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Six BBC radio dramas following the political swings of the Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents Focussing on three of the best-known Republican Presidents of the 20th Century, Jonathan Myerson's riveting drama series looks at how their triumphs and disasters drove the party's electoral fortunes.Closely based on accounts by those who were there, this political trilogy reimagines the pivotal moments that changed history, and the part played by these famous and controversial leaders. Ronald Reagan: Death Valley Days 1965. Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign against LBJ has crashed and burned, and the Republicans need a fresh, new face -someone with TV appeal. Inspired by his down-home style and easygoing charm, they turn to fading movie star and Western hero Ronnie Reagan, and ask him to play a different kind of role. Richard Nixon: Searchlight Has Left the Building 1970. President Nixon has invaded Cambodia, sparking student protests across the US. At Kent State University, the National Guardsmen have shot four dead, and Washington is on high alert. But when the insomniac President wakes at 4am to see rebellious students assembling at the Lincoln Memorial, he goes out to meet them, taking his White House valet with him. As the Secret Service struggles to catch up, the night takes a bizarre turn... Gerald Ford: Fascist Insect 1975. Nixon has resigned, and new President Gerald Ford is fighting for his political survival. The country is in chaos, his party is disintegrating, and challenger Ronald Reagan is attacking with weekly radio broadcasts and the catchy slogan 'Make America Great Again'. Saigon has fallen, the Panama Canal is under threat and political fervour is everywhere - even celebrity rich-girl kidnap victim Patty Hearst seems to have turned terrorist. Then ex-FBI informant Sara Jane Moore decides to trigger the revolution. She buys a gun - and aims it at the President... Ronald Reagan: Hanging by Our Thumbs 1987. Hold on tight for a knockabout journey through the crazy stories of the notorious Iran-Contra affair. Ronald Reagan's landslide second term is on the ropes. Congress is investigating evidence that the US has illegally been selling arms to Iran, and secretly diverting the proceeds to fund Contra guerrilla fighters in Nicaragua - all with the President's knowledge. But when NATO Ambassador David Abshire is recalled to try to get the facts straight, he discovers it all depends on what you believe..... George W Bush: A Higher Father 2000. As George W Bush scrapes into the White House, his surprise journey to the Presidency doesn't just follow in his father's footsteps. According to US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Louella Harkrader - a storyteller with her own peculiar angle - Dubya's political steps have been guided all along by a Higher Father, now exerting His influence on US politics. Donald Trump: This Isn't Happening 2016. At a campaign rally, Donald Trump declares: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." But when President Trump loses his temper on his Scottish golf course one day, things work out very differently.... Among the casts of these entertaining radio plays are Kerry Shale, Madeleine Potter, Jonathan Hyde, Sian Thomas and Nathan Osgood.Show more
The Three Musketeers is a swashbuckling story of derring-do. From d'Artagnan's first meeting with Athos, Portos and Aramis, the Musketeers he so admires, Alexandre Dumas never lets up the pace of his story. His four heroes gallop through the land, trying to foil the murderous plots of the Cardinal and Milady without a thought for their own safety. Dumas depicts the characters with a vivid colour and an energy that brings to life all the fury of their conflicting passions. He also lightens the tension of the melodrama with some entertaining touches of humour. 1. TO PARIS. Travelling through Meung on his way to Paris, d'Artagnan overhears a man laughing at his horse. He challenges the stranger to duel, but is knocked down by the man's followers. He sees the stranger talking to a beautiful woman in a coach before the two set off in different directions. In Paris, d'Artagnan presents himself to M. De Treville, Captain of the Musketeers, and asks to join his crack regiment. Seeing the man from Meung, he rushes after him, and in the process he angers Athos, Porthos and Aramis, who each demand satisfaction in a duel. 2. DUELS AND ABDUCTIONS. At the appointed time, d'Artagnan meets all three musketeers but, before they can fight, the Cardinal's guard appear. D'Artagnan joins forces with the three Musketeers, kills the leading Cardinalist and so becomes firm friends with his former opponents. Bonacieux, his landlord, then tells him that his wife, Constance, has been kidnapped. The following evening Constance, who has escaped, returns home and is again set upon by abductors - but this time d'Artagnan is there to save her. 3. THE QUEEN'S HONOUR. D'Artagnan reluctantly leaves Constance but later spots her walking with an unknown man, whom he challenges. Her companion is the Duke of Buckingham, the Queen's amour, and d'Artagnan escorts them to the Louvre. There, the Queen gives Buckingham twelve diamond studs - originally a present to her from the king. The Cardinal, planning to dishonour the Queen, orders Milady to steal two of the Duke's diamond studs. He then persuades the Kings to order the Queen to wear them at a ball. Loyal to the Queen, Constance asks d'Artagnan to go to England to reclaim the diamonds. 4. A PERILOUS JOURNEY. Despite setting out for London with the Three Musketeers, d'Artagnan reaches Calais alone; the others are wounded by the Cardinal's agents on the way. D'Artagnan steals a travel permit and sails just before the port is closed. He finally reaches London and warns the Duke of Buckingham of the Queen's danger. The Duke has two more diamonds made to replace those he finds have been stolen by Milady. D'Artagnan then returns the jewel safely to the Queen who wears all twelve at the ball. The Cardinal's plans confounded, he takes his revenge by kidnapping Constance as she waits for d'Artagnan at their love-nest. 5. ENSNARED BY BEAUTY. Recognising the lady of Meung (Milady/Lady de Winter) in a coach, d'Artagnan follows her and finds her arguing with a cavalier. Believing her to be threatened, he challenges the man, Lord de Winter, to a duel. When he defeats but spares de Winter, the Baron introduces him to Milady, his sister-in-law, who bewitches him with her beauty. Hearing of this, Athos tells d'Artagnan about his marriage to a beautiful girl who was really a common thief. Despite this warning, d'Artagnan schemes to win over Milady while seducing her maid, Kitty. 6. A DEADLY FOE. D 'Artagnan spends the night with Milady, pretending to be the Comte de Wardes, her lover, then writes to her in de Wardes' name insulting her. Enraged, Milady asks d'Artagnan to avenge her and, in return, lets him sleep with her. Rashly, he tells her the truth. She attacks and in the struggle the fleur-de-lys on her shoulder is revealed. D'Artagnan flees and tells Athos that Milady is his former wife. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers are then sent to the siege of La Rochelle, where they encounter the Cardinal on the road at night and escort him to an inn. There Athos overhears the Cardinal plotting with Milady against the Queen and d'Artagnan. After the Cardinal's departure, Athos confronts Milady and forces her to hand over the note of indemnity she was given by the Cardinal. 7. PATHS CONVERGE. The four heroes set out for Bethune, where Constance is hiding in a convent. On the way, d'Artagnan spots his old enemy from Meung but is dissuaded from following him. Milady also arrives at the convent and wins Constance's trust by claiming to the persecuted by the Cardinal. When Rochefort, the 'stranger from Meung', visits her, Milady arranges to meet him at Armentieres, writing the town's name down on a scrap of paper. Rochefort latter accidentally drops it by the Musketeer's feet - thus they know where to find Milady. 8. CRIME AND PUNSHMENT. Seeing the Musketeers approaching, Milady kills Constance with a glass of poisoned wine and flees. Moments later, the Musketeers arrive. Constance tells them that it was Lady de Winter who gave her the wine to drink and dies in D'Artagnan arms. The four swear vengeance and track Milady down to a cottage by a river. Bursting in, they accuse her of many crimes. Despite her last plea to d'Artagnan, she is beheaded and her body is thrown into the river.Show more
Penguin Classics presents Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Jonathan Hyde. 'All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil' Published as a 'shilling shocker', Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde's true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.Show more
Rudyard Kipling's famous tale tells the story of Mowgli, the 'man-cub' rescued from the tiger, Shere Khan, and adopted by a wolf pack. As he grows up, Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle from Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther and Kaa the rock python. His life is full of adventure with the jungle creatures, but soon the time comes when he is forced to leave and take his place among his own people. A kind woman looks after Mowgli but she can't protect him from the superstitious villagers who believe his friendship with wolves is the result of sorcery. Mowgli's only escape is to return to the jungle. But even the jungle has become a dangerous place. This rich and entertaining dramatisation skilfully blends words with jungle sounds and music, and stars Eartha Kitt as Kaa, Freddie Jones as Baloo, Jonathan Hyde as Bagheera and Nisha Nayar as Mowgli.Show more
The Three Musketeers is a swashbuckling adventure in which the king of France's guards swear by the motto "All for one and one for all" and follow it with the utmost commitment. The Musketeers find themselves having a whole host of adventures, which serve as a training period for the young D'Argtagnan, who has always dreamed of a life with the Musketeers after hearing of them as a little boy. Fun and excitement for all the family, brilliantly read by Jonathan Hyde.Show more