Episode 6 - Peking Noir

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 10:25 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 27 seconds

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

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Episode 5 - Peking Noir

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 55 seconds

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

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Episode 4 - Peking Noir

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 10:15 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 31 seconds

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

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Episode 3 - Peking Noir

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 10:10 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 5 seconds

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

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Episode 2 - Peking Noir

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 10:05 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 12 seconds

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

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Episode 1 - Peking Noir

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 10 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 1 second

Presented by Paul French Drama written by Sarah Wooley Whatever anyone declared categorically about Shura Giraldi, someone else insisted on the exact opposite. Shura was handsome and beautiful; Shura was kind and good, Shura was exploitative and evil. Shura was just another struggling White Russian refugee trying to get by in 1930s China; Shura was the heart and brains of a gang that ran clubs, sex workers, illicit booze and drugs, when not robbing banks and stealing gems to fence in Shanghai. Shura loved ballet and cabaret, creating the Shura Giraldi Dance Troupe that topped the bill at all the best Peking nightclubs. Shura sometimes presented as male and sometimes as female. When passing as a man Shura bound his breasts tightly and wore a sharp tailored suit; when she was a woman she wore startlingly coloured robes, both Chinese-style cheongsam and Western dresses, letting her raven hair flow loose, said witnesses. Shura had added an incredibly massive layer of confusion and obfuscation to anyone looking by changing gender. Switching for anonymity, for commercial gain or criminal advantage, for love, for a whim. Paul French is a historian and writer who focuses on China in the first half of the 20th century. He's been on Shura’s trail for 15 years, digging through the paper records and archives in half a dozen countries in an attempt to get to grips with the enigma that was Shura. This story, a product of that tireless research, is full of truths, but like an old jigsaw brought down from the attic after decades, there are many pieces missing. So we're using drama, written by Sarah Wooley, to conjure and join the dots of Shura’s story, and go in search of a lost life and a forgotten world. The search will take us from a Russian far east in violent revolution, to the chaos of the mass emigration of the White Russians, to the crowded hutongs of Peking; from that city’s nightclubs and cabarets, to the casinos of Shanghai; from a China wracked by rampaging warlordism, invaded by Japan, and then fighting its own civil war that culminated in its own revolution. Shura saw it all; Shura lived through it all; Shura, in part, explains it all. Shura . . . . . Maggie Bain Zaichek . . . . . Leo Wan Roy . . . . . Daniel York Loh Leopard . . . . . Chris Lew Kum Hoi Tatiana . . . . . Charlotte East Anton . . . . . Luke Nunn Marie . . . . . Cecilia Appiah Saxsen . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr The MC . . . . . Roger Ringrose Anna . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw Editing and sound design by Peter Ringrose. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

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The Big Broadcast: Sex

Published: Jan. 1, 2021, 6:30 a.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 42 seconds

Neil Brand's musical caper set in a Chicago radio station in 1937. When the station is threatened with closure by the League of Decency, Katharine Hepburn responds in style. Cast Katharine Hepburn ..... Susannah Fielding Cary Grant ..... Ian Conningham Arthur Clarke ..... Neil McCaul Barbara Meek ..... Bettrys Jones Ramona Fairfax ..... Heather Craney Jerry Soundguy ..... Hasan Dixon Preston Lanister ..... Clive Hayward Danny Folly ..... Franchi Webb Singer ..... Helen Neeves Singer ..... Nancy Cole Singer ..... Christopher Bowen Singer ..... Jimmy Holliday Foley ..... Alison Craig Written and composed by Neil Brand Directed by Jessica Dromgoole This was originally aired on Radio 4.

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Christmas by the Lake

Published: Dec. 25, 2020, 3 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 15 seconds

Walter is 68 and Mary is 64. He is full of madcap ideas, she resists change. The only thing they have in common is they both hate Christmas. A story with a twist on the Christmas theme and it's classic Rachel Joyce territory – relationships, loss and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Mary ….. Niamh Cusack Walter ….. Robert Lindsay Helen ….. Cecilia Appiah Directed by Tracey Neale It is in the park that Mary first spots Walter. He's drowning in the Lake and she calls for help. When she returns a few days later, Walter is there and berates her for interfering - all he was trying to do was learn to swim. It's a bad beginning but then their conversation begins ... Mary is played by Niamh Cusack. Her television work includes Heartbeat, Father Brown and The Virtues. Her film credits include In Love with Alma Cogan. Niamh played Lady Macbeth for the RSC and most recently Lenu in the National Theatre's production of My Brilliant Friend. Walter is played by award winning actor, Robert Lindsay. His theatre work covers many roles for the RSC and musical theatre too. This includes Me and My Girl in which he played the lead role on both the West End and Broadway stage. His television work includes My Family, Citizen Smith and G.B.H. His most recent film role was playing King John in Maleficent 2. The award winning novelist Rachel Joyce had her sixth novel published earlier this year - Miss Benson's Beetle. Her first novel - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - began its life as a radio drama and was called To Be A Pilgrim. It won the Peter Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama. Her other novels include Perfect and The Music Shop. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Music Shop are now in development with Netflix.

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Dot and the Russian Dossier

Published: Dec. 18, 2020, 6:30 a.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 55 seconds

By Ed Harris May, 1941. The future of the war hangs in the balance, and Dot has been selected for a most perilous mission. Ed Harris' witty wartime comedy sees Dot casting off the shackles of her desk job in the personnel department in Whitehall's War Rooms and entering the field of conflict. Disguise, deception and dastardly doings await. Dot . . . . . Fenella Woolgar Myrtle . . . . . Kate O'Flynn Peabody . . . . . David Acton Archie . . . . . Carl Prekopp Sister Frances . . . . . Clare Corbett Editing . . . . . Peter Ringrose Director . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko

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The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles: Series 10

Published: Dec. 11, 2020, 4 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 4 seconds

The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles: Series 10, Episodes 1-5 Darleen and Jamie's little girl Frankie is starting school. This innovative and delightful drama is created in part through improvisation with the leading actors, Donna Lavin and Edmund Davies, who themselves have learning disabilities. Darleen - Donna Lavin Jamie - Edmund Davies Frankie - Beatrix Baxter Mrs. Goode - Jenny Platt Treena - Lorraine Ashbourne Stacy - Millie Kinsey Written by Esther Wilson Produced and directed by Pauline Harris This was originally aired on R4

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Fare

Published: Dec. 4, 2020, 3 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 27 seconds

Fare by Tony Schumacher Just a normal night for a taxi driver. Hoping that the next fare will be easy and hassle free. But then a dodgy geezer and his girlfriend climb in. All attitude and matching nylon tracksuits, they pay him big money to drive around. And it turns out not to be a normal night after all. The Driver..... Mark Womack Mikey.............. Mike Noble Leanne......... Sade Malone The Kid........ Sacha Parkinson Producer/Director Gary Brown This is Tony Schumacher's first radio play. His TV series 'The Responder -, starring Martin Freeman - airs on BBC 2 next year. This was originally aired on R4

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Blue Thunder

Published: Nov. 20, 2020, 3 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 42 seconds

Padraic Walsh’s gripping family drama about lives spinning out of control. In small-town Ireland, a father and his two adult sons are holed up in a minibus for the night. There’s no escape when the home truths start flying. Brian ….. Gary Lilburn Dara ….. Stephen Jones Ray ….. Paul Reid Directed by Gemma Jenkins Blue Thunder won the Innovation Award at the VAULT Awards in 2019. Padraic’s debut audio drama Foxes was shortlisted for Best Original Drama at the 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards. He’s been the recipient of the Walter Swan Trust Playwriting Award and was writer on attachment at The Oxford Playhouse. This was originally aired on Radio 4.

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Keeping the Wolf Out: Mad Dog

Published: Nov. 13, 2020, 3 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 36 seconds

The return of Philip Palmer's crime drama set in Hungary in 1964. The fearsome former secret policeman Tibor Farkas is back in charge of the Ministry, where he is Franciska's new boss. Bertalan Lazar ..... Leo Bill Franciska Lazar ..... Clare Corbett Tibor Farkas ..... Andy Linden Gyozo Novak ..... Carl Prekopp Florian Hevesi ..... Luke Nunn Sandor Boros ..... Stephen Greif Pathologist ..... Jane Whittenshaw Cop ..... Stefan Adegbola Mother ..... Emma Handy Directed by Toby Swift This was originally aired on Radio 4.

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The Piper- Episode 1

Published: Nov. 12, 2020, 7 a.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 13 seconds

New podcast thriller starring Tamzin Outhwaite, with a soundtrack by Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan. This is episode 1, and you can find all other episodes on BBC Sounds. When strange music makes a girl vanish, a detective and her daughter uncover a terrifying force. Written by Vickie Donoghue and Natalie Mitchell, directed by Kate Rowland and produced by Russell Finch. Ali - Tamzin Outhwaite Ivy - Charlee Lou Borthwick Poppy - Rosalina McDonagh Bobby - Coco Awork Stella - Kacey Ainsworth Eric - Kassius Carey Johnson Sanjay - Manpreet Bachu Rita - Shiloh Coke Kev - Andrew Tiernan Baxter - Mark Lockyer Paul - Deka Walmsley Scott - Rob Jarvis Thanh - Nhu Huynh Lesley - Natalie Mitchell Ben - Macready Massey Magda - Anamaria Marinca Ruth - Holly Hazelton

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And Other Stories: Katherine Mansfield

Published: Aug. 21, 2020, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes 10 seconds

Katherine Mansfield’s best-loved short stories fully dramatised in two box-sets. This first instalment contains three surprising love stories. Marriage a la Mode, where Isabel’s new friends come between her and husband William. Something Childish and Very Natural, where Henry and Edna meet and fall in love, just as passionately as they always hoped they might. Bliss, where Bertha’s life is dedicated to happiness, and her will for happiness folds around every experience, until this one. Daughters of the Late Colonel, where Jug and Con's fear of their father’s disapproval continues even after he has died. The Garden Party, where Laura learns, briefly, the awful gap between her class and that of a dead neighbour on the day of her mother’s garden party. Life of Ma Parker, where the cleaner for a Literary Gentleman discovers she has absolutely nowhere to grieve when her grandson dies. Her First Ball, where Leila learns that the joy of a ball, and of being young and free, is short-lived and destined to end. Cast Marriage a la Mode: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Ellie Piercy ..... Isabel Carl Prekopp ..... William Charlotte East ..... Moira Ian Dunnett Jr ..... Bobby Joel MacCormack ..... Dennis Luke Nunn ..... Vendor Eliza Pearce ..... Paddy Orla Pearce ..... Jonny Something Childish but Very Natural: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Joel MacCormack ..... Henry Cecilia Appiah ..... Edna Eliza Pearce ..... Moth Girl Bliss: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Charlotte East ..... Bertha Luke Nunn ..... Harry Ellie Piercy ..... Pearl Joel MacCormack ..... Eddie Cecilia Appiah ..... Mary Ian Dunnett Jr ..... Mr Norman Knight Daughters of the Late Colonel: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Rosie Cavaliero ..... Josephine Clare Corbett ..... Constantia Michael Bertenshaw ..... The Late Colonel Cecilia Appiah ..... Kate Carl Prekopp ..... Mr Farolles Charlotte East ..... Nurse Andrews Luke Nunn ..... Cyril The Garden Party: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Cecilia Appiah ..... Laura Rosie Cavaliero ..... Mrs Sheridan Michael Bertenshaw ..... Mr Sheridan Luke Nunn ..... Laurie Rose Basista ..... Cook Clare Corbett ..... Sadie Carl Prekopp ..... Man Charlotte East ..... Josie Life of Ma Parker: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Rosie Cavaliero ..... Ma Parker Michael Bertenshaw ..... Literary Gentleman Carl Prekopp ..... Doctor Orla Pearce ..... Lennie Her First Ball: Hattie Morahan ..... Katherine Mansfield Rose Basista ..... Leila Cecilia Appiah ..... Laura Carl Prekopp ..... Man 1 & 3 Charlotte East ..... Josie Luke Nunn ..... Man 2 Michael Bertenshaw ..... Old Man Dramatised by Katie Hims Sound by Peter Ringrose Directed by Jessica Dromgoole This was originally aired on Radio 4.

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No Place But the Water Episode 1

Published: Aug. 14, 2020, 3 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 3 seconds

Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama series set in a flooded future world. There is a hotel on the edge of the water, run by a messy family of dreamers in the middle of nowhere. There is also a pig called Barking. But the food is running out and Birdie thinks they are being watched. When there is no place but the water, where do you go? JESSIE ..... Sade Malone BIRDIE ..... Poppy O’Brien THE ANGEL ..... Vinette Robinson MAURICE ..... Pearce Quigley GIL ..... Rupert Hill LAURIE/SELENE ..... Jenny Platt Directed by Nadia Molinari Programme Consultants: Dr James M Lea and Dr Ian Dawson ‘No Place but the Water’ is a speculative drama series that explores what the world might look like after the Western Antarctic melts and also asks questions about how we offer hospitality to refugees, how we live closer to the planet when we are forced to and what exactly becomes vital when very little remains. It captures a magical-realist world that is also filled with ghosts. There is a sense of danger, not only of the rising water but also that some terrible act has already happened on the island before their arrival. The hotel itself is a character, sometimes offering its secrets but also stalking the family with its sighs and bells, secret places and shadows of what happened in the past. Ultimately the family discover that the hotel and the forest beyond it, hold the hope of a new kind of life. This was originally aired on R4. You can find the next episode on BBC Sounds.

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The Debrief

Published: July 24, 2020, 10:01 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 32 seconds

By Katherine Jakeways The debrief is a common phenomenon – that moment when you leave a social event, climb into the car, or the taxi, or onto the bus and start to gossip with your partner about the evening's events. Hannah and Mark love a debrief, we find them in the aftermath of an event with lots to get their teeth into. Writer Katherine Jakeways has been described by the Radio Times as ‘the next Victoria Wood’. Of her Radio 4 series ‘Where this Service will…’ the Guardian said “Jakeway's writing was sublime. The punchlines, the pacing, the humanity.” Hannah ….. Rebecca Humphries Mark ….. Tom Basden Graham.....Michael Bertenshaw Finn ….. Milo Robinson Poppy …. Juno Robinson Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production

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Goblin Market

Published: July 17, 2020, 5 a.m.
Duration: 57 minutes 58 seconds

Christina Rossetti's iconic Victorian poem of passion and redemption dramatised, and woven with original song, and testimony from sisters whose lives have been caught up in the cycle of addiction. Cast Christina Rossetti ..... Ellie Piercy Laura ..... Kathleen Cranham Lizzie ..... Anjana Vasan Goblins ..... Ed Gaughan, Joel MacCormack & Chris Lew Kum Hoi Children ..... Eliza & Orla Pearce. Singers ..... Stephen Jeffes, Tom Raskin & Edward Price Singing producer ..... Jonathan Manners. Composer ..... James Maloney Sound ..... Peter Ringrose Documentary producer ..... Georgia Catt Adapted & directed ..... Jessica Dromgoole Notes Sometimes mistaken for a children’s poem, Goblin Market is a complex and elusive treatment of addiction, sexual awakening, religious fervour and love. Sharing the music and acoustic of the romantic whirlwind of the poem with testimony stories of modern addiction and protection adds to its power and relevance. The programme reflects on the real pain and trauma often overlooked in the poem, and at the same time, sees the poetry and depth in real experiences of addiction and salvation. Created and recorded in lockdown, with the actors and singers all in separate acoustically protected rooms, and the interviewees all recording themselves, the programme is testament to the skills of the sound engineer, and the enduring truth that anything is possible in audio drama. This was originally aired on Radio 4.

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Tristram Shandy: In Development by Christopher Douglas

Published: July 10, 2020, 3 p.m.
Duration: 56 minutes 45 seconds

We're in the studios of Awesome Sauce , where an audio drama workshop - and podcast - is being recorded to thrash out a way of telling the bawdy, iconoclastic and impossibly digressive eighteenth century novel Tristram Shandy. It's an opportunity, says award winning producer Philippa Lauriston, to discover an entirely new way of doing radio drama. The creative team also includes the actors who will play the novel's main characters. And there is a rumour that a very famous actor will be joining the throng. Everyone has their own theories about how to approach this game-changing venture. What could possibly go wrong? Jason..................................Tim McInnerny Philippa..............................Monica Dolan Chris....................................Christopher Douglas Rosie.................................Mina Anwar Clare..................................Emily Pithon Johnny/Gary...............................Simon Greenall Roberta/Sam.........................Nicola Sanderson Director/Producer Gary Brown. 'Tristram Shandy' is a famous eighteenth century novel by Laurence Sterne. Ostensibly a picaresque about Tristram, its many hilarious digressions and bawdy interludes have made it a classic. It is also a satire on the act of telling a story - and a plea for people to be allowed to tell their stories in their own way. This was originally aired on R4

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Curious Under the Stars: Things of Stone

Published: April 24, 2020, 10:01 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 14 seconds

By Alan Harris The latest series of the magical drama set in Glan Don, a mysterious village perched on the wild Welsh coast. Diane returns to the village to find Gareth and Emlyn are running the pub into the ground. And then disaster strikes. Starring Emma Sidi (Pls Like), Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin and Stacey) and Richard Elis (Coronation Street). Diane.... Emma Sidi Emlyn..... Ifan Huw Dafydd Gareth.... Richard Elis Megan.... Aimee Ffion Edwards Matty.... Siw Hughes The Ghost…. Owain Gwynn Anwen.... Juno Robinson Series created by Meic Povey Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production

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The Mill on the Floss - Part 2

Published: April 17, 2020, 10 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes 28 seconds

George Eliot's story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up on the River Floss

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The Mill on the Floss - Part 1

Published: April 10, 2020, 10 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes 47 seconds

George Eliot's story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up on the River Floss

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Settlers

Published: April 3, 2020, 5 a.m.
Duration: 44 minutes

Funny and touching rom-com in space. By Adam Usden, starring Laura Aikman & Tom Rosenthal

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The Blackrock Girl Part One

Published: March 27, 2020, 9 a.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 9 seconds

A drama about the arrival of a delightful single woman (Fenella Woolgar) who deceives a village community into believing she has moved there to get her life back on track.

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Edith Sitwell in Scarborough

Published: March 20, 2020, 6 a.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 53 seconds

Dame Edith - Glenda Jackson Miss Edith - Bella Ramsey Lady Ida - Julia Davis Sir George - Jonathan Keeble Moat - Roger Ringrose Written by Mary Cooper from an idea by Lavinia Murray Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

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Home Front: 24-28 September 1918

Published: Sept. 28, 2018, 1 p.m.
Duration: 58 minutes 14 seconds

The first omnibus of Season 15, Onward, set in Folkestone, in the week, in 1918, when the Allies launched their final, and decisive campaign on the Western Front. Adam, meanwhile, is on a mission to the harbour.

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POD PLAY 5: BATHROOM | Drama of the Week Special

Published: Aug. 3, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes 46 seconds

Let us transport you to a world where flies talk and party-goers escape down drain-pipes. Fly…Sandy Grierson Woman…Karen Bartke Writer…Ben Lewis Director…Kirsty Williams Sound Design…Catherine Robinson

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POD PLAY 4: PARK | Drama of the Week Special

Published: Aug. 3, 2017, 4:09 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes 57 seconds

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is more MFI than MI5 in the hands of two incompetent and not-so-secret-agents. By Lee Mattinson. Cast AGENT D….. Krissi Bohn AGENT J….. Toby Hadoke Director Sharon Sephton Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson

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POD PLAY 3: PUB | Drama of the Week Special

Published: Aug. 3, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes 3 seconds

Take a seat at the bar in your local, but look out… one of the regulars is about to get a round in and it could be a painfully long order. A funny and moving original short audio work by award-winning writer Timothy X Atack, starring Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) and David Hargreaves (The Crucible, King Lear at Bristol Old Vic), designed to be listened to on headphones on location. Customer …. David Hargreaves Barmaid …. Alice Lowe Show less

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POD PLAY 2: BED | Drama of the Week Special

Published: Aug. 3, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Duration: 8 minutes 13 seconds

Lie on your bed, put on your headphones, and let Indira Varma and Joe Sims take you on a journey which we promise you’ve never made before. Ed Harris’ darkly inventive writing for audio and stage have won him multiple awards. Woman …. Indira Varma Man …. Joe Sims Director Jonquil Panting Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson

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POD PLAY1: LIVING ROOM | Drama of the Week Special

Published: Aug. 3, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
Duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds

By Charlotte Bogard Macleod. Leah and Milo are best friends but now Leah has been offered a job in Australia. She loves Milo but does he love her back? Leah is forced to get right inside his head to find out. Leah ….. Valene Kane Milo ….. George Mackay Director: David Hunter Sound Design …. Catherine Robinson

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