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BBC Dramatisations - Radio 3

  • 49 Donkeys Hanged (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Carl Grose
    Narrated by Charles Barnecut, Amanda Lawrence
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A surreal, dark comedy from BBC Radio 3's 'The Wire', by Cornish writer Carl Grose that was inspired by seeing a Johannesburg local newspaper headline about a farmer who hanged 49 donkeys from tree branches on his land. Originally broadcast 1 November 2008 and repeated 18 Jul 2009.In Grose's play, Stanley Bray, a Cornish farmer, is compelled to hang donkeys and his wheelchair-bound wife Joy is desperate to get out of the house.
  • Charles and Mary (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Carlo Gebler
    Narrated by Lia Williams, Paul Rhys
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Although their publication is of great renown, what is less well known are the tragic circumstances, domestic and personal, behind the partnership of Charles and Mary. The Lamb family was London born and bred, bohemian and penniless. A combination of poverty and stress drove Mary insane, and she committed a shocking crime. Charles saved her from prison and promised he would always take care of her.
  • La Princesse de Clèves (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Madame de Lafayette
    Narrated by Melody Grove, Candida Benson, Liam Brennan
    4.10 (7 ratings)
    Madame de Lafayette's classic tale of intrigue and love, ‘La Princesse de Clèves’, dramatised for BBC Radio 3 and originally broadcast in the ‘Drama on 3’ slot on 28 February 2010. Set in the 16th Century, the play follows the life of a beautiful young lady newly presented to Court. It's the reign of Henri II and Mary Queen of Scots is safely ensconced in France.
  • The First Day of the Rest of My Life (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Martin Jameson
    Narrated by Jonathan Keeble, Richard Deke, Adonis James Anthony, Armand Beasley
    2.00 (3 ratings)
    The First Day of the Rest of My Life stars Jonathan Keeble as the protagonist, and was originally broadcast as part of The Wire collection of dramas on 10 October 2009, and repeated on 2 October 2010.Toby has a bad day at work on the phones for Careless, the household cover people. When an angry customer pushes him too far, he snaps and tells him to have a heart attack and die. The next morning he wakes up as Dr Richard Jugg. And the next day as a homeless person called Deke.
  • Beware the Kids (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Karen Laws, Fiona Evans
    Narrated by Judi Earl, Jane Holman, Max Watson, Tony Neilson
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 3 drama that was developed with a community group in Byker, Newcastle which takes a journey into the reality of neglect as one child's life spirals out of control. Originally broadcast as part of the 'Drama on 3' collection on 25 October 2009. In a fractured society lives a fractured family. In their fractured home lies a fractured body.
  • Perpetual Light (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Melissa Murray
    Narrated by Claire Price, Sian Thomas
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    A new way to remember the dead has been developed. The Maken Corporation can construct an interactive avatar - a perfectly realistic representation of the deceased - in cyberspace, using all the data available on an individual. At first, this appears to be a huge comfort for the bereaved. They can see and speak to their dead. The pain of mourning is eased. But it's a controversial issue, one that divides society and divides families....
  • Blue Wonder (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Ronald Frame
    Narrated by Clare Corbett, Jamie Glover
    4.30 (6 ratings)
    This BBC Radio full-cast drama tells a story of love and deception set during the Cold War. Throughout the period of the Cold War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, 'romeo spies' were operating, targeting bright and susceptible young women. Alice Reeves, a young secretary from London, unwittingly becomes romantically involved with Otto Hanhart - an East German spy. The encounter leads to unexpected consequences for all parties, changing their lives forever.
  • Edward the Second (Dramatized): BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3
    by Christopher Marlowe
    Narrated by Toby Jones, Patrick Kennedy, Anastasia Hill
    4.20 (6 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's notorious portrait of a weak king in thrall to his passions, who pays the ultimate price for choosing his heart over his political responsibilities. Originally broadcast 13 September 2009 in the Drama on 3 slot.Edward, preoccupied by the banishment of his lover, Gaveston, barely acknowledges the nascent crises that threaten his realm.
  • The Pattern of Painful Adventures (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Stephen Wakelam
    Narrated by Antony Sher, Will Keen, Stephen Critchlow
    4.50 (4 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 3 full-cast drama by Stephen Wakelam on a period in the life of Shakespeare. Business is going well, but the playwright urgently needs a collaborator for his latest play. His daughter is getting married. His brother has a sick child and is in need of a job. It is 1607, and Shakespeare's life is at a turning point. Starring Antony Sher as William Shakespeare, Will Keen as Jack Robinson, and Stephen Critchlow as John Marston.
  • Story of a Rude Gal (BBC Radio 3: The Wire)
    by Charlotte Thompson
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    A frank and uncompromising BBC Radio 3 drama about a young woman in prison. Originally broadcast on 5 February 2011 as part of 'The Wire', a showcase for works that push the boundaries of drama and narrative. Tomorrow 23-year-old Ronia will have the most important conversation of her life - her parole hearing. Ronia has been serving an 'Imprisonment for Public Protection' sentence ever since she was 18.
  • The Picture Man (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by David Eldridge
    Narrated by Martin Freeman, Heather Craney, Emil Marwa
    4.10 (19 ratings)
    The writer David Eldridge introduces his BBC Radio 3 full-cast drama, ‘The Picture Man’ starring Martin Freeman, about a man who despairs of the behaviour he sees around him and decides to take action. Originally broadcast in the ‘Drama on 3’ slot on 6 January 2008.Neil decides he has been pushed too far by the uncaring and often callous behaviour he sees around him. But when he begins to intervene in incidents by taking pictures on his mobile phone, it has disastrous consequences.
  • My Generation: Drama on 3
    by Alice Nutter
    Narrated by Jo Hartley
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    A family saga covering four decades, My Generation offers a window into the drugs and pop-fuelled protest movement inspired by writer Alice Nutter's own experience of the protest movement (she was part of the band Chumbawamba). With original music by Harry Hamer, My Generation stars Jo Hartley (Waterloo Road; This Is England) as Cath, Jason Done (Waterloo Road) as Mick, in a cast that also includes Aimee Leigh Foster, Emma Rydall, and Carla Henry.
  • Echoes of War (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by Gary Mitchell
    Narrated by B.J. Hogg, Stuart Graham
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Hugh, a music teacher, has had an accident and is visited in hospital by his talented pupil Charlie and his wife Sharon. He looks back on how their relationships evolved over the years as working-class Protestants feel increasingly marginalised by political change. Stars B.J. Hogg as Hugh and Stuart Graham as Charlie. Also features Alexandra Ford, Patrick Jenkins and James Doran in the cast.
  • Sea Change: Drama on 3
    by John Fletcher
    Narrated by Charles Edwards, Kim Wall, John Rowe, Richard Dillane, Carl Prekopp, Adam Billington, Gerard McDermott, James Lailey, Adjoa Andoh
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    This is the story of the battle between appeasers and anti-appeasers in the period before - and just after - the start of the Second World War, and the formation of the 1940 coalition government which, like the election of 2010, abruptly ruptured all previous political alignments. Based on real events, this is a fascinating and little known tale of idealism, blackmail, and political skulduggery.
  • Tamburlaine: Shadow of God (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by John Fletcher
    Narrated by Jeffery Kissoon, John Rowe, Conleth Hill
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    John Fletcher’s BBC Radio 3 full-cast play explores the dramatic clash between three key historical figures: a warlord, a historian and a poet. Originally broadcast in Radio 3’s ‘Drama on 3’ slot on 16 November 2008.As war swirls around them, three of the most important figures in the history of the Middle and Near East are brought together in fierce debate: how can a successful society be built, and what does it need to do to endure?
  • The Secret Grief (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)
    by David Eldridge
    Narrated by Paul Chequer, Frances Barber, David Schofield
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 3 production from the 'Drama on 3' series exploring the idea of a fascism of the mind. Nigel is bored. But then he meets the glamorous Liv and Tony and becomes part of their beautiful world; a beauty that hides a disturbing secret… David Eldridge's The Secret Grief stars Paul Chequer as Nigel, Frances Barber as Liv, and David Schofield as Tony. Also featured amongst the cast are Struan Rodger, Alex Tregear, Stuart McLoughlin and Nyasha Hatendi.