Drama of the Week

BBC  |  Podcast , ±29 min episodes every 3 days  | 
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best. ‘Neverwhere: London Below’(Episode One) will be available as the Drama of the Week download from Friday 22nd March.

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03
FEB

In Loco Parentis by Jan Carson

An original short story commissioned by BBC Radio 4 written by Jan Carson and read by Lisa Dwyer Hogg.

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short-story collection, Children's Children (2016), and two flash fiction anthologies, Postcard Stories (2017) and Postcard Stories 2 (2020). Her second novel, The Fire Starters (2019), won the EU Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Novel of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She has won the Harper's Bazaar short-story competition and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. Her third novel, The Raptures, was published in 2022.

Writer: Jan Carson
Reader: Lisa Dwyer Hogg
Producer: Michael Shannon
Executive Editor: Andy Martin

A BBC Northern Ireland production.
27
JAN

Back Home

By May Sumbwanyambe. Noreen returns to her native Zambia after 20 years in the UK. As the head of a wildlife charity she's come back to give a speech about animal conservation in Africa but her family - who haven't seen her since she left as a young student - want to talk about difficult issues closer to home.

Noreen ..... Rakie Ayola
Mwemba ..... Adam Courting
Moses ..... Ben Onwukwe

Producer/director: Bruce Young

May Sumbwanyambe researched and wrote the play while he was a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence at the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York, and research assistance was provided by Molly Brown.

2 episodes