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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 12, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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CULLY  Two feature length, full cast period radio dramas, written specially for radio by Ian Rankin. Starring Alexander Morton as the roguish detective Mr Cullender in the seething Old Town of 1790s Edinburgh. 1. The Serpent’s Back The resourceful if low-born Mr Cullender (caddie, manservant and general dogsbody) goes in search of a double murderer. Ian Rankin's period detective story stars Alexander Morton as Cully, Alexander Morton as Cully, Richard Greenwood as Gisborne, Norman MacLean as...
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Jun 10, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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All nine of the BBC’s Rebus radio dramas, starring Ron Donachie as Rebus (apart from Let It Bleed starring Alexander Morton). The dramas are based upon the Rebus books, a series of detective novels by the Scottish author Sir Ian Rankin. The novels, centred on Detective Inspector John Rebus, are mostly based in and around Edinburgh. Strip Jack A police raid on an Edinburgh brothel captures (seemingly by accident) popular young local MP Gregor Jack. When Jack's fiery wife Elizabeth disappears,...
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Jun 9, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Norman Conquest. Alias 1066 is back! Set during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, where every story promises a 'Thousand Thrills!', with ingenious plots, full of twists and surprises, driven along with exciting action and tongue in cheek humour, our fast-talking, hard-hitting adventurer with a nose for trouble keeps up good cheer while he biffs the baddies in four action packed adventures. BLONDE FOR DANGER Our handsome desperado has to pit his wits against the evil crook Bosworth Field. But...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 8, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Maya Angelou: The Autobiographies Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.  Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, modern American classics that are beloved worldwide, which focus on her childhood and early...
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Jun 8, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Forest 404: A nine-part sci-fi thriller. Can you feel loss for something you've never known? Meet Pan. She lives a few centuries from now, in a future beyond a data crash that wiped out most records of life from before the 23rd century: the Cataclysm. Her job is to sort through the old sound recordings that survived from before the crash - from the Slow Times. When winters were still cold. When the USA still had people in it.  All day she listens to sounds from the Slow Times, and she decides...
Topics: Radio, Science Fiction, Drama
BBC Radio Shows
Jun 6, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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BBC radio productions of the finest works of Wilkie Collins: sensation novelist, early master of the mystery story and pioneer of detective fiction. Wilkie Collins was one of Victorian England's best-loved and best-selling authors, and a crime-fiction pioneer. His enthralling 'sensation novels' such as The Woman in White paved the way for today's thrillers and his tour de force The Moonstone is one of the first, and greatest, modern-detective stories. Collins was a prolific short story writer,...
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Jun 6, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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BBC radio productions of the finest works of Wilkie Collins, a sensation novelist, an early master of the mystery story and pioneer of detective fiction. Wilkie Collins was one of Victorian England's best-loved and best-selling authors, and a crime-fiction pioneer. His enthralling 'sensation novels' such as The Woman in White paved the way for today's thrillers and his tour de force The Moonstone is one of the first, and greatest, modern-detective stories. This collection features...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 6, 2022 BBC World Service
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The Toff Terence Alexander stars in these two classic crime dramas, adapted for radio from the novels of John Creasey first published in 1958 (The Toff on the Farm) and 1959 (The Toff and the Runaway Bride). Meet The Honourable Richard Rollison - a.k.a the Toff. A debonair aristocrat and ace amateur sleuth, he's the scourge of London's criminal underworld: sometimes working alone, sometimes hand-in-glove with the police. But wherever he goes, he leaves his distinctive calling card: a jaunty...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 6, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Rodney Stone is the son of a sailor who wants to go to sea himself.  His friend Jim Harrison is the son of a blacksmith, a famous former fighter, and his son also wants to fight.   Taken to London by Rodney's uncle, Sir Charles Tregellis, a highly respected gentleman and arbiter of fashion who is on familiar terms with the most important people of Regency England, the two young lads find themselves drawn into the racy. colourful but dangerous world of boxing and gambling, and become involved...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 5, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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T. H. White's classic retelling of the King Arthur story, dramatised by Brian Sibley.  Six one-hour episodes: 1. The Coming of Merlyn - On the night before a decisive battle, Merlyn and Arthur meet to talk about what has brought the King and country to this perilous state. 2. The Sword in the Stone - Wart’s remarkable education at the hands of the wizard Merlyn draws to a close. 3. The Queen of Air and Darkness - Rebels challenge Arthur’s claim to the throne. As war approaches, darker...
Topics: Radio, Drama, Fantasy
BBC Radio Shows
Jun 4, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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An unsettling collection of stories from the long-running BBC Radio 4 horror series. Including stories by John Wyndham, Dennis Wheatley, Stephen Gallagher, Edgar Allan Poe, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Dunstone, William Ingram, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Peter StrauB, Ray Bradbury, Graham Greene, Robert Bloch and Stephen Wyatt. A mixture of short narrated pieces and full cast dramas.
Topics: Radio, Drama, Horror
BBC Radio Shows
Jun 4, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Isaac Asimov’s ‘I Robot’ The rise of robotics in the 21st century, told through the poignant and mysterious story of enigmatic lawyer, Stevie Byerley. Starring Hermione Norris. Colin Brake's adaptation of Isaac Asimov's prescient short stories, which originally appeared in American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950. Episode One : Robbie As a child, Stevie Byerley is raised by Robbie, a robotic childminder, because her parents are too busy...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 4, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Meera Syal stars as family liaison officer Jackie Hartwell in this thrilling police procedural. West Midlands copper Jackie Hartwell has one of the toughest jobs in CID: comforting and supporting grieving relatives in the aftermath of a serious crime. But there's much more to what she does than providing tea and sympathy. Part social worker, part savvy investigator, she needs to be able to win the trust of families, while simultaneously keeping a watchful eye on their behaviour and reactions....
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 2, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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The Unforgiven - the BBC Radio 4 Prequel to the TV series Waking the Dead A five-part crime thriller set 15 years before Waking the Dead. Set in 1984 – a world without DNA, CCTV, mobiles, or the internet – The Unforgiven, reveals how the iconic Waking the Dead team got together, before they became an official cold case unit.  Trouble erupts as a serial killer launches a huge legal appeal against his conviction, claiming police corruption, and pointing the finger directly at young DC Peter...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 2, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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November Dead List by Nick Perry Set in rural Norfolk, one of the lowest crime areas in the country, DCI Greave leads a team investigating two potentially linked murders. Both victims had their heads shaved antemortem and at each crime scene, she found prayer cards depicting Christian martyrs whose deaths corresponds to the victims in her case.  Greave discovers a link to a case in London a couple of years earlier: the Dead List murders. DCI Greave ... Lia Williams John Sweeney ... Steve...
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BBC Radio Shows
Jun 1, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Fake Psychic If you wanted to speak with the dead in 1960s America, there was one man who was ready to help.   A showman with big ambitions. A man who before your very eyes could bring back the dead.  For more than a decade, Lamar Keene was at the top of his game, becoming known as the Prince of Spiritualists. Then, quite suddenly, he turned his back on it all. But Lamar Keene didn't go quietly. He published a tell-all exposé in which he confessed that he was little more than a conman, a...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 31, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Host Planet Earth was a BBC radio serial consisting of six half-hour episodes originally broadcast on the Light Programme between July and September 1967. It's the eve of the first British manned space shot. In the global race into space, Britain has gained an advantage inventing a propulsion system enabling exploration of distant regions of the universe within weeks instead of years However during the dummy run, there's a mysterious outbreak of illness amongst scientists. Could the...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 31, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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What happens when your neuroses come to life? What shape will they take? Lusus is a psychological horror anthology starring Ncuti Gatwa, Morfydd Clark, Ella Bruccoleri, Karima McAdams, Patsy Ferran, Susannah Fielding, Caroline Faber and Alistair Petrie. Noa, a young Gen Z Urbanite, suffers from continual FOMO. There is always someone somewhere doing something better than the choice she has made. When trying to keep a birthday arrangement with her mum and sister and attend a fun night out with...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 29, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Based upon C. J. Sansom’s best selling historical mystery novels set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century. The series’ protagonist is the hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake, who is assisted in his adventures initially by Mark Poer and then by Jack Barak. In Dissolution and Dark Fire, Shardlake works on commission from Thomas Cromwell, then in Sovereign and Revelation from Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and finally from Queen Catherine Parr in Heartstone. Since 2012, BBC Radio 4 has...
Topics: Radio, Historical Drama
BBC Radio Shows
May 23, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A unique collection of 12 full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett. The titles are: 40 Years On A Visit from Miss Prothero Say Something Happened Kafka's Dick Last of the Sun  Two in Torquay The Madness of George III The History Boys An Englishman Abroad A Question of Attribution The Lady in the Van Cocktail Sticks The cast includes John Gielgud, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Alex Jennings and many more.
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BBC Radio Shows
May 20, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Love doesn't get easier when you're older but no wiser. Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off.  Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 20, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Our Friends in the North Peter Flannery once famously said of Our Friends in the North, his multi-award winning and highly acclaimed television series "I've always said it's just a posh soap opera - but it's a posh soap opera with something to say." And now he has rewritten the series as an audio drama for BBC Radio 4. Ambitious in scale and scope, the drama chronicles the lives of four friends over three decades beginning in the 1960s. The series tackles corporate, political and...
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May 20, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Mutiny on the Bounty is a gripping adventure of the high seas and a story of treachery and betrayal. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1995, this epic three-part serial tells the true story of Fletcher Christian’s dramatic mutiny against his tyrannical Captain and how Lieutenant Bligh when cast adrift in an open rowing boat with 18 loyal men makes an incredible voyage across 3,600 miles of hostile and uncharted seas to the Dutch East Indies, while Fletcher Christian and his fellow...
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May 20, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Max Carrados, the celebrated blind detective appeared in a series of mystery stories and books written by Ernest Bramah, first published in 1914. The Max Carrados stories appeared alongside Sherlock Holmes stories in the Strand Magazine and Bramah was often billed above Arthur Conan Doyle. The Carrados stories frequently outsold the Holmes stories at the time, even if they have failed to achieve the same longevity. In The Eyes of Max Carrados, our blind hero, who can read a newspaper headline...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 19, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Mind’s Eye A radio series about a pair of psychotherapists, father and daughter Lorcan and Aoife Molloy who investigate paranormal phenomena.  The five haunting tales of the paranormal were written by Gemma McMullan and Gerry Casey. A woman claiming her hands are possessed is met with scepticism, until a father and daughter psychotherapist team decide to investigate... Lorcan and Aoife Malloy - take on the case of Jake who believes he’s got a guardian angel... A young boy swears he’s...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 18, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon & Other Adventures A BBC Radio Collection The godfather of the hard-boiled detective novel, Dashiell Hammett is widely acknowledged as one of America's greatest mystery writers. This collection brings together four BBC radio adaptations of his works, including the iconic The Maltese Falcon, featuring his most famous character: Sam Spade. The Maltese Falcon San Francisco, 1928. When his partner is murdered on an assignment, private detective Sam Spade is...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 18, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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With a stellar cast, headed by Phoebe Fox, alongside Nicola Walker, Tim McInnery, Ferdinand Kingsley, Susan Jameson and Kyle Soller, we take a trip into Julian Simpson's imagination - trying to find out Who Is Aldrich Kemp?  On a heightened and fun journey, which takes us to glamorous and improbable locations, we encounter cads, Euro-villains and murderous housekeepers.  Questions are asked - with varying degrees of politeness - across London and Europe. The washed-up body of a man presumed...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 17, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Contemporary police drama created by Amelia Bullmore. Series 1 DCI Sue Craven’s new job starts with a new partner, DS Watende Robinson, and a burnt-out corpse. But before the day is out her secret past starts to become a professional problem that isn’t going to go away.  5 x 15 minutes. Series 2 As impending cuts threaten the staff of the Greater Manchester Police Murder Investigation Team, a case involving dangerous dogs and legal drugs piques DCI Craven's interest. Her boss, DCI Price...
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May 17, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama. When Neville Presho returns to Tory Island after many years overseas, he gets the shock of his life – his house has vanished. All that remains is a bathtub, lying upside down on the shore. Neville first came to the remote Irish island in the 1970s and made a documentary about the islanders' traditional way of life, their culture and language....
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BBC Radio Shows
May 17, 2022 BBC Radio, Anthony Trollope
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The Complete Barchester Chronicles was broadcast between 1993 and 1998 on BBC Radio 4 All six Barsetshire novels were dramatised for radio by Martin Wade, and directed by Cherry Cookson. The first novel to receive the Wade/Cookson treatment was The Small House at Allington. Adapted in four parts for Radio 4 in 1993, the programme was so successful that Radio 4 went on to commission the remaining five Barset novels, which were broadcast between December 1995 and March 1998. The first in the...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 17, 2022 Michael Butt
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A BBC Radio drama based on an actual historical event. In 16th Century England during the reign of Elizabeth I, a group of Catholic gentlemen stirred up by outlawed Catholic priest John Ballard conceived a plan to assassinate the Protestant Queen and supplant her with her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots. The leader of this plot was young Anthony Babington, a rather vapid young aristocrat...and the last person anyone would suspect of even thinking of trying to overthrow the government. The...
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May 16, 2022 Michael Butt
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A BBC Radio drama based on an actual historical event. The time is May 1593, in Elizabethan London. Four men have rented an upstairs room in a tavern to have a "meeting". Sometime later, a violent commotion is heard. Three of the four men come downstairs, one suffering from a head wound. The fourth man is still upstairs, and he is not going anywhere ... not with a dagger protruding from his eye socket! The dead man is Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of William Shakespeare and one...
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May 16, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation! The Lady in a Fog is an original radio crime drama starring Robert Beatty as Detective Philip Odell.  Such was the popularity of the eponymous radio detective that the series - which ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1947 and 1961 - spawned novels and a 1951 feature film.  Among the supporting cast of this 1958 eight-part serial are Mary Wimbush, James Thomason, John Bennett, Jeffrey Segal, June Tobin, David...
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May 16, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Everybody remembers the Siege, when for 24 hours the whole world was watching a small South London branch of a global supermarket chain. You’ve seen the news, the crazy conspiracy blogs and Naomi’s infamous Snap. Now for the first time the hostages tell the inside story of what really happened on those two dark days in December. For 5 shoppers and a security guard, it was just another day in the supermarket until a masked man walked in with a gun... CAST NAOMI - Danielle Vitalis JACKSON -...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 15, 2022 Oscar Wilde
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A reading of Oscar Wilde's classic poem. written after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897, telling of the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge who had been executed on 7 July 1896 for the murder of his wife Laura Ellen. Reader: Sir Ralph Richardson Broadcast on BBC Home Service 26 May 1963
Topics: BBC, BBC Radio, BBC Drama, BBC Radio Drama, dramatic reading, Ralph Richardson
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May 14, 2022 Craig Warner
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A BBC Radio series based on the life of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the playwright best known as the creator of the character "Figaro" but also a watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, spy, publisher, horticulturist, arms dealer, satirist, financier and revolutionary (both French and American). Beaumarchais ... Henry Goodman Beaumarchais' Father ... Stephen Thorne King Louis XV ... Ronald Pickup Madame Pompadour/Odile ... Ann Beach Henri Lepaute ... David Calder La...
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May 14, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Lucy Worsley investigates the crimes of Victorian women from a contemporary, feminist perspective. Lucy Worsley and Dr Rosalind Crone investigate and re-examine Britain’s most notorious serial killers, including Amelia Dyer who’s thought to have killed hundreds of babies and children and Mary Ann Cotton who murdered three of her husbands and numerous children and step-children. Over in the United States they look at Hannah Mary Tabbs, who killed her lover and back in London delve into the...
Topics: Radio, Documentary, Homicide
BBC Radio Shows
May 13, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Cantankerous bachelor Robin Lightfoot is happily single – until one morning he awakes to discover he’s married with two children. And he has two half-brothers...both called Ian. Is it a nightmare, a practical joke or something more sinister? Robin gradually realises that he’s in an alternate universe, where the Lib Dems are in power, the Dimbleby brothers are sports commentators and alcohol is a class-A drug. He discovers that Arthur Smith is a children’s entertainer, Stephen Fry is a...
Topics: Radio, Sci Fi, Comedy
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May 12, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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The Price of Silence Stephen Barlay's gripping Cold War drama about the threat of nuclear war. Laid up in a CIA hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound, British agent Maxon is about to have his peaceful convalescence shattered. As the radio DJ introduces In the Mood, the swinging sound of Glenn Miller is cut off by a shrill, insistent alarm - one signalling imminent universal death. America's brand-new Global Early Warning System has detected an approaching nuclear missile from outer...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 12, 2022 Chris England, Morwenna Banks, Robert Harley, Neil Mullarkey and John Irwin
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A BBC Radio series celebrating and paying tribute to (?) the classic action and "special agent" British television series that flourished during the 1960's and 1970's. For those of you not familiar with cult classic British TV series, reference the following shows: The Protectors Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) The Prisoner with Chris England Morwenna Banks Robert Harley Neil Mullarkey John Irwin and featuring Ed Devereaux Desmond Llewelyn Emma Myant Irina Brook Lee Simpson Music by...
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May 11, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A tongue-in-cheek radio homage to those gloriously tacky action adventure series from the 60s and 70s. "The Avengers had style and wit," says writer Chris England "and some of the stories were completely off the wall.  There was one episode about an organisation that could make household cats attack at will.  Some of them are funnier than anything you could dream up for a comedy show!" Episode 1 - The Preventers The Preventers are an elite, stylish, polo-neck-wearing...
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May 10, 2022 George Orwell
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A recording of the first BBC Radio production of George Orwell's classic dystoptian novel, adapted for radio by Eric Ewans. Winston Smith ... Patrick Troughton Julia ... Sylvia Syms O'Brien ... John Collin Charrington ... Hector Ross Goldstein ... Cyril Shaps Parsons ... John Dearth Ampleforth ... Gordin Faith Mrs. Parsons ... Cecile Chevreau Peter Parsons ... Brian Hewlitt Jane Parsons ... Elizabeth Proud TV Announcer ... Michael McClain Gwenda ... Mary Wimbush Old Man ... Norman Wynne...
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May 10, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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London Particulars A BBC Radio thriller series about two old-school detectives who solve crimes in Victorian London. It’s 1839 and Bow Street Runner Pip Shepherd is out of a job. The Runners have been disbanded, merged with Sir Robert Peel's new Metropolitan Police - and there's no way Pip's signing up with them. But when he befriends 'Peeler' Thomas Tedman, and hears about an upcoming detective division, he has second thoughts, and soon the duo are investigating their first cases together....
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May 8, 2022 Robin Brooks
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A BBC Radio broadcast of a live production of a play by Robin Brooks, based on the writings of Lytton Strachey about the stormy and often violent between relationship Queen Elizabeth and Robert Devereaux, the 2nd Earl of Essex and her court favorite., and how Strachey created a fantasy world based around the intrigues of the Tudor court into which he drew the young man for whom he himself had developed a similar passion, with the assistance of other members of his literary circle...and the...
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May 7, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Five of the UK’s richest men have been kidnapped by a mysterious extremist group. The authorities have no clue where the men are being held and the clock is ticking. 20-something siblings Maya and Jake have been framed for a murder they did not commit. But as the only two people with insider knowledge of the terrorists, Maya and Jake are about to be pulled back into the murky world of ‘The System’. And Jess’s masterplan is about to take an entirely unexpected turn.  How far will the...
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May 7, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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The System by Ben Lewis A witty and propulsive 6-part thriller starring Siena Kelly, Jack Rowan and Iain de Caestecker. When Jake signs up to a personal training programme that promises to turn the meekest man-boy into an alpha male, he doesn’t have a clue what he’s getting himself into. Two years later, his sister Maya sets out to uncover the truth. Cast: Alex … Iain de Caestecker Jerome… Don Gilét Maya … Siena Kelly Beau…Matthew Needham DI Cohen …Chloe Pirrie Jake …Jack...
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May 7, 2022 BBC Radio
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A Case for Dr Morelle Thirteen Full-Cast Vintage Crime Dramas By Ernest Dudley Classic crime dramas featuring Dr Morelle - 'the man you love to hate'! Psychiatrist-Detective Dr Morelle is arrogant, sarcastic and rude - but when it comes to catching criminals, he is unparalleled. Using deduction, psychological profiling and his keen, analytical mind, he solves cases ranging from blackmail to murder, aided by his devoted and long-suffering secretary Miss Frayle.  Over the course of this series,...
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May 6, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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From the creators of The Cipher and Passenger List, a chilling new medical thriller inspired by true events. When young British tennis pro, Joleen Kenzie (Jessica Barden), is diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, she has herself cryogenically frozen at an experimental lab in Seattle, in the hope that one day – perhaps hundreds of years into the future - there will be a cure and she can be revived. She wakes up to a world divided... and Joleen is now captive. Cast: JOLEEN – Jessica Barden...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 6, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Ex-policeman Bill Galbraith is caught up in mystery and murder in these two gripping, fast-paced detective dramas. After a long career in the Flying Squad, veteran copper Bill Galbraith is hanging up his truncheon and saying goodbye to the police force. He's looking forward to a quiet life on civvy street - but his best friend, private investigator Tommy Evans, has other ideas.... In The King of Diamonds , Galbraith is enjoying a peaceful retirement in the countryside when Tommy calls him up...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 4, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in 50 episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.  Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of sidekick Constable Mulholland. Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these full-cast dramatisations. Commencing on BBC Radio 4 in 1999, McLevy continues to regularly appear in the...
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May 4, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Brian Cox returns as Inspector James McLevy in a two-part adventure by David Ashton. At the end of the Series 12, Jean and the Inspector fled from Leith on a steamer bound for San Francisco. McLevy was accused of killing two suspects, assaulting his chief constable, and indirectly causing the death of Lieutenant Roach. Faced with career-ending disgrace he opts to scarper – and Jean, gallantly but perhaps rashly, decides to go with him. They arrive in San Francisco at the height of the Gold...
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May 2, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A collection of cosy crime dramas adapted from Colin Watson's Flaxborough Chronicles, set in a small Lincolnshire market town in the 1960s and '70s. Inspector Purbright is a thoroughly English policeman: affable, polite, dogged and decent. Created by award-winning crime writer Colin Watson, he appeared in 12 Flaxborough mysteries, four of which were adapted for BBC TV under the title Murder Most English. These five radio dramatisations star Peter Jeffrey, John Pullen and John Rowe as Purbright....
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May 1, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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‘Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.’ So says Magnus Pym, the spy of the title; and he has betrayed a lot in his life – countries, friends, family and lovers. When Magnus disappears after his father’s funeral, MI6 launches an urgent manhunt to prevent his defection. But Pym is on a search of his own – to unravel the mystery of what made him the perfect spy. Was it the duplicity of his con-artist father, Rick? Or his MI6 mentor and father figure...
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BBC Radio Shows
May 1, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Lucy Catherine's 5 part propulsive thriller set in the new town of Harland, built on the site of a village abandoned 900 years earlier. DI Sarah Ward returns to work to investigate the disappearance of a child. Sarah ..... Ayesha Antoine Dan ..... Tyger Drew-Honey Sadie ..... Melissa Advani Lori ..... Grace Cooper Milton Pete ..... Michael Begley Jess ..... Lizzie Mounter Counsellor ..... Christine Kavanagh Jerry ..... Joseph Ayre Aldo ..... Sam Dale DJ ..... Justice Ritchie Police Control...
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Apr 29, 2022 Edgar Allan Poe
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A BBC Radio adaptation of possibly Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short story of gothic horror, dramatized for radio by David Campton Roderick Usher ... Edward Petherbridge The Narrator ... Tim Piggot-Smith The Doctor ... Roger Hume Lady Madeleine ... Sara Pugsley Guitar played by John Turner Directed by Brian Miller Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 22 November 1978
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Apr 29, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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As the ocean liner Carthena, sails to Southampton, a passenger walks on the dark deck, not knowing his death is only seconds away. It's a death which will set in motion a criminal investigation stretching from England to Australia. Chris Boucher's five part crime serial featuring Southampton Detective Constable ‘Birdie’ Partridge. DC ‘Birdie’ Partridge …. Patrick Mower DS Dunne …. Geoffrey Matthews Ruth Cobb …. Helen Atkinson Wood Martin Lennister …. David McAlister Captain of...
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Apr 28, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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All four radio series of Robert Barr’s gripping London-based police drama. Originally broadcast as Detective: Stories of Crime and Detection in London, this BBC radio drama ran for four series between 1980 and 1985. Written by the award-winning creator of Z Cars and Softly Softly, Robert Barr, it comprised 39 thrilling stories set in London’s criminal underworld, all of which are collected here.  DS Dave Brook is a long-serving, ducking-and-diving police officer who takes armed robberies...
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Apr 28, 2022 Charles Dickens
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A BBC Radio adaptation by Berry Davies of Charles Dickens' classic picaresque novel, the one he considered his best (the public didn't agree). This ten-part serial features an all-star cast from the BBC Repertory Company of that time. Narrator ... Simon Cadell Martin Chuzzlewit ... Valentine Pelka Old Martin ... Patrick Troughton Mr. Pecksniff ... Christopher Benjamin Mary Graham ... Zelah Clarke Tom Pinch ... David Collings Jonas ... Struan Rodger Mercy ... Susie Brann Mrs. Gamp ... Patricia...
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Apr 24, 2022 BBC Radio 4, Ted Willis
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When MP Mark Ritchie mysteriously disappears, MI5 wants some answers - and so does his wife Christine. An espionage thriller serial adapted in five parts by Ted Willis from his own novel. Christine Ritchie …. Annette Crosbie Mark Ritchie …. Christopher Scoular Det Chief Superintendent …. David Daker Coombes …. Hugh Dickson Irvine …. James Kerry Patrick Cadwall …. Richard Pasco Radio Announcer / Doorkeeper …. Astley Jones Telephone Operator / Stewardess …. Rosalind Adams...
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Apr 23, 2022 Peter Luke
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A BBC Radio historical drama in two parts about the career of Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington. Part One follows Sir Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, through the 1808-13 Peninsular Wars. Napoleon Bonaparte has conquered Spain and replaced the lawful King Ferdinand VII and his father Charles with his brother Joseph. Now Sir Arthur Wellesley, placed in command of the Army in Portugal and Spain, must hold together the combined British, Spanish and Portuguese forces against Napoleon's...
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Apr 23, 2022 Mike Walker
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A BBC Radio historical drama by Mike Walker. The Battle of Waterloo, the final showdown between the army of France led by Napoleon Bonaparte (in his second attempt to conquer Europe) and Allied forces commanded by Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, took place on Sunday 18 June 1815, and while Napoleon's forces are defeated the battle ends in about 48,000 men dead or wounded on both sides. However, two days before the battle began, another historical event takes place. Charlotte, Duchess of...
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Apr 23, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Billy Hindle's given up his job as an assassin, but then his old boss Snark turns up. Andrew Rissik's thriller is set in 1968 and written in the style of the Adam Diment thrillers. Starring James Aubrey as Billy Hindle, Gerald Harper as Sir Richard Snark and Lisa Rowe-Beddoe as Marianne with Joanna Lumley and Charles Gray. Directed by Glyn Dearman First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.
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Apr 23, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades later, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon...
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Apr 18, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A smart, entertaining crime drama starring Robert Daws as Trueman and Duncan Preston as Riley. Written by BAFTA-winning dramatist Brian B. Thompson. Produced and directed by Toby Swift and Jenny Stevens. First broadcast as Trueman, the pilot episode centres around a student found shot dead. 'Angel Heights' sees Trueman and Riley reexamining the death of a jockey, while in 'The Road to Hull', two brothers claim to have given up their life of crime, but then a corpse turns up. In 'High Windows',...
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Apr 17, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Fine Time Fontayne stars as pitman-turned-private eye Stephen J Blackburn in this whimsical detective series. When he’s made redundant from his job at a South Yorkshire pit, Stephen J Blackburn sets out to forge a new career as a private investigator. With his trainee assistant Tracey, he looks into a series of complicated cases ranging from plagiarism to missing persons.  In Series 1, the duo are confronted with Hungarian exiles, a philandering husband, a long-lost brother, a purloined TV...
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Apr 14, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A six-part BBC Radio 4 crime drama set in 19th-century London. It's 1830, a year after Sir Robert Peel’s creation of the Metropolitan Police, known as the 'Peelers'. As the brand-new bobbies patrol the beat in their smart blue uniforms, armed only with truncheons and rattles, they form the first line of defence against crime.  But as this thrilling series opens, the fledgling detective force is proving unpopular, sparking deep political unrest and public protests. Rioters take to the streets...
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Apr 14, 2022 BBC Radio 7
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Taggart meets A Touch of Cloth in this parody police procedural featuring DI Bob Boxer and his sidekick DC Shona Doberman. They're an unlikely couple of cops - he's grizzled, old-school and wears a cardigan; she's young, instinctive and wields a Blackberry. But together they tackle cases so tough, they'd make Frost flinch and Rebus run away....  In Headless in Glasgow , a serial killer is targeting academics - can the duo track down the multiple murderer?  The Killings in Kirkibrae sees them...
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Apr 12, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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Seven gripping dramas featuring forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr Joe Aston Returning to his home town of Middlesbrough on a six-month attachment to the Teesside police, criminal psychologist Joe Aston is called in for seven unusual and baffling cases. As a specialist in the controversial field of 'recovered memory', his skills are crucial: only he can uncover the truth by persuading victims, witnesses and suspects to remember what they'd rather forget... in Doctor Joe Aston...
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Apr 11, 2022 Stephen Mulrine, BBC Radio 4
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Set in 1920s Stirling, Stephen Mulrine's radio drama series about the town’s Chief Pathologist, Dr Wallace. Wallace ...... Martyn James Barbara ...... Meg Fraser DC Curran ...... Liam Brennan Mrs Dwyer ...... Alyxis Daly Mr Dwyer ...... Owen Kavanagh Mrs Wallace ...... Jan Moffatt Mrs Hamilton ...... Grace Glover Dr Ibbotson ...... Louise Beattie Crissie ...... Sybil Wintrope Director: Hamish Wilson.  First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1996.
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Apr 11, 2022 Leonardo Padura, BBC Radio 4
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Leonardo Padura's award-winning detective series set in Cuba and featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde.  Full cast dramatisations by BBC Radio 4. Havana Blue : it's New Year's Day 1989, and Lieutenant Mario Conde wakes up with another terrible hangover and a case which is close to home. His schoolboy rival, now a party grandee, is missing. Havana Gold : Lieutenant Conde goes on a trip through his childhood Havana haunts when a young female schoolteacher at his old school is murdered. And could it...
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Apr 9, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A contemporary thriller set in Northern Ireland written by Stuart Drennan. Greg is the host of a true crime podcast dedicated to uncovering the identity of a serial killer, last active over twenty years ago, known only as Dead Hand. A killer named after a mysterious radio transmission which has been broadcasting an indecipherable code in the years since Dead Hand vanished. A code told in the voices of Dead Hand’s victims; including Greg’s missing father. However, when a new voice is added...
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Apr 8, 2022 Raymond Chandler, BBC Radio 4
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The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world-weary, hardboiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero. The Big Sleep   Marlowe is consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Farewell My Lovely   Marlowe's search for an ex-con's ex-girlfriend...
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Apr 7, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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A detective series created by Danny Brocklehurst Series 9. Protection Episode 1 ' Dad ' written by Vivienne Harvey. DCI Stone's investigation into the tragic stabbing of a teenager comes dangerously close to home. DCI JOHN STONE....Hugo Speer DS SUE KELLY....Deborah McAndrew DI MIKE TANNER....Craig Cheetham ALICE....Sydney Wade JOLENE/KAREN/VALERIE.....Angela Lonsdale YUSEF /SECURITY GUARD.....Eddie Capli RUBY / FI.....Lucy Dixon TOLGA / JO JO.....James Cooney Episode 2 ' Daughters ' by Carol...
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Apr 7, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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John Moffat stars as the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in fifteen BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations. Including: Evil Under the Sun: On holiday in Devon, Poirot becomes embroiled in the murder of a glamorous American starlet. Sad Cypress: A poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy. Murder in Mesopotamia: When death occurs at an archaeological site in the Iraqi desert, Poirot is on hand to dig for clues. Lord Edgware Dies: Lord Edgware is found brutally...
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Apr 7, 2022 BBC Radio 4
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The Complete Smiley The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels. Call For the Dead A disenchanted Smiley is engaged in the routine job of security...
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