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      Amanda Whittington - Bollywood Jane
      Jane, a young white woman from a tough background, discovers the magic of Bollywood.
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      Gudrun's Saga
      11th-century Iceland: Gudrun must forge her way through a world of amazing beauty yet unbending harshness.
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      John Godey - The Taking of Pelham 123
      Grand Central station, New York. 1:23pm. What starts as a normal day on the city subway becomes a race against time when a busy commuter train is hijacked - by four armed men. As the hostages await their fate, a terrifying game of cat and mouse begins...
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      The Scarifyers - The King of Winter

      Midsummer, 1938: When a train porter is frozen to his living room chair (then nearly crowned Miss Croydon), MI-13's Harry Crow and Professor Dunning are on the case.
      What links the unfortunate porter to exclusive gentleman's establishment, The Tartarus Club, whose membership appears to be rapidly dwindling?
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      Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
      Orbit One Zero
      "A glimpse across a weird threshold, on the rim of space where there should be nothing but eternal, frozen darkness. Yet where there was something more....."
      Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to reinvestigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.
      Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...
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      Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells

      Spirited and fiercely intelligent, Ann Veronica is a 21st Century woman in an Edwardian Hobble skirt. She runs away from her stiflingly conventional home and her domineering father to make a fresh start in London.
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      Robert Emms and Michelle Terry star in Adrian Penketh's new drama, set in the high-pressure world of air traffic control. What happens when the unthinkable happens?
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      Red Mandarin Dress Drama, Inspector Chen Novels
      The fifth in Qiu Xiaolong's series of crime novels following the career of academic turned Special Case Squad detective, Inspector Chen. A serial killer is loose on the streets of Shanghai but Chen is otherwise engaged on a high-level corruption case. With bodies ppearing at the rate of one a week, Homicide are in desperate need of help.
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      The Mao Case Drama, Inspector Chen Novels
      It's a dangerous and politically sensitive case for Inspector Chen when he is asked to investigate the sudden change of fortune of the granddaughter of Chairman Mao's mistress. The sixth in Qiu Xiaolong's series of Crime novels.
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      A dark vision of a near-future in which the United Kingdom is divided by borders. In the not so distant future, the UK has fragmented. Layla and her daughter are on a desperate mission across borders from England, through Wales and over the Irish Sea. Based on the stories and experiences of real refugees, Borderland is a thriller about what it means to be a displaced person in the 21st Century. It explores the rise of the UK's various nationalisms via a nightmare future. But it also offers a unique perspective on the urgent issue of global migration - by giving British listeners a taste of what it might be like to be pushed to leave your home, in a desperate search for a better life.
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      George Eliot - Daniel Deronda
      From the moment their eyes meet across a packed gaming room, Daniel Deronda is as drawn to Gwendolen Harleth as she is to him. George Eliot's 1876 classic novel of love and idealism.
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      Isaac Asimov's 'I, Robot'
      Stevie is raised by a robotic childminder and the powerful bond formed changes the course of her life.
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      Kelvin Segger - The Bribery Warehouse
      1835 election fever in Ipswich. True story of George Cunnold's brave stand against political corruption.
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      Martin Boyd - Lucinda Brayford
      A beautiful and wealthy Australian girl marries into the English Aristocracy, but the traditional order is changing.
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      Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair
      When a baby goes missing, the suave sleuth and wife Steve are on the case - but can they identify a mystery man?
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      The Twilight Zone - Series 4
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      Victor Hugo - Les Miserables

      France 1815: Jean Valjean - sentenced to 19 years hard labour for stealing a loaf of bread - is finally released from prison. Given shelter by the kind-hearted Bishop of Digne, he's tempted to carry out one more criminal act.
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      William Makepeace Thackeray - Barry Lyndon
      An unfortunate duel is the catalyst for young Redmond Barry to leave his native Ireland and serve on the battlefields of the Seven Years War - before a chance reunion with his long-lost uncle offers a way to make their fortune at the gaming-tables of the highest courts of Europe.
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      Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
      The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

      dramatised by Melissa Murray 2017
      Mars on Radio 4: Following sightings of strange explosions on the surface of Mars, Martian ships
      begin to arrive on Earth. But scientific excitement quickly turns to horror - and a merciless invasion begins.

      Directed by Marc Beeby

      At the time of the novel's writing (first published in 1898), Britain had never been stronger, but a sense of moral queasiness at the methods used in Empire building was growing. This dramatisation highlights the questions Wells poses: What if we were the colonised? How would we fare if a vastly superior technological invader attacked us? How would we behave? This dramatisation also reflects Wells' depiction of late Victorian suburban life and culture, making its domestic heart a poignant and terrifying starting point for an invasion by Martians with their own imperialist agenda, and reflecting the common fear which had emerged in the years approaching the turn of the century - that the apocalypse would come on the last day of 1899.

      Episode 1
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      Episode 2 11.03.2017
      James Follett - The Twisted Image
      Two police officers discover the body of a local businessman's wife in the boot of his Rolls-Royce, stolen from outside his shop in the new town centre.
      It should be an open and shut case - only the new town centre won't be built for another five years...
      29 days left to listen

      Agatha Christie - Miss Marple - At Bertram's Hotel

      Deceptively mild amateur sleuth, Jane Marple is being treated to a short holiday in London by her niece. Staying at the dignified, unostentatious Bertram's Hotel, tucked away in a back street of busy Mayfair - here guests can indulge in comforts of a bygone age.
      But Miss Marple begins to feel uneasy. Something sinister lurks beneath the polished veneer. Why are so many major crimes associated in some way with the hotel or somehow implicate the eminently respectable people staying there?
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      Marty Ross - Catch My Breath
      Two women on the run take refuge in a remote Scottish country house and come up against a force from legend.
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      HG Wells - The Wonderful Visit
      Everyday life in a small English village is completely disrupted when the vicar accidentally shoots and wounds an angel who's somehow flown off-course.
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      Anne Brontë - Agnes Grey
      Determined to be a financially independent young woman, Agnes wonders how to find her way in the world.
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      Terry Pratchett - Eric
      When precocious young Eric Thursley summons a demon from the loathsome pit to fulfil his every wish, he certainly gets what he asked for. Just... not exactly what he asked for. That's the problem with wishes.
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      Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
      Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space
      Space travel throws the most unlikely people together. Norman is an idealist with a hand grenade. Max is a cheerful bore who won't stop talking.Together, they're set to ruin the lives of some decidedly friendly aliens. Forever.
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      Craig Warner - A Sense of Things Moving Forward
      The true and historical tragedy of the Very Magnificent Lord Don Cristobal Colon, Grand Admiral of the Ocean Sea.What was the first "American Dream"? What did Christopher Columbus hope to achieve when he landed in the New World? And how did his notable voyage alter the course of his own life?
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      The Tyburn Jig
      Sarah Middleton witnesses her husband's final journey from Newgate to the gallows at Tyburn Tree, but the sight provokes some surprising emotions.
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      On Apollonian Shores

      London in the 1830s. Matthew Hathersedge first attempt to drown himself was an embarrassing failure. This time - following some very, very bad reviews for his latest volume of poetry - he is determined to leave nothing to chance.
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      Guy de Maupassant - Bel Ami
      Dramatisation by Frances Byrnes of Guy de Maupassant's story of political corruption in the newspaper world of 19th-century France and the inexorable rise of Georges Duroy - 'Bel Ami' - a charming, ruthless man of little talent but plenty of ambition. Bel Ami is making the perfect match with a society heiress but his past is about to catch up with him, in the shape of Mme de Marelle, his long-term mistress.
      16 days left to listen

      Douglas Hill - The Blade of the Poisoner
      Three allies with psychic powers help 12-year-old Jarral fight an evil prince. Douglas Hill's sci-fi fantasy stars Eric Allen.
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      Catherine the Great: Husbands, Lovers and Sons
      Did the young Catherine foresee the consequences of staging a coup d'état against her husband the Tsar? Or did she want him dead from the start? Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Catherine The Great, who came to Russia as a young 15-year-old girl from Prussia and became one of Russia's most renowned monarchs, transforming the country into one of the great powers of Europe.
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      Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery
      A dangerous web of lies and murder awaits Paul Temple when his wife Steve disappears...
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      Ray Bradbury - Tales of the Bizarre
      Marooned accidentally on Mars, telephone engineer Barton waits for the rescue rocket and goes on putting up the phone lines. Then one morning - on his 80th birthday - the phone rings.
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      Ronald Frame - Greyfriars

      With petty thieves at work in the high street and a gang of ruthless house breakers at work in both the Old and New Town area of Edinburgh, new police recruits John Gray and his faithful dog have their work cut out. John Gray served as an Edinburgh policeman for several years in the 1850s and, like other officers on the beat back then, he had to provide his own police dog: the faithful Skye terrier that came to be known as Greyfriars Bobby.
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      Room for Refugees - Nasrin

      Nasrin has been in Glasgow for almost a year while she waits for her interview to determine whether she will be given refugee status and be given leave to stay in the UK. A qualified accountant, she hasn't been allowed to work while her case is being considered. At the interview she will be required to make her case for being classified as a refugee. That means Nasrin will need to re-live and talk about her traumatic experience of religious persecution and fleeing Iran - a country she once loved. 'People Make Glasgow' - so says the marketing slogan; as Nasrin worries about her interview and the people she's left behind in Iran she gets to know Glasgow and some of the 'people' who make the city.
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      John Fletcher - The Shocking Tale of Margaret Seddon
      TRUE CRIME: John Fletcher's Edwardian murder story is based on real events. Frederick and Margaret Seddon take wealthy Mrs Barrow into their Islington home as a lodger. During the scorching summer of 1911, Mrs Barrow dies, leaving all her money to Fred, but suspicions are aroused. Was her death caused by the heatwave, or the 'English Cholera' - or could arsenic-laced fly papers have something to do with it?
      29 days left to listen

      The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
      After she meets a man at a party, a young woman experiences the corrosive impact of tabloid journalism. By Heinrich Boll.
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      Time Hops
      A screwball scientist mouse escapes from the future to 1994 and enlists the help of three children to save the planet.
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      In the first episode of this epic saga inspired by the Mamluk slave-dynasty of Egypt, Gregor (Rufus Wright) - Master of the Palace Guard - is charged by Sultan Al-Ghuri (Raad Rawi) with the task of rooting out an insurgence and crushing it. Tumanbay, the beating heart of a vast empire, is threatened by a rebellion in a far-off province and a mysterious force devouring the city from within.
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      Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
      Von "Ray Bradbury - Tales of the Bizarre" wird es insgesamt sechs Folgen geben, was mich als großen Fan dieses Autors sehr freut. Auch die zweite Folge kann man sich bei der BBC anhören.

      Folge 2: Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You
      One afternoon in the Confessional, the priest hears a familiar voice and smells a familiar smell...
      29 days left to listen
      Dermot Bolger - Haunting Women
      When 82-year-old Ellie revisits her old workplace, she is in turn visited by the past. Can she be forgiven?
      28 days left to listen

      Dangerous Visions
      In 2020, Charismatic National Front candidate, Vincent Ferré, stirs up dangerous social divisions as he campaigns to become the next Mayor of traditionally left-wing Grenoble. Can the city survive if he is elected?
      28 days left to listen

      Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White

      Walter Hartright meets a strange woman dressed in white as he returns home across Hampstead Heath late one night. He's about to travel north to take up a post as drawing master to two young ladies. Little does he realise how this chance encounter and his new position are inextricably linked.
      28 days left to listen

      Doctor Who - The Lost Stories: Point of Entry
      The Sixth Doctor and his assistant Peri are aboard the TARDIS when it crash lands in Elizabethan England, as dark forces are preparing to invade Earth...
      26 days left to listen

      Kingsley Amis - To See the Sun

      Vampires, a mad Scots librarian, a handsome Englishman and a Countess of uncertain age - all in Dacia in the 1920s.
      25 days left to listen

      Hozan Akko - Stories from Hay el Matar
      Sumayya Hilmi must decide the future of the family-run hospital. Syrians give a rare glimpse of contemporary life in Damascus.
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      Robert Graves - I, Claudius
      Young Claudius grows up in the turbulent household of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, and Livia, the wife who matched his achievements with her ambition. The Imperial Couple disregard their young grandson as they inch towards absolute power. But that won't save Claudius from heartbreak.
      18 days left to listen

      Terry Pratchett - Wyrd Sisters

      Three witches meet on a blasted heath while murder is in the air.
      21 days left to listen

      Paolo Baldi - Series 5 - Episode 1 - The Million-Dollar Question
      Paolo Baldi - Franciscan priest turned Dublin sleuth - investigates the mysterious deaths of members of a rockabilly band. What is the connection to patterns of squares and triangles?
      21 days left to listen

      Jules Verne - Around the World in Eighty Days

      In which a bet is made, the Bank of England is robbed and the gas is left on. Eccentric gentleman, Phileas Fogg's new valet Passepartout had been hoping for a quiet life...
      21 days left to listen

      Tumanbay - Series 2
      Tumanbay, the wealthiest city on earth, has been conquered by a brutal religious regime, the followers of Maya. Responsible for rooting out heretics is Barakat (Hiran Abeysekera), a ruthless and uncompromising zealot.
      As refugees scramble to escape the city, Gregor (Rufus Wright), previously Master of the Palace Guard, has sworn an oath to the new rulers and struggles to survive as the new regime sets about dismantling the city of everything of value.
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      Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
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      Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
      CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Heartstone (Omnibus)

      1545. Tudor lawyer-detective Shardlake goes to Portsmouth, but the French are preparing to attack. Stars Justin Salinger.
      7 days left to listen

      Danny Brocklehurs - Stone 10 Episodes

      Stone and the team investigate a fire at a homeless hostel run by charismatic charity leader Jackie Stanton-Hope. A body is found by forensics. But who is he?
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      Daniel Defoe - Moll Flanders

      Daniel Defoe, once more in need of ready money, finds inspiration for a new book when he meets Elizabeth Atkins in Newgate gaol. She tells him her stranger-than-fiction story; of how she was born in prison to a petty thief and of how she loved and bargained her way from rags to riches, from prostitution in the streets of London to prosperity on a Virginia plantation, and then lost it all again.
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      Mary Shelley - Frankenstein

      Classic dark tale of a young scientist's monstrous attempts to discover the secrets of creating life. Stars Michael Maloney.
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