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  • Various

    Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining. 'With Great Pleasure' saw Judi Dench and Michael Williams joined by fellow actor Alec McCowen to read some of the literature that shaped their lives. Among the poems included are Sylvia Plath's 'Morning Song', 'Fern Hill' by Dylan Thomas and Charlotte Mitchell's 'Just in Case', and there are extracts from Shakespeare's 'Antony...read more

  • Peter Tinniswood

    Six masterly BBC radio monologues from renowned playwright Peter Tinniswood - plus his classic comic play The Governor's Consort. Peter Tinniswood was best known for his popular TV series The Home Front and I Didn't Know You Cared, and award-winning novel A Touch of Daniel. But he was also a prolific writer for radio, where he created a host of wonderful characters - often funny, sometimes poignant and always totally believable. This compilation brings together six of his finest monologues, as well as his comic play The Governor's Consort. With one exception (I Always Take Long Walks), all these dramas were specially written for the actors who star in them, giving them a special...read more

  • Frank Dickens

    Michael Williams stars in all three series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom based on Frank Dickens’ famous comic strip character Bristow is a middle-aged, ineffectual buying clerk for the Chester-Perry Organisation. He is merely a small cog in a gigantic wheel... and he knows it. But he has his own small ways of rebelling, and together with sparring partner Jones and tea lady Mrs Purdy, he weaves hopeless tangles of red tape to confound the system and liven up everyone’s day. In these fourteen episodes, Bristow hopes to make a mint from a rumoured takeover bid; helps Jones to plan his escape from Chester-Perry; crusades to improve conditions for the cleaning ladies and falls in with...read more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in these twelve adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels. The twelve dramatisations are The Illustrious Client; The Blanched Soldier; The Mazarin Stone; The Three Gables; The Sussex Vampire; The Three Garridebs; The Problem of Thor Bridge; The Creeping Man; The Lion's Mane; The Veiled Lodger; Shoscombe Old Place; The Retired Colourman. These short stories are the very last ones written by Arthur Conan Doyle about his much-loved fictional detective. Holmes and Watson are faced with cases that range from the suspicious to the seemingly supernatural, and encounter...read more

  • Various

    'The Acts of the Apostles': Michael Williams reads the fifth book of the New Testament, in which Luke describes how early Christianity spread throughout the world. Specially composed music is included. The readings were part of BBC Radio 4's series of 341 daily episodes of the Bible, broadcast in 1991 and 1992. Abridged by Sue Reid. 'The New Testament': These abridged readings of the New Testament are taken from the 1989 Revised English Bible, which was translated directly from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into modern English to produce a Bible that was at once accessible and...read more

  • Mark Tavener

    A collection of four blackly humorous crime mysteries featuring the fictional BBC Radio crime correspondent, George Cragge. Adapted from the novel by Mark Tavener, In the Red sees the anarchic George Cragge investigate a spree of bizarre murders in the world of City finance, a small political party contesting a by-election, and a plan to overthrow the Director-General of the BBC. The sequel, In the Balance, features George Cragge kicking off a murder trail during the FIFA World Cup at Wembley Stadium. And with Europe becoming a hot potato, can the Prime Minister hold onto his job? In the Chair follows the maverick hack as he looks into a series of murders of dentists linked to...read more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in this collection of stories from the unique fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's original short stories. The twelve dramatisations are A Scandal in Bohemia; The Red-Headed League; A Case of Identity; The Boscombe Valley Mystery; The Five Orange Pips; The Man with the Twisted Lip; The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle; The Adventure of the Speckled Band; The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb; The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor; The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet; The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. In these twelve stories, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson investigate a compromising...read more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in these twelve adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels The Empty House The Norwood Builder The Dancing Men The Solitary Cyclist The Priory School Black Peter Charles Augustus Milverton The Six Napoleons The Three Students The Golden Pince-Nez The Missing Three-Quarter The Abbey Grange Sherlock Holmes did not lose his life at the Reichenbach Falls. Nor has three years of absence taken away his power to startle the faithful Dr Watson… In these intriguing tales, the duo solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange, and...read more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Clive Merrison stars as the enduringly popular sleuth with Michael Williams as Watson in this collection of stories from the unique, fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon. In these eight intriguing tales, Holmes and Watson solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange. They encounter mysteries as diverse as vanishing staff, secret plans and eccentric lodgers as Holmes is struck down by a rare tropical disease and, later, lured away from retirement to help his country on the eve of war. The dramatised stories are 'Wisteria Lodge', 'The Cardboard Box', 'The Red Circle', 'The Bruce Partington Plans', 'The Dying Detective', 'The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax', 'The...read more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in these four adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle stories A Study In Scarlet The Sign of the Four The Hound of the Baskervilles The Valley of Fear A Study in Scarlet introduces the most famous partnership in fiction, as Watson is drawn into Holmes's investigations following the discovery of a body in a blood-stained room in Brixton. In The Sign of the Four, a beautiful young woman comes to Holmes with a mystery which is to stretch even his remarkable deductive skills. The Hound of the Baskervilles finds Holmes and Watson travelling to Dartmoor to investigate the death of...read more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in this collection from the unique, fully dramatised BBC Radio 4 canon. These twelve stories range from Holmes' very first case to the epic struggle between Holmes and Moriarty high above the Reichenbach Falls. The stories are 'Silver Blaze'; 'The Yellow Face'; 'The Stockbroker's Clerk'; 'The 'Gloria Scott'; 'The Musgrave Ritual'; 'The Reigate Squires'; 'The Crooked Man'; 'The Resident Patient'; 'The Greek Interpreter'; 'The Naval Treaty'; 'The Second Stain'; and 'The Final Problem'. Gripping, suspenseful and hugely entertaining, these acclaimed dramatisations bring the world of Holmes and Watson to life, and are guaranteed to...read more

  • A. A. Milne

    POOH GOES VISITING and other stories Story 1 In which we are introduced Story 2 In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place Story 3 In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle Story 4 In which Eeyore loses a tail and Pooh finds one Story 5 In which Piglet is entirely surrounded by water Story 6 In which Christopher Robin gives a Pooh Party, and we say good-bye PIGLET MEETS A HEFFALUMP and other stories Story 1 In which Piglet meets a Heffalump Story 2 In which Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents Story 3 In which Kanga and Baby Roo come to the forest, and Piglet has a bath Story 4 In which Christopher Robin leads an...read more

  • A. A. Milne

    TIGGER COMES TO THE FOREST and other stories Story 1 In which a house is built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore Story 2 In which Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast Story 3 In which Tigger is unbounced Story 4 In which Eeyore finds the Wolery and Owl moves into it Story 5 In which Christopher Robin and Pooh come to an enchanted place POOH INVENTS A NEW GAME and other stories Story 1 In which Rabbit has a busy day Story 2 In which Pooh invents a new game Story 3 In which it is shown that Tiggers don’t climb trees Story 4 In which a search is organized Story 5 In which Piglet does a very grand...read more

  • Jane Austen

    BBC Audio presents Mansfield Park, Jane Austen's perceptive study of middle class morals in the 19th century. Jane Austen's unlikely heroine Fanny Price is plucked from her impoverished family and brought up by wealthy relatives at Mansfield Park. When two outrageous and flirtatious guests arrive at Mansfield Park, Fanny's moral compass is shattered. How will Fanny continue to appear meek and cheerful, whilst being forced to re-examine her entire life? Starring Hannah Gordon, Amanda Root and Michael Williams. © 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (p) 2020 BBC Studios Distribution...read more

  • BBC Audio

    Twelve archive editions of the the much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons Having matured like a fine wine for over 50 years, Just a Minute continues to improve with age. A full-bodied, cheeky little number, it’s both sparkling and robust, and ideal for almost every occasion. A few bottles of the finest have been brought up from the cellar for this vintage collection. In these twelve humorous, enlightening and previously unpublished editions — harvested from between 1972 and 2004 — players once again attempt to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the given subject. Challenges fly thick and fast under the unflappable adjudication of...read more

  • Michael Townsend Williams

    When you get the right balance in life you can do amazing things: create, perform, lead a team, build a great company, raise a family. But so often the scales tip and we feel overwhelmed and stressed. Michael Townsend Williams, an adman turned yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, is an advocate of 'welldoing' - leading a busy and productive life, but not at the expense of our health and wellbeing. And key to this? Our breath. The crucial link between mind and body, our breath reflects what we're dealing with at any given moment. It tells us when we're out of our depth. With simple breathing exercises and elements from yoga, meditation and mindfulness, Do Breathe will help you...read more

  • Mitra Rahbar

    Narrated by Mitra Rahbar, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Courteney Cox, Jackson Galaxy, Kristin Hahn, Diane Lane, Rama Morovati, and Billy Dee Williams, with a bonus guided meditation including music and vocals by Mitra Rahbar and Rama Morovati. Mitra Rahbar has been a spiritual teacher for more than thirty years and has influenced Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen, and Sheryl Crow, among many others. In Miraculous Silence, she guides us through prayer and meditation and shares some of her own beautiful prayers.  Like so many immigrants before her, Mitra Rahbar was challenged to find her way in an unfamiliar land. She was sustained by an ever-deepening prayer...read more

  • Hugh Costello

    A tense, white-knuckle ride of a play from BBC Radio 4 in which a rather self-satisfied hero embarks, reluctantly, on a voyage of self-discovery. Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 7 January 2009, and repeated on 31 March 2011. As an expert on memory loss, Greg Cooke is asked to invalidate the testimony of an eyewitness in a high-profile murder trial. He undermines the Prosecution's key witness by convincing the jury that we forget as much within 24 hours as we do over a whole year. As a result, a vicious murderer walks free, but Greg is soon to discover there's a price to pay... 'The Forgetting Curve' was written by Emmy-nominated TV and Film writer Hugh Costello, and stars...read more

  • Bandy X. Lee

    As this bestseller predicted, Trump has only grown more erratic and dangerous as the pressures on him mount. This new edition includes new essays bringing the audiobook up to date—because this is still not normal. Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway bestseller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him? That question still plagues us. The Trump administration has proven as chaotic and destructive as its opponents feared, and the man at the center of it all remains a cipher. Constrained by the APA’s “Goldwater rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public...read more

  • Various

    The half millennium between the creation of the English nation in around 550 and the Norman Conquest in 1066 was a formative one. This groundbreaking series rediscovers the Anglo-Saxons through vivid portraits of thirty incredible men and women, as told by their contemporary admirers. Nobel prize-winner Seamus Heaney discusses the Beowulf bard; former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams focuses on St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael Wood celebrates Penda, the much-maligned last pagan king of England; Barbara Yorke tells the story of Hild of Whitby, the powerful abbess and largely forgotten pre-feminism model; and writer David Almond investigates the oldest...read more