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.
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.
Felicity Jones, David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch star in BBC Radio 4's full-cast dramatisation of the novel by Jane Austen, one of the great English classics. Seeking a position in society, young Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. But her life there is not as she might wish. Felicity Jones plays Fanny, whilst David Tennant is her cousin Tom and Benedict Cumberbatch his brother Edmund.
On this edition of Fresh Air, host Terry Gross and her guests Joseph Opala and Zainab Bangura discuss the controversial efforts to bring peace to Sierra Leone.
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.
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"
Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
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.
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?
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.
A BBC Radio 3 full-cast enactment of Shakespeare's last great tragedy, 'Antony and Cleopatra', with David Harewood and Frances Barber in the title roles. Originally broadcast as part of the 'Drama on 3' series on 27 June 2010.Telling the story of one of history's most famous couples, 'Antony and Cleopatra' contains some of the most beautiful poetry in the English Language.
Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith This fourteenth collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, David Mitchell, Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Brydon. Highlights include Sound Charades, Whose Duck Are You?
Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
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.
"A quirky story that is timeless"
Roy Smiles' celebration of the 'Beyond the Fringe' team takes a funny and affectionate look at how four young men from Oxbridge changed the face of British comedy. Starring Matt Addis as Alan Bennett, Rory Kinnear as Peter Cook, Jonathan Aris as Jonathan Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dudley Moore. A CPL production for BBC Radio 4.
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?
Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton's award-winning Enough Rope series. Uncouth, unwashed, inarticulate, egotistical – we all know the rock star image. David Grohl has sold more than 40 million CDs in the last decade and a half, roaming the world to packed arenas everywhere, playing in bands Nirvana and now of course the Foo Fighters. In an industry full of conformism marketed as the opposite, he is a true individual, a man unafraid to be himself: David Grohl.
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.
"A laugh in every chapter."
Hear guitarist, songwriter, and actor Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters, and TV critic David Bianculli, on this edition of Fresh Air. The Foo Fighters' latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace, has been nominated for a Grammy as album of the year. Previously, Grohl was the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana. He formed Foo Fighters after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.
A brand new, fully dramatised remake of the lost archive drama Paul Temple and Steve, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda StevensonFrom 1938 to 1968, crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio’s most popular serials. Now the dapper duo return refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves, to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.
More than 100 Native Americans nations have come to Standing Rock in solidarity to protest for water rights. This hour we ask a deceptively simple question: Who owns water?
We're always talking about creativity, but what do we mean? Can we find creativity, can we measure it, can we encourage it? Kurt talks with Gary Marcus, a psychology professor about what science tells us about creativity. A researcher puts jazz musicians into an fMRI machine and has them improvise; an intrepid reporter gets her creativity tested and scored; and a little girl introduces us to her imaginary friends (all of them).
With summer over, it's getting harder to stay upbeat. The daylight's dying, the temperature's dropping, and there's more dark and more cold ahead. This hour we're offering a respite from the autumn blues, talking about the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness, and also offering some practical advice for how to live well.
This book contains material from various radio features based on letters sent in by listeners telling of strife, triumph, romance, loss, gain - in fact, all the aspects of life that touch us every day. This is volume one of 10, each containing 20 stories. This volume contains stories such as "Sleeping with the Boss", "My Fat Friend", and "I Want to Drown Our Puppies". The song that was originally played on the radio is mentioned at the end of each story.
Time plays such a big part in our lives, it's no wonder we're fascinated by the idea of escaping it. And what better way to escape it that to travel back into the past or forward into the future? This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is it such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?
Ellis and Elise are installing security cameras around Camp Waterlogg as Andy and Lkie enjoy spooky stories by the guests of Ranger Joe and Lorie's pre-Halloween party. Meanwhile, Sgt. Lefty and Olive Pitts meet the camp's new dog Sophie. It's Halloween when Mrs. Terrwilliger, Sgt. Lefty, and Olive Pitts think the camp is haunted by the ghost of Pierre Terrwilliger (played by special guest star Fred Frees). It is really Ellis and Elise accidentally playing his last will video over the camp's new security system.
Neuroscientist Eric Kandel explains how art affects the brain. Plus, we find out why Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" is a work of nonfiction. And the indie duo Snowblink plays their dreamy music live in our studio.
Something's bubbling in American kitchens: a resurgence of interest in cultured and fermented foods. Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut. Today, we explore fermentation culture in food, technology, art and science.
For all the amazing discoveries that scientists have made, the cosmos is still full of mysteries - from dark matter to quantum entanglement. Will physicists ever explain the universe, or is it fundamentally unknowable? We explore the frontiers of physics and ponder what it means to live with mystery.
A special about the cozy relationship between politics and entertainment. Former Spy staffer and New Yorker editor Susan Morrison reveals the origin of Donald Trump's "short-fingered vulgarian" nickname. Then, author Neal Gabler explains how Hollywood invaded the Oval Office. And Lawrence O'Donnell reviews his least favorite reality TV show: the 2016 presidential race.
More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. This hour explores the therapeutic value of drawing, knitting, and other handcrafts. And, this year's most coveted gift for writers, English majors, and luddites? The manual typewriter.
Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but a national prisoner strike on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot is drawing new attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?
There are so many ways the world could go wrong - electing the wrong candidate is only one of them. Charlie Brooker, creator of the hit sci-fi show Black Mirror, gets his dystopian ideas from our digital devices. Then, novelist Gary Shteyngart reads from his darkly funny book about the near-future, Super Sad True Love Story. And Janelle Monáe plays songs from the 28th century.
Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology - from smart phones to airplanes - is automated. And some of the world's biggest companies are racing to come up with a "master algorithm" - a formula that will let machines learn anything. This could lead to self-driving cars and even a cure for cancer. But do we want to give machines so much control?
There's a powerful new voting bloc in America. They're white, working class, and they live in places that have been left behind. We'll talk with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, and country music star Brandy Clark joins us in the studio to play some music and talk about her hometown.
Nicholas Courtney, the man behind Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, remembers his time on Doctor Who, from The Web of Fear to Battlefield - and beyond! He's seen off Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti. He's witnessed Giant Robots running amok, met himself in the future and saved the world from the life-devouring Destroyer. He is, of course, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, alias actor Nicholas Courtney.