Joseph Millson and Jessica Raine star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation continuing John Galsworthy´s saga of the Forsyte family spanning 50 years. Galsworthy´s novels The Silver Spoon and Swan Song, dramatized here in 7 episodes, continue to follow Fleur Forsyte, as she falls in love with Jon, and later, escaping heartbreak, marries Michael Mont and embraces all society has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Jessica Raine, Joseph Millson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002739/bk_rhuk_002739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett’s humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy. A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line ´they´re behind you´ soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed.... Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Burden, Bill Nighy, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002652/bk_rhuk_002652_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Patricia Gallimore and Miriam Margolyes star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the classic comic novel. Strong of will and slender of ankle, 20-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex. There she is confronted by an exceptionally odd cast of characters: grief-stricken Judith, fervently religious Amos, the lusty, smouldering Seth, wild and mysterious Elfine and, of course, the invisible tyrant Great Aunt Ada Doom, who saw something nasty in the woodshed. Many would be overcome by the simmering passions of the Starkadder family, but not Flora. All they need is a little organising. Stella Gibbons´ deliciously witty parody has been delighting readers since 1932 and retains its original sunny charm in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Gallimore, Miriam Margolyes, Elizabeth Proud, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002703/bk_rhuk_002703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the evergreen classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. With their father away fighting in the American Civil War, the four March girls are facing a lean Christmas with their mother. But the sisters’ close bond and determination to make the best of things enables them to find happiness despite their poverty. As the years go by we follow their fortunes as they journey into womanhood. Meg the beauty, Jo the tomboy, shy Beth and precocious Amy will encounter adventure, hardship, joys and disappointments, and learn to meet the challenges of life as they become independent and make their way in the world. While marriage and motherhood may beckon for the sisters, their most enduring love is always for each other. First published in 1868 and never out of print since, this iconic coming-of-age tale is a perennial favourite that has touched the hearts of generations of fans. This moving BBC Radio 4 dramatisation stars Natasha J Barnes, Julianna Jennings, Bryony Hannah and Samantha Dakin as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, with Tara Ward as Mrs March and Alex Lanipekun as Laurie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bryony Hannah, full cast, John Bowler, Julianna Jennings, Natasha J Barnes, Samantha Dakin, Tara Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002664/bk_rhuk_002664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joseph Millson and Jessica Raine star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the books in John Galsworthy´s saga of the Forsyte family spanning 50 years. The books To Let and The White Monkey, follow the fortunes of Fleur Forsyte, played by Jessica Raine, the young wealthy daughter of Soames. As she embraces all the experiences of the early 1920s, an archetypal Bright Young Thing, Soames, cautious of the modern, attempts to protect his daughter from the dangers of the new age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jessica Raine, Joseph Millson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002543/bk_rhuk_002543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of D. H. Lawrence´s classic story about working class love, loss, and hardship. Sensitive, intellectual Gertrude Coppard married miner Walter Morel for his rich, ringing laugh and colourful character. But now, years later, she finds there is little behind the bluster and their marriage has become riddled with disillusionment. Instead, Gertrude pours all her love and attention into her two sons, William and Paul. Determined that they will not go down the pit and lead the same life as their father, Gertrude encourages the boys to succeed and is rewarded when they both secure jobs as clerks. But then tragedy strikes: William becomes ill with pneumonia and dies. In her grief, Gertrude draws even closer to her surviving son and the bond between the two becomes so strong that, even as Paul is torn between two loves of his own, he cannot fully break away from his mother. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Clarke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006391/bk_bbcw_006391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of HG Wells´ famous story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth. When strange explosions are observed on the surface of Mars, excitement spreads among the scientific community. Surrey astronomer Ogilvy invites his friend Robert to the observatory to witness the turbulence on the red planet. Ten days later, Ogilvy discovers a strange projectile on Horsell Common – with something inside. Robert rushes to view the craft, and is present when Martians emerge and turn their heat rays on the locals, who are waving white flags. It is the beginning of a merciless invasion.... As Robert flees in search of safety, accompanied by a young curate, young soldier Billy experiences the chaos happening in London. As the Martians take control, transforming the landscape and decimating the population, is this the end for the human race? Wells´ terrifying science fiction tale, first published in 1898, is both a reflection of Victorian fears of a coming apocalypse and a critique of British imperialism. This enthralling dramatisation asks how humankind would fare if colonised by a vastly superior technological invader. It stars Blake Ritson as Robert, with Samuel James as Billy and Carl Prekopp as the Curate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Blake Ritson, Samuel James, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002721/bk_rhuk_002721_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Six lavish BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of Anthony Trollope´s much-loved novels. Anthony Trollope´s series of witty and gently satirical stories of provincial life are set in the fictional town of Barchester and its surrounding county of Barsetshire. The canvas is broad and colourful, with a set of iconic characters in whose lives we become intimately involved as they grow up, grow old, and fall in or out of love and friendship across the years. ´The Warden´: the gentle Mr Harding finds his peaceful life disrupted when his would-be son-in-law calls into question the large income he receives as warden of Barchester almshouse. ´Barchester Towers´: the cathedral town is changing again, with the arrival of a new Bishop, his wife, and his Chaplain from London throwing all Barchester into disarray. ´Dr Thorne´: when young heir Frank Gresham expresses his desire to marry Mary, her uncle, Dr Thorne realises that a secret he has concealed for so long can no longer stay secret. ´Framley Parsonage´: Mark Robarts, the young vicar of Framley, cannot resist the lure of celebrity beyond his own village. But his ambitious pursuits will lead him to risk his devoted wife and children, as well as his sister´s happiness. ´The Small House at Allington´: the arrival of the handsome Adolphus Crosbie causes quite a stir at Allington. There is concern for Lily Dale in her fight against scarlet fever, and Dr Crofts is a frequent visitor to the Small House. ´The Last Chronicle of Barset´: Henry Grantley has fallen in love again, Lily´s past returns to haunt her, and Mr Crawley must reckon with an angry butcher. Johnny traverses Europe trying to save Mr Crawley and meets an unexpected new friend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clive Mantle, David Bamber, Iain Glen, Maggie Steed, Tim Pigott-Smith, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002918/bk_rhuk_002918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jessica Raine stars in all four BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of John Galsworthy´s Forsyte novels. An irresistible family saga of love, money and betrayal, The Forsytes: The Complete Series encompasses four acclaimed BBC Radio 4 productions of Galsworthy´s perennially popular epic, spanning 50 years from 1886 to 1936. The Forsytes sees wealthy Soames Forsyte questioning his relationship with his beautiful wife, Irene. As evidence of her betrayal emerges, the family is torn apart and scandal unleashed. In The Forsytes Continues, it is 1920 and Soames would do anything for his sparkling daughter, Fleur. But when she falls in love with the wrong man, how can he stop history repeating itself? The Forsytes Returns picks up Fleur´s story four years later, as she vows to put her past behind her and settle down. But those around her are intent on stirring up trouble. The Forsytes Concludes introduces young Dinny Cherrell, Fleur´s cousin. Unbeknown to both, their lives will be paralleled in ways neither could have predicted.... Starring Jessica Raine, with a cast including Joseph Millson, Juliet Aubrey, Jonathan Bailey, Ben Lambert and Sarah Ridgeway, this compelling drama delves behind the Edwardian façade to reveal Galsworthy´s wonderful wit, observation and insight into human nature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Jessica Raine, Joseph Millson, Juliet Aubrey, Jonathan Bailey, Ben Lambert, Sarah Ridgeway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002936/bk_rhuk_002936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eight episodes based on the last volume of John Galsworthy´s saga, including the novels Maid in Waiting, Flowering Wilderness and One More River. The saga moves to Oxfordshire, where the Cherrell family is introduced and Dinny Cherrell, cousin to Fleur and Michael, is full of excitement at the life ahead of her. As the years unfold, however, she is struck by love, then tragedy, and shock as figures from the past return unexpectedly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Jessica Raine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002954/bk_rhuk_002954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.