2011 BBC Productions

BBC Radio 2Elvis

"Development Hell" - 1x60mins - June

Presented by Richard E Grant / Produced by Neil Rosser

British acting legend Richard E Grant takes a look at the deep, dark, dangerous world of movie Development Hell...where scripts go to die, and sometimes be resurrected!


BBC Radio 3Robert Schumann

"A Poet In Bohemia" - 1x45mins

Presented by David Vaughan / Produced by Richard Bannerman

The 16th century poetry of Elizabeth Weston and the life she made as a poet in Bohemia at the turn of that century are rediscovered by David Vaughan.





BBC Radio 4


Tim Brooke-Taylor

"Amnesty At 50" - 1x40mins - Jan

Presented by John Tusa / Produced by Merilyn Harris


Amnesty has recently attracted criticism, sometimes from those who have been its most committed activists.  John Tusa asks if it has lost its way and what will be its future role.

BUY THE PROGRAMME as a download by clicking here


Tim Brooke-Taylor

"A Family Business - The Chaplin Legacy" - 1x30mins

Presented by Tim Brooke-Taylor / Produced by Tony Staveacre

The legacy of Charlie Chaplin lives on in the performances of his grandchildren James and Aurelia, presenting since 1970 their witty and poetic form of a circus show.




"Out Of The Vortex"" - January - 1x30mins

Presented by Matthew Sweeney / Produced by Merilyn Harris

Poet Matthew Sweeney introduces his choice of poems inspired by times of mental illness and depression.




Yasmeen Khan

"The Protection Game" - April - 1x30mins

Presented by Yasmeen Khan / Produced by Yasmeen Khan & Neil Gardner

Yasmeen Khan delves into the mysterious and little-known world of close-protection and bodyguards. Who are these people? Who hires them? And would a bodyguard REALLY take a bullet for their client?




Hardeep Singh Kohli

"15 By 15" series 1 - 5x15mins

Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli / Produced by Richard Bannerman

Hardeep takes 5 very different topics and examines 15 things about those topics in each 15 minute programme. it's gonna be quick, so keep your ears open!


Yasmeen Khan

"Dishonour & Depression" - July 1x30mins

Presented by Yasmeen Khan / Produced by Merilyn Harris

Yasmeen Khan reports on the prevelance of depression in British Asian women and how it is being addressed, from the health services and from within the British Asian community.



Dr Hilary Jones

"The Chinese Nureyev" - May 1x30mins

Presented by Darcey Bussell / Produced by Merilyn Harris

The amazing story of Li Cunxin, born in rural China, recruited by Madame Mao's Dance Academy, dramatic defection while on exchange in the US, star of American and Australian ballet companies.




Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

"Russia: The Wild East" - April/May & July/Aug - 50x15mins

Presented by Martin Sixsmith / Produced by Anna Scott-Brown & Adam Fowler

The BIG narrative history series on BBC R4 in 2011! Martin Sixsmith tells the history of Russia - spanning 1200 years of rulers, revolutions, autocracies and uprisings.


eden ahbez

"The Day of the Jackal" - June - 1x30mins

Presented by Patrick Humphries / Produced by Neil Rosser

On the 49th anniversary of the publication of Frederick Forsyth's classic novel, Patrick Humphries takes a reappraisal of the book, the man and the popularity.




Tim Brooke-Taylor

"It's My Story - Letting Go of James" - July - 1x30mins

Produced & Presented by Anna Scott-Brown

The intimate story of one family placing their 15 year old son in full time residential care - the decision, the process and the fall-out.


Tim Brooke-Taylor

"From Cockfights To Fascinators" - July - 1x30mins

Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli / Produced by Richard Bannerman

Hardeep unpicks the cultural layers of Ascot racecourse as it marks its 300th anniversay.



Tim Brooke-Taylor

"Wordsworth's Mysterious Trip to Calais" - Aug - 1x30mins

Presented by John Worthen / Produced by Richard Bannerman

John Worthen investigates the mysterious month when William Wordsworth visited his former mistress and their daughter in Calais in August 1802.


"Page To Performance - Series 3" - 2x30mins

Presented by Lowri Blake / Produced by Richard Bannerman

Lowri returns with another set of programmes that get inside the performance of a piece of music through the words of its performers, and traces the development from the composer's page to the full performance. This series she looks at Copeland's "Billy The Kid" and Mahler's 10th Symphony.


Tim Brooke-Taylor

"The Paper Round" - 5x15mins

Presented by Bob Kingdom / Produced by Olivia Landsberg

Public figures mount their bicycles and re-visit the route of their paper round, using it to discuss how it influenced their attitudes to work, discipline, independence and achievement.


Tim Brooke-Taylor

"Home From Home" - 2x30mins

Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli / Produced by Richard Bannerman

As the balance shifts between india and the UK, Hardeeo uncovers personal stories which illustrate and reflect the changing relationship between the countries.


Tim Brooke-Taylor

"The Price of Freedom" - 1x40mins

Presented by Jonathan Freedland / Produced by Neil Rosser

On the centenary of British MPs being awarded a salary, Jonathan Freedland investigates the whole question of MPs pay and the way Parliamentary money functions.



Tim Brooke-Taylor

"Pop Goes The Bible" - 1x30mins

Presented by Paul Gambaccini / Produced by Richard Bannerman

There's no doubt which book has inspired more music than any other...from Bach to U2, the Bible gives the best songs!



Tim Brooke-Taylor

"Turkish Delight?" - 1x30mins

Presented by Yasmeen Khan / Produced by Yasmeen Khan & Richard Bannerman

Beloved of drunks and late night revellers everywhere, the kebab has firmly established itself as the late night dish of choice in the UK. In this quirky and revealing programme, Yasmeen uses the ubiquitous kebab shop to take a look at the growing but under0reported Turkish community in the UK.


BBC Radio 7David Warner, Andy Serkis & Rupert Degas

"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" - 5x30mins

Written by HP Lovecraft - Read by Richard Coyle - Music by Jon Nicholls - Produced/Directed by Neil Gardner

A follow-up to 2010's celebrated "At The Mountains of Madness", Richard Coyle returns to read HP Lovecraft's classic tale of the New England seaport, fallen into disrepair and worshipping the beast known as Cthulhu. With full music score by Jon Nicholls.


David Warner, Andy Serkis & Rupert Degas

"The Tales of Max Carrados" - 5x30mins

Written by Ernest Bramh - Read by Arthur Darvill - Music by Jon Nicholls - Produced/Directed by Neil Gardner

The tales of Max Carrados fall squarely in the classic English detective tradition, told in plain though polished prose. Max is an omniscient blind amateur detective with a wry sense of humour. We present 5 of his finest adventures.



BBC World Service


"A Short History of Story" - 3x27mins

Presented Noah Richler / Produced by Richard Bannerman

Noah Richler talks to biologists, mathematicians et al as he builds a new typology of story.