News

Join us this Friday (18th Jan’18) at 15:45 on Radio 4 for ‘Green Paper‘ – a new specially-commissioned short story set in Poland; written by A.M. Bakalar and read by Anamaria Marinca! It’s 1980. Political unrest is high and support for Solidarity and other underground groups is growing. Sonia is heavily pregnant, but finds this can be useful when distributing illegal leaflets…
On Radio 4 EXTRA next week (14th-18th Jan’19) we have a selection of murder, mystery and suspense stories from Ruth Rendell’s ‘A Spot Of Folly‘ – starting with ‘The Haunting Of Shawley Rectory’ read by Miles Jupp! Ruth Rendell is probably best known for her detective stories featuring Inspector Wexford and the psychological mysteries she wrote under the name of Barbara Vine. But she also published seven collections of short stories…
Following a Radio 4 repeat on NYE, our documentary ‘Wired Love‘ from 2017 is available on BBC iPlayer for one month! Lucy Hawking tells the story of one of the earliest online dating stories, written 140 years ago: ‘Wired Love – A Romance in Dots and Dashes’…
Tune in to BBC Radio 4 this Friday (14th Dec) at 15:45, for our latest short story by award-winning writer Adam Marek! In ‘Pale Blue Dots‘ read by Teresa Gallagher – specially-commissioned for Radio 4 – a high spec virtual assistant explains its powers to a new subscriber…
Next weeks Book at Bedtime is ‘Melmoth‘, Sarah Perry’s contemporary novel set in Prague, inspired by an original Gothic story. An Englishwoman who carries a grave secret with her has made a home in the city, and is about to find the boundaries between legend and reality tested in a way she could never have imagined. Read by Greta Scacchi and Anton Lesser, and starting next Monday (22nd Oct’18) at 22:45 on BBC Radio 4!

Friday’s (7th Sept’18) Afternoon Drama, written & directed by Lisa Osborne, takes us back to the summer of 1815 and the western edge of France… and the story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last weeks before the long exile on St Helena. Catch ‘Billy Ruffian‘ at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4!

This Friday (31st Aug’18) at 15:45, we have a brand new short story – ‘Deep Space Death Cruise‘ – on Radio 4, written by Harry Venning and read by Jeff Rawle! It’s 2118: day three of Jeff’s space cruise and already things are falling below his required standard. On his phone, he records his experience for the operator, Cosmic Tours of Hove, from whom he must surely get compensation…
Nicola Walker is back as Annika StrandhedSince we last met her, Annika has been promoted, given a new speedboat and her son, Tor, is about to start school. Don’t miss these 8 new cases – that will test her physically and emotionally as never before – every Sunday (from 19th Aug’18) on BBC Radio 4 at 19:45 for 8 weeks!

Radio 4 are repeating ‘Subway‘ – a multi-contributor series of specially-commissioned stories with subterranean settings! It begins this Sunday (29th July’18) at 19:45 with ‘Redemption Song’, written by Jami Attenberg and read by Laurel Lefkow…

 

This Friday’s short work on BBC Radio 4 is a specially-commissioned story by the short story writer, dramatist and screenwriter Robert Shearman.

A man, believing himself to have died, is in for a big surprise. Miles Jupp reads ‘Unfinished‘, Friday (13th July’18) at 15:45…

Next Monday to Thursday (9th-12th July’18) and the following Monday (16th July’18), we have a new series of Murder, Mystery and Suspense on BBC Radio 4 EXTRATim McInnerny reads five stories from Heidi Amsinck’s new collection ‘Last Train To Helsingør‘. In our first tale, ‘The Man Upstairs’, everyone has heard their neighbour in the top flat, but no-one has ever seen him…
Next Monday to Friday (2nd-6th July’18) at 14:45, BBC Radio 4 EXTRA are repeating ‘19:13: The Year before The Storm‘ – our Book Of The Week from July 2013, read by Michael Maloney! Adapted from the book by Florian Illies, ‘1913’ is an exploration of key twentieth-century figures and the genesis of social, political and artistic movements in Europe in the year before the First World War…
Radio 4 are repeating ‘Copenhagen Curios‘ from 2015! Antiques loom large in these three strange tales by Heidi Amsinck – commissioned specially for Radio 4 – starting with ‘The Bird In The Cage’ read by Tim McInnerny, this Sunday (10th June’18) at 19:45…
Don’t miss our new drama this Monday at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4! ‘From Marginal to Mainstream‘ is the true story of a group of four remarkable women. Victims of trafficking, Gloria, Alice, India and Teresa’s lives were to change forever when they signed up for a theatre workshop led by director Caryne Chapman Clark who narrates…