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BBC Dramatisations - Saturday Play

  • Confessions of a Medium (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by Alison Kennedy
    Narrated by Jonathan Keeble, Andrew Westfield, Fiona Clarke, Daryl Fishwick, Daniel Browell
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 dark comedy by Alison Kennedy, set in 1870s London and based on a true story. Originally broadcast in the ‘Saturday Play’ slot on 13 March 2010.Mr Parker is a sincere and kind man who, in search of a higher meaning to life, has moved from conventional religion to séances and spiritualism. He believes he has met his saviour in the guise of Mr Thomson, a charming, erudite and utterly mesmerising medium. But, unbeknown to Parker, Thomson is a complete and utter fake.
  • The Middle (Saturday Play)
    by Amelia Bullmore
    Narrated by Eve Matheson, Emma Cunniffe, Ben Miles, Anna Madeley, Paola Dionisotti, Nigel Pilkington, Baxter Willis, John Biggins, Piers Wehner
    2.50 (2 ratings)
    Clare is the golden middle sister in a family headed by a formidable matriarch, Luca. Clare meets and quickly marries Martin, who falls just as much in love with her fun, sparky family. But Martin makes a mistake and sets in train a series of events which brings the family to its knees.
  • Walter Now (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by David Cook
    Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring Sir Ian McKellen, written by David Cook as follow-up to his 1982 Channel 4 social commentary drama, ‘Walter’, about a man with learning difficulties. ‘Walter Now’ was originally broadcast as the ‘Saturday Play’ on 10 January 2009 and repeated on 25 September 2010.In November 1982, Channel 4 launched with David Cook’s ‘Walter’.
  • Playing with Fire (The Saturday Play)
    by David Edgar
    Narrated by Emma Fielding
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Originally produced at the National Theatre in 2005, David Edgar's play is set against the background of a riot in the fictional northern town of Wyverdale, in the early part of the 21st century. In a revised version for radio, Edgar offers a powerful combination of political and personal drama.
  • My Dear Children of the Whole World (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by Hugh Costello
    Narrated by Hugh Ross, Nick Dunning
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Vatican City, December 1942. As war rages across the globe, Pope Pius XII prepares to deliver his annual Christmas message. It is perhaps the most important public address he will ever give. This BBC Radio 4 play explores the Pontiff's thoughts as he faces the starkest dilemma of his reign.
  • September in the Rain: A Saturday Play
    by John Godber
    Narrated by Jane Godber, John Godber
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    Jack and Liz are in Blackpool for one last time. John Godber's classic stage play tells the touching and funny story of a marriage through a lifetime of holidays together. September in the Rain, written very early in renowned playwright John Godber's career, dates from 1983 and drew heavily on his grandparents' relationship. A play for two actors, it was originally performed by the author and his now-wife, Jane. They resume their partnership for this radio production many years after last performing it together.
  • Payback (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by Jonathan Myerson
    Narrated by Henry Goodman, Peter Marinker
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 'Saturday Play' investigating how domestic and international politics were about to combine in 1973, to change the Middle East forever. Starring Henry Goodman and Peter Marinker, 'Payback' was originally broadcast on 22 January 2011.6th October 1973. Golda Meir has become Prime Minister of Israel in her seventies. Syrian and Egyptian troops are massing on Israel's borders, but despite eleven warnings of impending war in the past month, the Israeli cabinet has not called up the reserve. In Florida, Richard Nixon awaits the final verdict of the Washington Appeal court on his objections to surrendering the Watergate Tapes. In New York, Henry Kissinger is about to be woken at his room in the Waldorf Astoria, with news of a new Middle East War. Stars Henry Goodman as Henry Kissinger, Peter Marinker as Richard Nixon and Sara Kestelman as Golda Meir. Also included in the cast are Kerry Shale, Ewan Bailey, Sam Dale, Sean Baker and Christine Kavanagh. Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.
  • Von Ribbentrop's Watch (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
    Narrated by Allan Corduner, Harriet Walter, Miriam Margolyes, Nicholas Woodeson, Sophie Winkleman
    4.00 (3 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. Originally broadcast in the ‘Saturday Play’ slot on 8 November 2008. Wine shop owner Gerald desperately needs money: his business is failing and the landlord has raised the cost of the lease. When he inherits a watch that used to belong to wartime Nazi Joachim Von Ribbentrop he believes that his financial troubles are over. But it sparks conflict with his wife and brother, who question the ethics of the potential sale.
  • Theremin (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by Melissa Murray
    Narrated by Tom Hollander
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 fictional dramatisation of Léon Theremin’s espionage work in the lead up to the Cold War, written by Melissa Murray. Theremin was originally broadcast as the ‘Saturday Play’ on 3 January 2009 and repeated on 9 October 2010.Léon Theremin, gifted inventor and reluctant spy, is forced to find a way to bug the US Embassy in London. Now he has to save himself and his former lover from both the CIA and the KGB. Starring Tom Hollander as Theremin and Kate Ashfield as Alex.
  • On the Ceiling (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by Nigel Planer
    Narrated by Phil Daniels, Bryan Dick, Gary Waldhorn, Roger Lloyd Pack
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 play by Nigel Planer about some of the people involved in the decoration of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. ‘On the Ceiling’ was originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 7 February 2009 and repeated on 11 December 2010.High up on the wooden scaffolding tower of the Sistine Chapel, two fresco plasterers get on with the day’s work preparing the ceiling for their boss Michelangelo who has not bothered to turn up for work again.
  • Leverage (BBC Radio 4: The Saturday Play)
    by Simon Passmore
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.20 (6 ratings)
    A fast-paced psychological thriller from BBC Radio 4's 'Saturday Play' slot, originally broadcast 26 March 2011. A city banker is found dead in an opulent apartment. At the funeral, his former girlfriend Helen is unexpectedly questioned about when she last saw him. Did he mention computer files, or give her anything as a keepsake? Helen's suspicions mount as she retraces his last movements. Her discoveries put her in the firing line.
  • The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Revolution (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)
    by The Penny Dreadfuls
    Narrated by Richard E Grant, Sally Hawkins, David Reed, Humphrey Ker, Thom Tuck, Margaret Cabourn-Smith
    4.20 (18 ratings)
    The French Revolution was one of the most far-reaching social and political upheavals in modern history, spanning 10 years and involving the execution of the King, collapse of monarchy and slaughter of thousands at the guillotine. Starring Richard E Grant and Sally Hawkins, comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls here attempt to tell the epic story of the Revolution in one hour, with jokes.