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The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy - Episode 4

Afternoon Drama Episode guide

  1. My Blue Wedding

    Graham Slater thinks he may be having a nervous breakdown, due to an imaginary friend.

    First broadcast: 05 Dec 2007

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  2. Boniface and Me

    By Gillian Plowman. A recently widowed woman begins to write to an African child.

    First broadcast: 04 Dec 2007

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  3. Kepler's Mum's a Witch

    By Stephen Sharkey. German astronomer Johannes Kepler's mother is accused of witchcraft.

    First broadcast: 03 Dec 2007

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  4. The Tyger Hunt

    Lavinia Murray's play imagines a surreal day in the life of the young William Blake.

    First broadcast: 30 Nov 2007

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  5. The Sensitive

    Series of police dramas featuring Alastair Jessiman's psychic detective Thomas Soutar.

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  6. University of Lies

    By Peter Kesterton. When Andy suggests things are not as they seem, Emma is intrigued.

    First broadcast: 27 Nov 2007

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  7. Horst Buchholz and Other Stories

    By Matthew Wilkie. George is desperate for his team to win the pub quiz.

    First broadcast: 26 Nov 2007

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  8. The Umbrella

    By Lavinia Greenlaw. Happily married couple Will and Iris meet the Perfect Stranger.

    First broadcast: 23 Nov 2007

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  9. Stardust: A Love Story

    By Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis, observing a day in the life of a young Cardiff woman.

    First broadcast: 21 Nov 2007

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  10. Jennifer Howarth - A City Full of Swindlers

    By Jenny Howarth. Jane Austen's sister narrates the shocking story of her aunt's arrest.

    First broadcast: 20 Nov 2007

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  11. Catherine Shepherd - Cats and Monkeys

    Eve goes in search of her dead parents' documents, but unearths something far greater.

    First broadcast: 19 Nov 2007

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  12. Black Out

    By Damian Barr and Laura Lockington. Dan and Lucy get stuck in an elevator.

    First broadcast: 16 Nov 2007

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  13. Take-Away

    Series of comedy dramas depicting the history of a fast food shop in Leeds

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  14. Love Contract

    By Mike Bartlett. A woman fights to keep her dignity in a series of bizarre interviews.

    First broadcast: 14 Nov 2007

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  15. Messages to a Submariner

    By Nick Walker. Deep beneath the ocean, two submariners are desperate to return home.

    First broadcast: 13 Nov 2007

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  16. The Blue Room

    Georges Simenon's classic murder story, dramatised by Ronald Frame.

    First broadcast: 12 Nov 2007

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  17. The Birdwoman of Bognor

    Sarah Daniels's play is set on the afternoon of the annual Birdman of Bognor competition.

    First broadcast: 09 Nov 2007

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  18. Memorials to the Missing

    Stephen Wyatt's play follows moves during WW1 to set up an Imperial War Graves Commission.

    First broadcast: 08 Nov 2007

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  19. The Lost Boys of Africa

    Lemn Sissay narrates this true story about hope, determination and the power of music.

    First broadcast: 07 Nov 2007

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  20. Reunion

    By Chris Thorpe. A man visits a massage parlour for the first time.

    First broadcast: 06 Nov 2007

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  21. Solo behind the Iron Curtain

    Robert Vaughn is making a movie in Prague when Russian tanks roll into Czechoslovakia.

    First broadcast: 05 Nov 2007

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  22. Darkness

    By DJ Britton. Surgeon Dan Walsh learns that he has inherited macular degeneration.

    First broadcast: 02 Nov 2007

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  23. The Woman from the North

    By Bernard MacLaverty. Cassie faces the prospect of residential care. What must she do?

    First broadcast: 01 Nov 2007

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  24. Hands

    By Courttia Newland. Anissa Marie struggles to claim her ancestral power to heal.

    First broadcast: 31 Oct 2007

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  25. Like Listening to Springsteen

    By Harriet O'Carroll. Caro faces a lifetime caring for a brain-damaged child.

    First broadcast: 30 Oct 2007

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  26. The Ted Hughes Letters

    Richard Armitage reads a selection of letters from the late Poet Laureate.

    First broadcast: 29 Oct 2007

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  27. Forty-Three Fifty-Nine

    By Mike Walker and John Dryden. A former FSB agent thinks someone is trying to kill him.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2007

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  28. Louise Wallinger - Cut Me and I Bleed Elvis

    Sarah collects voices on tape, but her microphone is taking over her life.

    First broadcast: 25 Oct 2007

  29. The Tank Man

    Julia Stoneham's play tells the remarkable story of the creator of a WW2 memorial.

    First broadcast: 24 Oct 2007

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  30. Lesley Bruce - An Interlude of Men

    Bren and Hilly have always been friends, so when Hilly breaks her wrist Bren comes to help

    First broadcast: 23 Oct 2007

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