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A thrilling adaptation of Malorie Blackman's bestselling novel about young love in a dystopian world Callum and Sephy have known each other since they were babies. His Mum used to work for hers as housekeeper, and they played together and became best friends. Then Callum's mother lost her job, and they had to start meeting in secret. Because Callum is a Nought - a second class citizen - and Sephy a Cross, one of the elite. And Noughts and Crosses can't mix... In this segregated society, Noughts are nonentities - discriminated against, denigrated, denied decent education. But now Callum's passed the entrance exams and been allowed into Sephy's posh school. Surely this is his first step to a better life, one where he and Sephy can be together? Only it doesn't work out that way. Instead of acceptance, the couple face opposition, intimidation and violence. They know they're made for each other - but the world keeps tearing them apart. And soon bigger things will prevail. Like the bombing... Malorie Blackman's groundbreaking book has won a host of awards and become a modern classic, with themes of racism and prejudice that still resonate today. This powerful, hard-hitting dramatisation was written by award-winning playwright Janice Okoh, and stars Zawe Ashton as Sephy, with Rikki Lawton as Callum. Also included is a bonus episode of Word of Mouth, in which Malorie Blackman talks to Michael Rosen about her lifelong love of reading, the writing that has shaped her, and how she's used language in her own influential work. Cast Sephy - Zawe Ashton Callum - Rikki Lawton Meggie/Jasmine - Adjoa Andoh Ryan/Andrew Dorn - Carl Prekopp Jude - Alex Lanipekun Lynette/Sarah - Tracy Wiles Kamal - Jude Akuwudike Kelani Adams - Nikki Amuka Bird Mr Pingule - Israel Oyelumade Mr Stoll/Judge - Richard Pepple Soanes/Sgt Collins - Gerard McDermott Shania - Victoria Inez Hardy Adapted by Janice Okoh Director/Producer Marion Nancarrow First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25 February 2012 (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdShow more
An offbeat 21st Century urban love story starring Rosie Cavaliero and John Dougall, originally broadcast as BBC Radio 4's 'Afternoon Play' on 12 January 2011. It's a difficult time for Sue, her mother has just died and the kids have moved out. She has a vision of leaving their tough housing estate behind and starting a new life by the sea but husband Finn earns little and won't borrow... Finn is a rock in this sensitive tale of love, loyalty and dreams. 'My Haunted Expression' stars Rosie Cavaliero as Sue and John Dougall as Finn. Also featured amongst the cast are Sally Orrock, Tony Bell, Daniel Cooper, Deeivya Meir and Jude Akuwudike. Written by Helen Clohessy and directed by David Hunter.Show more
A BBC Radio 4 science-fiction mystery by Martin Jameson, originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 14 May 2010. A week after the election, Liz de Souza, a psychiatrist, examines a patient at a secure government research facility who's convinced that Tony Blair is still Prime Minister. Starring Amita Dhiri as Liz de Souza and Suzanna Hamilton as Sarah de Souza. Also included in the cast are Jude Akuwudike, Tony Bell, David Seddon and Christine Kavanagh. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.Show more
Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. The Big Sleep finds the world-weary, wisecracking investigator consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Carmen Sternwood has got herself mixed up with a blackmailer, while Vivian has managed to mislay her husband, ex-bootlegger Rusty Regan. Old, ailing General Sternwood hires Marlowe to take care of things - but it’s not too long before the bodies start piling up, and Marlowe finds himself knee-deep in trouble... Starring Toby Stephens, this landmark dramatisation retains all the suspense and excitement of Chandler’s complex and compelling novel.Show more