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Join us this Saturday (2nd Nov’19) at 14:45 for a musical drama unlike anything you’ve heard on Radio 4 before, written by Sir Ray Davies and Paul Sirett, and starring Rosie Cavaliero and Lee Ross!
 
Half a century after its release, Davies has reimagined the Kinks album ‘Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall Of The British Empire)’ for radio – an impressionistic collage of dialogue and song, featuring tracks from the original album and other Kinks songs including Waterloo Sunset!
 
Arthur‘ is a personal history of Davies’s family and a social history of a particular class of ordinary north Londoners during and after WW2. A study in song of what it means to be British – then and now…

Dave Davies, Lee Ross (Arthur), Rosie Cavaliero (Rose) & Ray Davies
Join us next Friday 25th October at 15:45 for a brand new short story, specially-commissioned for BBC Radio 4In ‘Fairy‘ by Julia Bell – read by Bryony Hannah – a mother and her son are lost in the woods, and things begin to go wrong…
Next Monday-Friday (30th Sept-4th Oct’19) at 14:45, BBC Radio 4 EXTRA are repeating our Book of the Week from January 2015 – ‘Reaching Down The Rabbit Hole‘ written by Dr Allan Ropper and Brian Burrell… read by Colin Stinton! Leading clinical neurologist and Harvard professor Allan Ropper describes some of the most unusual case studies in his extraordinary career. We begin by joining him on his speed rounds at the neurological unit of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston…
Young Orson‘ by Patrick McGilligan – our Book of the Week from January 2016 – has also had a repeat on BBC Radio 4 EXTRA. It now lives on BBC iPlayer for 20 days (until 15th Oct’19)! Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a biography of his early years – including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood…
The Warlow Experiment‘ by Alix Nathan is our new Fiction Reading/Book at Bedtime, starting next Monday (22nd July’19) at 12:04 & 22:45 on BBC Radio 4Herbert Powyss longs to make his mark in the field of science. Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig… Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job – a semi-literate, angry wife-basher. What could possibly go wrong?
Join us for a brand new afternoon play next Tuesday (16th July’19) at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4When 45-year-old writer and IT nerd Stu finds a lump in his left breast, he leaps into action with the most sensible plan he can come up with – he googles for reassurance then ignores it! Nothing to worry about, he decides. Breast cancer only affects women or really old men, after all… except… sometimes it doesn’t. ‘Making Plans With Nigel‘ is Stuart Houghton’s semi-autobiographical drama – starring Mark Benton – set in the period leading up to the 2016 EU referendum.
Join us for 5 brand new short stories by Zoe Gilbert – read by Samantha Spiro – next Monday-Friday (24th-28th June’19) at 18:15 on BBC Radio 4 ExtraZoe Gilbert’s debut novel ‘Folk‘ conjures up a series of dark and bewitching tales from a remote mythical island, ‘Neverness’ – a place ripe with shadowy secrets and magic, and where its villagers’ lives are entwined with nature; its enchantments, seductions and dangers.
BBC Radio 4 Extra are currently (w/c 17th-21st June’19) repeating ‘Last Man Off‘ by Matt Lewis – our Book Of The Week from July 2014! Lewis tells the true story of the dramatic events that enveloped him and his crew-mates aboard the fishing vessel Sudor Havid in the spring of 1998 – as they sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet…
Our favourite Chief Inspector Annika Strandhed (queen of the Oslo Police boat patrol) is back for 8 brand new episodes, written by Nick Walker and read by Nicola Walker! Annika is still coming to terms with the death of her friend and long-time, long suffering forensic photographer Mikel. But life goes on, and so does police work on the Oslofjord. Annika must forge a new relationship with Mikel’s young replacement, Sigrid… join us every Sunday from 16th June’19 at 19:45 on BBC Radio 4!
Our seventh series of ‘The Time Being‘ (a showcase for previously un-broadcast writers from 2015) is being repeated next week on BBC Radio 4 ExtraStarting with ‘A Symphony Of Sighs’ written by Karen Anstee and read by Hugh Dennis, catch these three short stories next Wednesday, Thursday and the following Wednesday at 11am…
Join us next Wednesday (29th May’19) at 14:15 for a new afternoon play on BBC Radio 4; ‘The Not Knowing‘ by Daniel Maier! A trip to the supermarket with her son Frank turns into Harriet’s worst nightmare when he goes missing. In a short period of time, things will resolve one way or another, but until then Harriet processes the consequences of Frank’s disappearance imagining near and far futures… how will her marriage be affected? Her daughter? Her own capacity for love? And is it better to find out the worst possible news about your child than never to know what happened to them?
Join us next Monday-Friday (1st-5th April’19) at 10:45 on BBC Radio 4 for a brand new drama/comedy series by Harry Venning – ‘Coach Karen’s Half-Time Team Talk‘ – about a young woman with no life experience, desperate to share it with people even younger than herself! Karen is the new coach of an under-13 girls football team called the Hopperton Hoops. They’re not the most successful team in the league, in fact they’ve never won a game. And under Karen, this record is unlikely to change…
Our fifth series of Murder, Mystery and Suspense short stories for BBC Radio 4 EXTRA starts next Tuesday (26th March’19) at 6pm! This time, our five fictional tales are from the gothic pen of Edgar Allan Poe, read by Owen Teale. In a writing career that spanned barely two decades (he died in his 41st year) the American penned over 70 short stories. These he incessantly revised over the years and many became standards of the short form (like ‘The Fall Of The House of Usher’ or ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’). But for these tales, we burrow down amongst Poe’s lesser-known, and often dark, gems.
Five episodes from Annika Stranded series 4 are getting a repeat on BBC Radio 4, next Monday-Friday (25th-29th March’19) at 10:45am! Annika has been promoted to Chief Inspector. Her first act was – apart from choosing a new speedboat – to co-opt Mikel, her forensic photographer of choice, to accompany her. Her son Tor is about to start school. Being Chief Inspector means a bigger case-load. What follows will test her physically and emotionally as never before…
BBC Radio 4 EXTRA are repeating ‘Tightrope‘ by Simon Mawer – our Book at Bedtime from August 2015 – starting this Monday (4th March’19) for 2 weeks, at 14:00! Read by Peter Firth, ‘Tightrope’ is a tale of love, betrayal and espionage as the political alliances forged during the Second World War give way to the moral uncertainties of the Cold War…
Join us this Friday (22nd Feb’19) at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4 for our afternoon play ‘Sick‘ by Annalisa Dinnella. This funny, dark and joyfully disgusting “vom com” takes inspiration from the playwright’s own experience of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a rare and often misunderstood complication of pregnancy (also made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge). Kate is the woman who has it all. She’s the perfect Mum, wife and daughter until – for the first time in her charmed life – things do not go to plan. In her second pregnancy, Kate develops extreme morning sickness and, quite literally, cannot stop vomiting…