20 episodes

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

Drama of the Week BBC Radio 4

    • Fiction
    • 4.2 • 398 Ratings

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

    Whipped

    Whipped

    by Becky Prestwich

    This drama looks at the very rarely seen or heard detail of the life of a newly elected young, female MP, with fascinating detail of what it’s really like at Westminster. Meg’s party is in opposition but it’s on the way up, and so is she. But it's an uphill battle. She begins her working life in Westminster: the seat of democracy - with an office, perched between a sink and a clothes rail, in the ladies cloakroom. Newbies have to beg, borrow or steal an office. She has a love/hate relationship with the Chief Whip when her credibility is threatened.

    Meg - Molly Windsor
    Amina/mum - Nina Wadia
    Davey - Reuben Johnson
    Noah - Jake Ferretti
    Naomi - Verity Henry
    Dad/Speaker/PM - Russell Richardson
    Rory - Stanley Jude Kinsey

    Production Co-ordinator -Pippa Day
    Sound - Simon Highfield
    Political advisor - Dr. Louise Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Politics at University of Manchester
    Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

    A BBC Audio Drama North production

    • 44 min
    Dear Harry Kane

    Dear Harry Kane

    Award-winning writer James Fritz's harrowing story of a young Sri Lankan who travels to Qatar to work on building the World Cup Stadiums.

    Nisal is a life-long Tottenham Hotspur fan, along with his father and his son. When he arrives in Qatar he is elated to be building the stadium in which his hero, Harry Kane, will one day play. But nothing can prepare Nisal for the working conditions he must face.

    Nisal ..... Hiran Abeysekera
    Nadeesha ..... Shalini Peiris
    Joseph ..... Jyuddah Jaymes
    Supervisor ..... Neil D'Souza
    Father ..... Amesh Edireweera
    Football commentary ..... David Hounslow

    Directed by Sally Avens

    Hiran Abeysekera (Olivier award winner for best actor in Life of Pi) stars as Nisal.
    James Fritz has won the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and the Imison and Tinniswood BBC Audio Drama awards.

    This drama was originally broadcast on Radio 4.

    • 45 min
    Part 10 - Broken Colours

    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).

    Jess.....Holli Dempsey
    Dan.....Josef Altin
    Melissa......Alexandria Riley
    Petal.....Rina Mahoney
    Mother.....Christine Kavanagh
    Ronnie.....Alun Raglan
    Gallery Director....Jasmine Hyde
    Magnar.....Neil McCaul

    Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis
    A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 4, directed by John Norton and Emma Harding

    • 25 min
    Part 9 - Broken Colours

    Part 9 - Broken Colours

    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).

    Jess.....Holli Dempsey
    Dan.....Josef Altin
    Melissa......Alexandria Riley
    Petal.....Rina Mahoney
    Mother.....Christine Kavanagh
    Ronnie.....Alun Raglan
    Gallery Director....Jasmine Hyde
    Magner.....Neil McCaul

    Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis
    A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 4, directed by John Norton and Emma Harding

    • 21 min
    Part 8 - Broken Colours

    Part 8 - Broken Colours

    Jess has returned to Dan, despite her misgivings. In revenge for his secretive behaviour, she snorts a line of DMT. And experiences a terrifying trip. Holli Dempsey and Josef Altin star in a new thriller of conflicting perception from Matthew Broughton (the creator of Tracks).

    Jess.....Holli Dempsey
    Dan.....Josef Altin
    Henry.....Brendan Charleson
    Janey.....Jasmine Hyde
    Ronnie.....Alun Raglan
    Petal.....Rina Mahoney

    Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis
    A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 4, directed by John Norton and Emma Harding

    • 21 min
    Part 7 - Broken Colours

    Part 7 - Broken Colours

    Jess has left Dan, the dockside studio and the grimy, violent world of Ronnie Vaz behind. But something is pulling her back. Holli Dempsey and Josef Altin star in a new thriller of conflicting perception from Matthew Broughton (the creator of Tracks).

    Jess.....Holli Dempsey
    Dan.....Josef Altin
    Henry.....Brendan Charleson
    Janey.....Jasmine Hyde
    Ronnie.....Alun Raglan
    Petal.....Rina Mahoney
    News Reader.....Chris Jack

    Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis
    A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 4, directed by John Norton and Emma Harding

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
398 Ratings

398 Ratings

minigoofy2011 ,

Superb !

The tragic story of the Penlee lifeboat was told with profound dignity and compassion towards the victims of this tragic incident . The memories of the family members of the victims were very moving! The story make me smile,cry and hope that memories of the victims will never faith away ! Calm is the Sea music performance by Mousehole Male Voice Choir was very truly touching ! Thank you,Callum Mitchell and kudos to BBC Drama of The Week Team! Great podcast!

SBrentnall ,

BBC podcasts no longer play

I used to love listening to BBC dramas, but none of them will play anymore here in the US. I don’t understand why they’re showing in the library if we’re not allowed to listen to them.

Ukmichael ,

Murmuration

Superb Storyline
After a hectic few minutes as the introduction to the story unfolds you soon become entwined as the story unfolds
Excellent acting and very well written
Thank you.

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