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  1. The Searchers

    Adaptation of the classic western novel by Alan Le May. Dramatised by Adrian Bean.

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  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Ed Hime adapts Ernest Hemingway's novel, set during the Spanish Civil War.

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  3. Rebus: Set in Darkness

    Crime thriller by Ian Rankin, featuring maverick detective Inspector Rebus.

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  4. Eugenie Grandet

    Rose Tremain dramatises Balzac's tragic novel.

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  5. By a Young Officer: Churchill on the North West Frontier

    Winston Churchill's adventure in the hostile mountains of the Afghan/Pakistan border.

    First broadcast: 20 Jul 2014

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  6. The Great Scott

    Three of Walter Scott's novels are dramatised for radio

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  7. Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens's story set against the background of the Gordon Riots of the 1780s

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  8. Ring for Jeeves

    Dramatisation by Archie Scottney of PG Wodehouse's horse-racing comedy thriller

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  9. The Divine Comedy

    Dante's extraordinary poem tells of his journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

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  10. Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen's famous novel of manners is dramatised by Charlotte Jones.

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  11. The World According to Garp

    John Irving's audacious and darkly comic bestseller about the life and times of TS Garp

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  12. The Old Man and the Sea

    Hemingway's masterpiece depicts the thrilling battle between an old man and a large marlin

    First broadcast: 29 Dec 2013

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  13. The Russian Gambler

    Dolya Gavanski's lively modern-day take on Dostoevsky's The Gambler

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  14. Sword of Honour

    Evelyn Waugh's satire on the futility of war and one man's quest for spiritual fulfilment

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  15. Three Men in a Boat

    Jerome K Jerome's comic classic about an eventful rowing holiday on the Thames

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  16. The Aeneid

    Hattie Naylor dramatises Virgil's epic poem, using Robert Fagles' translation

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  17. Sense and Sensibility

    Jane Austen's delightful comedy of manners, dramatised by Helen Edmundson

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  18. Desolation Island

    Patrick O'Brian's nautical adventure, dramatised by Roger Danes

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  19. The Radetzky March

    Joseph Roth's novel about the end of an empire, dramatised by Gregory Evans

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  20. The Mask of Dimitrios

    Eric Ambler's 1939 crime thriller is dramatised by Stephen Sheridan

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  21. Angel Pavement

    JB Priestley's comedy of greed and redemption in the City, dramatised by Martin Jameson

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  22. The Great Scott

    Three of Walter Scott's novels are dramatised for radio

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  23. A Larkin Double

    Dramatisations of Philip Larkin's only two novels

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  24. The Water Babies: A Modern Fairy Tale

    Paul Farley updates Charles Kingsley's tale of a child labourer's underwater adventures.

    First broadcast: 24 Mar 2013

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  25. Esther Waters

    By George Moore. Stirring tale of how a servant girl makes her way in Victorian England

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  26. Pather Panchali - Song of the Road

    Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's classic of Bengali literature, dramatised by Tanika Gupta

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  27. Janet Frame - An Angel at My Table

    Dramatisation by Anita Sullivan of the autobiography of New Zealand author Janet Frame

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  28. The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope's enthralling novel about beautiful but deceitful widow Lizzie Eustace

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  29. The Count of Monte Cristo

    Swashbuckling tale of revenge by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Sebastian Baczkiewicz

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  30. Rebus: The Black Book

    Ian Rankin's maverick detective, Inspector Rebus, investigates an unsolved murder

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