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Fire in the Bookshop
Timothy X Atack holds a satirical mirror up to an imaginary Britain.
The Bulbul Was Singing
A young British woman risks everything to fight with the Kurdish YPJ against Isis in Syria
By Katherine Chandler. What do you do when your husband returns home with a mystery baby?
Rumpole and the Quality of Life
Ballard's wedding looms as Rumpole faces a life-changing decision about his own marriage.
A weekend away for college friends turns sour when a deeply personal secret is uncovered.
By Archie Maddocks. A young, mixed-race couple debate the ethics of having a child.
Tinsel Girl and the Pain Clinic
Lou Ramsden's comedy drama about wheelchair user Maz. Starring Cherylee Houston
Franz Kafka - The Castle
Franz Kafka's novel. A stranger is lured into a bureaucratic world of wonder and terror.
Franz Kafka's mind-warping novel. K is desperate to make a meeting with the elusive Klamm.
The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Hadrian’s Beard
The Penny Dreadfuls examine Emperor Hadrian in their ninth comedy play for Radio 4.
Inspector Chen Novels
Enigma of China
Crime drama set in modern China. The Shanghai Development Committee director is dead.
Brief Lives: Series 8
A naked young woman is arrested for protesting against the fur trade.
Frank and Sarah find themselves in the centre of a family tragedy going back decades.
Frank's mate Mickey's wife is implicated in a crime that might blow their marriage apart.
A teenager is arrested for the suspected murder of his friend. Both are sons of policemen.
A journalist wants Frank to help him stop a massive cover-up, but Frank needs persuading.
Frank's suspicions about Ronnie's boyfriend Nick come to a head.
Brief Lives: Series 9
By Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly. Series set in a Manchester legal practice.
Frank and Sarah unravel a complex case of suspected arson at a primary school.
Sarah must defend a music teacher who has had an unlawful relationship with a student.
A judge is accused of rape. He is very plausible in his explanations. Is he innocent?
Brief Lives - Series 10
Return of the popular legal series.
Sarah and Frank are called in to represent clients involved in a cold case investigation.
Frank gets to meet his childhood hero, but this footballing god has feet of clay.
Sarah and Frank unwittingly become involved in a neighbourhood dispute.
Final episode of the current series
Ronald Reagan: Death Valley Days
Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of the Republican Party.
Richard Nixon: Searchlight Has Left the Building
Gerald Ford: Fascist Insect
Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party.
Great North Run
Andrew Finnigan stars in Tom Wells' play about the healing power of running
A Kestrel for a Knave
Robert Rigby’s dramatisation of Barry Hines’s 1968 coming-of-age novel set in Yorkshire.
Reporter Chris Gunness finds himself at the centre of the 1988 Burmese Student revolution.
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales, Part 1
The Archers present Chaucer's tales of courtly love, deadly rivalry and boisterous sex.
The Canterbury Tales, Part 2
The Archers present more tales of courtly love, deadly rivalry and boisterous sex.
Road to Ferrara
From 1425 to 2019, two ill-starred love triangles, set at the oldest horse race in Italy.
Tender Is the Night: A Romance
F Scott Fitzgerald's beautiful, poignant novel about marriage, glamour and disintegration.