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BBC Dramatisations - Afternoon Play

 
  • The Lighthouse (Afternoon Play)
    by Alan Harris
    Narrated by Paul Rhys
    4.40 (8 ratings)
    Lighthouse keepers Howell and Griffith are posted to six weeks on the Smalls - a desolate rock 20 miles off the Pembrokeshire coast. But the two men share a past, and because of what happens next, lighthouses would never again have only a crew of two. Based on a true story. Written by Alan Harris, and starring Paul Rhys as Howell and Ifan Huw Dafydd as Griffith. Directed by James Robinson.
  • Philip and Sydney: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Alan Pollock
    Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Pip Carter
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A witty and powerful BBC Radio 4 coming of age drama starring Tim McInnerny as Sydney Larkin and Pip Carter as Philip Larkin. Written by Alan Pollock and broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 11 June 2010.In 'This be the Verse', the poet Philip Larkin famously bemoans the impact parents have on their children.
  • The Sensitive: A Casualty of War (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Alastair Jessiman
    Narrated by Robin Laing, Cast
    3.30 (3 ratings)
    Thomas' mother has been forced to close her guest house due to emergency building work. An old friend, retired hotelier Jack Cameron, offers her the use of his guest house, now lying empty. Reluctant to allow his mother to stay in the house alone, Thomas persuades his girlfriend Kat to stay with them. Soon tensions become evident between Kat, Thomas and his mother. The house sits on a hill, isolated, cold and gloomy. Thomas senses a malignant presence - and he hears an old woman calling out for help. Even Kat detects a strange atmosphere....
  • Twelve Years: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Alexandra Wood
    Narrated by Megan Ketch, Brian Hastert
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    A love story told across the two New York blackouts of 1965 and 1977. Larry and Nancy meet during the first blackout, while the prosperous city enjoys a spontaneous holiday. Twelve years on, the city is very different: rioting and looting accompany the blackout in a time of economic depression, and the couple must fight for their survival in a world which seems irrevocably changed. Starring Megan Ketch as Nancy and Brian Hastert as Larry. Written by Alexandra Wood. Directed by Lu Kemp.
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  • Cinders: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Ali Taylor
    Narrated by Michael Shelford, Vineeta Rishi, Lizzy Watts, Sam Dale, Claudie Blakley
    3.00 (2 ratings)
    A pacy BBC Radio 4 comedy drama by Ali Taylor, lifting the lid on the ethics of publishing war-torn misery memoirs. Emma discovers a brilliant new talent in the unsolicited pile... Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 20 May 2010.When a heartbreaking memoir about life in war-torn Kabul lands on her desk, Emma thinks she's discovered a new literary sensation. Her colleagues, though, are deeply sceptical.
  • Eight Feet High and Rising: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Ali Taylor
    Narrated by James Alexandrou, Candassaie Liburd, Marcella Riordan
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 comedy drama starring James Alexandrou (Martin Fowler, 'EastEnders'), originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 7 December 2010. Giant. Upstairs. Ten quid a look. A touchingly real and comically disingenuous story about the awkwardness of being misshapen, and the misery of not fitting in.
  • A Sleepwalk on the Severn: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Alice Oswald
    Narrated by Ron Cook, Sam Dale, Emma Fielding
    2.50 (2 ratings)
    Set to original music by Roger Goula, the subject of A Sleepwalk on the Severn is moonrise, which happens five times in different forms: new moon, half moon, full moon, no moon and moon reborn. Various characters, some living some dead, and all based on real people from the Severn catchment, talk towards the moment of moonrise and are changed by it.
  • The Bat Man (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Amelia Bullmore
    Narrated by Bill Nighy, Katherine Parkinson, Jenny Agutter, Sean Baker, Lauren Mote, Georgia Groome
    3.80 (19 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play' starring Bill Nighy as widower Christopher, originally broadcast on 20 April 2011. When his wife died three years ago, Christopher fled London for a simpler existence in Cornwall, where he has settled on bat protection as his mission. Colette and her noisy daughters rent the holiday cottage next door and disturb the peace - both his and that of his beloved bats. The Bat Man stars Bill Nighy, Katherine Parkinson, Jenny Agutter, Sean Baker, Lauren Mote and Georgia Groome.
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  • All Dark Corners: The Desk: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Andrew Readman
    Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Graeme Hawley, Karen West, Greg Wood, Melissa Jane Sinden, Russell Richardson
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Davis Finch is a hack TV writer with aspirations to write a novel. In order to be a real writer he feels he needs a proper desk. The one he buys changes his life. He becomes a success - but at what price? This spooky psychological thriller by Andrew Readman stars Graeme Hawley, Tim McInnerny, Karen West, Greg Wood, Melissa Jane Sinden and Russell Richardson. Producer/Director: Gary Brown.
  • Occupation: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Andy Macdonald
    Narrated by Alexander Morton, Sally Reid, Brian Ferguson, Tracy Wiles
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A tense and powerful drama exploring the timely issues of unemployment, ethics, and international conflict. A fifty-year-old factory employee finds his own way to make a stand. With orders still on the books, Kenny Gall refuses to leave the factory he has worked in for more than thirty years. This will have serious implications for the company; his daughter, Ashley; and for a local ex-serviceman. Starring Alexander Morton, Sally Reid, Brian Ferguson, Tracy Wiles. Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.
  • A Monstrous Vitality (Radio 4 Afternoon Drama)
    by Andy Merriman
    Narrated by June Whitfield
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    June Whitfield stars as the indomitable actress Margaret Rutherford in a tale of chimpanzees, Jordanian Princes, an adoring husband and falling in love with a musician 30 years her junior. First broadcast in BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Drama slot. With June Whitfield as Margaret, Ryan McCluskey as Malcolm, Sean Baker as Stringer, Gabrielle Lloyd as Rumer, Adeel Akhtar as Prince Juan, Lloyd Thomas as the driver, Sally Orrock as the chimp trainer and Sam Dale as the doctor. Written by Andy Merriman.
  • The Meaning of Love (Afternoon Play)
    by Anna Symon
    Narrated by Paul Ritter, Tessa Peake-Jones, Aurelie Ambland, Peter Polycarpou, Jonathan Forbes, Jane Whittenshaw
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    When Ed finds himself sleeping in the spare room he realises he might have to rediscover exactly what love is. But coming up with the correct definition proves harder than he first imagines. Starring Paul Ritter, Tessa Peake-Jones, Aurelie Ambland, Jonathan Forbes, Peter Polycarpou, and Jane Whittenshaw. Directed by Sally Avens.
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  • On the Field: On Leave: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Annie Caulfield
    Narrated by Paul Chahidi, Paul Mundell
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Mahmoud the barber has exchanged Basra for Istanbul where his old friend Sergeant - now Captain - Billy has ended up as Military Attaché. After witnessing a traumatic attack on duty in Kabul, squaddies Kev and Damon opt for a bit of escapism. Damon fancies himself as a secret agent and is obsessed with James Bond. He persuades his mate to join him in visiting Istanbul's famous From Russia with Love filmming locations.
  • Staring into the Fridge: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Annie McCartney
    Narrated by James Nesbitt
    2.50 (2 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 kitchen comedy by Annie McCartney, starring James Nesbitt as the Fridge. Staring into the Fridge was originally broadcast as the Afternoon Play on 13 September 2010.With two twenty-something children and a dubious boyfriend eating her out of house and home, Maggie (Annie McCartney) is beginning to lose the will to live. She feels she has no one to talk to or to listen. But all of that is about to change when she hears a voice speaking to her from the corner of the kitchen.
  • Tiny: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Ben Lewis
    Narrated by Joshua Jenkins, Mark Heap, Peter Marinker, Alison Pettitt, Julia McKenzie
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A quirky BBC Radio 4 comedy by Ben Lewis about a teenager who becomes an internet phenomenon. Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 17 September 2010.This is the story of a legend in the making. A nervous young man lives at the dead end of a dead-end town. On his eighteenth birthday he comes into his inheritance. With a little help from an old teacher, he finds it equips him to broadcast over the internet.
  • My Name Is Iqbal Masih: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Bettina Gracias
    Narrated by Sagar Radia, full cast
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama about a young Pakistani boy forced into bonded labour in a carpet factory at the age of four, and who became a figurehead for the Bonded Liberation Movement aged eleven. Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 25 February 2009, and repeated on 18 January 2011. Despite the valiant efforts of many, there are still thousands of child labourers in factories across Asia - often working long hours in terrible conditions to provide cheap clothing and other goods for our high street stores.
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  • The Kneebone Cadillac (Afternoon Play)
    by Carl Grose
    Narrated by Carl Grose
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The Kneebones of United Downs have hard lives, weird vehicles and a love of Country and Western music. When scrap dealer Jed Kneebone dies, his three children are left in serious trouble. But they have inherited Jed's prized 1956 Cadillac Eldorado - could the legendary Boneshaker Stock Car Races be the answer?
  • Birkett and the Green Bicycle: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Caroline Stafford
    Narrated by Simon Bubb
    4.80 (5 ratings)
    The casebook of Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of News of the World between the wars. Birkett was a busy man who, in those days before legal specialisation, could at any one time be dealing simultaneously with a juicy murder, a society divorce or a livid libel action. In this episode, the celebrated advocate deals with a case of murder, pacifism and chocolate.
  • Birkett and the Naked Toreador: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Caroline Stafford
    Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
    3.50 (2 ratings)
    The casebook of Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of News of the World between the wars. Birkett was a busy man who, in those days before legal specialisation, could at any one time be dealing simultaneously with a juicy murder, a society divorce or a livid libel action. In this episode, Birkett takes on his most famous case, involving blackmail, snobbery, scandal and bullfighting.
  • Norman Birkett and the Case of the Coleford Poisoner: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Caroline Stafford
    Narrated by Neil Dudgeon, full cast
    4.40 (7 ratings)
    The casebook of Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of News of the World between the wars. Birkett was a busy man who, in those days before legal specialisation, could at any one time be dealing simultaneously with a juicy murder, a society divorce or a livid libel action. In this episode, Birkett takes on a case of murder, mayhem and political intrigue.
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  • Birkett and the Blind Soldier: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Caroline Stafford, David Stafford
    Narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Neil Dudgeon, Bonnie Engstrom, Alun Raglan, Carl Prekopp, Paul Moriarty, Adam Billington, James Lailey
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    The casebook of Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of News of the World between the wars. Birkett was a busy man who, in those days before legal specialisation, could at any one time be dealing simultaneously with a juicy murder, a society divorce or a livid libel action. In this episode, a blind WWI veteran, accused of murdering his wife, is defended by the celebrated advocate.
  • Birkett and the Red Stains on the Carpet: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Caroline Stafford, David Stafford
    Narrated by James Lailey, Neil Dudgeon, Bonnie Engstrom, Alun Raglan, Sagar Arya, Gerald McDermott
    4.50 (6 ratings)
    Norman Birkett, the most celebrated advocate of the inter-war years, defends a doctor accused of murdering and dismembering his wife and maid. Starring Neil Dudgeon as Birkett, with Bonnie Engstrom, Alun Raglan, Adam Billington, Sagar Arya, Gerard McDermott, James Lailey, Rikki Lawton, Christopher Webster, Victoria Inez Hardy and Alex Rivers. Written by Caroline and David Stafford.
  • Stone, Series 2: The Bridge (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Cath Staincliffe
    Narrated by Hugo Speer
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge in this episode, DCI Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation. Matt's best friend Liam and ex-girlfriend Holly are distraught. But when Liam's flat is set on fire and he subsequently goes missing, Stone is forced to consider whether these events might be linked.
  • An American Rose (BBC Radio Drama)
    by Charlotte Jones
    Narrated by Lydia Wilson, Carl Prekopp, Tilly Gaunt, Fenella Woolgar, Lisa Eichhorn
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The Kennedys were the most famous family in England when Joseph became American Ambassador in London. But daughter Rosemary's behaviour began to cause the family increasing concern. Award winning writer Charlotte Jones' play is inspired by the lives of two of JFK's sisters, 'Rosemary' Kennedy, who died in 2005, but underwent a prefrontal lobotomy aged 23 and Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy who married the heir to the Duke of Devonshire.
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  • Like an Angel Passing Through My Room: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Christopher Green
    Narrated by Christopher Green, Anni-Frid Lyngstad
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play' about the unconditional love of a devoted ABBA fan, from Olivier award-winning writer Christopher Green; starring the writer as himself, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (aka Frida from ABBA). Originally broadcast 16 February 2011.
  • The Second Best Bed (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Christopher Green
    Narrated by Caroline Quentin
    1.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 comic monologue starring Caroline Quentin, written by Christopher Green. Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 11 September 2009.A feisty woman has taken to her bed in the spare room and she is not getting up - ever. She's 39 and has decided that she is not having children. She claims her boyfriend is in denial, though in reality he is in Zurich.‘The Second Best Bed’ stars Caroline Quentin and is directed by Claire Grove.
  • The Second Best Bed (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Christopher Green
    Narrated by Caroline Quentin
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Comic monologue by Christopher Green. A feisty woman has taken to her bed in the spare room and she is not getting up - ever. She's 39 and has decided that she is not having children. She claims her boyfriend is in denial, though in reality he is in Zurich. Starring Caroline Quentin. Directed by Claire Grove.
  • Every Child Matters: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Christopher Reason
    Narrated by Sarah Lancashire, George Costigan
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    The second linked drama dealing with the fall out of the case of Debbie Hurst who was vilified as the most repulsive woman in Britain for allowing her ten year old daughter to dance semi-naked on the internet for paedophiles. It is six months since the case exploded on to the red tops and Joanne was the social worker who took the flak. She feels as though she was hung out to dry and wants to know why.
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  • Care: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Clara Glynn
    Narrated by Iain Agnew, Carol Ann Crawford, Kim Gerard, Natasha Watson, Lisa Nicoll, Anne Downie, Colin McCredie, John Kielty
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Michelle has been in drug rehab for the last few months, Dad has disappeared and the kids have been under a supervision order. But now Michelle is coming out of rehab, clean and determined to make a fresh start. The three members of the Children's Hearing panel have to decide what is best for the children. The panel - all trained volunteers - hear reports from experts and from the family, and face difficult choices as their perception of what should happen to the children is constantly challenged.
  • How to Be an Internee with No Previous Experience: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Colin Shindler
    Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Alex Jennings
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    In 1944, P.G. Wodehouse, the creator of 'Jeeves and Wooster', was questioned by MI5 after broadcasting to America from a German internment camp. One of the interrogators was an up-and-coming journalist called Malcolm Muggeridge. The other was Major E.J.P. Cussen, who later became a high court judge. The stakes were high: one of Britain's best loved authors was facing the possibility of the death penalty.
  • Do You Like Banana, Comrades?: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Csaba Szekely
    Narrated by Freddy White, Jane Whittenshaw
    3.50 (2 ratings)
    >It's difficult being young and in love when your dad is a high-ranking official in Ceausescu's Communist machine, your mother weeps all the time, and your brother is trying to kill you.

    This wild and sideways look at life behind the Iron Curtain during Ceausescu's regime is a first play by a young Hungarian writer living in Romania and was shortlisted for the BBC World Service/British Council's International Playwriting Competition.

  • Welcome to the Wasteland: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by D.J. Britton, Stephen Hogan
    Narrated by Lesley Sharp, Anamaria Marinca, Lizzy Watts, Sam Dale, Ben Askew, Philip Fox, Stephen Hogan
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    As Chief Executive of her local council, Robyn has just days to stop recycling being wiped from her ambitious environmental plans. But the credit crunch continues to put pressure on other priorities. Meanwhile, her daughter, Afrah, provides a safe house for a fiercely committed environmentalist from Eastern Europe. Written by D. J. Britton and starring Lesley Sharp, Anamaria Marinca, Lizzy Watts, Sam Dale, Ben Askew, Stephen Hogan, and Philip Fox. Produced by Pam Marshall.
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  • Atching Tan: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Dan Allum
    Narrated by Maryanne Loveridge, Sharon Loveridge, Dean Loveridge
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama by Dan Allum, ‘Atching Tan’ was recorded on location on a Traveller site, with all Traveller parts cast from the Traveller community. Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 23 November 2010.Lovvie Arkley is torn. Does she marry childhood sweetheart Nelius and live a traditional yet isolated Traveller life? Or does she renounce her culture to pursue a career in the outside ‘Gorgia’ world? Drama teacher John threatens to tip the balance.
  • We Just Happened to Be Passing: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by David Nobbs
    Narrated by James Nickerson, Olwen May, Free cast
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    It is a quiet Saturday morning in the Hinchcliffe home. Tony and Sal, tired after a week of work, have time on their hands. But not for each other. Middle-aged and middle class, they haven't had kids and they still feel that emotional vacuum. The doorbell rings. It is an American couple - Monty and Janey - a rather loud duo they stayed with in Delaware years ago. They said, 'If ever you happened to be passing....' Well, the Americans are passing and they have no hotel booked. To Tony's horror Sal invites them to stay.
  • Prayer Mask: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by David Pownall
    Narrated by Joseph Fiennes, full cast
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Joseph Fiennes stars as the young Lieutenant Richard Burton who, in 1853, disguised himself as an Afghani pilgrim and undertook an expedition to Mecca. His aim was to explore the Holy of Holies. He chronicles this journey fraught with dangers and misadventure. But can he hide his identity from his two young guides?
  • The Lottery Ticket (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Donna Franceschild
    Narrated by Nitzan Sharron
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 18 February 2009, and repeated on 1 April 2011, The Lottery Ticket was written by BAFTA winner Donna Franceschild, and stars Nitzan Sharron, John Kazek and Meg Fraser.
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  • Ditched: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Doug Lucie
    Narrated by Frances Barber
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Doug Lucie's satirical sequel to Hitched revisits the bride and groom, Emma and Richard, two years after their big day. The honeymoon is well and truly over and wedded bliss hasn't turned out to be, well, blissful. With their relationship at crisis point, Emma returns from America with her young daughter to discover her life isn't the only one that has changed. But just what has happened between Emma and Richard, and why has she returned home without him?
  • The Last Free Hours of Charlie Radcliffe (Afternoon Play)
    by Drew Pautz
    Narrated by Henry Gaudman
    1.00 (1 ratings)
    To the outside world Charlie Radcliffe was an esteemed businessman and philanthropist. But Charlie knew that he had swindled billions over decades from his wealthy clients and he knew that one day the game would be up. Now in prison, Charlie tells the story of his last hours of freedom to new inmate Sam.
  • The Moment You Feel It (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Ed Harris
    Narrated by Richard Briers, Rory Kinnear, Tracy Wiles, Hugh Ross, Caroline Guthrie, Janice Acquah
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    A tender and sad BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about losing your past, starring Richard Briers. The Moment You Feel It was originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 18 May 2009. Alf's memories come in flashes with great blank holes, along with a running commentary from the voices of his past. So how does finding a strange coat in his kitchen remind Alf why he doesn't want a bath today?
  • The Janitor (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Ed Jones
    Narrated by Jason Done, Tachia Newall
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A morality tale from BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot, about a struggling chef in Salford. 'The Janitor' was originally broadcast on 6 May 2011. Kevin is struggling to keep his new restaurant afloat in posh Salford Quays. But then Jonno turns up. The boy he was a dad to for a couple of years when he was shacked up with his mother. He couldn't save the mother, can he now save the kid? All 15 stone of him.
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  • Rightfully Mine: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Ella Hickson
    Narrated by Kath Howden, Shauna MacDonald, John Paul Hurley
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    In 'Rightfully Mine', Ella Hickson explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter and asks what rights raising a child gives you - do the things you do for your children really come for free? 'I suddenly wonder whether the best thing you can ever do for your child is not to sacrifice anything for them, to live, almost in spite of them - that way you'll never hold it against them - you'll never feel that they owe you anything...'
  • Caesar Price Our Lord: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Fin Kennedy
    Narrated by Lee Ingleby, Aidan Parsons, Emma Cunniffe
    4.80 (5 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama by Fin Kennedy, set in London in the near future, about Caesar Price, an illusionist who has reproduced nearly all of the miracles of Jesus and built a massive cult following. Is he prepared for what will happen when he decides to stage the Crucifixion? Originally transmitted on 26 September 2008, and re-broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 30 August 2010.In a near-future London, society is in distress.
  • The Alterer (Afternoon Play)
    by Finlay Welsh
    Narrated by Cal MacAninch, Liam Brennan, Pauline Knowles, Finn de Hertog
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    This is an atmospheric drama set on the east coast of Scotland in 1791. A watchmaker pours all of his skill and knowledge into making a machine that will alter time and create a different universe - one in which he hopes his desperately ill daughter will be returned to him, fully recovered. Starring Cal MacAninch, Liam Brennan, Pauline Knowles, and Finn de Hertog. Written by Finlay Welsh. Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.
  • An Unchoreographed World: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Frances Byrne
    Narrated by Sophie Jerrald, Richard McCabe
    3.00 (2 ratings)
    An Unchoreographed World explores a dramatic formative event in the life of one of the truly great dancers of our time, the young Margot Fonteyn.

    It's May 10th 1940, and she is trapped in Holland during the German invasion with her older lover, the composer Constant Lambert, and the fledgling Sadler's Wells Ballet. Frances Byrne's drama draws on contemporary accounts to evoke a time when, her life threatened, Fonteyn discovers who she really is, and what her destiny might cost her.

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  • Hinterland: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Francis Turnly
    Narrated by Catherine Cusack, Frank O'Sullivan
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    When Garda officer Detective Sergeant Roisin MacKenna is called to the scene of a murder not far from the border between the North and South of Ireland she soon finds that boundaries, both geographical and moral, become blurred.
  • Market: Loco Parentis: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Gary Brown
    Narrated by Reece Dinsdale, full cast
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    'Market' is an umbrella series of six plays, originally broadcast in BBC Radio 4's 'Afternoon Play' slot, about people who work in and around its stalls. Each story is a self-contained quirky tale. 'Loco Parentis' is a bitter-sweet comedy about Jim, who can't sleep because his daughter's left for Uni, his business is going belly-up, and his father is going gaga. Oh, and to top it all he suspects his wife is having an affair with her boss. He needs to escape - but where to?
  • Prospero, Ariel, Reith and Gill: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Gary Brown
    Narrated by Jon Glover, David Seddon, Stephen Darcy, Tina Gray, Alison Pettitt
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Here is Gary Brown's BBC Radio 4 full-cast comedy dramatisation about artist Eric Gill's clash with the BBC over his famous sculpture of Prospero and Ariel. It stars Anton Lesser as Eric Gill and Tim McInnerny as Sir John Reith, the first Director General of the Corporation, and was originally broadcast in the Afternoon Play slot on Wednesday 9 June 2010.

    Inspired by real events, the play charts a clash between the BBC's governors and the artist over the propriety of the sculpture's appearance.

  • Shy Baby: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Gary Ogin
    Narrated by Stuart McLoughlin
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Lionel Stillman has a new job, a girlfriend he thinks he loves, and a secret ambition - to be a stand-up comic. But he also has a problem. People make him nervous. As Lionel stumbles from bad date with Emma to bad first day at a call centre, he struggles with an inner voice telling him he's boring and useless - 'or just plain weird'. At first, Emma thinks he's attractively shy. Then she decides he's a drinker. But Lionel does have friends. At a weekly support group his fellow sufferers Simon, Max and Rosie uncover his ambition to be a comic and encourage him to take it further....
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  • DeLorean: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Glenn Patterson
    Narrated by Michelle Fairley, Richard Dormer, Rhys Dunlop, Stuart Milligan, Anton Lesser, Patrick Fitzsymons
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    Northern Ireland was a very dark place in the 1980s. A hunger strike was looming, street violence and tit for tat murders were an everyday occurrence, but in a small corner of West Belfast something extraordinary was happening. In a factory in Dunmurry a unique new sports car was being built, a DMC 12, a style icon for the late 20th century. For 2 years John DeLorean brought hope to communities flattened by the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
  • My Haunted Expression: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Helen Clohessy
    Narrated by Rosey Cavaliero, John Dougall
    2.70 (3 ratings)
    It's a difficult time for Sue, her mother has just died and the kids have moved out. She has a vision of leaving their tough housing estate behind and starting a new life by the sea but husband Finn earns little and won't borrow... Finn is a rock in this sensitive tale of love, loyalty and dreams. My Haunted Expression stars Rosie Cavaliero as Sue and John Dougall as Finn. Also featured amongst the cast are Sally Orrock, Tony Bell, Daniel Cooper, Deeivya Meir, and Jude Akuwudike.
  • A9: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Helen Cooper
    Narrated by David Warner, Rebecca Saire, Oliver Cotton, Deborah Findlay, Jonathan Tafler, Ewart James Walters, Malcolm Tierney
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Article 9 of the Tokyo Judgement at the end of WWII withdrew from the Japanese constitution the state's right of belligerency. Traumatised and guilt ridden for having killed enemy soldiers in war, Bernard has to attempt to coerce his children to continue his life's work, and makes their awaiting inheritance dependent on their abandoning their present careers and dedicating their lives to the promotion of A9.
  • The Falcon and the Hawk: An Afternoon Play
    by Helen Macdonald
    Narrated by Helen Macdonald, David Birrell, Gemma Lawrence
    4.50 (4 ratings)
    Helen Macdonald is a falconer and poet. She keeps a goshawk called Mabel. As a child she fell in love with a rare book of intense nature writing, J.A. Baker's The Peregrine, which records a winter watching wild peregrines on the Essex coast. Her new play brings her birds and his together. Baker tramps the bleak coastal marshes scanning the skies for fleeting moments of bloody drama as a peregrine stoops at immense speed after a plover or a pigeon.
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  • The Forgetting Curve (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Hugh Costello
    Narrated by Michael Glenn Murphy
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    A tense, white-knuckle ride of a play from BBC Radio 4 in which a rather self-satisfied hero embarks, reluctantly, on a voyage of self-discovery. Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 7 January 2009, and repeated on 31 March 2011.As an expert on memory loss, Greg Cooke is asked to invalidate the testimony of an eyewitness in a high-profile murder trial. He undermines the Prosecution's key witness by convincing the jury that we forget as much within 24 hours as we do over a whole year.
  • Smoke and Daggers: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Hugh Costello
    Narrated by Patrick Fitzsymons
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Dublin, 1997. When Joe Finnerty marries into Dublin's political aristocracy his fortune appears to be made. Lucrative government contracts and the ready patronage of his heavy hitting father-in-law ensure that Joe soon becomes a man to be reckoned with.
  • Floating: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Hugh Hughes, Sioned Rowlands
    Narrated by Hugh Hughes, Sioned Rowlands
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    On April 2,1982, the Isle of Anglesey separated from the mainland of Wales and floated off into the North Atlantic. Emerging artist Hugh Hughes and his friend Sioned Rowlands recount the story of this extraordinary geological event, and explain its personal significance. Created and performed by Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands with assistance from Shôn Dale-Jones and Jill Norman. Produced by James Robinson.
  • Hong Kong by Night
    by In-Sook Chappell
    Narrated by Oliver Williams, Liz Sutherland, Nina Kwok
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    A love story by In-Sook Chappell. Locked out of her apartment, Poppy can either wait in the lobby for morning or accept Arthur's invitation to explore Hong Kong by night. With Oliver Williams, Liz Sutherland, Nina Kwok. Directed by Abigail le Fleming.
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  • Stone, Series 2: The Night (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by James Rye
    Narrated by Hugo Speer
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    In the final episode of the series, ‘The Night’, DCI John Stone investigates the sexual assault of the wife of one of his team. DI Tanner's wife Karen finds herself in a dodgy hotel after a night out remembering nothing of the night before; she has been assaulted and Stone suspects she has been given Rohypnol. It would seem that this is just the beginning of something bigger and as Stone investigates further he uncovers a dark secret.
  • Lamia: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by John Keats
    Narrated by Paterson Joseph, Charlotte Emmerson, Tom Ferguson, Jonathan Keeble
    4.60 (5 ratings)
    Adaptation of Keats' sensual narrative poem about the ill-starred love affair of the serpent Lamia and the innocent mortal Lycius. Starring Paterson Joseph, Charlotte Emmerson, Tom Ferguson, and Jonathan Keeble. With original music by John Harle. Sung by Sarah Leonard.
  • Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by John Mortimer
    Narrated by Jeremy Irons, full cast
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    When Lewis Luby (Jeremy Irons) comes to, late at night in an Italian hospital, he finds himself lying under the monstrous big toe of God. Surely there has been some mistake: Luby, who has never for one moment believed in the immortality of the soul, cannot possibly be in heaven! John Mortimer had the idea for Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven when he first visited the Santa Maria della Scala hospital in Siena and saw patients lying in beds under ceilings decorated with 15th-Century frescoes depicting Heaven and Hell.
  • Higher: The Price of Partnership: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Joyce Bryant
    Narrated by Sophie Thompson, Jonathan Keeble
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The Department of Geography at the new University of Hayborough is under pressure to find new sources of funding and to broaden its horizons. So when a new dean of research development comes on board she urges partnerships abroad. An international research centre for pier and wharf ethics is mooted in the African Republic of Epithea. Everything seems to be going smoothly for the university until they realise the student they have recently expelled just happens to be the President of Epithea's son....
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  • Jelly Babies: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Judy Upton
    Narrated by Sally Orrock, Nadine Marshall, Jane Wittenshaw, full cast
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Becky, AKA 'Azaria The Amazon', shows Shanice the ropes, and she is soon wowing the rowdy stag night audiences with her slams and smackdowns. By night she's bikini clad 'Alice Malice', by day she's mum to gymnastics-mad Alex and a devoted daughter to her disabled, ex-army dad. When these two worlds threaten to collide, it reawakens a painful episode from Shanice's childhood which threatens to tear apart her cherished family life and leads to a show-down with the father she adores.
  • The Need for Nonsense (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Julia Blackburn
    Narrated by Andrew Sachs, Alexi Kaye-Campbell
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Andrew Sachs stars in this BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play' about painter Edward Lear. The Need for Nonsense was originally broadcast on 9 February 2009, and repeated on 17 January 2011.

    Julia Blackburn's play captures the warm, heartfelt, and comic story of the Victorian poet and painter Edward Lear's lifelong friendship with his eccentric Greek servant, Giorgio, who inspired him to address the painful truths in his life while making us laugh.

  • Dragonfly: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Katie Hims
    Narrated by David Bower, Sarah Woolley, Full cast
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    Cal is expecting a baby with his girlfriend Sophie. As deaf parents, in amongst the excitement, they have a few concerns. But every time Sophie has a scan at the hospital Cal is sick. His behaviour becomes more and more uncharacteristic. Sophie begins to worry when Cal finds letters from an old girlfriend and decides he has to go and see her. Cal has to resolve the past before he can move forward as a father and fully enjoy Sophie's pregnancy. In order to get there he has to return to the place he grew up in - Rochdale - and re-examine his past.
  • Lost Property: The Complete Series: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Katie Hims
    Narrated by Rosie Cavaliero
    4.30 (26 ratings)
    BBC Radio 4's bittersweet trilogy set in 1941, 1979 and 2011. This history of relatives lost and found was originally broadcast on 3, 10 and 17 May 2011 in the 'Afternoon Play' slot. The first play, 'The Wrong Label', is set in London in 1941. Alice knows that to stop your children from being evacuated is tantamount to siding with Hitler. In 'The Year My Mother Went Missing', it's 1979, and not the first time that Ruthie's mother Queenie has gone missing - but usually she leaves a note.
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  • The Chess Girls (Afternoon Play)
    by Lavinia Greenlaw
    Narrated by Sally Orrock
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The emergence of the Polgar sisters in the 1970s and 80s rocked the chess world. In a heavily male dominated game, the three Hungarian girls broke record after record. The Chess Girls is the story of their parents, Laszlo and Klara Polgar, and how they defied the Communist authorities to conduct a remarkable educational experiment. Laszlo Polgar, convinced that any healthy child can be trained to become a genius, set out to prove his theory with his own children.
  • Pouring Poison: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Lou Ramsden
    Narrated by Kathryn Hunt, Nicholas Boulton
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 bittersweet romantic drama by award-winning writer Lou Ramsden, starring Kathryn Hunt and Nicholas Boulton, originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 15 April 2011. Hazel (Kathryn Hunt) spends her life describing plays for visually impaired people. But when she starts to describe the real world to her new friend Davy (Nicholas Boulton), is she giving an accurate picture of the world around her?
  • The Do's and Don'ts for the Mentally Interesting (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Louise Ramsden
    Narrated by Séainín Brennan, Joseph Kloska
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama by Louise Ramsden, based on Seaneen Molloy's blog 'The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive', her account of learning to live and love with bipolar disorder. Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 8 May 2009.Facing life as a newly-diagnosed manic depressive, Seaneen fears that Rob has become more nurse than boyfriend, and begins to wonder if the only way to save a brilliant relationship is to leave it. .
  • Incredibly Guilty: A Comic Moral Fable: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Marcy Kahan
    Narrated by Stephen Mangan, Naomi Frederick
    1.50 (2 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 comedy drama written by the award-winning screen and stage dramatist Marcy Kahan, and starring Stephen Mangan as Ed, whose life is about to change forever when he accidentally puts National Treasure Penhaligon Rhinehart into a coma. First broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 14 January 2011. It's an important day for Ed Hanson. He has to do two things: present a 'vision statement' to keep hold of his job and propose marriage to his girlfriend, Lucinda.
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  • The Artist Is Thinking: An Afternoon Play
    by Mark Lawson
    Narrated by Mark Lawson, Hattie Morahan, Joss Ackland, Miche Doherty, Robin Read
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    An intriguing murder mystery exploring the desire of the artist to remain elusive and anonymous behind work which is heavily codified and seemingly impenetrable. When a brilliant young art historian flies in the face of the received wisdom regarding the work of the reclusive Anderson Perrine, the artist feels a distinct invasion of his privacy. He sets about laying a series of false trails but her pursuit of him is unrelenting and he is obliged to take radically evasive action.
  • So You Want to Disappear: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Mark Wheatley
    Narrated by Lia Williams, Neil Pearson
    3.70 (6 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama by Mark Wheatley, originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 13 May 2010.Fraser once tracked clients who jumped bail. Then he added a little twist to the business by helping people disappear instead, which is why Kathryn gives him a call.Starring Lia Williams as Kathryn and Neil Pearson as Fraser. Also includes Tessa Nicholson, Michael Shelford and Miche Doherty in the cast. Produced by Eoin O'Callaghan.
  • Stone, Series 2: Collateral Damage (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Martin Jameson
    Narrated by Hugo Speer
    3.00 (2 ratings)
    The second episode of Stone, Series 2, a BBC Radio 4 detective series created and written by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as ‘Stone’. ‘Collateral Damage’ was originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Play’ slot on 6 October 2010. In ‘Collateral Damage’, DCI John Stone is forced to open up an investigation into the death of Gary Taylor, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Immaculate: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Merryn Glover
    Narrated by uncredited
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    When Lily, a young girl from a troubled background becomes pregnant, she insists she is still a virgin. A host of professionals swing into action. Lily becomes increasingly isolated: her belief is diagnosed as delusion, there are suspicions of abuse, and the unborn baby is shown to be severely disabled. But despite all of this, her conviction that God has chosen her for a miracle finds proof in the most unexpected ways.
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  • Unauthorised History: The Killing: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Michael Butt
    Narrated by Paul Rhys, Blake Ritson, Harry Lloyd, Burn Gorman
    4.60 (8 ratings)
    In May 1593, the playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed. Apparently, it was because of an argument over a bill. Michael Butt's innovative drama dons the cloak of documentary to re-examine the unsolved case.
  • Filthy Rich: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Michael Butt
    Narrated by William Beck, Emerald O'Hanrahan, Anna Massey
    4.00 (3 ratings)
    Max is set to inherit a small fortune when he turns 25, but standing between him and the money is his sister Katrin. And then there's the grandmother. It's dog-eat-dog on the mean streets of Weston-super-Mare. Starring William Beck as Max, Emerald O'Hanrahan as Katrin and Anna Massey as Maria. Also featured amongst the cast are Rachel Spence, Piers Wehner, Rhys Jennings, Isadora Dooley Hunter and Joshua Swinney. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
  • Peter Lorre vs. Peter Lorre: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Michael Butt
    Narrated by Stephen Greif, Peter Marinker, Kerry Shale, John Chancer
    4.30 (6 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the strange legal case of film star Peter Lorre, written and produced by Michael Butt and starring Stephen Greif. Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 10 May 2010.Towards the end of his unique career, movie star Peter Lorre found himself at the centre of an unusual legal case. Incorporating verbatim extracts from the court transcripts, Michael Butt's play wonders what was going through Lorre's troubled mind as he fought to protect his name and identity.
  • The Last Project: El Utimo Proyecto (Afternoon Play)
    by Michael Butt
    Narrated by Bryan Dick, Yolanda Vazquez, William Marquez, Hugo Cubilla
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    El Ultimo Proyecto - The Last Project by Michael Butt, a play in two languages- Spanish and English. A romantic thriller set in the hills of Andalucia. A British former soldier, Travis, has a love affair with the wife of a famous Spanish film director. Story telling and reality collide when the director insists Travis helps with his latest film, his 'last project' in which a murder is committed. Starring Bryan Dick, Yolanda Vazquez, William Marquez, and Hugo Cubilla. With original song composition by Akintayo Akinbode and words by Federico Garcia Lorca Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.
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  • A City Killing: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Mike Walker
    Narrated by Nicholas Boulton, David Tse, Full Cast
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    Tim, Meredith and Harry are three sassy, 30 something traders who, tired of making money for someone else, combine to launch a new hedge fund. But it doesn't take long before they get seriously above themselves, losing a small fortune and making some pretty heavy enemies in the City markets.
  • Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Molly Naylor
    Narrated by Bryan Dick
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    How does it feel to have your world blown apart? Molly moves to London full of naive dreams, high hopes and on a quest to make her life just like the movies. Then on 7/7/2005 she finds herself on a tube train blown up by terrorists and her life is forced to take a different direction. Funny, frank and poetic; this is the true story of what happened next and how things are put back together after they've been blown apart. This afternoon play was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 to mark the 6th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings.
  • The Day We Caught the Train (Afternoon Play)
    by Nick Payne
    Narrated by Olivia Colman, Ralph Ineson, Nishi Malde, Jane Whittenshaw, Simon Bubb
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    It's a big day for Sally, and she's been planning it for weeks. But when her mystery man finally arrives, she's left hopelessly unprepared. Intimate drama by award-winning playwright Nick Payne. Starring Olivia Colman, Ralph Ineson, Nishi Malde, Nishi Malde, Jane Whittenshaw, and Simon Bubb. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko. Studio Managers: Caleb Knightley and Keith Graham. Editor: Anne Bunting. Production Co-Ordinators: Nicole Fitzpatrick and Matthew Mills.
  • Ten Lessons in Love (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Nick Warburton, Bola Agbaje, Josie Long, Tim Key, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Nick Payne
    Narrated by Josie Long, Sean Baker, Zawe Ashton, Alex Tregear, Sally Orrock, Stuart McLoughlin, Jane Whittenshaw, Femi Oyeniran, Daniel Rabin, Nyasha Hatendi
    3.80 (6 ratings)
    Ten short BBC Radio 4 plays from an eclectic mix of writers, including Josie Long, Nick Warburton and Tim Key, exploring one of the most important human emotions. This accumulation of mini-plays encompasses romance, heartbreak and some adult themes; each play offering a very different perspective on love.
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  • The Magnificent Andrea (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Nigel Planer
    Narrated by Nigel Planer, Roger Allam
    3.90 (7 ratings)
    An explosive BBC Radio 4 comedy drama about two morally-polar characters, both in love with the same woman, who has just - tragically - died. Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 22 March 2011. The Magnificent Andrea is the first original radio play by Nigel Planer ('The Young Ones', 'Hairspray'), in which two wonderful characters, Barry (Roger Allam) and Nigel (Nigel Planer), collide and wrestle over the memory of their shared inspirational warrior woman - and of course, her home.
  • Bad Faith: The Complete Series: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Peter Jukes
    Narrated by Lenny Henry
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    A series of four plays by about Jake Thorne, a Methodist minister and police chaplain who is battling with his own demons at the same time as trying to resolve the problems of his parishioners. The plays are: Bad Faith, Vengeance is Mine, The Fire This Time and Nothing Sacred. Starring Lenny Henry, Danny Sapani and Jenny Jules. Written by Peter Jukes. Producers: Steven Canny and Mary Peate. Executive Producer: Simon Elmes.
  • Prenup: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Peter Jukes
    Narrated by Sam Dale, Sally Orrock
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Two academics, British Paul (Sam Dale) and American Amy (Sally Orrock), have married in the US with a prenuptial agreement. They did so because Paul's previous marriage ended in a messy divorce, making him wary of future commitment. Paul loves Amy and was relieved to hear that, like him, she doesn't want children.
  • Goldfish Girl (Afternoon Play)
    by Peter Souter
    Narrated by Alex Jennings
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    What if you couldn't remember a single minute of the ten years you'd spent with the love of your life? Joe can remember everything about Ally; Ally remembers nothing about Joe.
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  • Stream, River, Sea (Afternoon Play)
    by Peter Souter
    Narrated by Alex Jennings
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    By Peter Souter. Hugh and Bella, are running to the same timetable, the timetable you're on if someone you love has just died, and they keep running into each other. They visit the same undertakers at the same time; Hugh's Mum is cremated immediately after Bella's husband; and they even end up in the same bereavement-counselling group. But Hugh and Bella are dealing with very different types of grief.
  • That's Mine, This is Yours (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Peter Souter
    Narrated by Tamsin Greig, Full Cast
    4.30 (6 ratings)
    Sam and Juliet are to divorce. We join them as they meet to divide up their possessions in the house they've shared ever since they married. As they discuss what belongs to whom we learn all we need to know about their characters, what drew them together and what has driven them apart. We'll also learn if there is still some hope for them, even on the eve of their separation. The early signs are not good. They seem to have drifted apart and to have very little in common. Their differences, once endearing, are now overwhelming....
  • Early Belt and the Present: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Richard Pitt, Bert Coules
    Narrated by James Anthony Pearson, Full cast
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A young servant, Early Belt, accompanies a group of superstitious English merchants as they transport a vast wagon train of goods to Delhi. The wagon train - known as The Present - is an incentive for the Indian Emperor to grant free trade throughout the land. As the convoy crawls across India, a merchant is found murdered. Stories quickly spread of a sorceress locked inside an enchanted cabinet somewhere within the convoy. When a second merchant is killed, the rumours turn to hysteria.
  • The Windsor Jewels: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Robin Glendinning
    Narrated by Jon Glover, Christine Kavanagh, Christian Rodska, Full cast
    4.10 (11 ratings)
    In 1946, the Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) and his wife (formerly Wallis Simpson) paid a visit to Britain, hoping to secure a government job for the Duke and a title for the Duchess. During the visit, the Duchess' jewels, worth millions, were stolen. Conspiracy theories abounded. Was it an inside job by the Royal Family, or even an insurance fraud by the Duke and Duchess?
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  • Haunted: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sally Griffiths
    Narrated by Steffan Rhodri, Zoe Tapper, Vineeta Rishi, Henry Devas, Lloyd Thomas, Joanna Monro
    2.00 (2 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama in which professional illusionist, Will Morgan, fronts a TV show in which he exposes spiritualist mediums as frauds. Haunted was originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 19 January 2011. Hayley Taylor is the spiritualist medium who refuses to back down under illusionist Will's scrutiny - a challenge Will can't walk away from. Both are to have their belief systems sorely tested when a voice from one of their pasts refuses to keep silent...
  • But if You Try Sometimes: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sarah Daniels
    Narrated by Lesley Manville, Alex Tregear, Amy Golden, Jelena Budimir
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Chloe has cerebral palsy and is certain she will lose her adored carer Rose, when Rose falls for an apparently perfect man. First broadcast in BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Drama slot, this Afternoon Play stars Lesley Manville as Rose, Amy Golden as Chloe, Alex Tregear as Chloe's voice, and Jelena Budimir as Alex. It was written by Sarah Daniels and directed by Sally Avens.
  • Dewey Eyed: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sarah Naomi Lee
    Narrated by Olivia Colman, Sheila Reid, Paul Rider, Caroline Guthrie
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Philippa is a librarian from a long line of librarians. When her father dies and her mother loses her wits, Philippa tries the only language Vera understands, that of the Dewey cataloguing system, to guide her back to sanity. Starring Olivia Colman as Philippa, Sheila Reid as Vera, Caroline Guthrie as Sheila and Paul Rider as Alistair. Written by Sarah Naomi Lee. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.
  • Getting to Zero: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sarah Woods
    Narrated by Kate Ashfield, Don Gilet, Poppy Lee Friar, Ryan Watson, Malcolm Tierney, Jonathan Tafler, Janice Acquah, Stephen Hogan
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    With George Monbiot, Paul Allen and Peter Harper. Have you got what it takes to get to zero carbon? Our expert panel set one average family the task of eliminating their carbon footprint... and living with the consequences. Originally broadcast in March 2009. Starring Kate Ashfield, Don Gilet, Poppy Lee Friar, Ryan Watson, Malcolm Tierney, Jonathan Tafler, Janice Acquah, and Stephen Hogan. Producer/Director: Jonquil Panting.
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  • Best Interests: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sasha Hails
    Narrated by Peter Polycarpou, Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes Forbes, James Lailey Lailey, Alex Tregear, Susie Riddell, Elaine Claxton
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Two new dramas which get inside the emotional realities of dealing with ethical dilemmas. When a confused young man with no I.D. and a Doctor Who fixation is brought into hospital, the staff have clear rules about how decisions can be made on his behalf. But when he starts to make his own wishes clear, are they right to listen? Starring Gunnar Cauthery, Clare Perkins, Simon Bubb, and Carl Prekopp.
  • Cavity: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sean Grundy
    Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ingrid Oliver, Full Cast
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    Kirsty is having an affair with a married man, Adrian. When his wife, Lucy, returns unexpectedly from a business conference, Kirsty hides in the attic. In a panic, she falls down the back of the attic into the cavity wall. A story then unfolds which combines the domestically mundane with the utterly bizarre.
  • In the Family: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Sean Grundy
    Narrated by Sean Grundy, Diane Morgan, Colin Hoult, Janine Duvitski, John Henshaw, Zoe Gardner, Zahra Barri, John Biddle, Toni Marshall
    2.70 (3 ratings)
    After ten years, Peter leaves Gillian for Laura. Distraught, Gillian goes round to Peter's parents to be consoled. They take her in - then things go a little weird. This rousing audio dramatisation stars Diane Morgan, Colin Hoult, Janine Duvitski, John Henshaw, Zoe Gardner, Zahra Barri, John Biddle, Tony Marshall, Christine Hall, and Sean Grundy. It was directed by Alison Crawford.
  • The People's Princess (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)
    by Shelagh Stephenson
    Narrated by Alex Jennings, Rebecca Saire
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 play about the marriage of George, Prince of Wales, originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 11 December 2008 (and repeated on 9 December 2010).Facing financial ruin, George was obliged by his father, George III, to marry his first cousin, Princess Caroline of Brunswick. But if he had been expecting a docile partner with whom he could maintain appearances, George had seriously underestimated his wife-to-be...
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  • Sargasso: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Simon Bovey
    Narrated by Robert Lonsdale, Full cast
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Elver season on the River Severn - a time of mystery and danger. The wrong time and place for a young man to be searching for his place in the world.
  • Believe Me: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Stephanie Dale
    Narrated by Naomi Frederick, Alex Lanipekun
    2.00 (2 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama by Stephanie Dale, originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 10 January 2011.When art teacher Rachel, walking home festooned with end-of-term gifts from her pupils, bumps into Tyrone on his first day in London it is the beginning of a passionate love affair. Soon it makes sense for Tyrone, now working as a chef in a local up-market cafe, to move into Rachel's flat. But it's not long before there are tiny bits of grit starting to despoil the love oyster.
  • Double Jeopardy: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Stephen Wyatt
    Narrated by Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough
    4.20 (5 ratings)
    Patrick Stewart stars as Raymond Chandler and Adrian Scarborough as Billy Wilder in BBC Radio 4's entertaining glimpse inside the Hollywood film industry. 'Double Jeopardy' was originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 4 February 2011.In 1944 Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder came together to work on a screen adaptation of James M. Cain's novel 'Double Indemnity'. Wilder is an ambitious 36-year-old German Jewish émigré just making his name as a director, and Chandler is a reformed alcoholic with a developing reputation as a novelist but absolutely no experience of writing for movies. The play follows their famously difficult collaboration. Paramount studios put Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder together because none of the big names would touch James M. Cain's novel. With its adulterous lovers and a crime that could be copied, it was judged too controversial to adapt because of the censorious Production Code guidelines. Chandler and Wilder famously hated each other but in a space of some four months locked in an office together they created an outstanding screenplay for a ground-breaking classic film. With Patrick Stewart ('Macbeth', 'Star Trek') as Chandler and Adrian Scarborough ('Cranford', 'The King's Speech') as Billy Wilder, 'Double Jeopardy' is directed by Claire Grove.
  • Positive: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
    by Tina Pepler
    Narrated by full cast, Nicola Miles-Wildin
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    A pregnant fourteen year-old and her angry mother present the ante-natal team with some difficult decisions in a gripping medical ethics drama written by Tina Pepler. When Rosie is admitted to A&E with stomach pains, she's shocked to find out that she's pregnant. Her mother is even more horrified, and the ante-natal team must decide if Rosie is capable of making her own decisions without her mother's consent.
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  • Brief Lives: The Complete Series 4: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Tom Fry
    Narrated by David Schofield, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Emma Atkins, Full Cast
    4.40 (17 ratings)
    Series Four of the show set in a Manchester legal practice. In these six episodes, the cases Frank Twist and his team must deal with include a pop entrepreneur arrested for suspected fraud, a young teacher alleged to have had an affair with a sixth former, two assault charges and a youth arrested for attempted murder. Starring David Schofield as Frank, Kathryn Hunt as Sarah and Jonjo O'Neill as Declan. Written by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. Produced by Gary Brown. Original music by Gary Harms.
  • Brief Lives: The Complete Series 3: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Tom Fry, Sharon Kelly
    Narrated by David Schofield, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Emma Atkins, Full Cast
    4.50 (11 ratings)
    A series of four BBC Radio 4 plays set in a Manchester legal practice, written by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. Originally broadcast 28 April 2010 - 19 May 2010 in the ‘Afternoon Play’ slots.Frank Twist and his bunch of legal reps return for another series of adventures on the mean-ish streets of Manchester.In the first play, Frank's best mate Mickey has finally met a young Russian woman who will put up with him, his music and his socks. But is she just using him?
  • 43 Letters: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Rony Robinson
    Narrated by David Calder, Barbara Marten
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 drama written by Rony Robinson and directed by Pauline Harris. Julia and David work together in the family archives. One day a mysterious envelope arrives for David, with letters from 43 women, all answering a lonely hearts advert he didn't place! Starring David Calder as David, Barbara Marten as Julia, Helen Flanagan as Miranda and Sacha Dhawan as Ruskin. First broadcast on 4 January 2011.
  • Small Acts of Kindness: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Trevor Preston
    Narrated by Stephen Greif
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    In the late 1950s Charlie was a violent and uncontrollable entrant to art school. His teacher changed the course of his life. Small Acts of Kindness catches up with Charlie as his mentor's death shifts everything once more. In his late sixties and with his writing career all but dried up, Charlie starts to paint again. Invigorated, he spends his free time supporting his contemporaries who have found themselves alienated and impoverished by modern life. Soon it is not just his desire to paint that is revived....
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  • Can You Tell Me the Name of the Prime Minister?: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Martin Jameson
    Narrated by Amita Dhiri, Suzanna Hamilton, Jude Akuwudike, Tony Bell, David Seddon, Christine Kavanagh
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 science-fiction mystery by Martin Jameson, originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 14 May 2010.A week after the election, Liz de Souza, a psychiatrist, examines a patient at a secure government research facility who's convinced that Tony Blair is still Prime Minister.Starring Amita Dhiri as Liz de Souza and Suzanna Hamilton as Sarah de Souza. Also included in the cast are Jude Akuwudike, Tony Bell, David Seddon and Christine Kavanagh. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.
  • Rock of Eye: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Anita Sullilvan
    Narrated by Allan Corduner, Malcolm Storry, Stephen Marzella, Catrin Stewart, Liza Sadovy, Claire Cage, Richard Nichols
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Three elderly tailors - a trouser-maker, a coat-maker and a waistcoat-maker - have been commissioned to make a bespoke suit for an up-and-coming politician. They have worked together for decades but have only met very rarely, although increasingly, these days, at their colleagues' funerals. The suit has been designed by Mrs White, a mysterious woman whom they've never met. Mrs White has imposed very strict rules about secrecy, and all off-cuts have to be returned to her.