A slice of daily life in a village in the wild, mountainous Pak-Afghan borders, based on PACT Radio's existing daily soap, made by and for the Pashtun people.
In the final episode Akbar Khan lends money to his son to bet on their own dog Lucifer in a dogfight. Akbar Khan's other son, Wisal, is disappointed to learn that young Zarlakhta is being withdrawn from the household because she is too mature to work where there are young men.
Finally, there is a knock at the door. The jirga is here in pursuit of justice. They have questions for Akbar Khan about the recent murder in the village.
English listeners must leave An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk on this cliffhanger. But the programme is ongoing in Pashtun.
Akbar Khan, the wealthy landowner ....... Sagar Arya
Shah Bibi, his wife ..... Shaheen Khan
Durranai, his mother ...... Sudha Bhucher
Wisal, his elder son ....... Donald Slack
Mashal, his younger son ....... Muzz Khan
Kashmala, his widowed daughter-in-law ....... Betsabeh Emran
Lashkar, Mashal's friend, the outlaw ........ Narinder Samra
Mewa Gul, the poorest farmer ...... Vincent Ibrahim
Bakhtawara, his wife ....... Meera Syal
Zarlakhta, his daughter ...... Balvinder Sopal
Taza Gul, his son ..... Sagar Arya
Sardar Aka, the shopkeeper ...... Madhav Sharma
Gulnara, his first wife ....... Pooja Ghai
Sakina, his young second wife ...... Rakhee Thakra
Mullah Sahib ...... John Butt
Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt
Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey
Sound design by David Chilton
Music by Olivia Thomas
Producer: Anne-Marie Cole
An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.
|Shah Bibi, his wife||Shaheen Khan|
|Kashmala, widowed daughter-in-law||Betsabeh Emran|
|Bakhtawara, his wife||Meera Syal|
|Zarlakhta, his daughter||Balvinder Sopal|
|Sakina, his young second wife||Rakhee Thakrar|