A Dream Of Armageddon. (R) H G Wells’ story of a dark vision of the future tells of a mild-mannered 19th Century clerk who dreams of becoming a world leader in an apocalyptic future. But is it just a dream?
Hard Row To Porlock. By Eric Pringle. The true story of a remarkable rescue, which took place in 1899 when the Lynmouth lifeboat crew carried their boat over five miles by land to save a ship in distress.
Beast At Bay. Robin Glendinning’s play tells the story of the publication of Boris Pasternak’s classic 20th-century novel Dr Zhivago. Censored by the Soviet regime, the book was first published in Italy 50 years ago after the manuscript was smuggled out of the country. The book’s appearance caused furore in the Soviet Union and a debacle followed when Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Brideshead Revisited. To mark Evelyn Waugh’s centenary, a new production of his tragi-comic epic, which charts Charles Ryder’s progress from a dreary pre-war background to the heady brilliance of Brideshead.
Blinded By The Sun. A new radio version of Stephen Poliakoff’s 1996 National Theatre play about a scientific fraud in an English university. The pressure to succeed leads a scientist to claim a major breakthrough in the energy field. But when he fails to replicate his experiment, the fallout causes long-term conflict amongst a previously close-set of colleagues.
Glass Houses. By Colin Teevan. What drives a man to kill his own children? What part does the painful and mechanical legal process of divorce play in this act of ultimate revenge? Two voices tell the same story from very different standpoints.
HMS Surprise. By Patrick O’Brian. Naval battles, political intrigue and romantic rivalry in Roger Danes’s dramatisation of Patrick O’Brian’s novel, set in 1804 in England, India and on the high seas. Captain Jack Aubrey engages the Spanish at sea and the French on land, but falls victim to enemies at home.
Killing The Butterfly. In Colin MacDonald’s romantic thriller, two murder witnesses are put under police protection pending the High Court trial. But something goes badly wrong and they have to flee for their lives, never knowing who it’s safe to trust.
How Not To Run A Foreign Policy. Political comedy by John Fletcher, set in 1937. Neville Chamberlain is determined to return Britain to her rightful place in the world. However, he needs to come to an accommodation with Hitler and Mussolini, and Anthony Eden is sure to object. Spin doctor Joseph Ball gets to work with a judicious combination of leaks, innuendo and a spot of blackmail involving Guy Burgess.
Mary Shane. By Danny Brocklehurst. DCI John Stone is investigating the high profile case of a missing teenage girl, Louise Sands. Then Mary Shane, 80, turns up insisting she must only speak to Stone and confesses to murdering three people 60 years earlier.
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Engleby. By Sebastian Faulks. Meet Mike Engleby, a second-year student at university. Despite the fact that Mike is obviously intelligent, and involved in many clubs, it is clear that something about Mike is not quite right. When he becomes fixated on a classmate named Jennifer Arkland, and she goes missing, we are left with the looming question: Is Mike Engleby involved?
Mr Standfast. Bert Coules’s dramatisation of John Buchan’s WWI spy thriller. Richard Hannay is recalled to London from the trenches to hunt down the leader of a gang of German spies. Much to his disgust, Hannay is ordered to pose as a pacifist and is sent to Glasgow. Along the way, he encounters a teenage British Secret Service agent who will change the course of his life.
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Beryl Du Jour. By Jane Purcell. It’s Beryl’s fiftieth tomorrow, and nothing’s going right, not her hairdressing, not husband Harvey, certainly not son Freddie’s parcels of washing. She has a deep sense of unfulfillment, which even her new job as a volunteer telephone counsellor can’t fix. Then she discovers what the salon’s used for in the evening. It could be a whole new life.
Paid Servant. By E.R Braithwaite. Braithwaite is seconded to the London County Council as a child welfare officer, charged with cases involving ‘his people’. Set in London, 1958, E.R Braithwaite remembers being a black social worker in a prejudiced society.