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Back Home     |   Michelle Magorian 0 series . 4 episode(s)

WW2 has just ended and twelve-year-old Rusty comes back home to Britain after being evacuated to the US. The greyness and bleakness of life in England is a shock, but even worse is adapting to the strict discipline of her family, including a brother she’s never met, after the warmth and openness of her adopted American family. Rusty is sent to an horrific boarding school, before finally running away as her search for happiness becomes more and more desperate.


Backtrack    |   Jill Hyem 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Hyem’s play begins in a temporary centre for the homeless, when a volunteer helper finds herself oddly interested in one of the down-and-outs, and for once allows herself to follow her instincts.


Bad by Default    |   Leah Chillery 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Tanya disappears with her mother’s credit card to Jamaica to find her father, the man her mother said abandoned them. But when she finds her dad, he is about to marry his sweetheart, and although he is pleased to see Tanya, he is reluctant to give answers for his parental absence.


Bad Faith    |   Peter Jukes 2 series . 7 episode(s)

Series of plays by Peter Jukes about Jake Thorne, a Methodist minister and police chaplain who is battling with his own demons at the same time as trying to resolve the problems of his parishioners.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Arabian Afternoons Bad Faith Phone Day Release Prenup Beyond Contempt

Bad Memories    |   Julian Simpson 0 series . 1 episode(s)

In 2004, a successful architect and his family mysteriously disappear from their home. Six years later five bodies are found in the cellar of their house. They are identified as Jonathan and Imogen Blake and their son, Matthew; Philip Gibson, who was on the missing person’s register and a woman, identity unknown. Forensics determine that not only were they murdered, but the time of death was 1926. Can audio files found with the bodies solve the mystery?


Badfellas    |   Andy Lynch 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Danny Brewer and his long suffering fiancé Jan go to Las Vegas to get married, after many years of failed attempts. But it isn’t long before they’ve lost all their money and the wedding looks doomed again. Danny’s brother Bernie attracts the eye of a gay Elvis impersonator, who could be the salvation they desperately need.


Badger by Owl-light, A    |   Edward Boyd 0 series . 1 episode(s)

‘I’ll go hunt the badger by owl-light; ’tis a deed of darkness…’.


Baguettes and Barms    |   Christine Marshall 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Anne has just started as a volunteer at a shelter for the homeless. She’s also organising the big do to celebrate her husband’s inauguration as the Worshipful Master of his lodge. Where does she feel most comfortable? Overseeing the smoked salmon and roulades? Or the soup and tinned beans?


Ballad of Reading Gaol, The    |   Oscar Wilde 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Written in exile either in Berneval-le-Grand or in Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years’ hard labour in prison. During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen, earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged 30 when executed.

    There are two versions of this title:
v1: a 1994 live benefit performance read by Ian McKellen, Neil Tennant and Stephen Fry.
v2: a 2010 reading introduced by Roger McGough and read by Sam West.

Related titles:
Doing Time: The Last Ballad of Reading Gaol
All available titles by this author / playwright:
Remarkable Rocket, The Lady Windermere’s Fan Importance of Being Earnest, The Canterville Ghost, The Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime Woman of No Importance, A Picture of Dorian Gray, The
Ideal Husband, An Happy Prince, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, The

Baloney Said Salome    |   Shelagh Delaney 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Baloney Said Salome is about the unique friendship of four older women – Nina, Lillian, Vivian and Barbara. Champagne belly dancing and watching foxes in moonlit gardens all feature.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Sweetly Sings the Donkey Tell Me a Film Baloney Said Salome

Bang Went the Sun    |   Mark Shand 0 series . 1 episode(s)

A play about synaesthesia – the mixing of senses. Eva’s mother has gone missing. But with her father sneezing in turquoise and acting high-pitched orange, can Eva and her father find each other, let alone their missing relative?


Banished Mugabe of Zimbabwe    |   Andrew Whaley 0 series . 1 episode(s)

It is 2000, and Aurelia, studying in London, returns home to Zimbabwe following her father’s death. Years before he had worked with Robert Mugabe, and now Aurelia learns that the President is to attend the funeral. Their meeting is the start of a dark and frightening journey.

Related titles:
God’s President: Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Bar Mitzvah Boy    |   Jack Rosenthal 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Radio version of Jack Rosenthal’s award-winning television play about a boy having his Bar Mitzvah – the ceremony in which a thirteen year old becomes a man in the Jewish faith. At the tender age of thirteen Eliot Green is about to become a man – in the Jewish religion at least. In synagogue, in front of the whole congregation, he will read and sing in Hebrew from the Torah (the Hebrew scrolls) – this after a year of intensive tuition. Later he will enjoy receiving gifts from relatives and friends as he celebrates with them at his Bar Mitzvah party. All eyes are on Eliot as he is called up in synagogue for his big moment! But is he ready to become a man? This play along with many others established the late Jack Rosenthal as one of Britain’s best loved television writers. A master at creating characters that you could recognise and empathise with, his plays were always sharp and finely tuned with a rich helping of humour. This new version of Bar Mitzvah Boy is specially adapted for radio by Jack’s daughter, the playwright Amy Rosenthal.


Barbara Allen    |   David Pownall 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The mystery of love’s compelling power, explored in a drama based on one of the best-loved folk-songs of all time. The story of high-born Gemmy Grove’s obsession with the beautiful artisan girl Barbara Allen.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Slow Boat to Leningrad Barbara Allen Master Class Hard Frosts in Florence Writing on Wigan Pier

Barber and the Ark, The    |   Marcia Layne 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Issachar has been given an ultimatum by Yvonne, either the dreadlocks go or she does. But the veteran barber he visits has other ideas. Over a bottle of his ‘special ingredient roots tonic’ the barber shares his dream of discovering the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. A dream that will change Isaachar’s life.


Barchester Chronicles, The    |  Anthony Trollope  6 series . 20 episode(s)

Anthony Trollope worked as a Post Office Inspector when he began writing his earliest novels, occasionally dipping into the “lost-letter” box for ideas. He left the Post Office in 1867, and after failing in a bid for election to Parliament as a Liberal candidate in 1868, he concentrated entirely on his literary career. Some people say that he was notoriously incompetent whilst others hail him as the genius who invented the red pillar box, but whatever the truth he was sent to Salisbury to inspect the mail delivery service when he got the idea for his first successful novel ‘The Warden’ -the first of six novels set in Barsetshire and often collectively referred to as the ‘Chronicles of Barsetshire’. These usually dealt with the clergy and in 1855 this was something of a newsworthy story.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Pallisers, The Barchester Chronicles, The Miss Mackenzie Orley Farm Eustace Diamonds, The American Senator, The

Barretts of Wimpole Street, The    |   Rudolf Besier 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Mr Barrett ruled his family with excessive Victorian severity; his obsessive love for his daughter Elizabeth kept her virtually a prisoner in her room, with only her poetry and her spaniel Flush to bring colour to her existence… till the flamboyant poet Robert Browning burst into her life.


Bartleby the Scrivener    |   Annie McCartney 0 series . 1 episode(s)

A law firm’s copyist ‘prefers’ not to do parts of his job, but then his list of things to avoid turns sinister.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Martha My Dear Bartleby the Scrivener Staring into the Fridge Dr Louisa Maxwell Rush

Be Prepared    |   Andy Rashleigh 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout movement, looks back upon a life embodying the spirit of imperial adventure. From the balcony of his home, he regrets, he gives thanks, and he wonders if he has at last found something like harmony and peace.


Beach, The    |   Alex Garland 0 series . 2 episode(s)

The desire to find something real, to connect with something or someone, is what drives Richard, a young American backpacker who arrives in Thailand with adventure on his mind.

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Coma, The Beach, The

Beagle Diary, The    |   Charles Darwin 1 series . 5 episode(s)

Charles Darwin’s first hand account of his epic five-year voyage on board HMS Beagle at the age of 22, which provided the material that helped form his theory of evolution.


Bearing the Cross    |   Ken Blakeson 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The defence of Rorke’s Drift against the Zulus is one of those seminal events in British military history which demonstrates why the country enjoyed such power during the colonial era. Immortalized in the 1964 film Zulu, it was one of those occasions where a small group of soldiers battled valiantly against impossible odds to defend a particular piece of territory.


Beast    |   Nick Warburton 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Somewhere near a small fishing village, a creature is pulled out of the sea. Two of the villagers must make a decision which seems certain to change their lives.

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Fridays When It Rains Last Days of Grace Not Bobby Soldier’s Debt, A Turning the Hut Lawn Wars Play for the Heart | The Death of Shakespeare
Inspection, The Toad Squad, The Turf Wars | Losing the Plot Paradise Tommies Beast Nick Warbuton Collection

Beast at Bay    |   Robin Glendinning 0 series . 1 episode(s)

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.

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Beast at Bay Windsor Jewels Operation Black Buck

Beast Must Die, The    |   Nicholas Blake 0 series . 1 episode(s)

“June 20 1937. I’m going to kill a man. I don’t know his name, I don’t know where he lives, I have no idea what he looks like – but I am going to find him, and kill him.” Frank Cairnes, a popular detective writer who now embarks on a real-life crime of his own, determined to hunt down the runaway motorist who killed his small son Martin.

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Question of Proof, A Beast Must Die, The

Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel    |   Gary Brown 0 series . 1 episode(s)

In recently released secret documents it was revealed there was a plot initiated in the Middle East to kill the British Foreign Secretary just after the Second World War. In this fictionalised account, East End market trader Harry becomes caught up in these events and quickly finds himself out of his depth as he comes under the spell of a mysterious visitor from Palestine.

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Market: Loco Parentis Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel.

Beau Geste     |   P.C. Wren 0 series . 2 episode(s)

Dramatisation of PC Wren’s classic story of honour, love and adventure.The Geste brothers become the focus of suspicion and hostility from an assortment of international ne’er do wells thrown together as a platoon of the French Foreign Legion. A sudden attack on a remote desert fort by Toureg raiders brings matters to a head and provides the explanation for the disappearance of the Blue Water sapphire.


Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, The    |    Vanishing Point and The National Theatre of Scotland. 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The fragmented life of the surrealist, poet, songwriter and eccentric, Ivor Cutler. He shot to fame, when The Beatles cast him in The Magical Mystery Tour. George Martin produced his records, John Peel had him on numerous sessions, Bertrand Russell admired him, he wrote plays for Radio 3. But it is his voice that distinguishes Cutler. His studied melancholia and frail persona tells naive fables which have an existential sting in the tail. He grew up in Glasgow when the pursuit of happiness was never going to be written in the constitution. Like most ‘loveable’ eccentrics Ivor was a provocateur. Off stage we also tell the love story of Ivor and the poet Phyllis King who were together 40 years. It is a romance told in tiny moments of cups of tea and trips to the zoo, and his most lovely song: Beautiful Cosmos. Ivor is played by Sandy Grierson and Phyllis is played by Elicia Daly.


Beautiful Ride    |   Don Winslow 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Back then he was looking at a fat IPO and a boat. Back then he was rich. Back then he had a condo overlooking the ocean, a wife, and had just bought the BMW Z4 convertible. Cobalt blue, like the ocean on a clean, clear day in early spring. Now what he has left is the car. Ted’s a real estate investor in Laguna Beach, California. He’s been kicked out by his soon-to-be ex wife, his assets have been frozen by the IRS, he’s holding on to his Beemer, but the car company’s repo men want it back, and he’s living in a tent. He’s falling through the cracks of the ‘Gold Coast’ life, until he turns to money-laundering to get back in the game. Then things get worse…
    Beautiful Ride is one of four plays sponsored by BMW

Related titles:
Master of the Storm Cold, Cold Heart Debt, The

Because    |   Trevor Preston 0 series . 1 episode(s)

A psychological thriller. Journalist Ruth fights to recover the memory of her abduction.

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Flaw in the Motor Dust in the Blood Because

Becket or The Honour of God    |   Jean Anouilh 0 series . 1 episode(s)

It is 1173 and Henry II, the King of England does penance for the murder of the Archbishop Thomas Becket, once Chancellor and his friend. Plantagenet power has triumphed over the independence of the clergy, but at what personal cost?


Bedknob and Broomstick    |   Mary Norton 0 series . 2 episode(s)

When helping an injured Miss Price, the children discover there’s more to her than meets the eye.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Borrowers, The Bedknob and Broomstick

Before the Fact    |   Frances Iles 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Emilia Fox, Ben Caplan and Patricia Hodge star in a dramatisation of the novel that Alfred Hitchcock based his film, ‘Suspicion’ on. Set in the early 1930s, Emilia Fox plays the part of Lina – a girl in her late twenties, from a wealthy family. In danger of becoming a spinster, life changes for the better when Lina meets Johnnie Aysgarth, a charming stranger who proposes marriage. Johnnie saves Lina from a boring life with her parents and whisks her off on an extravagant honeymoon. But on their return Lina begins to discover that Johnnie is not all he seems. His gambling threatens to ruin them but is her growing suspicion that he is also a murderer founded on reality or her imagination?


Before the Screaming Begins    |   Wally K. Daly 1 series . 3 episode(s)

Before the Screaming Begins. An invasion by aliens interrupts an idyllic wedding anniversary celebration for Tom Harris and his wife.

Wally K Daly’s sci-fi trilogy (including The Silent Scream and With a Whimper to the Grave) is courtesy of a recording made by the author. Sadly the master tape was not saved in the BBC archive.

The trilogy was originally erased by the BBC, as was custom in order to re-use tape and save money. The sound quality on these recordings is not perfect as they come from an off-air cassette recording thankfully made by Wally K. Daly.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
625Y Burglar’s Bargains Children of Witchwood, The Death of an Unimportant Pope Delta Sly Honey Orphans In Waiting Rasputin – Almost the Truth
Right Royal Rip-Off, The Before the Screaming Begins | A Trilogy

Behind Closed Doors    |   Clara Glynn 3 series . 9 episode(s)

Rebecca takes on the case of a police woman who claims sexist bullying drove her out of her job. With Claire Rushbrook, Susie Riddell, Paul Copley. Directed by David Ian Neville.


Being Mussolini    |   Booth Graffoe 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Aldo is a very ordinary man, save for one thing – he looks and sounds exactly like Benito Mussolini. Being Mussolini’s lookalike is no easy matter, especially when Italy is at war and your wife prefers your new identity.


Bel Ami    |   Guy de Maupassant 0 series . 2 episode(s)

The story chronicles Georges Duroy’s corrupt rise to power from a poor ex-NCO to one of the most successful men in Paris, most of which he achieves by manipulating a series of powerful, intelligent, and wealthy mistresses.

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Une Vie Bel Ami

Belgian Nurse    |   Kathryn Hulme 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The story of a friendship that created one of the 20th century’s best-selling novels and films. When American writer Kathryn Hulme meets a Belgian nurse on a UN Relief Programme after the Second World War, she doesn’t understand why Marie-Louise Habets is so unwilling to talk about herself. It’s only later that Marie-Louise admits she has recently left her convent – a confession that reaches a worldwide audience through the book and then the film of The Nun’s Story.


Believe Me    |   Stephanie Dale 0 series . 1 episode(s)

When art teacher Rachel bumps into chef Tyrone on his first day in London it is the start of a sunny, passionate love affair, an affair that will take them into much darker places.

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First Bite of the Air Believe Me

Believers, The    |   Frank Cottrell Boyce 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Comedy drama by acclaimed screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. Liverpool, 1963. The Merseybeat boom is about to take off. And with it, The Believers, a Christian pop band determined to spread the Word. If only they were all singing from the same hymn sheet.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Believers, The One Chord Wonders

Bell in the Ball    |   Lloyd Peters 0 series . 1 episode(s)

What actually happened? He was having some banter with a Millwall fan and the next minute he was blind. He tries to reconstruct events in his mind, but he quite recall what happened. Danny was a sports journo – and an active man. Now his biggest sporting achievement is getting off the sofa. At first Danny resists – he hates cricket. But then he gets sucked into the camaraderie and the competitiveness. His team – the Scorpions – get to the knockout final. Danny is desperate to be there, but so is his new blind friend Floyd. So what does he do? Stab his friend in the back?

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Higher Education, A Bell in the Ball

Ben Hur     |   Alastair Jessiman 1 series . 4 episode(s)

The story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Judean aristocrat who, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, is enslaved through the betrayal of his Roman friend Messala. Embittered and vengeful after regaining his freedom, he is redeemed after encountering Jesus and witnessing his crucifixion. Originally a Lew Wallace novel of 1880, the story has been adapted for stage, screen and radio numerous times.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Sensitive, The Ben Hur

Benefit of Time, The    |   Terri-Ann Brumby 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Terri-Ann Brumby’s comedy about a young woman who believes she was once Anne Boleyn. Debbie Green is dull. Debbie Green is plain. Debbie Green works in Human Resources, where she has few friends, and lives a very mundane existence. That is, until she starts going to visit a hypnotist, who claims to be able to explore people’s past lives. And guess what? Debbie, apparently, has had a very eventful past life – she was once Anne Boleyn. Or so Donald Cruikshank her hypnotist excitedly confirms. He is, of course, a charlatan, and he’s gulling her. Or is he? Is she gulling him? As the sessions progress, and Debbie starts doing an office round-robin e-mail of her experiences, her popularity at work increases dramatically, as do her career prospects. In our celebrity-fixated world, what better celebrity to conjure up – and then actually be – than a famous figure of history? And as Debbie climbs that greasy pole to success and high status, she leaves a trail of human devastation in her wake.


Beowulf    |   Seamus Heaney 0 series . 2 episode(s)

Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest. More than 3,000 lines long, Beowulf relates the exploits of its eponymous hero, and his successive battles with a monster, named Grendel, with Grendel’s revengeful mother, and with a dragon which was guarding a hoard of treasure.


Beryl du Jour    |   Jane Purcell 0 series . 1 episode(s)

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.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
43 Years in the Third Form Beryl du Jour Righteous Sisters, The

Betrayal    |   Harold Pinter 0 series . 2 episode(s)

Harold Pinter’s acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Birthday Party, The Betrayal Caretaker, The Unmade Movies | Harold Pinter’s Victory Unmade Movies | Harold Pinter’s The Dreaming Child

Betrayal, The    |   Helen Dunmore 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. Anna and Andrei have survived the siege, married and together have brought up Anna’s brother Kolya. They want their lives to be ordinary – but when the son of a senior secret police official is admitted to the hospital where Andrei is a paediatrican, Andrei finds himself outmanoeuvred by the more politically astute and face to face with a man who has the power to destroy him and his family. Helen Dunmore’s evocative portrait of one couple living in the shadow of Stalin conveys both the sense of all pervading menace, from neighbours, from colleagues, from the state, and the struggle to remain humane and true in the face of it. As the net tightens around Andrei and his life becomes the stuff of nightmares, she also tells a compelling and page-turning tale.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Birdcage Walk Betrayal, The Mironov Legacy, The Siege, The

Betsy Coleman    |   Katie Hims 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Betsy Coleman signs up to do memory research for a bit of extra cash, but she finds that her memories are so vivid that revisiting her past becomes compulsive, particularly when she gets to spend some virtual time with her late Mother.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Home Front Small Piece of Silence Betsy Coleman Black Dog Forty Three Fifty Nine: Wake King David Life of Penguins
Earthquake Girl, The Katie Hims Collection

Better Half, The    |   Noel Coward 0 series . 1 episode(s)

This delicious comedy of marital disharmony was written when its young , Noel Coward, was 22 years old. Rediscovered after nearly 90 years, the play was originally considered too ‘racy’ for public performance, since it deals – in part – with the subject of female sexual desire. ‘The Better Half’ is a devastatingly accomplished relationship comedy, focusing on a husband, wife and her best friend. In an unusual psychological ploy the unhappy wife encourages the husband to leave her to pursue a happier connection with her friend. But the wife’s apparent selflessness may conceal a hidden agenda. Even now the play is surprisingly unconventional, cannily perceptive – and funny. The himself makes an unexpected appearance as a typically witty musical narrator.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Private Lives This Happy Breed Song at Twilight, A Nude With Violin Better Half Vortex

Between Two Worlds    |   William Stanton 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Sir Oliver Lodge is a strange and forgotten figure from the Edwardian era: an Establishment scientist, the unacknowledged inventor of the wireless before Marconi, a dabbler in psychic phenomena, the friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Albert Einstein. He was also a tragic figure: destined to spend his life searching desperately for a way to communicate, using séances, with his son, Raymond, killed on the Western Front in 1915. Sir Oliver believed he had cracked the thin veil that separates two worlds. Many of those séances were transcribed and form the heart of this drama written by Adrian Bean and David Hendy.


Beyond Contempt    |   Peter Jukes 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Peter Jukes’ nail-biting account of how, as a playwright turned court reporter, he came to live-tweet the entire 8 1/2 month hacking trial.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Arabian Afternoons Bad Faith Phone Day Release Prenup Beyond Contempt

Beyond Endurance    |   Meredith Hooper 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Dominic West stars as Ernest Shackleton in Meredith Hooper’s play, charting the great explorer’s 1914 Endurance expedition planning to cross Antarctica, told in the words of the explorers themselves. Just over a hundred years ago, with war breaking out in Europe, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on what is considered the last major expedition of the heroic age of polar exploration – to cross the Antarctic from coast to coast. This is the story of that expedition, told in the words of the men themselves, through their diaries, accounts and journals. It was an expedition that became known for being one of the great feats of endurance, and one from which Shackleton was determined not to lose a single man.

Related titles
Worst Journey in the World, The

Beyond the Borders    |   Mike Walker 0 series . 1 episode(s)

1950, much of Europe still lies in ruins from the Second World War. Germany is crushed and the Allies are divided about allowing the country to rebuild in the face of a growing Soviet threat. Jean Monnet is charged with planning the reconstruction of France. Appalled by the devastation of two world wars, he is a highly efficient technocrat and a thinker who knows how to influence politicians. For years he has believed in European collaboration to secure a peaceful and prosperous future. Monnet’s vision is for a radical realignment of Europe, not by one nation asserting itself over another, but by negotiation, integration and ultimately, through political and economic unification. Monnet knows he has to move swiftly. Within days the Allies will decide the future of Germany at a conference in London. He gathers a small group in his cottage outside Paris to thrash out a revolutionary plan to bring the coal and steel industries of France and Germany together. Working with the Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, Monnet plots how far to press his idea. His grand vision of unification remains in the background – the focus is on the practicalities of getting the two nations on board. Monnet’s team produces 9 drafts, arguing intensely about what can be achieved and how it should be implemented. With a radical plan agreed, Schuman dispatches a secret envoy to the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer to bring him on board. When on 9th May Schuman outlines the plan that bears his name and leads to the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community, many in the room are taken aback at its boldness, but few predict how the Schuman Declaration will become the founding document for the European Union, and a catalyst for those pursuing Monnet’s vision of a United States of Europe.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Omega Caesar Avoid London – Area Closed Plantagenet Dickens Confidential Home Front Russian Gambler, The
Beyond the Borders Darger and the Detective Spitfire Veldt, The Landfall City Killing, A Gun Goes to Hollywood, The
Gun, The Killing, A Fearless Doing Time the Last Ballad of Reading Gaol Mrs Pickwick’s Papers Scumdog Millionaires 2025
Biggest Secret, The Tumanbay Mike Walker Collection

Bid, The    |   Matthew Solon 0 series . 1 episode(s)

After five years of planning and an 18-month campaign to win votes costing more than £15m, England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup ended in humiliation in front of millions of TV viewers around the world. Exactly a year after FIFA President Sepp Blatter walked onto the stage at the Messe Centre in Zurich and revealed that Russia would be hosting the 2018 World Cup, this drama tells the behind-the-scenes story of what happened in Zurich in the days leading up to the announcement on 2nd December 2010. Focusing on the England bid team – which included David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham – the drama is based on interviews with many of those who were there, and on published material, and uses actors to play all the key characters. This is a gripping story of hope, broken promises and disappointment – a compelling and entertaining insight into the business behind the game.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
How to Make Your First Billion Five Days in May Bid, The Man Who Came Back, The Appeal, The

Big in Samoa    |   Marcy Kahan 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Dog walker Caleb’s life is about to change. An album he cut in his twenties and forgot about, now has a huge online following.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Noel Coward Mystery Lunch Incredibly Guilty A Comic Moral Fable Mr Bridger’s Orphan Big in Samoa 20 Cigarettes

Big Pies    |   Gill Adams 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Two lonely people, one night school and a lot of lying. Ron runs a successful chippy, but when his wife dies, he loses his heart and half his custom. Elaine is trapped at home caring for her irascible Dad, stuck in Yorkshire when she’d much rather be back in Wales. She feels her failure at school holds her back, and her dad doesn’t exactly help her self esteem. Ron is fed up at being nagged by best mate Keith about his soggy batter and lack of interest in romance. Goaded into action, they both reluctantly sign on at local night school. Meanwhile, Keith and Elaine’s Dad are caught up with the excitement of local UFO spotters with mysterious crop circles. Keith is adamant that if Ron will only absorb a few cosmic rays, his love life will be transformed. One night, during a break, Ron is sneaking a fag near the bins round the back when he bumps into Elaine – and sparks immediately fly. Neither is prepared to admit why they are at night school, so they make up elaborate lies about what they are studying. Over the weeks, attracted to each other but in denial, their deception involves them in more and more complicated situations. When the end of term concert is announced, Ron realises he will have to come clean – he is a widower but not really a stand up comedian – and Elaine isn’t really a belly dancer…


Big Pig Little Pig    |   Jacqueline Yallop 0 series . 1 episode(s)

When Jacqueline moves to south-west France with her husband, she embraces rural village life and buys two pigs to rear for slaughter. But as she gets to know the animals better, her English sentimentality threatens to get in the way and she begins to wonder if she can actually bring herself to kill them. This is a memoir about that fateful decision, but it’s also about the ethics of meat eating in the modern age, and whether we should know, respect and even love the animals we eat.


Big Sky    |   Anna Maloney 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Ambitious Australian lawyer, Lindsey Regan, wants to get her client out of Guantanamo prison and back to his family in Australia. He claims he was beaten and tortured somewhere abroad until he confessed to a terrorism plot. He also claims he briefly escaped his captors during a refuelling stopover at a Scottish airport.


Big Sleep, The    |   Raymond Chandler 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Marlowe’s entanglement with the Sternwood family – respectable sister with gambling addiction, younger sister with drink/drug problem and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures – is enshrined in the iconic film version with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

There are two versions of this title:

v1: Starring Ed Bishop as Philip Marlowe from 2007.
v2:  Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe from 2011.

Related titles:
Double Jeopardy
Available titles by this author / playwright:
Big Sleep, The Lady in the Lake Farewell My Lovely Long Goodbye High Window Little Sister Playback
Poodle Springs Goldfish

Biggest Secret, The    |   Mike Walker 0 series . 1 episode(s)

In the early hours of June 5th 1944 Captain Rob Collins, who is languishing in hospital, receives a call that will take him on a journey through England that will change his life.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Omega Caesar Avoid London – Area Closed Plantagenet Dickens Confidential Home Front Russian Gambler, The
Beyond the Borders Darger and the Detective Spitfire Veldt, The Landfall City Killing, A Gun Goes to Hollywood, The
Gun, The Killing, A Fearless Doing Time the Last Ballad of Reading Gaol Mrs Pickwick’s Papers Scumdog Millionaires 2025
Biggest Secret, The Tumanbay Mike Walker Collection

Billy Budd-These Buttons We Wear    |   Herman Melville 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The playwright Keith Dewhurst adapts Herman Melville’s powerful story of persecution and retribution in the aftermath of the Naval Mutinies at Nore and Spithead in 1797. He also tells the story of the man who wrote it. Herman Melville was a man who himself had more than a passing acquaintance with mutiny. There was a history of it amongst his forebears and his own escapades as a sailor in the South Pacific involved him in a mutiny of his own.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Moby Dick

Billy Liar    |   Keith Waterhouse 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Stephen Tompkinson reads Keith Waterhouse’s semi-comical story about William Fisher, a working-class 19-year-old living with his parents in the fictional town of Stradhoughton in Yorkshire. Bored by his job as a lowly clerk for an undertaker, Billy spends his time indulging in fantasies and dreams of life in the big city as a comedy writer.


Bindi Business    |   Tanika Gupta 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Bindi starts an exciting new business venture in property development.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Rescue Me Bindi Business

Bird Cloud    |   Annie Proulx 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Pulitzer prize-winning writer, Annie Proulx, sets out to build her perfect home in a remote corner of Wyoming. Proulx’s first work of non-fiction in twenty years tells a personal story of designing and constructing a house in harmony with her interests, work and personality. Having lived a peripatetic life, Annie Proulx decides to build a house where she can end her days. It does not quite work out that way when she falls in love with a 640 acre of remote Nature Conservancy land in Wyoming.


Birdcage Walk (R)    |   Helen Dunmore 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Radicals, property and love in 1790s Bristol. Read by Hattie Morahan.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Birdcage Walk Betrayal, The Mironov Legacy, The Siege, The

Birdsong    |   Sebastian Faulks 0 series . 1 episode(s)

This intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man’s Land, Sebastian Faulks creates a world of fiction that is as tragic as ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and as sensuous as ‘The English Patient’. Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Engleby Birdsong

Birth of Britain, The    |   George Rosie 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Allan Little presents George Rosie’s dramatised account of the wheeling and dealing which led to the Act of Union of 1707, which merged the parliaments of England and Scotland. He’s on the spot, with Daniel Defoe as his guide, and in a tale of spying, bribery, corruption, military threat, economic bullying, financial disaster, great optimism and fiercely argued negotiation, he overhears the deals done in London coffee houses and the spin doctoring in Edinburgh inns which resulted in the Union and the beginning of the country we now call Britain. With John Sessions as Daniel Defoe.


Birthday Party, The    |   Harold Pinter 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Toby Jones stars in Harold Pinter’s celebrated comedy of menace The Birthday Party.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Birthday Party, The Betrayal Caretaker, The Unmade Movies | Harold Pinter’s Victory Unmade Movies | Harold Pinter’s The Dreaming Child

Black and White Riot    |   Edson Burton 0 series . 1 episode(s)

It’s April 2nd 1980. Inside the notorious Black and White Café in St Paul’s, Bristol, local hustler Reagan is drinking whisky and playing dominoes with his friend Carlos. Outside, Reagan’s daughter Ross is keeping an eye on her Dad’s beloved Cadillac and playing tag and shoot-out with Levi, a Rastafarian, and the ‘biggest kid you can imagine’. He’s been ‘away’ for a while and she’s delighted to see him back, even though he’s a grown up and she’s only eleven. To Ross, the ‘Black and White’ is a place where her Dad is King, and she’s a princess. There’s always a party going on. But today is going to be different. Today he’s going to lose his crown. The Black and White Café in Bristol was notorious (even in Jamaica) as a place where you could buy illegal drink and drugs. The Café is the setting for this exciting new play by award-winning playwright Edson Burton which marks thirty years since the St Paul’s Riots. The St Paul’s Riots in Bristol were the first in a series of infamous inner-city confrontations between police and mainly Black communities in Britain in the 1980s. Close to the heart of the city centre, yet isolated by poverty and White fear, the tiny parish of St Pauls replicated in concentrated form the forces that ignited those riots, leading the way for Brixton, Handsworth and Toxteth. In this subtle, exhilarating and revealing play, Edson Burton brings a new perspective to the conventional explanations of police racism, white oppression and poverty as factors in why people rioted that day in Bristol. He tells the story of the Black criminals busy exploiting their own people: the rioters struck out against them too. And many people recall a carnival atmosphere as the police retreated and the looting began.


Black Bartlemy’s Treasure    |   Jeffrey Farnol 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Jeffrey Farnol’s swashbuckling tale of piracy, love and death as Martin Conisby seeks vengeance on Sir Richard Brandon.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Black Bartlemy’s Treasure Black Bartlemy’s Treasure | Martin Conisby’s Vengeance

Black Bartlemy’s Treasure 2 – Martin Conisby’s Vengeance    |   Jeffrey Farnol 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Martin Conisby faces more jealousy, misunderstandings and pirates on the high seas.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Black Bartlemy’s Treasure Black Bartlemy’s Treasure | Martin Conisby’s Vengeance

Black Beauty    |   Anna Sewell 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The 1877 classic which attempted to change careless attitudes towards horses in Nineteenth Century England. The story of a well-bred horse with a white star on his forehead who starts out in a good stable with friends Ginger and Merrylegs, but gradually comes down in the world, his health failing due to over-work and his spirit almost broken. This version of the story is interestingly told by the horse.


Black Bono, The    |   Gabriel Bisset-Smith 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Gideon Gordon, film star and celebrity campaigner for human rights, is murdered in Africa, and the main suspect is his brother Ken. What can have driven the brothers apart?


Black Cinderella Two Goes East    |   Clive Anderson and Rory McGrath 0 series . 1 episode(s)

An all-star pantomime, with ex-members of the Cambridge Footlights broadcasted on 25 December 1978. The programme is notable for being one of only a few radio programmes (co)-produced by Douglas Adams while he was employed by the BBC as a radio producer, also for giving a significant role to a serving politician, John Pardoe. The hour-long programme was written by Clive Anderson and Rory McGrath and was co-produced by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.


Black Dog    |   Katie Hims 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Out of the blue, Clare’s husband goes missing leaving her alone with their seven year old son and a huge black dog to look after. Award-winning playwright Katie Hims’ funny and moving play about family, loss and love, starring Claire Rushbrook.

All available titles by this author / playwright:
Home Front Small Piece of Silence Betsy Coleman Black Dog Forty Three Fifty Nine: Wake King David Life of Penguins
Earthquake Girl, The Katie Hims Collection

Black Hearts in Battersea    |   Joan Aiken 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Dramatisation by Lin Coghlan of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s adventure.Young Simon comes to 18th-century London to study painting and finds himself caught up in wicked Hanoverian plots to overthrow the King.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Black Hearts in Battersea

Black Narcissus    |   Rumer Goddens 0 series . 1 episode(s)

In the days when it was the General’s harem’ palace, ladies with their retinues and rich clothes could be seen walking on the high windy terraces. At night, music floated out over villages and gorges far into the early hours. Now the General’s son has bestowed it upon the disciplined Sisters of Mary. Beginning work in the orchards and opening a school and a dispensary for the mountain people, the small band of Sisters are depended for help on the English agent, Mr Dean. But his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. When he says bluntly This is no place for a nunnery’, it is as if he already knows their destiny …Black Narcissus …bears comparison with A Passage to India ‘ Arthur Koestler. A very remarkable novel indeed. One in a thousand’ Observer. ‘The writing is lovely, subtle, gentle, humorous and apprehensive’ Hugh Walpole.’ A genius for storytelling’ Evening Standard.


Black Roses the Killing of Sophie Lancaster    |   Simon Armitage 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The Killing of Sophie Lancaster is an elegy to the young gap-year student who was attacked in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire. She later died on August 24th 2007. This is an elegy to mark the anniversary of her death, four years later. Aged twenty, Sophie suffered fatal injuries while cradling her boyfriend Rob’s head in an attempt to protect him from a ferocious attack by a group of youths. Rob survived but Sophie went into a coma and never recovered. Sophie was an intelligent bookish child who showed signs of wanting to be different from an early age. Political, vegetarian, a pacifist, Sophie had left school with A levels and was thinking about what to do with her future when it was taken so brutally from her. Sophie and Rob dressed in a unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people through goth-style clothes, piercings and make-up, which provoked the fatal attack in the early hours of that Saturday morning. Sophie had been dating Rob Maltby, a 21-year-old art student for three years.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster Gawain and the Green Knight Porcelain: The Trial for the Killing of Sophie Lancaster Last Days of Troy Torchbearers, The

Black Sheep, The    |   Chris Dolan 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Chris Dolan’s dramatisation of Honore de Balzac’s entertaining tale of family rivalry and fortunes lost and won, set in 19th-century France.


Blackout    |   Damian Barr and Laura Lockington 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Dan and Lucy are about to compete for the same job. They are also in total denial about a recent one-night stand. Then they get stuck in a lift together. Can things get any worse?


Blackout in Gretley    |   J.B. Priestley 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Anton Lesser reads J.B. Priestley’s atmospheric war-time thriller, set in a Midlands town during the blackout. With an aircraft factory and an electrical works busy with war work, it soon becomes apparent that sensitive information is being leaked to the enemy. An undercover operative is sent in to discover what’s going on, and he finds himself surrounded by black marketers, fifth columnists and an assortment of servicemen and civilians. As he tries to make sense of this strange cast of characters, his investigation is hampered by a murder. He realises that this uninspiring-looking town harbours some sinister secrets hidden in the dark of its wintry blackout.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Inspector Calls, An Blackout in Gretley Postscripts Bright Day Salt is Leaving J.B. Priestley Collection Angel Pavement

Blade of the Poisoner, The    |   Douglas Hill 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Twelve-year-old Jarral and three friends with strong psychic talents fight the evil of Prince Mephtik the Poisoner, who serves the Demon-Driver.


Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab    |   Owen Bennett-Jones 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Documentary drama piecing together the extraordinary events surrounding the 2011 assassination of the Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab. Starring Sagar Arya, Amerjit Deu, Asif Khan.


Blast of War, The    |   Michael Symmons Roberts 0 series . 1 episode(s)

A British soldier fighting in Afghanistan is sent on a journey of atonement after a comrade is killed in one of the last military actions of 2015. Unwittingly he has been transported back to Gallipoli in 1915, then Waterloo in 1815, and then six hundred years to Agincourt in 1415. Each time he must fight and relive the horror of war.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
79 Birthdays Crossing the Dark Sea Man in Pieces, A Blast of War, The Songs and Lamentations

Blind Barber, The    |   Gideon Fell 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Dr Gideon Fell’s only clue to a killing on board an ocean liner is an engraved weapon.


Blinded by the Sun    |   Stephen Poliakoff 0 series . 1 episode(s)

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.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Blinded by the Sun Breaking the Silence Playing With Trains

Blood and Milk    |   Gregory Evans 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Thrilling series set in 1890s Whitechapel. Welsh farm girl Megan Evans comes to London to visit her brother who is running the family’s dairy business – but her brother is strangely unwelcoming.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Shirleymander Blood and Milk

Blood, Sex and Money    |   Based on works of Emile Zola 3 series . 27 episode(s)

Blood, Sex and Money. Based on works by Emile Zola. The first season of 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature’s greatest whistle blower – Emile Zola. Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old and matriarch to a family of wolves – the Rougon-Macquart’s. Les Rougon-Macquart themed around Blood, Sex And Money, the series is a mash-up of the 20 novels, that draws us into 19th century France and the tragic, farcical reign of Napoleon III, as it marches forward towards a modern, industrialised society.

To accompany the series ‘Blood Sex and Money: The Life and Work of Emile Zola’ is included.

Related titles:
Witness: J’Accuse
Available titles by this author / playwright:
Germinal. Ladies Delight, The. Therese Raquin

Blood Sport    |   Dick Francis 0 series . 1 episode(s)

When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he’d forego his holiday to search for millionaire Dave Teller’s prized missing stallion, he didn’t know his retainer would include the attention of his boss’s beautiful teenage daughter – or Teller’s seldom sober wife. Neither did he know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would eventually lead to murder.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Blood Sport Bolt Bonecrack Enquiry Horses Whip Hand Straight

Blotting Book    |   E.F. Benson 0 series . 1 episode(s)

A savage murder in genteel Edwardian Brighton uncovers a tangled web of uncontrolled passions lies and deceptions.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Blotting Book, The Miss Mapp

Blue Eyed Boy    |   Helen Cross 0 series . 1 episode(s)

A powerful and moving documentary-drama by Helen Cross, which tells the true story of her father, Lawrence, the evacuee who never went home. Told through improvised interviews and re-created actuality, the play is constructed as a documentary, as if it were happening now. In 1944, when he was five years old, Lawrence Duncomb (Albie D’Urso) was evacuated from Blitz-torn London to Willerby, a village on the outskirts of Hull, and taken in by a childless couple. Lawrence had never eaten at a table before, never said prayers, never slept alone in a bed or had to mind his manners. Lilian (Jane Godber) is determined to raise him as a well-mannered Christian. She wants this substitute-child to accept and be grateful for all that she’s offering. Her husband (John Godber) also knows she’s desperate at the thought of the boy leaving her after the war. Soon Lilian starts to dream of ways of keeping him, even against his will. Finely judged and authentic performances from a quality cast bring a poignant realism to this true story. The play concludes with an interview with the real Lawrence. He says he never stopped missing his mother and when he finally tracked her down as an adult, her first words were: ‘I’ve been waiting for you to call.’


Blue Flu    |   Peter Bleksley 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Blue Flu is a contemporary drama set in the near future. It explores the ‘what if’ scenario of a ‘police strike’ and the fall out of the strike across one day. We will follow three characters across the day of strike action: Mick Harley a dedicated frontline police officer; Jackie Raymond a senior member of the police federation who represent officers and Tom Dunkley, the junior minister who has inherited the responsibility of implementing cuts to a disaffected police service. Mick Harley loves his job and is proud of his work as a ‘response officer’ but he resents the way cuts have put officers at risk. A colleague of his is injured on duty, for the police this is the true cost and consequence of government cuts. Mick decides to take a militant stand, by triggering ‘blue flu’ a coordinated action of officers calling in sick.


Blue Glory    |   Hayley Squires 0 series . 1 episode(s)

For almost ten years Terence and his daughter Lillian have barely spoken to one another. But tonight, on his 60th birthday, father and daughter are reunited to watch their beloved football team vie for championship victory. Will they find reconciliation as satisfying as winning? A tender drama about the fragile relationship between a father and a daughter, and the unifying power of the beautiful game.


Blue Moon Over Poplar    |   Rebecca Lenkiewicz 0 series . 1 episode(s)

It’s 1955, and Teddy Girls and Teddy Boys are on the streets. Five. girls and one guy experience love, lust and heartache against a backdrop of bombsites, coffee bars and rock’n’roll.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Blue Moon Over Poplar Sarah and Ken Gothic Imagination, The | The Winter House Burning Up

Blue Room, The    |   Georges Simenon 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Vain, womanising Tony and passionate, manipulative Andree met eight times in eleven months in the blue room at the Hotel des Voyageurs for afternoons of abandoned love. For Tony the conversation that last time was just the casual, almost banal, talk of lovers. But for Andree it was something else. And it led inevitably to an appalling double murder and a nightmare which Tony couldn’t escape.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Monsieur Monde Vanishes Other Simenon, The Monsieur La Soories Blue Room, The Sunday

Bobbys Job, A    |   Don Webb 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Life looks good for Mark and Helen Bellis. He’s a young detective constable, just passed the sergeant’s exam. That opens the door to a higher bracket, maybe a thirty thousand a year job. With Helen’s job at the bank, they can trade up to a bigger house and start a family. Then the police job cuts loom and suddenly the way forward doesn’t look quite as clear. Helen’s dad, Richard, thinks his daughter married beneath her. He’s an old school businessman, Mason and Golf Club captain. Very conscious of his standing in the community. Local company director. He introduces Mark to his security manager, Joby Dale. He’s an ex Met Commander with a tricky little problem. Someone in the company is thieving. But he doesn’t know how high up the thief is. So, he reckons, with a little help on the side from Mark, he can find out who it is, stop him and, at the same time, move himself up the power structure. Without finding himself in the firing line. Or being blamed for the breach. Mark is intrigued. And he can do with a few quid on the side. What can be the harm?

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Bobbys Job, A Boots on the Ground Right Place Wrong Time
Body on the Beach, The (R)    |   Simon Brett 0 series . 5 episode(s)

In the English seaside village of Fethering (located next to the town of Tarring), recently retired Carole Seddon just wishes to live a quite, sensible life with Gulliver, her Labrador Retriever. But when she discovers a dead body on the beach while walking the dog, her sensible life is suddenly quite complicated. And with the help of her bohemian neighbor Jude, Carole finds a new purpose in life: as a detective.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Body on the Beach, The Quirks So Much Blood Turf Wars | How’s Your Mother?

Bolt    |   Dick Francis 0 series . 5 episode(s)

Kit Fielding is a successful jockey. Unfortunately his patron Princess Casilia is in trouble: all her best runners are being destroyed – shot by a bolt. Kit tries to help.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Blood Sport Bolt Bonecrack Enquiry Horses Whip Hand Straight

Bomber    |   Len Deighton 0 series . 3 episode(s)

It is 18 February 1943, and RAF Lancaster bomber WF 183 – call sign O-Orange – is about to set off on its final mission. It is a raid which will touch the lives of hundreds: the civilians in the small German town of Altgarten, consumed by blazing fire, and the crews, both German and British, men and women. It is a night of horror that few will forget…When the gripping dramatised version of Bomber was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, it was transmitted in ‘real time’ throughout the day, to incredible critical and audience response. Tom Baker is the Commentator, and an all-star cast includes Jack Shepherd, Frank Windsor, Samuel West, Emma Chambers, Brian Murphy and Michael Troughton. Bomber is a thrilling, action-packed and ultimately poignant story that will stay in the listener’s imagination for a long time to come.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Ipcress File, The Bomber

Bonecrack    |   Dick Francis 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Neil Griffon gets involved in a horrendous situation when managing his stricken father’s racing stables at Newmarket.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Blood Sport Bolt Bonecrack Enquiry Horses Whip Hand Straight

Book by Lester Tricklebank, A    |   Richard Lumsden 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Neil Griffon gets involved in a horrendous situation when managing his stricken father’s racing stables at Newmarket.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Man in the Moon Book by Lester Tricklebank, A

Book of Love, The    |   Mark Hills 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Tom is only 26 and has slept with 53 women. Then he finds a mysterious book which has an odd effect on him.


Book of Shadows, The    |   Scott Cherry 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Sceptical journalist Ellie Rogers is sent to Norfolk to investigate witchcraft, but she soon witnesses some terrifying incidents which cannot be explained.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Tetherdown Book of Shadows, The

Book of the City of Ladies, The    |   Christine de Pizan 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Christine de Pizan’s allegorical fantasy about building a fortress for women from valour, virtue and wisdom.


Book Thief, The    |   Markus Zusak 0 series . 2 episode(s)

Narrated by Death, The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany (a period when the narrator notes he was extremely busy.) It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, Hans and Rosa, and the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. Published in 2005, it has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List for over 230 weeks.


Boots on the Ground    |   Don Webb 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Dark contemporary thriller by Don Webb. Danny’s friend Billy was on the same course as him at the military research centre, but he has gone missing. What exactly is going on there?

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Bobbys Job, A Boots on the Ground Right Place Wrong Time

Bora Bora    |   Lynne Truss 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Art historian Alec, the brother of a famous actor, has lived his life in the shadows following a traumatic event in his childhood. When a biographer joins a painting holiday organised by Alec, his arrival disturbs the calm. Alec must face a terrible truth about his life and about the nature of forgiveness.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Cat Out of Hell Giving Up the Ghost Bora Bora

Born in the DDR    |   Jonathan Myerson 0 series . 1 episode(s)

The Berlin Wall fell in November ’89. But the bricks started crumbling long before that – and were given a mighty kick by a Rock’n’Roll band from New Jersey. This is the madcap and improbable true story of how the Stasi licensed a Bruce Springsteen gig in East Berlin, and started something they couldn’t stop. In 1987, both Pink Floyd and David Bowie play at the Reichstag, deliberately pointing the speakers towards the East. The result is rioting on the Eastern side – Glasnost has arrived and East German youth wants some. ‘Pony’ Ponesky, an East German band manager (no easy job) knows something has to be done – the hard line won’t work any more, they have to provide their own rock concerts. He is granted a rare luxury: a phone call to the West. And when he speaks to the promoter of Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love Tour, the answer – freakishly, unbelievably, miraculously – is Yes! Who would have guessed Bruce has always wanted to play East Berlin? Now all he has to do is sell the idea to the Stasi…

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Born in the DDR Clintons, The Payback Prince, The

Borrowers, The    |   Mary Norton 0 series . 2 episode(s)

The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty’s father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll’s teacup without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house.

Available titles by this author / playwright:
Bedknob and Broomstick Borrowers, The

Bottle Blonde and Beautiful    |   Vanessa Rosenthal 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Denise is a hairdresser and single mum who gets more than she planned for when a man comes into the salon and asks to go blonde.


Bottle Imp, The    |   R.L. Stevenson 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Native Hawaiian Keawe buys a bottle promising love, fame and money – but there’s a drawback.

Related titles:
Strange Case of the Man in the Velvet Jacket
Available titles by this author / playwright:
Short History of Gothic, A | Markheim Stevenson in Love | The Amateur Emigrant Stevenson in Love | Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Treasure Island Kidnapped Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The
Darker Side of the Border|Olalla Mater of Ballantrae Weir of Hermiston Terror in the South Seas|The Beach of Falesa Terror in the South Seas|The Ebb Tide RENAME RENAME

Bottle Factory Outing    |   Beryl Bainbridge 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Beryl Bainbridge’s darkly comic novel The Bottle Factory Outing. It’s 1970. Two Northerners, Freda and Brenda share a bedsit in London and work in the local Bottle Factory, run by a family of Italians. On the day of the annual factory outing, the van Freda’s booked fails to turn up…and things rapidly go from bad to worse… A black comedy with the suspense of a thriller. Brenda and Freda share a flat in London, and secrets. When Brenda confides her ‘goings on’ in the cellar of the bottle factory with the married Rossi, Freda decides it has got to stop. She will confront Rossi and save her friend.


Bowen and Betjeman    |   John Banville 0 series . 1 episode(s)

Award winning novelist, John Banville, imagines an encounter between Elizabeth Bowen and John Betjeman as they meet for luncheon in a Dublin hotel during the Second World War. As their conversation ranges over their lives, their loves, their politics, we are given a portrait of wartime Dublin and London and of the place of the artist in a world at war.


Box of Delights    |   John Masefield 0 series . 2 episode(s)