meanwhile, their father has justified suspicion that Sloane has committed a murder. The scene is set for an unexpected denouement. Mr Sloane - Daniel Evans, Kath - Geraldine James, Ed - Clive Francis, Kemp - Dudley Sutton. Director John Tydeman. (120m)

(22-04-2007; 20:00) The Radetzky March (Joseph Roth, adap Mike Walker)
From the English translation of the novel by Michael Hofmann. The story of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is told through the men of the Trotta family, three generations of servants loyal to their emperor. The story starts at the second half of the 19th century when a Trotta saves the life of Franz Joseph on the battlefield, to the beginning of the 20th when world war and old age wipes the Trottas and their Empire from the map, but not the memory, of Europe. Joseph Roth - Bill Wallis, Emperor Franz Joseph - John Woodvine, Joseph Trotta/Chojnicki/Postman - Brian Pettifer, Franz Trotta - Richard Bremmer, Carl Joseph Trotta - Elliot Levey, Moser/Wagner - Nicky Henson, Jacques/Dr Skvoronnek - Clive Swift, Frau Slama/Valli von Taussig - Eleanor Tremain, With Paul Nicolson, Paul Dodgson, David Collins and Chris Garner. Music arranged and performed by Alexander Balanescu. Director Tim Dee. (120m)

(29-04-2007; 20:00) The Overwhelming (J T Rogers)
A gripping story of a country on the brink of genocide. Seizing the opportunity to research a book, Jack Exley uproots his family from Illinois to Rwanda in early 1994. Alarmingly out of his depth, Jack begins a fervent search for a dear and missing friend while his wife and teenage son find trouble of their own. As Jack involves himself in the local politics, he discovers a pattern of brutality and beliefs that jeopardizes the lives of everyone around him. Jack Exley - Matthew Marsh, Geoffrey - Andrew Garfield, Linda - Tanya Moodie, Joseph Gasana - Jude Akuwudike, Woolsey/Zimbabwean Doctor - Miles Anderson, Jean-Claude/Verbeek - Nick Fletcher, Gerard - Babou Ceesay, Mizinga - Danny Sapani, Elise/Rwandan Doctor - Chipo Chung, Bangladeshi Major/Man in Embassy - Lucian Msamati, Woman in club/Market woman - Adura Onashile. Director Max Stafford-Clark. (110m)

(06-05-2007; 20:00) Blindness (Jose Saramago, trans Giovanni Pontiero)
A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind: patient zero in a contagion of blindness that sweeps through a city. The authorities isolate the blind in a mental asylum. Blind thugs take over. When all are blind, all the rules change. What it is to be human must also change. (90m)

(13-05-2007; 20:00) The Sicilian Expedition (John Fletcher)
Almost 2,500 years ago, a confident young general persuaded Athens to launch an attack on Sicily. Alcibiades was a member of the Athenian baby boomer generation, whose elders had fought to give their children a society of justice, wealth and education. The baby boomers explored every sexual avenue, took drugs to excess and became great consumers of highly exotic products. Then it all went wrong. Within two years of the defeat in Sicily, democratic Athens, the pinnacle of human civilisation, lay in ruins. Yet, as the city endured its death agonies, something new and wonderful was born: the Socratic idea of universal love. Socrates - James Laurenson, Alcibiades - Julian Rhind-Tutt, Callias - Richard Nichols, Theodote - Mia Soteriou, Nicias - Jonathan Nibbs, Taureas - Matthew
, Agathon - Richard Mitchley, Spartan Soldier - Nathan Sussex, Bagoas - Brendan Charleson, Mantitheus - Jonathan Floyd, Mother - Christine Pritchard. Music by John Hardy. Director Kate McAll. (95m)

(20-05-2007; 20:00) The Wild Duck (Henrik Ibsen, trans Inga-Stina Ewbank & Peter Hall)
One of Ibsen's most powerful dramas, which explores the tragic impact on the lives of a young girl and her family when an old friend insists on family secrets being told. Featuring Paterson Joseph and Michael Maloney. (130m)

(27-05-2007) No programme (Radio 3 Awards For World Music coverage)

(03-06-2007; 21:00) Elgar's Rondo (David Pownall)
The reaction to his Second Symphony, and the Rondo in particular, only heightened the doubts and fears which plagued Elgar for much of his creative life. Later, while struggling to express in music the horror of the First World War, his family and admirers endeavour to help him re-ignite his creative spark. Elgar - David Horovitch, Alice - Sarah Badel, Jaegar/George V - Robert Glenister, Windflower - Emma Fielding, Schuster - Ian Masters, Carice/Mother/Cellist - Clare Corbett, Bernard Shaw - Gerard Murphy, Mark/Father - Harry Myers, Father John - Carl Prekopp, Bandmaster - John Evitts, Paul Hooker - Robert Lister. Directed by Martin Jenkins. (105m)

(10-06-2007; 20:45) Black Watch (Gregory Burke)
A radio version of the National Theatre of Scotland's award-winning theatre production, Black Watch is based on interviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Hurtling from a pool room in Fife, to an armoured wagon in Iraq, the action is viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, and reveals what it means to be part of this legendary Scottish regiment, and the war on terror. This play contains very strong language. Stewarty - Ali Craig, Fraz - Emun Elliott, Granty - Paul Rattray, Cammy - Brian Ferguson, Kenzie - Ryan Fletcher, Officer - Peter Forbes, Sergeant/Writer - Paul Higgins, Rossco - Jordan Young. Original music composed by Davey Anderson. Directed by John Tiffany. (90m)

(17-06-2007; 20:15) An Ideal Husband (Oscar Wilde)
The unprincipled Mrs Cheveley threatens to reveal Sir Robert Chiltern's secret past unless he agrees to give his support in Parliament to a questionable Argentinian venture. Faced with ruin in the eyes of the country and his wife, he seems to have no alternative. Wildean wit and the elegance of English society is woven into this classic drama. The Earl of Caversham - Geoffrey Palmer, Viscount Goring - Jasper Britton, Sir Robert Chiltern - Alex Jennings, Lady Chiltern - Emma Fielding, Lady Markby - Sara Kestelman, Miss Mabel Chiltern - Joanna Page, Mrs Cheveley - Janet McTeer, Vicomte De Nanjac - Oliver de Sueur, Mrs Marchmont - Patience Tomlinson, Countess of Basildon - Lucy Whybrow, Mr Montford/James - John Cummins, Phipps - Hugh Dickson, Mason - Derek Beard. Directed by David Timson. (120m)

(24-06-2007; 20:00) Splendour (Abi Morgan )
On the eve of revolution, four women wait in the Presidential palace. They talk, eat, admire each other's shoes, and carve out their place in the history of the country. Micheleine - Sian Phillips, Genevieve - Anna Massey, Gilma - Sophie Stanton, Kathryn - Kate Isitt. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole. (90m)

(01-07-2007; 20:00) Gilgamesh (Traditional, adap Jeremy Howe)
The Epic of Gilgamesh was written in ancient Mesopotamia over 4,000 years ago and is believed by many to be the first story to be written down. It tells of the disheartened King Gilgamesh and his friend, Enkidu, and their quests together into the wilderness, battling monsters and searching for the secret of immortality. This version was adapted by Jeremy Howe from the English version by Stephen Mitchell. With music by Paul Dodgson. Gilgamesh - Joe Dixon, Enkidu - Adam Levy, Narrator - Kenneth Cranham, Shamhat, Ishtar - Kananu Kirimi, Lady Ninsun, Scorpion woman - Eve Matheson, Prologue, Anu - Robert Gwilym, Soldier, Utnapishtim - Bill Wallis, Humbaba, Ninurta - David Collins, Scorpion man, Ea - Chris Donnelly, Urshanabi, Enlil - Paul Nicholson. (120m)

(08-07-2007; 20:00) Rock 'N' Roll (Tom Stoppard)
Stoppard's new play about loyalty, compromise, love and music is given its first radio production as part of BBC Radio's celebration of his work. In 1968, Czech student Jan returns home 'to protect rock 'n' roll' from the Soviet tanks crushing the Prague Spring. Max, a Communist don in Cambridge, watches his ideology collapse until the Velvet revolution of 1990 allows student and master to meet again. The politics and music have changed, but have the people? Max - Bill Paterson, Jan - Daniel Evans, Eleanor - Penny Downie, Esme - Amanda Root, Ferdinand - Bertie Carvel, Young Esme - Jaimi Barbakoff, Alice - Jasmine Hyde, Nigel - Ron Cook, Lenka - Britta Gartner, Stephen - Joseph Kloska, Milan - John Dougall, Candida - Liza Sadovy, Gillian - Jasmine Callan. Directed by Alison Hindell. (150m)

(15-07-2007; 21:40) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard)
As part of BBC Radio's celebration of the playwright's 70th birthday, Andrew Lincoln and Danny Webb star in Stoppard's adaptation of his celebrated play. Two minor characters from Hamlet are suddenly thrown centre stage amid the plottings and intrigue of Elsinore. Rosencrantz - Danny Webb, Guildenstern - Andrew Lincoln, Player - Desmond Barrit, Polonius - John Rowe, Ophelia - Abigail Hollick, Gertrude - Liza Sadovy, Claudius - Simon Treves, Hamlet - John Dougall, Ambassador - Jot Davies, Horatio - Anthony Glennon. With original music composed and realised by Nicolai Abrahamsen. Director Peter Kavanagh. (110m)

(22-07-2007) No programme (BBC Proms 2007 coverage)

(29-07-2007; 20:45) The Two Gentlemen Of Valasna (William Shakespeare, adap Roger Elsgood & Willi Richards)
Shakespeare's early romantic comedy is set in two Indian princely states in the weeks leading up to the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Recorded entirely on location in Maharashtra, India. Vishvadev - Nadir Khan, Parminder - Arghya Lahiri, Syoni - Anu Menon, Jumaana - Avantika Akerkar, The Maharaja - Sohrab Ardishir, Thaqib - Zafar Karachiwala, Sparsh - Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Lehk - Joy Sengupta, Lavanya - Suchitra Pillai, Babu - Farid Currim, Arabinder - Jayant Kripalani, Pramathesh/Ekanjeet - Vikrant Chaturvedi, The Dacoits - Advait Zen Hazarat, Siddhant Pinto and Ali Fazal. (95m)

(05-08-2007; 17:50) Fuente Ovejuna (Lope de Vega, adap Adrian Mitchell)
With Brian Cox, Maxine Peake and Clive Swift. Based on real events in the 15th-century Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella, a village takes its destiny into its own hands against a tyrannical overlord, despite the consequences. (100m)

(12-08-2007) No programme (BBC Proms 2007 coverage)

(19-08-2007; 21:00) India & Pakistan '07 - Bora Bistrah (Various)
Five international writers penned stories about members of one family, descended from the same maternal grandmother, who crossed the border from India into Pakistan in 1947. They now live across the globe - the USA, Nairobi, Karachi, Shanghai and Bradford. The individual stories are linked by original music from Arun Ghosh and singer Ebere. Firoze - Bhasker Patel, Bilal - Damian Asher, Aneeqa - Melanie Bond, Receptionist - Rachel Bavidge, Idris - Lucian Msamati, Kimani - Connie M'Gadzah, Urshad - Shiv Grewal, Nisha - Pooja Ghai, Safeih - Chetna Pandya, Danish - Amarjit Bassan, Ling - Liz Sutherland, Ling's Mother - Pik-Sen Lim, Bony - Nitin Ganatra, Arif - Shane Zaza, Mother - Indira Joshi, Police - Anthony Glennon. Directed by Shabina Aslam. (75m)

(26-08-2007) No programme (BBC Proms 2007 coverage)

(02-09-2007; 20:30) Don Carlos (Friedrich Schiller, trans Mike Poulton)
The acclaimed Sheffield Theatre's production of Schiller's play, starring Derek Jacobi in a new translation by Mike Poulton. King Philip II of Spain holds on to power through the terror of the Inquisition and his spies at Court. His son Don Carlos seeks his father's trust, yet hides his feelings for his father's wife, Elizabeth of France, to whom he was betrothed before Philip married her. The Court watches and listens. King Philip II - Derek Jacobi, Don Carlos - Richard Coyle, Queen Elizabeth - Claire Price, Rodrigo Marquis of Posa - Elliot Cowan, Duke of Alba - Ian Hogg, Domingo - Michael Hadley, Princess Eboli - Charlotte Randle, Count Lerma - Roger Swaine, Duchess of Olivarez - Una Stubbs, The Grand Inquisitor - Peter Eyre, Page to the Queen - Stuart Burt, Duke of Medina Sidonia - Brian Poyser, Count Cordua - Andrew McDonald, Prince of Parma - Paul Keating. Original music by Adam Cork. Directed by Michael Grandage and Andy Jordan. (130m)

(09-09-2007; 20:00) Seven Wonders Of The Divided World (Sultan Raev, DJ Britton, Rory Kilalea, Thomas Crowe, Natalia Power, Anson Jae & Peter G Morgan)
As Europe's borders become ever more porous, elsewhere the contractors are busy. Seven writers living near artifical political barriers around the world create an anthology of division. (75m)

(16-09-2007; 20:00) After The Quake (Haruki Murakami, trans Jay Rubin, adap Simon McBurney)
These elegant, touching stories take a surprising look at the lives of people affected by the Kobe earthquake of 1995. Komura/Super Frog - Benedict Wong, Sasaki - Sadao Ueda, Keiko - Cheryl Ko, Shimao - Haruka Kuroda, Junpei - Tom Wu, Sala - Asuka McRobbie, Sayoko - Nina Fog, Takatsuki - Jonathan Chan-Pensley, Katagiri - Eiji Kusuhara, Satsuki - Liz Sutherland, Nimit - Suthas Bhoopongsa, Thai Woman - Su Bhoopongsa, David Rappaport - Simon Treves. (90m)

(23-09-2007; 20:00) Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe)
The classic play written in 1604 about a man who defies the authority of God by selling his soul to the Devil in return for 24 years of knowledge and power on Earth. Faustus - Paterson Joseph, Mephistopheles - Ray Fearon, Wagner - Toby Jones, Evil Angel - Janet McTeer, Good Angel/Duchess - Tanya Moodie, Lucifer - Julian Bleach, Old Man - David Bradley, Robin - Nicholas Burns, Rafe - Iain Robertson, Valdes/Pope - David Bamber, Cornelius - Paul Bazely, Emperor - Anton Lesser, Scholar/Horse-Courser - John Lloyd Fillingham, Scholar/Knight - Don Gilet, Scholar/Duke - Derek Riddell. Original music composed by Olly Fox. (100m)

(30-09-2007; 20:00) Babel's Tower (Mike Walker)
Walker's play imagines the Jewish-Russian writer Isaac Babel being interrogated after his arrest by the Soviet secret police in 1939. As Stalin's henchmen beat and bully Babel, scenes from his two great collections of stories come to him: the Jewish gangsters fighting over Odessa, Babel's hometown, and the Red Cavalry, with which he had ridden as a war correspondent, slaughtering Poles at the edge of the new Soviet Union. Babel - Antony Sher, Rudin/Trunov - Robert Glenister, Sverdlov/Benya - Stephen Noonan. Also with Christopher Staines, Karl Theobald, Roland Oliver, Lucy Black, Rachel Atkins and Sandra Voe. Music by Jon Nicholls. (90m)

(07-10-2007; 20:00) The Lamplighters (Jackie Kay)
A lyrical drama that explores the heart of enslavement through the experiences of four women, Constance, Mary, Black Harriot and The Lamplighter. The Lamplighter - Clare Perkins, Mary - Mona Hammond, Constance - Martina Laird, Black Harriot - Aicha Kossoko, MacBean - John Dougall, Anniwaa - Jordan Loughran, Singer - Gweneth-Ann Jeffers. Music composed by Dominique Le Gendre. Director: Pam Fraser-Solomon. (90m)

(14-10-2007; 20:00) Salome (Traditional, adap Lizzie Hopley)
In a new version by Lizzie Hopley. The myth of Salome and the dance of the seven veils began as a brief reference in the Bible and was later popularised in Wilde's highly sexual rendering of the tale. Hopley's new version focuses on the tense family drama at the centre of the myth. Set on the brink of a new era - while a young carpenter is travelling across Israel propagating his new religion - the story revolves around a young girl on the threshold of womanhood, who has been torn apart from her father and the world she knows when her mother falls in love with Salome's uncle Herod Antipas. Pharisee - Ian Brooker, Herod - Kenneth Cranham, John the Baptist - Tony Curran, Mannai/Saducee - Paul Dinnen, Salome - Florence Hoath, Joanna - Sally Hawkins, Chuza - Karl Johnson, Sejanus - Gerrard Mcarthur, Herodias - Fenella Woolgar. All other parts played by members of the cast. Director Lu Kemp. (90m)

(21-10-2007; 20:00) Scandinavian Dreams (Steve Chambers)
In the last years of the 18th Century, as revolution raged in France, feminist writer and radical pamphleteer Mary Wollstonecraft embarked alone on a journey to the wilds of Scandinavia to recover her husband's lost treasure ship. This daring and dangerous journey was undertaken as much for reasons of the heart as for those of commerce, but her brilliant triumph failed to recover the thing she wanted most of all. Music by Martin Kiszko. Mary - Rachel Atkins, Imlay - John Schwab, Marguerite - Colleen Prendergast, Beckman - Martin Wenner, Wulfsberg - David Menkin, Elleson - Michael Roberts, Boatman - Gerard McDermott, Godwin/Nordberg - Christian Rodska, Nell - Ella Smith. (90m)

(28-10-2007; 20:00) Glengarry Glen Ross (David Mamet)
Another chance to hear the broadcast premiere of David Mamet's adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, in which Chicago real estate salesmen grind out a living in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. This specially recorded production features an all-star cast. Richard Roma - Alfred Molina, George Aaronow - Stacy Keach, Shelly Levene - Hector Elizondo, James Lingk - Bruce Davison, John Williamson - Richard Cox, Dave Moss - Kristoffer Tabori, Officer Baylen - Chris Hatfield. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. (90m)

(04-11-2007; 20:00) Seeing It Through (Neil Brand)
Imagine if Alastair Campbell had recruited Tom Stoppard, JK Rowling, Ian McEwan and Jeanette Winterson to write patriotic literature supporting the war in Iraq. In 1914 Charles Masterman used the literary and artistic elite to unite the nation. Masterman - Michael Maloney, Jean - Clare Corbett, Lloyd George - Robert Pugh, HG Wells - Sam Dale, Frances Stevenson - Honeysuckle Weeks, Frank - Sam Pamphilon, Dwyer - Ben Crowe, Robert Donald - John Dougall, Arnold Bennett - Simon Treves, Thomas Hardy - Peter Marinker. Directed by David Hunter. (90m)

(11-11-2007; 20:30) Free Thinking - Yesterday An Incident Occurred (Mark Ravenhill)
Specially commissioned for Free Thinking and recorded in front of a live audience in the atmospheric Victorian civil court of St Georges Hall. The play looks at our relationship with the War on Terror and takes the moral temperature of a nation unsure of itself. What do the mostly totally normal citizens have to do to protect themselves? (70m) (NB: A part of the four-hour Free Thinking evening which started at 8pm: "Matthew Sweet presents an evening of programmes from BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas in Liverpool.")

(18-11-2007; 20:00) Mrs Warren's Profession (George Bernard Shaw, adap/dir John Tydeman)
The issue of Victorian prostitution and double standards are examined in dramatic form as Mrs Warren reveals to her daughter the source of her income and admits her daughter's own parentage. Mrs Warren - Diana Quick, Vivie - Claire Skinner, Frank Gardner - Scott Handy, Sir George Crofts - Geoffrey Whitehead, Praed - John Rowe, Rvd Samuel Gardner - Roger Hammond. (105m)

(25-11-2007; 20:00) Blood Wedding (Federico Garcia Lorca)
An evocative meditation on fate, war, tradition, passion and repression, inspired by the true story of a fatal feud between two families in the Almeria province, high in the mountains of rural Spain. A version by Ted Hughes. (90m) (NB: The evening's Words & Music programme, starting at 10:15pm, was also dedicated to Blood Wedding: "A lifelong admirer of Federico Garcia Lorca, composer Simon Holt has set Lorca's words on many occasions. He selects music, poetry and prose conjuring images of blood, marriage and the moon. As well as works by Bach, Berg, Bowie, Mozart, Manson and Lorca himself, Ian McDiarmid and Nuria Benet read extracts from TS Eliot's Four Quartets, poems by William Empson and Don Paterson, Roberto Calasso's The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, and Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet.")

(02-12-2007; 20:00) Soldiers In The Sun (Michael Symmons Roberts)
A drama documentary looking at the psychological consequences of war. Captain Rob Shepperton, serving in Afghanistan in the medical corps, is out on a routine patrol when he comes across a sight that will change his life. Captain Rob Shepperton - Adrian Bower, Doctor - Deborah McAndrew, Matt - Thomas Morrison, Sol - Tom Attwood, Samsour - Nikhil Parmar, Girl - Emily Armitage. With music played and composed by John Harle. (90m)

(09-12-2007; 20:00) The Homecoming (Harold Pinter)
Electrifying audiences when it was first performed in 1965, The Homecoming has quickly established itself as a modern classic. In this production for BBC Radio, Pinter himself takes on the role of Max, the head of the Hackney family to which a professor and his wife return one night from America. There, amongst the shadows of the past and the realities of the present, a compelling drama unfolds. Max, a man of seventy - Harold Pinter, Lenny, a man in his early thirties - Samuel West, Sam, a man of sixty-three - Michael Gambon, Joey, a man in his middle twenties - James Alexandrou, Teddy, a man in his middle thirties - Rupert Graves, Ruth, a woman in her early thirties - Gina McKee. (95m)

(16-12-2007; 20:00) The Rivals (Richard Brinsley Sheridan, adap/dir David Timson)
It's 1775 and the fashionable world descends on Bath, to take the waters and embroil themselves in a little romantic intrigue as three suitors fight for the hand of Miss Lydia Languish. Mrs Malaprop - Patricia Routledge, Sir Anthony Absolute - Geoffrey Palmer, Jack Absolute - Michael Maloney, Lydia Languish - Sarah Crowe, Faulkland - David Bamber, Bob Acres - Peter Gunn, Julia - Lucy Whybrow, Sir Lucius O'Trigger - Sean Barrett, Lucy - Clare Corbett, Fag - Nick Fletcher, David - Stephen Critchlow, Thomas, the Coachman - Barrie Jaimeson. Music by Malcolm McKee. (120m)

(23-12-2007; 20:00) The Pitmen Painters (Lee Hall)
Inspired by the book by William Feaver, Billy Elliott writer Lee Hall questions why the arts seem to belong to the privileged few. Seventy years ago, in an old army hut in Ashington, Northumberland, a group of miners met to talk about art. They wanted their visiting lecturer to explain the secret of a remote world, but he did better than that, he got them painting and put that world in their hands. George Brown - Deka Walmsley, Oliver Kilbourn - Christopher Connel, Jimmy Floyd - David Whitaker, Young lad, Ben Nicholson - Brian Lonsdale, Harry Wilson - Michael Hodgson, Robert Lyon - Ian Kelly, Susan Parks - Lisa McGrillis, Helen Sutherland, Vera Brown - Phillippa Wilson. Directed for radio by Kate Rowland. (105m)

(30-12-2007; 20:00) All's Well That Ends Well (William Shakespeare)
Shakespeare's play, which opens in France at the estate of the Countess of Rousillon, tells of the extraordinary lengths a young woman will go to to win the hand of the young man she loves. Helena, a waiting woman and ward of the Countess, has set her sights on Bertram, the Countess's son. Helena - Emma Fielding, Countess - Sian Phillips, Widow - Miriam Margolyes, King - Richard Griffiths, Lafew - George Baker, Parolles - Simon Russell Beale, Duke - David Timson, Bertram - Carl Prekopp, Steward/2nd soldier - Ian Masters, Clown/Second Lord - Ewan Bailey, Diana - Helen Longworth, Mariana - Emma Field-Rayner, First Lord - Iwan Thomas, Gent - Gerard McDermott, 1st Soldier/1st Gent - Ben Onwukwe, 2nd Gent/4th Lord - Peter Darney. Music written and performed by Neil Brand. Directed by Peter Kavanagh. (135m)


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.

(08-02-2007; 20:25) Music (Vladimir Nabokov, trans Dmitri Nabokov, read by Ben Miles)
The emotions of a painful break-up are captured in exquisite detail in this short story set during a music recital in Berlin.

(28-04-2007; 19:25) The Heart Of Saturday Night (Shena Mackay, read by David Thorpe) A new story for Radio 3 takes a look at campus life, where a put-upon poet in residence is struggling with his verse, his girlfriend and an ill-advised crush. Strangely, he ponders his predicament astride a fairground horse.

(24-05-2007; 20:10) Love Song To The Rocks (Maren Bodenstein)
This specially commissioned short story by the South African writer continues Radio 3's commitment to writing from Africa. A storyteller is searching for inspiration in the harsh dry veld when, unexpectedly, she finds love.

(17-07-2007; 20:00) The Bargain (Truman Capote, read by Lorelei King)
A recently discovered gem, The Bargain takes us into the apartment of affluent New Yorker Mrs Chase. An old acquaintance is due to arrive for lunch and Mrs Chase is entertaining the possibility of purchasing a mink coat from her, for her forthcoming trip to Paris. But when her guest arrives, some remarkable revelations call up hitherto unstirred emotions.

(22-07-2007; 20:10) A Game Of Cards (Rose Tremain, read by Ronald Pickup)
A story describing the life of a hotelier in Switzerland and his enduring friendship with a talented pianist who might not make the grade because his surname is Onion.

(23-07-2007; 20:10) 60 Degrees North (Raman Mundair)
The poet reads from her latest collection of poetry, inspired by Fair Isle's landscape and elements. In the extreme north of Scotland, half way between Orkney and Shetland, Fair Isle forms part of Shetland's archipelago and is the most isolated inhabited island within the British Isles. For centuries, Fair Isle's crofters have battled against ferocious salt laden gales and fogs to live off the island, but today their whole way of living is under threat from economic influences and climate change.

(29-07-2007; 19:20) I Hear You Say So (Elizabeth Bowen, read by Elizabeth Bell)
The classic tale which takes place on a warm summer evening as different people are brought together in their local park to listen to the song of the nightingale.

(01-08-2007; 19:45) Prayer (Istvan Orkeny)
Hungarian-born actress and writer Mia Nadasi introduces and reads her own translation of a moving short story by Istvan Orkeny, one of the most significant figures in post-war Hungarian literature. Prayer is a story told by a mother who must identify the body of her dead son, an emotional journey from denial to acceptance that unfolds with quiet passion.

(04-08-2007; 19:00) The Pianist (Conrad Williams, narrated by Robert Bathurst)
We meet concert pianist Philip Morahan, who can no longer play the piano. There are just too many distractions - his agent, his girlfriend, his protege, his reviews. All overwhelm him in a poignant and comic way.

(06-08-2007; 20:25) Rebellion (Joseph Roth, trans Michel Hoffman, read by Tom Goodman-Hill)
This excerpt from Roth's novel is set in Berlin after the First World War. It features marvellous anti-hero Andreas Pum, who attempts to woo the widow Blumich with his barrel-organ.

(07-08-2007; 19:25) Vienna (Eva Menasse, trans Anthea Bell, read by Tracy-Ann Oberman)
An extract from the critically acclaimed first novel by the Austrian author. During a game of bridge in wartime Vienna, one of the players re-assesses his love of taking risks.

(12-08-2007; 20:20) Everything's OK (Daniela Crasnaru, read by Bill Nighy)
A poignant short story by one of Romania's finest writers. We join conductor Gheorghe Iliu on his international travels from concert to concert, when he receives a series of curious telegrams from his family back home. (30m) (NB: A thirty-minute 'Interval'.)

(18-08-2007; 19:40) Letters From England (Karl Capek, trans Geoffrey Newsome, read by Owen Teale)
For two months in 1924, Czech writer and playwright Karl Capek travelled throughout England, Scotland and Wales. His witty, appreciative dissections of the 'English' national character and culture quickly established themselves as masterpieces of observation and classics of modern Czech prose.

(27-08-2007; 20:45) Next Door (Kurt Vonnegut, read by Mark Bazeley)
Vonnegut's sardonic outlook on life is evident in this cautionary tale about the perils of eavesdropping. A well-intentioned act by a young boy who overhears the couple next door arguing unleashes chaos.

(31-08-2007; 19:55) A Dill Pickle (Katherine Mansfield, read by Susannah Harker)
An excerpt from this famous story which describes two former lovers meeting again in a London restaurant.

(03-09-2007; 19:30) Swan Moving (Elizabeth Taylor, read by Anna Massey)
At the end of summer a visitor arrives in a scruffy, neglected village and has a mysterious effect on all its inhabitants.


Saturday nights, times and durations as noted (replaced by The Wire on, usually, the first day of the month); Writer credits, and in some cases entry titles, aren't always given - and these 'experimental radiophonic features' appear from their synopses to be less and less drama-driven; Where I have no listings I've missed the slots out.

(17-02-2007; 21:45) Occasional Offices
- A collaboration between Roger Elsgood and audio artist Scanner. It features words from the Occasional Offices of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, delivered by the Reverend Dr Peter Mullen in actual services, woven into a soundscape of voices and scored with music by Scanner. (20m)

(24-02-2007; 21:15) Steamboat Kurt
- Ian McMillan searches for traces of the life of Kurt Schwitters, Dada artist and sound poet, who left Nazi Germany, was interned in the Isle of Man and spent his last years in Ambleside. He worked as a portrait painter but created some of his most radical work there - transforming a farm building into an environment called the Merzbarn, and writing an anti-Nazi satirical play, The Family Plot. Ian also hears his poetry, talks to those who knew him or know about him and stages a scratch performance of his play on a Windermere steamboat. (30m)

(16-06-2007; 21:00) The Sleepover
- Shut away for 20 hours in a humble house and barn beside a creek, Judith Kampfner explores Jackson Pollock's domestic world. (20m)

(23-06-2007; 20:45) Blackpool: The Greatest Show Town - Film-maker Ken Loach returns to Blackpool to recollect the summer shows of his boyhood. Focusing on the comedy acts and the working class resort he remembers, he paints a picture of the northern holiday town at the peak of its popularity in the 1940s. (30m)

(30-06-2007; 21:30) Ports
- In this evocative radio poem by Paul Farley, three ports, Carthage, Liverpool and Rotterdam, speak to each other across the centuries and down the sea lanes. From the ruins of the great Phoenician harbour, we follow the radar-blip of commerce as it travels on from the abandoned Liverpool dockside, to the cranes and containers of Europe's busiest port. (30m)

(14-07-2007; 22:10) Horse Whisperer
- Stephen 'Yarmy' Dyble is a familiar figure at Newmarket Racecourse, known by trainers as the man to turn to when only his horse whispering talents will calm difficult thoroughbreds. After months of following the training techniques of Yarmy, director Lou Stein and composer Deirdre Gribbin create an impressionistic portrait of the horseman and his almost magical ability to turn problem horses into champions. (20m)

(21-07-2007; 21:00) Maysles In The Dakota
- Paul McCartney and Martin Scorsese explore the life and times of Albert Maysles who, with his brother David, played an important role in the mid-20th-century documentary film-making revolution, developing the direct cinema genre in classics such as What's Happening, The Beatles in the USA and Gimme Shelter. (30m)

(28-07-2007; 21:30) Communicating Underwater
- Lisa Walker is a classically trained musician who has taken her music out onto Pacific waters to collaborate with musicians of the underwater world - humpback whales. Combining Lisa's music with her journey into scientific exploration of the whales' song, the programme dives into the haunting yet magical underwater musical world of the humpback whale. (30m)

(04-08-2007; 21:00) Ivories In The Outback
- A radiophonic survey of pioneer pianos, harmoniums and organs which have arrived in outback Australia since white settlement. Australia's very first piano was dumped on the beach at Sydney cove in 1788, just after arriving on the first fleet from England. In 1888, it was estimated that there were 700,000 pianos already imported into Australia: that's one piano for every three people then living on the fifth continent. This programme consists of a series of cameos featuring various instruments and their stories. Historic texts are spoken by actors, while contemporary voices from outback Australia 'sing up' the stories surrounding the selected keyboard instruments. There are interviews with the collectors, the accidental finders and the small but dedicated group of improvisers actively seeking ruined instruments. (30m)

(27-10-2007; 21:30) Communicating Underwater
- Lisa Walker is a classically trained musician who has taken her music out onto Pacific waters to collaborate with musicians of the underwater world - humpback whales. Combining Lisa's music with her journey into scientific exploration of the whales' song, the programme dives into the haunting yet magical underwater musical world of the humpback whale. (30m)

(17-11-2007; 22:00) Rock's DNA: Portrait Of A Guitar Chord
- Embedded in the riffs to Purple Haze and Foxy Lady there's a guitar chord that's saturated in the blues, that's jazz-inflected and inclined to funk but, above all, speaks of rock. The Jimi Chord, a conflicted major-minor chord with a flattened seventh, unlocks the window into the soul of rock music and much more besides. With contributions from famous axemen such as Steve Howe (Yes), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), and John Campbell (Are You Experienced?). (30m)

(24-11-2007; 21:30) Dreaming Of Osama
- He has a way of lying low, just long enough for you to almost forget about him, and then when you do, he makes an unwanted reappearance. Osama Bin Laden. Usually the strangely mild-mannered man appears on videos, uploaded to radical Moslem sites, but since 9/11 he has also been appearing in people's dreams all over the West. Pejk Malinovski's soundscape of real dreams and reflections on security gauges the impact of the 'War on Terror' on our collective unconscious. (30m)

(08-12-2007; 21:15) The Refuge Box
- Half way between Holy Island and the mainland of Northumbria, a flight of steps leads to a wooden cabin on stilts. It is the Refuge Box, built to save people cut off by the tide from being swept away and drowned. This is the focus of a new radio poem by Katrina Porteous, whose poetry, recorded all over Holy Island and in the Refuge Box itself, is interspersed with other voices, including island fishermen who remember rescues and tragedies, the coastguard and lifeboat crew, the bird warden, the Franciscan vicar of Holy Island, and a refugee who fled her West African homeland to seek sanctuary in Britain. Beyond the human voices is the poetry of the place itself, the seals singing, the wheeze of swans flying over Holy Island, sudden jet fighters protecting this sanctuary yet violating its peace and, always, the wind and the sea. (30m)

(15-12-2007; 21:30) Jazz Ghosts In The Bronx
- A tour of the vast Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York, which is the final resting place for numerous jazz luminaries including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, King Oliver and Max Roach. With contributions from historian Susan Olsen, novelist Laura Shaine Cunningham and musician Maxine Roach, daughter of Max Roach. Plus original music by Iain Ballamy and Ashley Slater. (30m)

(22-12-2007; 22:00) Blackpool: The Greatest Show Town
(Rpt of 23-06-2007 - see above.)


Thursday nights, Saturdays from 31-03-2007, times and durations as noted; Billed as 'A new wave of drama'; Near-monthly plays broadcast through the year, and the usual run of Saturday night Summer repeats.

(04-01-2007; 22:00) Tin Man (Laurence Wilson)
Jessica has snuffed out all emotion in a bid to survive, but when the Tin Man she builds comes to life and takes her on an extraordinary journey forcing her to look within, can she cope with what she finds? Jessica - Jodie Comer, Tin Man - Ian Puleston-Davies, Grandfather/Tinker - David Hargreaves, Grandmother/Washerwoman - Eileen O'Brien, Father/Big Issue Seller - Jeff Hordley, Mother/Big Lady - Lisa Parry, Ronnie/Mourner - Paul Duckworth. Music by Olly Fox. Director Nadia Molinari. (60m) (NB: Rptd 18-08-2007; 21:15)

(01-02-2007; 22:00) The Birth & Death Of Daylight (Stephen Riley)
Stephen Riley's vivid and atmospheric play about three disaffected teenagers. Janine and Ian discover they share a favourite poem about life's destruction of beauty. Their spiritual connection and teenage lust leads them on a heady emotional adventure as Janine is compelled to follow Ian's interpretation of the poem, no matter what the consequences. Keith Cullen - Adam Paulden, Mr Patten - Steve Edge Janine Dworski - Carla Henry, Keith's Mum/Ian's Mum - Siobhan Finneran, Ian Duffy - Oliver Lee, Janine's Dad/Ian's Dad - Jeff Hordley. Directed by Katherine Beacon. (45m) (NB: Rptd 22-09-2007; 21:45)

(31-03-2007; 21:30) The Incomplete Recorded Works Of A Dead Body (Ed Hime)
A blackly comic fictional documentary which combines a collage of deliberate recordings, from police surveillance tapes to an unfinished installation piece on pigeons, as it follows Babak Beyrouti, famous Iranian sound recordist and agoraphobic, as he braves London in his quest for lost love. Babak Beyrouti - Khalid Abdalla, Dale P Malone - Ameet Chana, Lily - Elaine Lordan, Vikram - Saikat Ahamed, Gurney - John Dougall, Gabrielli - Mark Straker, Staple 4 - Anthony Glennon, Simone - Jasmine Callan. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole. (60m) (NB: Broadcast on a Saturday; Rptd 19-07-2008; 21:00)

(05-05-2007; 21:15) My Glass Body (Anna Furse)
A contemplation of the astonishing and brutally painful experience of infertility, taking listeners on a poetic journey inside and outside the protagonist's body as images, memories, future fantasies, rages and desires float in and out of a sea of consciousness. (45m) (NB: Rptd 26-07-2008; 21:45)

(02-06-2007; 21:00) The Third Trial (Hattie Naylor) When ex-soldier Matthew dies in a diving accident, his parents are forced to come to terms not only with a rising tide of grief, but also the ghost of responsibility. Sweetmeat - Desmond McNamara, Sugar - Paula Wilcox, Jeannie - Jade Williams, Mina - Rachel Bavidge, Matthew (adult) - Jot Davies, Matthew (young) - Jordan Clarke. (45m)

(07-07-2007; 21:15) Eye Witness (Tom Kelly)
This powerful and intensely personal piece digs deep into the author's brutalising experiences growing up on the streets of Belfast. Will life continue to be seen through the prism of that time, or can he find a future without the burden of the past? Eye - Michael Smiley, Other voices performed by Michael Colgan, JonJo O'Neill and Ciaran McMenamin. Directed by Toby Swift. (45m) (NB: Rptd 02-08-2008; 21:45)

(11-08-2007; 20:45; Rpt) Last Suppers (Pearse Elliot)
Time to think, time to repent. If nothing else, Death Row allows space for that. Like many before him, Jonah Toomb strays spectacularly off the straight and narrow and washes up on the Row. Unlike any other, the once renowned chef makes it his mission to ensure that each condemned inmate has one last divine culinary experience. Bit by bit, one small chink of humanity creeps into that most forbidding of environments, Death Row. Jonah Toomb - Jared Harris, Tee Pee - George Harris, Warden - Larry Lamb, Al Bird - Patrick Robinson, Barracuda - Stanley Townsend, Jello - Andrew French, Pecker Wood - John Guerrasio, Martha - Amber Batty, Linda - Ginny Holder. (60m) (NB: Rpt of 04-05-2007.)

(18-08-2007; 21:15; Rpt) Tin Man (Laurence Wilson)
(NB: Rpt of 04-01-2007 - see above.)

(25-08-2007; 21:00; Rpt) Quarantine (Jeff Young) Forty-three-year-old leafleter Milton lives in fear, but while everyone else is scared of terrorists and bird flu, Milton is terrified of envelopes, of germs in mayonnaise, of letterboxes and pizza delivery bikes. But when he's nominated for the Pamphleteer of the Year Award, Milton has to find a 'plus one'. Doreen Wilson, a 73-year-old agoraphobic recluse, agrees to be his date, but as they hurtle towards the big night determined to re-engage with the rest of humanity, will this unlikely pair take their place at last in a world where they are not afraid? Milton Parker - Ian Puleston-Davies, Maurice Parker - Robert Blythe, Micky Mason - Brendan Charleson, Doreen Wilson - Celia Hewitt, Barman/Master of Ceremonies - Dick Bradnum (60m) (NB: Rpt of 14-09-2007.)

(01-09-2007; 20:45; Rpt) Kitty Elizabeth Must Die (Louise Ironside)
A black comedy about giving birth to your fantasies, and then, lucratively, killing them off. Angie will do whatever it takes to have her own child. After two unsuccessful rounds of IVF and with the debt collectors now knocking at the door, the future is not looking bright. Then Angie finds diapersanddreams.com, a website for mothers to be, and with it an international, supportive - and seemingly gullible - community of pregnant women. Angie - Pauline Lockhart, Davie - Paul Blair, Mrs Maxwell - Joanna Tope, Postie - Finlay Welsh, Scummy Mummy - Lisa Gardner, MummaMia - Vicki Liddelle, Betty Bump - Alibe Parsons, Baby Face - Samantha Young. (60m) (NB: Rpt of 06-07-2007.)

(15-09-2007; 21:30; Rpt) Donna Love Bite (Gill Adams)
Donna doesn't want to miss out on her first date with Stu, so decides she has no choice but to take her little sister Kylie with her. (45m) (NB: Rpt of 01-06-2007.)

(22-09-2007; 21-45; Rpt) The Birth & Death Of Daylight (Stephen Riley) (NB: Rpt of 01-02-2007 - see above.)

(29-09-2007; 21:00; Rpt) DJs, Doormen & Dealers (Jeffrey Caffrey)
A thriller set in a Manchester nightclub where footballers mingle with shop girls, gangsters with Cheshire life and everyone's a millionaire for the weekend. Meet the major players on the scene, the doorman, the dealer and the DJ who's mixing up the soundtrack to everyone's big night out. Adam - Sam Yates, Marshall - Craig Cheetham, Ben - Ray Emmet Brown, Kay/Kelly - Hayley Doherty, Sarah - Jessica Hall, Rob/Mikey - Chris Hannon. Directed by Melanie Harris. (45m) (NB: Rpt of 02-11-2007.)

(06-10-2007; 21:30) Wes Bell (Matthew Broughton)
A dark and compelling play about a lonely young man who finds a home amongst eccentric strangers, but his inability to deal with the truth of their lifestyle leads to dreadful, shocking conclusions. Jason - Shaun Dooley, Daisy - Natalie Press, Wes Bell - Jamie Foreman, Lisa Bell - Juliet Cowan. (60m)

(03-11-2007; 21:30) I Can See You (Sarah Noami Lee)
Dawn's parents are black and white, but nothing is for her. A savagely comic look at the pleasure and pain of being mixed race in Britain today. Dawn - Nadine Marshall, Mum - Elaine Lordan, Michael - Lloyd Thomas, Bev - Katy Cavanagh, Bunny - Joannah Tincey, Left - Laura Molyneux, Right - Ben Onwukwe, Tyrone - Alex Lanipekun, Dawn (aged 8) - Anna Bengo. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole. (45m) (NB: Rptd 06-09-2008; 21:45)

(01-12-2007; 21:00) Gulf (Mark Kotting)
Crazy golf takes on a whole new meaning in this fiery portrait of a family in meltdown, as 30 years of smouldering tensions finally reach their flashpoint. Terry - Steven Hartley, Nan - Ann Mitchell, Danny - Ben Onwukwe, Emma - Emma Noakes, Carol - Tilly Vosburgh, Mr Pink - Simon Treves, Doctor - Peter Marinker. Directed by Toby Swift. (45m)

(29-12-2007; 21:30; Rpt) Not Talking (Mike Bartlett)
What happens to a relationship when it becomes impossible to talk? What happens when the system does not allow us to speak? Richard Briers and June Whitfield star in this provocative and touching play which won the Imison and Tinniswood awards for outstanding radio writing. James - Richard Briers, Lucy - June Whitfield, Mark - Carl Prekopp, Amanda - Lyndsey Marshal. (60m) (NB: Rpt of 02-03-2007.)


Pieces that don't fit within the usual slots:

(11-03-2007; 21:30) Sunday Feature: Educating Mill
- An analysis of the psychohistory of the forging of a remarkable mind in Mill's own words and the thoughts of Mill scholars around the world. John Stuart Mill laid the foundations for modern ideas about freedom - but his own remarkable education by his father is a story of compulsion and manipulation that still resonates today. Was Mill merely the product of a remarkable intellectual experiment? And could this 'thinking machine' ever break free? JS Mill - Jamie Glover, James Mill - John Dougall. Other readings by Ioan Meredith. (45m)

(25-03-2007; 19:30) The Road To Abolition
- A dramatised feature charting the campaign in Britain and the Caribbean to abolish the transatlantic slave trade. Historians Adam Hochschild, James Walvin and Anne C Bailey provide insight into the turbulent decades between 1767 and 1807 and woven through their accounts are the dramatised voices of some of the key players in the abolition movement in monologues written by Amanda Whittington. They include campaigners Thomas Clarkson, Granville Sharp and the former slave Olaudah Equiano, as well as the anti-abolitionist Banastre Tarleton, plus two less well-known participants in the story, a British sailor and a Quaker serving woman in Britain involved in the sugar boycott. Granville Sharp - Mark Meadows, Thomas Clarkson - Tom Sherman, Olaudah Equiano - Leo Wringer, Banastre Tarleton - Alan Coveney, George Bell - Ben Small, Emily Davis - Rebekah Germain. (60m) (NB: This was not in the 'DO3' slot.)

(23-12-2007; 21:45) Sunday Feature: A Cloud In A Paper Bag
- This drama-documentary by biographer Richard Holmes tells the story of the first decades of ballooning 200 years ago. Today's sport was then a scientific revolution underwritten with poetry. Getting up and staying aloft was a huge challenge, and what the pioneer balloonists saw from their baskets changed the way we think about the world. In the race to be the first across the Channel, the age old rivalry between Britain and France was renewed. With Nicky Henson, John Lightbody, Peter Marinker and Eleanor Tremain. (45m)

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