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First of Millions
The first of a collection of dramas illuminating historical turning points. Inspired by true events, writer Ryan Craig tells the story behind the pioneering science that led to the birth of the first IVF baby.
At the heart of a story which celebrates the science and people involved is the working relationship between Physiologist, Robert Edwards and Obstetrician, Patrick Steptoe. Both mavericks who came into conflict with the establishment they conducted much of their ground-breaking research in a make-shift laboratory at the Oldham hospital where Steptoe worked and where John and Lesley Brown were finally to become parents.
Robert Edwards ….. Vincent Franklin
Patrick Steptoe ….. Pip Torrens
Lesley Brown ….. Katy Sobey
John Brown ….. Luke Allen-Gale
The Writer ….. Ryan Whittle
Ruth Edwards and Louise Brown ….. Katherine Press
Barry Bavister ….. Hasan Dixon
The Cambridge Master ….. Roger Ringrose
Jean Purdy ….. Kymberley Cochrane
Professor Höög ….. Ewan Bailey
Dr Hinton ….. Georgie Glen
The Vicar ….. Samuel James
Fiona ….. Leah Marks
Directed by Gemma Jenkins
This factually-based drama includes some imagined characters and scenes.
This drama was orignially broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
by Tessa Gibbs
A darkly funny family drama about love, loss and legacy - and why doing the right thing can seem like the wrong thing to do.
Catriona ..... Georgie Glen
Isla ..... Anita Vettesse
Drew ..... Robin Laing
Esme ..... Anneika Rose
DS Wallace ..... Kyle Gardiner
Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane
An Eye for a Killing - Episode 1
Welcome to hell. The true story of Scotland’s notorious serial killers, Burke and Hare.
On Christmas Eve in 1828, William Burke is on trial for murder at the High Court in Edinburgh. He’s accused of killing an old woman, Madgy Docherty. In the witness box is his accuser – William Hare - who is Burke’s accomplice in 16 murders.
What started these two former canal labourers on a mass killing spree? Money and medicine. In 1828, Edinburgh is a world-leading centre of medical training and dissection. The anatomists need cadavers on which to demonstrate and practice – but the supply of bodies from hospitals and prisons isn’t enough to meet the demand. Burke and Hare discover they can earn £10 by selling a dead body and decide they will lure victims to their lodging house and murder them.
Powerful five-part drama-documentary series from BBC Radio 4 with bonus scenes on BBC Sounds.
Written and dramatised by Colin MacDonald.
Narrator ….. Jack Lowden
Burke ….. Gavin Mitchell
Hare ….. James Boal
John Fisher ….. Robert Jack
Mary Paterson ….. Helen Mackay
Janet Brown ….. Nicola Roy
Madgy Docherty ….. Maureen Carr
Jamie ….. Kyle Gardiner
Sheriff Tait ….. Ron Donachie
Sir William Rae ….. Stuart McQuarrie
Robert Knox ….. Simon Donaldson
Other parts played by the cast.
Producer/director: Bruce Young
Gaslight - Episode 1
Atmospheric drama from BBC Radio 4 with bonus scenes for BBC Sounds, featuring original music by Imelda May.
Have you ever wondered where the term 'gaslighting' comes from? Find out in episode 1 of this dark reimagining of the classic 1938 stage thriller by Patrick Hamilton. To hear the series in full, just search for Gaslight in BBC Sounds.
Jonathan Holloway's modern adaptation is set in the present, with a deliciously vintage feel.
Jack Manningham has used his wife’s recently inherited money to buy a huge period property - a former bell foundry - which they will renovate. They occupy a small habitable part of the ground floor and basement. This previously neglected ramshackle building is lit by gas, as it was in Victorian times.
In this first episode, Jack and Bella find a house that suits them and there's a lot riding on the screening of their latest film.
Cast in order of appearance:
Tippi Griffiths ..... Lacey Turner
Jack Manningham ..... James Purefoy
Bella Harding ..... Rebecca Night
Ishani Rawe / Izzy ..... Macadie Amoroso
DCI Nina Rawe ..... Cathy Tyson
DI Reynolds / Michael McLennon / Chris De Jeanne ..... Richard Lintern
Written by Jonathan Holloway, based on the original play by Patrick Hamilton
Music: Imelda May with Tim Bran
Produced by Sally Harrison with James Purefoy
Directed by Johnny Vegas
A Woolyback production in association with Darling Pictures, for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
Part 10 - Broken Colours
Dan's life is in danger. To what lengths will Jess go to save him?
Jess now knows the truth about Ronnie Vaz's relationship to Dan. But she's sucked even deeper into the violent world of his drug gang. Holli Dempsey and Josef Altin star in a new thriller of conflicting perception from Matthew Broughton (the creator of Tracks).
Gallery Director....Jasmine Hyde
Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis
A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 4, directed by John Norton and Emma Harding