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Wednesday 19 March at 2.15pm and Thursday 20 March at 2.15pm
Still from film Yalda
An original scenario by Peter Ackroyd was the inspiration behind six new radio plays and six short films. The City Speaks is a visual and narrative feast celebrating London as a great cosmopolitan city.
The City Speaks

Read and hear the original story:
Listen to and read the original story, by Peter Ackroyd (read by Peter Marinker).

The radio plays: The plays were broadcast in two groups of three on BBC Radio 4 between 2.15 -3.00pm on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 March 2008. The plays also provided the sound track for the films.

The films: Rights to stream these films have now elapsed. Credits listed at the BBC Film Network.
'Films for radio'

The six very different films range from humorous to highly emotional, from heart warming to the frankly bizarre, including a depiction of Canary Wharf which resembles the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, voodoo goddesses who wander the streets of East London casting evil before them as they go, and a tube station that exists beneath the capital, but doesn’t appear on any map.

Still from Pushing
Pushing by Lin Coghlan
Film Produced and Directed by Alnoor Dewshi
BBC Radio Drama Director: Jessica Dromgoole

Still from I Am Not You Are Not Me
I Am Not You Are Not Me by Mike Walker
Film Directed and Edited by Joe King and Rosie Pedlow
Produced by Rosie Pedlow
BBC Radio Drama Director: Jeremy Mortimer

Still from Broken Chain
Broken Chain by Mark Norfolk
Film Produced and Directed by Inge Blackman
BBC Radio Drama Director: Toby Swift

Still from Yalda
Yalda by Mehrdad Seyf
Film Produced and Directed by Esther Johnson
BBC Radio Drama Director: Sam Hoyle


Ayshe's Tale
by Alison Joseph
Film Produced and Directed by William Raban
BBC Radio Drama Director: Steven Canny

Still from Make Your Way
Make Your Way by Nick Warburton
Film Directed, photographed and animated by Sam Brady
BBC Radio Drama Director: Conor Lennon


The creative teams were assisted on their projects by composer David Pickvance, BBC Radio Drama Directors and sound designers, and Film London’s Production Department.

A BBC Radio Drama and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network Co-Production supported by funding from Arts Council England.

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