Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.
"Dramatic but not complete"
This is a BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, starring Bryan Dick as Nick and Andrew Scott as Jay Gatsby. The greatest book on the fallibility of the American dream, The Great Gatsby, a portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, is by far the most popular classic in modern American fiction. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's - and his country's - greatest obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and new beginnings.
This discussion with a remarkable Benedictine monk who founded an ashram in South India is a beautiful, stirring exploration of human spirituality. In a rare synthesis of Christian, Hindu, and modern scientific thought, the late Father Bede discusses the infusing of gross matter and daily life with spirit, the finding of God "in the divine darkness beyond word and thought," technology and simple living, Black Madonnas, mysticism, and monastic life.
Season two of this action-packed audio drama plunges listeners back into a ravaged world of violence and terror. The hope of a better life forces the survivors of the Tower out into the dissolving world around them. The consequences of past battles leave them struggling not only with each other but the remaining fragments of humanity.
For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.
Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4's ambitious eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic masterpiece set during the Battle of Stalingrad. This powerful work, completed in 1960, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the KGB placed the manuscript under arrest and Grossman was informed his book would not be published for at least 200 years.
From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors, and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.
If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you're in for a surprise. Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ. Now the power and passion of one of the world'smost popular saints is captured in Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, an exciting 10-part audio drama from the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre.
Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton�s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.
"It was amazingly creepily amazing"
Two years after the trial for the murder of her lover, the blaze of publicity surrounding mystery writer Harriet Vane has begun to die away and Harriet decides it's time for a break. But the peace of a North Devon walking tour is rudely shattered when she discovers the body of a man on the beach, his throat slit from ear to ear. The moment the story breaks Harriet’s old friend Lord Peter Wimsey is on the scene to lend his powers of detection. Can the two of them discover who the murderer is?
Wimsey’s mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, rings her son with news of ‘such a quaint thing’. She has heard through a friend that Mr Thipps, a respectable Battersea architect, found a dead man in his bath – wearing nothing but a gold prince-nez. Lord Wimsey makes his way straight over to Mr Thipps, and a good look at the body raises a number of interesting questions. Why would such an apparantly well-groomed man have filthy black toenails, flea bites and the scent of carbolic soap lingering on his corpse?
Martyn Wade's dramatisation of Ada Leverson's witty and wonderful social comedy The Little Ottleys, as heard on BBC Radio. This is a story of delightful and romantic entanglements set in Edwardian London.
Arthur Miller’s most famous play, Death of a Salesman, has become a key text in Western literature. This unusually powerful recording, made for radio in 1953, was directed by Elia Kazan who premiered the play. It features Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy as father and son. Willy, a travelling salesman, based in New York, relentlessly chases material success.
Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.
Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.
For 13 years, 22 series and 175 shows, Richard Porter was script editor of Top Gear, from the first faltering pilot episode in 2002 until the very last show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015. Along the way they destroyed cars, sparked diplomatic incidents, set fire to caravans, almost killed one of the presenters, and somehow transformed Top Gear from a shabby BBC Two motoring show into an Emmy-winning, record-breaking, planet-straddling behemoth.
When Sandy Campbell's body is found at the foot of a cliff near the small town of Kircdubright, the local constabulary are convinced that the argumentative painter is a victim of a tragic accident. But when Lord Peter Wimsey turns up, the hunt begins for an ingenious killer. Faced with six men, all of whom have a motive for murder, the aristocratic amateur sleuth must deduce which are the five red herrings and which has blood on his hands.
A terrified man believes if he falls asleep a woman in his dream will murder him, so he seeks the help of a psychiatrist.
A recently married man misses his dead mother and his childhood so much that he can't seem to live in the here and now, causing untold horror for his new bride.
Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer James Lofton about his most memorable accomplishment, playing for Stanford and the amount film study he did while at Stanford. This interview took place on October 19th, 2010.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Jim Brown about entering politics, fasting in jail and his friendship with Bill Belichick. This interview took place on August 15th, 2002.
Ron Barr interviews Pro Bowler Ray Childress about he ended up at Texas A&M, the atmosphere at Texas A&M and the mentality needed to play on the defensive line. This interview took place on July 9th, 2010.
Ron Barr interviews All-Pro Keith Bulluck about what his childhood was like, how he ended up in Syracuse and how Ronnie Lott inspired him. This interview took place on July, 30th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews Pro Bowler Morten Andersen about whether he thought he’d play in the NFL for as long as he did, his initial thoughts about the game of football and how he played for so long. This interview took place on December 2nd, 2005.
Our inauguration special: A review of Barack Obama's arts legacy, how fashion goes from inside the beltway to the runway, and Game Change co-author John Heilemann talks about the cultural tastes of Donald Trump.
Whatever happened to psychoanalysis? It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man. Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker if we know how to read him. This hour explores the connections between therapy and art.
Be strong, be tough, don't cry - boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the "male code" beginning around five or six years old. By high school, it's second nature. But it can also be toxic. Because boys in America today aren't doing so well. Compared to girls, they're more likely to get diagnosed with a behavior disorder, drop out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, even kill themselves. So is that what it means to "man up"?
Ron Barr interviews two-time All-Star Reggie Theus about what “accountability” means in college sports, how responsible the athletes are and how he relates to the kids he coaches. This interview took place on May 16th, 2005.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer John Chaney about how retirement has treated him, how basketball could help people and his favorite memories from his career. This interview took place on March 8th, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews two-time national champion Jack Harbaugh about being a teacher in the game of football, his philosophy in teaching football and how coaching has changed over the years. This interview took place on December 17th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Jennifer Azzi about the transition from playing to retirement, why athletes struggle after they retire and parents who take sports too seriously. This interview took place on April 19th, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews MLS Cup winner Dominic Kinnear about what’s kept him hooked into soccer, not making the World Cup squad and the worldwide passion for soccer. This interview took place on February 16th, 2015.
A conversation with Girls and Silence star Adam Driver, the journey to build a museum for the Kurdish people, and a decade-by-decade revue of American pop.
Why are we so obsessed with the future? Is it because we can't handle the present and all of our current problems, like climate change, racism and terrorism? That's one theory. We explore our fascination with the future in this hour.
Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure? This hour, we explore the concept of renunciation and our complicated feelings about it. Giving something up - whether a glass of wine or a way of life - can be hard and painful. The experience can change people in ways they don't expect - for better and for worse.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Phillip Fulmer about his first time walking onto the Tennessee campus, what the SEC conference is like and how it felt to become coach of Tennessee. This interview took place on May 24th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Wes Chandler about his high school days in Florida, transitioning between runningback and wide receiver and choosing to attend Florida. This interview took place on November 12th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews ACC Coach of the Year Tommy Bowden about his motivation for writing the book, competing at a high level and how coaching has changed. This interview took place on September 3rd, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews All-American Steve Bartkowski about what he remembers from his college career, what the recruitment process was like and the Cal-Stanford rivalry. This interview took place on November, 6th, 2012.