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BBC Children's - Classics

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
    by A. A. Milne
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.80 (45 ratings)
    What is the connection between a Bear of Very Little Brain and a Honey Pot? Usually it's the very sticky paw of Winnie the Pooh, as he a takes a break between adventures for 'a little something. In these 5 stories, taken from the book Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, Eeyore loses a tail, Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents, and an expedition is mounted to the North Pole!
  • The House at Pooh Corner
    by A. A. Milne
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.90 (18 ratings)
    In these 5 stories, taken from the book The House at Pooh Corner, Pooh and Piglet build a house for Eeyore, Tigger comes to the Forest and has breakfast, Piglet nearly meets the Heffalump again, Pooh invents a new game and Owl moves house. As usual they are accompanied by Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl - to say nothing of Pooh's very clever young human friend, Christopher Robin.
  • The Water Babies
    by Charles Kingsley
    Narrated by Bernard Cribbins
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    Bernard Cribbins reads Charles Kingsley's much-loved tale about a little chimney-sweep who is turned into a water baby. Tom the chimney-sweep has a hard life. He is beaten by his master, the cruel Mr Grimes, and forced to climb up dark flues where he bruises his knees and elbows and gets soot in his eyes. He is always hungry, for there is never enough to eat, and always dirty, as there is nowhere for him to wash.
  • The Wind in the Willows
    by Kenneth Grahame
    Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi
    4.50 (16 ratings)
    The enchanting tale of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad, read by Emmy Award winner Sir Derek Jacobi.
  • The Wind in the Willows
    by Kenneth Grahame
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.70 (80 ratings)
    When the Water Rat invites the unassuming Mole to spend his first day ever in a boat on the river, and wise Badger comes along for the ride as well, so begins a marvellous season of adventure for the three friends. Mr Toad (he of Toad Hall) completes a happy foursome, but his tendency to get into hot water leads him into some rather hair-raising scrapes of his own.
  • Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
    by Lewis Carroll
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.40 (22 ratings)
    Young Alice leads an ordinary sort of life until, one day, she follows a rabbit down a hole and embarks on a series of adventures with some of the most weird and wonderful characters anyone has ever encountered! She soon discovers that nothing is ordinary in Wonderland, least of all the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Duchess, and the Mock Turtle.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Lewis Carroll
    Narrated by Roy Hudd, Sarah-Jane Holm, David Bamber, Full Cast
    4.00 (9 ratings)
    When Alice sees the White Rabbit run by, it occurs to her that she's never seen a rabbit with a watch before. Burning with curiosity, she jumps up and follows him into a rabbit-hole. Then she falls down a long, long way.
  • The Eagle of the Ninth
    by Rosemary Sutcliff
    Narrated by BBC Radio 4
    3.80 (21 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth. Around 117 AD, the Roman Ninth Legion was ordered to put down an uprising among the Caledonian tribes. Four thousand men vanished without a trace into the swirling mists of the north of Roman Britain. Many years after their disappearance, a young centurion, Marcus Aquila, sets out to discover the truth about what happened to the legion and to its First Cohort Commander - his father.
  • The Lost World (Dramatised)
    by Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Harrald (dramatisation)
    Narrated by David Robb, Full Cast
    4.50 (8 ratings)
    Episode 1: "A Bridge to the Unknown", by Arthur Conan Doyle, dramatised by Chris Harrald: The hot-headed Professor Challenger claims that extinct species of animals are still to be found living on an isolated Amazonian plateau. Dr Summerlee, Lord John Roxton, and the intrepid reporter Edward Malone, find themselves committed to a journey of a lifetime. Episode 2: "Our Eyes Have Seen Great Wonders", by Arthur Conan Doyle, dramatised by Chris Harrald: Professor Challenger and his team are marooned on the isolated Amazonian plateau, at the mercy of dinosaurs and a murderous tribe of hominids.
  • Robinson Crusoe (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Daniel Defoe
    Narrated by Roy Marsden
    4.40 (8 ratings)
    Young Robinson Crusoe has a burning ambition to be a sailor. Paying no attention to his parent's warnings he runs away to sea to embark on an extraordinary series of adventures: struggles with Barbary pirates, a shipwreck and the extraordinary meeting with Man Friday. Roy Marsden plays the older Robinson Crusoe looking back on a life of recklessness, daring and adventure - and the survival of 28 years, two months and 19 days on a desert island.
  • The Hundred And One Dalmatians (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Dodie Smith
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    4.90 (9 ratings)
    Pongo lives happily with his human pets Mr. and Mrs. Dearly in a large house in Regent's Park. When his wife Missis produces a litter of 15 beautiful pups, life seems wonderfully complete. But the mysterious disappearance of the puppies suddenly throws everything into turmoil. Pongo, one of the keenest brains in Dogdom, quickly realises that he and Missis are the only hope for their youngsters' survival.
  • The Railway Children (BBC Children's Classics)
    by E. Nesbit
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    4.80 (31 ratings)
    The story of Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis and their life in the country has never been out of print since it was first published in 1906. Charming, sentimental, and unforgettable, the novel's enduring appeal lives on in this BBC radio full-cast dramatisation starring Timothy Bateson as the Old Gentleman.
  • Pollyanna (BBC Children's Classics) (Dramatised)
    by Eleanor H. Porter
    Narrated by Gayle Hunnicutt
    5.00 (7 ratings)
    When Pollyanna's father dies, she is sent to live with her only surviving relative, the rich but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna's joy soon turns to disappointment when her spinster aunt gives her a cold greeting and tells her she is to stay in the attic. It's not the welcome Pollyanna expected, but she soon regains her spirits, playing the "glad game" her father taught her.
  • The Secret Garden (Dramatised)
    by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    4.50 (29 ratings)
    The magical friendship between a young girl, her lonely, bed-ridden cousin, and a country boy who can talk to the birds is played out with all the freshness and warmth of the original novel in this full-cast dramatisation starring Beryl Reid, Robin Bailey, and Harriet Walter.
  • Peter Pan (BBC Children's Classics)
    by J.M. Barrie
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    4.10 (19 ratings)
    When Peter Pan flies into the night nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, he takes them on the journey, and the adventure, of a lifetime. Mermaids, wolves, and Indians weave their spell in the magical Never Never Land, where also lurks the wicked Captain Hook. Toyah Willcox stars as Peter Pan, with Ron Moody as Captain Hook, Roy Hudd as Smee, and June Whitfield as Mrs. Darling in this spectacular BBC Radio 4 dramatisation, with stunning sound effects and specially composed music.
  • Heidi (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Johanna Spyri
    Narrated by Richard Johnson, Ciara Janson, full cast
    3.80 (13 ratings)
    When Heidi, a lively orphan girl, goes to live with her grandfather in a little hut high in the Alps she soon learns to live in perfect harmony with her surroundings, leading a carefree life with her constant companion, Peter, a young goatherd. But her happiness is short-lived when she is sent to stay with a rich city family as a companion for the sick Clara. Although she becomes fond of the older girl, Heidi is terribly homesick.
  • The Wind In The Willows (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Kenneth Grahame
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    4.70 (46 ratings)
    Many of the original cast from Alan Bennett's acclaimed National Theatre production appear in this special dramatisation for BBC Radio 4 including Richard Briers as Rat, Adrian Scarborough as Mole, and Terence Rigby as Albert with Alan Bennett as the narrator. A wonderful, highly-acclaimed dramatic performance of a classic novel.
  • The Wizard Of Oz (BBC Children's Classics)
    by L. Frank Baum
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    3.60 (7 ratings)
    Dorothy and her little dog Toto befriend the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel down the yellow brick road to the City of Emeralds. Maureen Lipman cackles splendidly as the Wicked Witch of the West in this acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of L. Frank Baum's famous and much-loved tale.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dramatised)
    by L. Frank Baum
    Narrated by Amelia Clarkson, Jonathan Keeble, Kevin Eldon, Burn Gorman, Zubin Varla, Emma Fielding, Andrew Westfield, Graeme Hawley
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    Here is Linda Marshall’s BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of L Frank Baum's children's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, originally broadcast as part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.... When a tornado strikes her farmhouse in Kansas, young Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are lifted to the magical Land of Oz, the strange home of the Munchkins. There she embarks upon a perilous journey to find the wonderful Wizard of Oz and a way back home.
  • Anne of Green Gables (BBC Children's Classics)
    by L. M. Montgomery
    Narrated by Susan Engel, Barbara Barnes, Sean Baker, Full Cast
    5.00 (8 ratings)
    Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert are expecting a child...but the skinny, red-haired girl that turns up is not quite what they had in mind. When orphan Anne Shirley first arrives at Green Gables she sets the quiet island community of Nova Scotia talking of little else.
  • Paddington: A Day at the Seaside and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Michael Bond
    Narrated by Michael Hordern
    4.50 (11 ratings)
    Here are four more dramatised stories starring everyone’s favourite bear, introduced by Michael Hordern, who narrated the original BBC TV series. Included are 'Paddington: a Day at the Seaside', 'Pantomime Time', 'A Picnic on the River', and 'Paddington’s Christmas.' Whether he’s playing in the sand, going to the theatre, picnicking on the river, or enjoying Christmas Day, you can be sure life will be full of surprises!
  • Paddington: Please Look After This Bear and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Michael Bond
    Narrated by Michael Hordern
    4.80 (39 ratings)
    Four dramatised stories starring everyone's favourite bear, introduced by Michael Hordern, who narrated the original BBC TV series Paddington. Included here are 'Please Look After This Bear', 'A Bear in Hot Water', 'A Disappearing Trick Paddington', and 'The Amateur Dramatics'.

    'Please look after this bear', said the label around Paddington's neck, so the Brown family take him home and do just that. Life with Paddington, however, is full of surprises - as you'll find out in these four great dramatised stories!

  • Treasure Island (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Narrated by Dramatisation
    4.20 (23 ratings)
    No one can fail to be captivated by the swashbuckling piracy of Treasure Island. Having outwitted a band of pirates to obtain a map disclosing the whereabouts of Captain Flint's treasure, Young Jim sets sail for Treasure Island. But the crew of the Hispaniola are not what they seem. Revealing themselves as another gang of cut throats, led by the villainous Long John Silver, they are hell-bent on seizing both the ship and the treasure. Will they succeed?
  • The Jungle Book (BBC Children's Classics)
    by Rudyard Kipling
    Narrated by Eartha Kitt, Freddie Jones, Jonathan Hyde, Nisha K. Mayer
    4.10 (10 ratings)
    Rudyard Kipling's famous tale tells the story of Mowgli, the "man-cub" rescued from the tiger Shere Khan and adopted by a wolf pack. As he grows up, Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle from Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Kaa the rock python. His life is full of adventure with the jungle creatures, but soon the time comes when he is forced to leave and take his place among his own people.