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  1. The Silence of Scheherazade Audiobook The Silence of Scheherazade
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  2. Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want Audiobook Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want
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  3. Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food Audiobook Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food
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  4. A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders Audiobook A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders
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  5. Such a Quiet Place Audiobook Such a Quiet Place
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  6. 1979 Audiobook 1979
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  7. The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal Audiobook The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
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  8. Land of Big Numbers Audiobook Land of Big Numbers
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  9. Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose Audiobook Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose
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The Missing Hancocks: The Complete BBC Radio Series: New recordings of classic ‘lost’ scripts Audiobook

The Missing Hancocks: The Complete BBC Radio Series: New recordings of classic ‘lost’ scripts

Kevin McNally and Andy Secombe star in new recordings of original Hancock's Half Hour scripts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Between 1954 and 1959, BBC Radio recorded 102 episodes of the hugely popular comedy classic, Hancock's Half Hour. The first modern sitcom, Hancock's Half Hour made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams, and launched Ray Galton and Alan Simpson as one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history. Sadly, 22 episodes of the show went missing from the BBC archives, and have not been heard since their original transmission nearly 60 years ago - until Radio 4 lovingly recreated them over four highly-acclaimed series between 2014 and 2020. In a special treat for Hancock fans, Series 4 also premiered one episode - The Counterfeiter - that was never recorded by the original team. Complete with the classic score performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, these hilarious episodes were recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in front of a live audience. Kevin McNally stars as The Lad Himself, with Andy Secombe playing the role of his father Harry and a stellar cast including Simon Greenall, Kevin Eldon, Robin Sebastian, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Susy Kane. Also featured is a bonus Director's Commentary for The Matador, in which Andy Hamilton chats to Kevin McNally and co-producer Neil Pearson about the joys, and challenges, of recreating a 1950s sitcom. In addition, we hear Kevin McNally and Robin Sebastian's riotous performance of 'The Test Pilot' sketch at the 2018 RAF centenary gala at the Royal Albert Hall, and the interview they gave afterwards. The episodes included in this collection are: The Matador The Newspaper The Hancock Festival The Breakfast Cereal The New Neighbour How Hancock Won the War The Red Planet The Marriage Bureau A Visit to Russia The Trial of Father Christmas A Holiday in France The Crown Jewels The Racehorse A Visit to Swansea The Three Sons The Winter Holiday Department Store Santa The Diamond Ring Prime Minister Hancock Christmas at Aldershot The Counterfeiter The Christmas Eve Party The New Year Resolutions Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson Produced by Ed Morrish, Neil Pearson, Paul Sheehan and Hayley Sterling Music composed by Wally Stott, and performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Levon Parikian Thanks to Tessa Le Bars A BBC Studios Production Originally broadcast on the BBC Light Programme between 1954 and 1959 Recreated for broadcast by BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4, 31 October-28 November 2014 (Series 1), 23 November-21 December 2015 (Series 2), 14 March-11 April 2017 (Series 3), 6 December 2018-31 December 2020 (Series 4) Cast Tony Hancock - Kevin McNally Bill Kerr - Kevin Eldon Sid James - Simon Greenall Kenneth Williams - Robin Sebastian Andree Melly - Susy Kane Moira Lister - Margaret Cabourn-Smith Harry Secombe - Andy Secombe Director's Commentary Featuring Andy Hamilton, Kevin McNally and Neil Pearson 'The Test Pilot' sketch Performed by Kevin McNally and Tim Sebastian as part of the RAF 100 Gala, first broadcast BBC Radio 2, 6 April 2018 and presented by Ken Bruce

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The Secret World: Inside the Private Lives of the Famous: A BBC Radio Comedy Audiobook

The Secret World: Inside the Private Lives of the Famous: A BBC Radio Comedy

Author: Bill Dare Narrator: Duncan Wisbey, Jon Culshaw, Lewis Macleod, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Sarah Hadland Release Date: August 2020

All four series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy impressions show following the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful The Secret World is an impressions show with a difference – it shines a light on the imaginary alternative lives of famous folk. Each episode takes place over one day, with stories unfolding and overlapping from morning to night. In these 22 episodes, we hear about the bizarre habits of celebrities from Lady Gaga to Keith Harris and Orville. Al Pacino reveals his alternative life as a balloon twister, Barack Obama becomes a Pearly King; Professor Brian Cox finds himself stalked by various women, including the Queen; and the Archbishop of Canterbury tries Tweeting for the first time – with disastrous results. We also find out what Sean Connery, Griff Rhys Jones, Pam Ayres, Kirsty Young and Peter Sallis have in common (they all enjoy nothing more than meeting up for a spot of bare-knuckle fighting), discover Princess Anne’s secret passion for trainspotting, and learn about Russell Crowe’s strange fixation with sprouts. And there are sinister revelations about Alan Titchmarsh’s dark side when his career is threatened... Winner of the Gold Award for Best Comedy at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards, this richly imaginative satirical comedy stars Dead Ringers alumni Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey and Debra Stephenson, as well as acclaimed comedy performers Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Julian Dutton, Sarah Hadland and Jess Robinson. We also peer into the lives of Al Pacino, Miranda Hart, Prince Charles, Lady Gaga and the Queen, to name a few. The cast are: Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey, Margaret Cabourn Smith, Julian Dutton, Sarah Hadland, Jess Robinson and Debrea Stephenson

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Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed: The complete series 1 and 2: A BBC Radio comedy Audiobook

Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed: The complete series 1 and 2: A BBC Radio comedy

Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed’s file: Likes: solving crimes Dislikes: The Shard Previous criminal convictions: stealing bulldog clips off old case files Number of arrests: 12 billion Call 999! Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed attempts to tackle a series of crimes, assisted by long-suffering sergeants Anna Crilly (Lead Balloon, Anna & Katy) and Colin Hoult (Life's Too Short, Russell Howard's Good News), who aid and abet him in everything he does. Never have serious crimes been made more entertaining, whilst remaining utterly, utterly tasteful! Set at Tilford Road Police Station, Nick and co. must attempt to fathom who killed the man with the missing head, tackle a full-on student protest, and solve something akin to that bank heist at the start of The Dark Knight. The second series of this critically-acclaimed comedy sees Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed discovering a forgery ring, testifying in court and on the trail of a fugitive. 'Delightfully bonkers!' The Guardian Written by Nick Mohammed Produced by Victoria Lloyd Starring Nick Mohammed, Colin Hoult and Anna Crilly, with Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Wil Andrews Nick Mohammed is the creator of new Sky One comedy Intelligence, in which he stars alongside David Schwimmer, and he is the voice of Piglet in the live-action film Christopher Robin. He played the lead role in Sky One’s comedy series Gates, and features in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s comedy Life’s Too Short on BBC Two. He also featured in BBC One’s Reggie Perrin and starred in BBC Three comedies The King Is Dead and How Not to Live Your Life, BBC Two’s Pete & Dud: The Lost Sketches and Miranda and CBBC’s triple-BAFTA-nominated sketch show Sorry, I’ve Got No Head for CBBC.

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Jack & Bet Audiobook

Jack & Bet

Author: Sarah Butler Narrator: Margaret Cabourn-Smith Release Date: March 2020

Even the longest marriages have their secrets . . . Jack Chalmers is a man of few words, married to a woman of many. He and Bet have been together for seventy years - almost a lifetime - and happily so, for the most part. All Jack and Bet want is to enjoy the time they have left together, in the flat they have tried to make their home. Their son Tommy has other ideas: he wants them to live somewhere with round-the-clock care, hot meals, activities. Bet thinks they can manage just fine. When they strike up an unlikely friendship with Marinela, a young Romanian woman, Bet thinks she has found the perfect solution - one that could change Marinela's life as well as theirs. But this means revisiting an old love affair, and confronting a long-buried secret she has kept hidden from everyone, even Jack, for many years. Tender, moving and beautifully told, Sarah Butler's Jack & Bet is an unforgettable novel about love and loss, the joys and regrets of a long marriage, and the struggle to find a place to call home.

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Bigipedia: The Complete Series 1-2 Audiobook

Bigipedia: The Complete Series 1-2

Author: Carey Marx, Matt Kirshen, Nick Doody, Sarah Morgan Narrator: Ewan Bailey, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Nick Doody Release Date: November 2019

Welcome to Bigipedia - the omniscient friend you know from your computer and laser watch takes over your PC for 30 minutes in a unique experiment in broadwebcasting... This is the complete first and second series. Launched on an unsuspecting public, Bigipedia is a massive mash-up of Google, Microsoft, Apple, Wikipedia, My Space, Yahoo and Amazon, all vying for your attention, love, money and occasionally vital organs. Sponsored by Chianti, the world's worst-ever beverage with its series of ever more off-putting straplines ("Chianti - legally, wine"). "A stimulating and brilliantly sustained parody... a radio classic." - Mail On Sunday "Who imagined the internet could be so wikidly comical?" - The Independent on Sunday "A magnificent new comedy inspired by and spoofing the online info site Wikipedia" - The Sunday Times "If you're going to steal, the cliché goes, steal from the best and Bigipedia's influences are solid comedy gold ... the whole project is clearly the project of some very deranged minds" - The Independent "Very clever and ineffably wonderful. But just don't try and follow it sequentially, especially at this time of night. You'll do yourself a mischief.'' - Radio Times Over the first series you can pick your own Audio Screensaver from a choice of "Paris By Night", "Laughing Clowns" or "Duelling Tarzans", meet Felix Richards, the world's most petrified ghosthunter, pay extra to hear the show in more than Monovoice, hear the Bigipedia entry on the mysterious world of The Bee Whisperer. And this week's edition of Bigikids will teach you "How To Be A Spy"!, enjoy the full benefits of having a BigiNanoBot implanted in your brain to fully enhance the sharing experience (or "hive mind") and, if you're feeling any sort of pain or death, take advantage of our free BigiMedic software to allow us to allow you to diagnose yourself. And now - you can enjoy the long-awaited release of Bigipedia 2.0 - the infallible, ever-present cyberfriend is back! Now with all errors mistake. In episode 2, we discover how Bigipedia 2.0 is now bigger, better and closer - so it looks bigger twice! Also, the wisdom of crowds, the joy of deregulated advertising and Bigipedia throughout history. In episode 3, Bigipedia 2.0 launches its own social network, BigiBuzz! Find out what's popular so you can be one of them! Also, Britain's least-haunted House is visited by terrified ghost-hunter Felix Richard and we find out the true meaning of pilk and pleather. And in the final episode, we launch BigiHype - the sure-fire way to raise the profile of a new event or an unpopular charity! Written by Nick Doody, Matt Kirshen & Sarah Morgan with Carey Marx Conceived by Nick Doody Music by Guy Jackson Produced & directed by David Tyler

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The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 3: Le Carré on Spying; Don Quixote; Hadrian's Beard Audiobook

The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 3: Le Carré on Spying; Don Quixote; Hadrian's Beard

In these riotous revisionist plays, The Penny Dreadfuls present alternative takes on three icons, ably assisted by guests including Miles Jupp, Mark Heap, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Amanda Abbington and Sylvester McCoy. In The Penny Dreadful's Present: Le Carré on Spying, we follow David Cornwell's (Le Carré's real name) desperate efforts to uncover the latest mole in the secret service. John F Kennedy's official visit to Berlin looms and the pressure is on to get to the truth. In The Penny Dreadful's Present: Don Quixote, Cervantes' mighty tome has been condensed into an hour's entertainment. Join peasant Sancho and the man who thinks he's a Knight, locked in a quest to save those who don't want saving and unravel enchantments which may or may not only exist in their minds. The Penny Dreadful's Present: Hadrian's Beard will broadcast later on this year. Emperor Hadrian's instinct is to protect himself and Rome with a wall, but will the locals fall into line? Produced by Julia McKenzie

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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: Series 8: The BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show Audiobook

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: Series 8: The BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show

Author: John Finnemore Narrator: , Carrie Quinlan, John Finnemore, Lawry Lewin, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane Release Date: September 2019

John Finnemore presents the eighth series of his multi-award-winning Souvenir Programme 'The best sketch show in years, on television or radio' Radio Times John Finnemore, creator and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts, is back with Series 8 of his highly acclaimed radio sketch show, winner of the Academy Silver Award, a Broadcasting Press Guild award and two BBC Audio Drama awards. In these six episodes, John cooks a particularly good lasagne, Noah gets some bad news about the ark, we hear a legendary swansong, and there's some helpful guidance on the etiquette of 'Thank Yous' - as well as a look into the devastating consequences of World Peace. Plus, there's some merry names, some handy mnemonics, an epiphany and a show that will make you feel like a princess - whether you want it to or not. And, well... since you ask him whether he believes in ghosts... Hailed by The Daily Telegraph as 'funny enough to make even the surliest cat laugh', John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme also features his regular ensemble cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan.

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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: Series 6: The BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show Audiobook

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: Series 6: The BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show

Author: John Finnemore Narrator: , John Finnemore, Margaret Cabourn-Smith Release Date: March 2017

Six more episodes of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning sketch show, written by and starring John Finnemore. 'The best sketch show in years, on television or radio' Radio Times. John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts, returns for a sixth series of his hugely acclaimed Souvenir Programme, which won him Radio Broadcaster of the Year at the 2016 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Expect sketches! Expect songs! They're what made up the previous five series, so it seems a pretty safe bet that that's what will be in this series as well. And, well, since you ask him for some tall tales... Kicking off with a seasonal special, this series takes in TV adverts, woodland talent contests, a song about the best day of the Christmas season and what is almost certainly the greatest story a Finnemore has ever told. Described by The Daily Telegraph as 'funny enough to make even the surliest cat laugh', John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme also features Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin, Carrie Quinlan and, at the piano, Susannah Pearse. Duration: 2 hours 50 mins approx.

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The Brig Society: Complete Series 4: The BBC Radio 4 series Audiobook

The Brig Society: Complete Series 4: The BBC Radio 4 series

Extra! Extra! - Brigstocke Starts Own Newspaper Shock! Comedian Marcus Brigstocke presents a two-part special focussing on the great British press. In the first episode he plunges head first into the contents of the great British newspaper and comes up smelling of Daily Mail. Plus he reveals the headline of the year that you'll never get to read... In the second episode there's sex, scandal and saucy secrets on offer as Marcus examines how the great British press combine the difficult jobs of both selling newspapers and ruining peoples' lives... Joining him are regular guest stars William Andrews ("Sorry I've Got No Head") , Margaret Cabourn-Smith ("Miranda") and Colin Hoult (from Ricky Gervaise's "Derek"). Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt. This complete fourth series of the multi-award-winning show comes from the people who brought you Cabin Pressure and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Duration: 1 hour approx.

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The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 1: Guy Fawkes; Revolution; Hereward the Wake Audiobook

The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 1: Guy Fawkes; Revolution; Hereward the Wake

The Penny Dreadfuls examine the life of Guy Fawkes, undertake a satirical version of the French Revolution and turn their comic eye towards Hereward the Wake The Penny Dreadfuls Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck are a comedy trio who specialise in retelling historical events in their own, inimitable way. In these riotous revisionist plays, they present alternative takes on three famous tales, ably assisted by guests including Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Marek Larwood, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp, Richard E Grant, and Sally Hawkins. Guy Fawkes: What exactly are we supposed to remember on the 5th of November? The Penny Dreadfuls take a fresh look at the build-up to and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot. Starring Kevin Eldon as Guy. Revolution: The Penny Dreadfuls tell the epic story of the French Revolution including the execution of the King and the slaughter of thousands at the guillotine in just one hour, with jokes. Starring Richard E Grant as Robespierre and Sally Hawkins as Marie-Therese. Hereward the Wake: Why has this Englishman, responsible for leading the fight against the occupation of William The Conqueror, been forgotten? The Penny Dreadfuls explain how the story didn't end when they ran out of embroidery cotton on the Bayeux Tapestry... Produced by Julia McKenzie.

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The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 2: Macbeth Rebothered; The Odyssey; The Curse of the Beagle Audiobook

The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 2: Macbeth Rebothered; The Odyssey; The Curse of the Beagle

Author: David Reed Narrator: , Greg McHugh, Greg Mchugh, Lolly Adefope, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Robert Webb, Susan Calman Release Date: January 2017

Comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls recount the story of the much-maligned Macbeth, revisit Odysseus’ epic journey and reveal the truth behind Darwin’s famous voyage The Penny Dreadfuls – Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck – are a comedy trio who specialise in retelling historical events in their own, inimitable way. In these riotous revisionist plays, they present alternative takes on three famous tales, ably assisted by guests including Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Lolly Adefope, Robert Webb and Susan Calman. Macbeth Rebothered: It’s the Scottish Play, but not as we know it: The Penny Dreadfuls present a rebooted version of the classic story that paints the noble King in a very different light. Starring Greg McHugh as Macbeth and Susan Calman as the Narrator. The Odyssey: The Penny Dreadfuls take on Homer's tale of Odyseuss's epic journey home from the Trojan Wars and the incredible monsters and enchantress he encounters en route. Starring Robert Webb as Odysseus. The Curse of the Beagle: In 1831, a 22-year-old Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle for a five-year voyage that changed the course of his life. He later published his stories of the trip, but in this reimagining The Penny Dreadfuls uncover the untold story that Darwin kept to himself. Produced by Julia McKenzie.

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The Brig Society: Complete Series 3: The BBC Radio 4 sitcom Audiobook

The Brig Society: Complete Series 3: The BBC Radio 4 sitcom

In the complete third series of the multi-award-winning show, from the makers of "Cabin Pressure" and "Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive", Marcus Brigstocke examines different facets of life by being put in charge of them. Each week he starts out by thinking “Well, it can't be that difficult, surely?” and ends up with “Oh - turns out it's utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?”. Joining him are regular guest stars William Andrews (“Sorry I've Got No Head”) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith (“Miranda”) as well as special guests Justin Edwards and Colin Hoult as they tackle the ills of British society, from the House Of Lords and internet trolling all the way up to the big issues like why a paisley hanky is good for hiding disreputable stains, and how to use toothpaste to fool your landlord. Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt. In the first episode, Marcus decides to take his local football team all the way to the top of the Premier League. He finds out about the pure, noble and honest game of football - and also FIFA. Plus he'll be tackling some of the sport's biggest problems, like racism and homophobia - and also FIFA. In Show 2 -“Being A Woman” - Marcus has decided to cross the Gender Gap and become a woman. Expect a clear-eyed assessment of sexism and a doubling of the bathroom candle budget. Ahem. In Show 3, Marcus coughs politely, dons a crumpled linen suit and fibs for Britain as he tries his hand at becoming a diplomat. On the way, he'll look at the history and origins of diplomacy, the training required, and the fact that approximately 60% of the modern British diplomat's work is spent apologizing for Jeremy Clarkson. In the nicely-furnished, affordable Show 4 with very attractive views, Marcus decides to solve the housing crisis. He'll also be building a basement under the studio and knocking down a party wall he shares with The Archers. Good Lord - is exactly what Marcus has become in Show 5 in order to peer under the ermine and see if we really do need that second chamber... Along the way he'll be looking at the history and function of the House of Lords, getting himself a Coat Of Arms, and having a good old rummage in the Woolsack. Please turn your radio over and start listening as, in the final show, Marcus has thirty minutes to retake his GCSEs. During the show he will be sitting a genuine GCSE exam set by the Producer in an attempt to get the bottom of Grade Inflation and also the class.

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