Drama Titles ‘0-9’

(R) = Denotes a reading . 5 episodes = 1 series


10 Days (R)    by Gillian Slovo   0 series
2 episode(s)

Ten unpredictable days of violence erupt from a stifling heat wave, and as Westminster careers are being made or ruined, lives are at stake. Ten Days is about what happens when politics, policing and the hard realities of living in London collide.


Twelve Years a Slave    by Solomon Northup   0 series
1 episode(s)

Powerful memoir of a free man, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South in 1841. Read by Rhashan Stone.


13A, 13B    by Peter Souter   0 series
1 episode(s)

Romcom by award-winning playwright Peter Souter. When Jess turns up in the seat next to Phil on a flight to Rome, it soon becomes clear that it’s not a coincidence. But even the best-laid plans can be derailed by mysterious strangers and a fear of flying.


28    by Dawn King   0 series
1 episode(s)

Nathan, a schoolteacher tainted by connection with a terrorist, is detained for 28 days and then released without charge. In the 28 days following his release he tries to recover his former life with his family, his girlfriend, his job and his social life.


43 Letters    by Rony Robinson   0 series
1 episode(s)

Julia and David work together in the family archives. One day, a mysterious envelope arrives for David with letters from 43 women, all answering a lonely hearts advert that he didn’t place.


43 Years in the Third Form    by Jane Purcell   1 series
5 episode(s)

A celebration of the great girls’ comics from the 1950s to the 80s.


44 Scotland Street    by Alexander McCall Smith   0 series
1 episode(s)

A dramatisation of Alexander McCall Smith’s acclaimed series based on the residents of a fictitious tenement building in a real Edinburgh New Town street, inspired by Maupin’s Tales of The City (see below). Anthropologist Domenica MacDonald observes the lives of her neighbours and the neighbourhood in Edinburgh’s New Town. Pat, a new young tenant, arrives at 44 Scotland Street to flat share with Bruce. Bruce is a surveyor with more of an eye for the ladies than a sound property. We’re introduced to five-year-old Bertie, who is controlled by his pretentious and intellectual mother Irene – he’s learning the saxophone, speaks Italian, and is extremely knowledgeable about many subjects. And then there’s Matthew, setting up the Something Special Gallery with little knowledge of artists or paintings! With its multiple-occupancy flats, Scotland Street is an interesting corner of the New Town, verging on the Bohemian, where haute bourgeoisie rubs shoulders with students and the more colourful members of the intelligentsia.


79 Birthdays    by Michael Symmons Roberts   0 series
1 episode(s)

One of the first pieces of radio drama was broadcast in 1928 under the title ‘Kaleidoscope’. It told the story of one ‘ordinary’ British man’s life – then 70 years – in sound. No recording or script of that original broadcast now exists, but the idea has always intrigued poet Michael Symmons Roberts. Now, as the average male lifespan in Britain reaches 79, this drama takes up the challenge, telling the story of Jimmy through significant birthdays on the road to his 79th. Jimmy loses his life before it begins when he’s being born. A guardian angel, Leila is waiting for him. Jimmy is desperate to know what would have happened to him had he been born . After a lot of persuasion, Leila grants Jimmy his wish, showing him his life as he spools through his birthdays, playing out the key moments in full.


84 Charing Cross Road    by Helene Hanff   0 series
1 episode(s)

84 Charing Cross Road is a series of letters charting the twenty-year correspondence between a would-be playwright in NY and Frank Doel, a London antiquarian bookseller. From such a modest premise, Helene Hanff has created something with an almost unique charm which continues to endure.


272 Attempts    by Bryony Lavery   0 series
1 episode(s)

A gripping thriller fuelled by the current debate surrounding the cloning of human tissue. An isolated house. The discovery of children’s graves. A large number of tagged children in the house. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery explores of the world of genetics. The play concerns the discovery of an isolated establishment conducting genetic experiments in various areas, including GM crops. Among other things investigators want to understand why there are so many children there, some alive and some buried in the grounds. The children are numbered (rather than named) sequentially in order of birth, the youngest being #272. In the real world it took 272 attempts before Dolly The Sheep was successfully cloned.


625Y    by Wally K Daly   0 series
2 episode(s)

Wally K Daly’s play intriguingly imagines what would happen if a research scientist discovered a gene that could determine a man or a woman’s natural lifespan and offer eternal life.


1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear    by James Shapiro   1 series
1 episode(s)

In 1606, Shakespeare was writing for a Royal Family hungry for new entertainment while the threats of plague, insurrection and rebellion threatened English society. At the peak of his powers, he was writing for actors who he knew well within a theatre company with which he had been involved for more than a decade. 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear traces Shakespeare’s life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, The Chronicle History of King Leir, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, King Lear.

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1977    by Sarah Wooley   0 series
1 episode(s)

In 1977 the bestselling children’s novel Watership Down was made into an animated film. Malcolm Williamson, Master of the Queens music, had been hired as the film’s composer. But all was not well. Williamson, a notoriously difficult and complicated man, was under extreme pressure; it was the Queens jubilee year and he was over commissioned. When the film’s conductor, Marcus Dods, arrived looking for the film’s score he found to his horror that all that existed were two small sketches of music which amounted to no more than seven minutes of screen time. With an expensive orchestra and recording studio booked for the following week, the film’s future looked to be in jeopardy. In desperation he turned to the one person he knew could help; composer and arranger Angela Morley. But she, for her own reasons, was going to need some persuading…

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2025    by Mike Walker   0 series
1 episode(s)

It’s a future where computers rule and artificial intelligence has become a reality.


3000    by Anna Symon   0 series
1 episode(s)

Fact-based dramatisation of the experiences of one of the 3,000 unaccompanied displaced children who arrive in the UK every year: that of Mehrab, an Afghan boy who arrives in London in the back of a truck aged 15.