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Brought to you by Penguin. Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt 'Papa Doc' and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man - these are the 'comedians' of Graham Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself... © Graham Greene 1976 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
A girl becomes a Queen... This illuminating serial charts the transformation of the young Victoria from spirited teenager to shy young bride to celebrated ruler of Britain and 'Mother of Europe'. But while her roles changed, her essential nature remained the same: vibrant, passionate, principled and fiercely independent. Through extracts from Victoria's own diaries and letters, and dramatised episodes featuring the characters closest to her, we are given a thrilling insight into the thoughts and feelings of the woman behind the crown - and the secrets of her mind and heart. The key events of her life are revealed in a new perspective - from her coronation, which captured the heart of a nation; to her blissful wedding and honeymoon; the birth of her nine children and the death of her beloved Albert. Adapted by acclaimed scriptwriter Juliet Ace and featuring a star cast including Adrian Lukis, Anna Massey and Christopher Cazenove, this magical drama paints a detailed portrait of Victoria's younger life, revealing some of the remarkable and long-lasting achievements of this extraordinary queen. Cast Victoria...Imogen Stubbs Duchess of Kent...Anna Massey Prince Albert...Adrian Lukis Baroness Lehzen...Selina Cadell Sir John Conroy/MP/Lord Aberdeen...John Rowe Lord Melbourne...Christopher Cazenove WAG/Prince Ernest/Page/Anson/Cubitt...Andrew Wincott William IV/Stockmar/Peel...Terence Edmond Prince of Wales Bertie/Paxton...Thomas Arnold Princess Vicky/Helena...Clare Corbett Prince of Wales Bertie (as a child)...George Allonby Produced and directed by Cherry CooksonShow more
From its opening amid the horrors of the French Revolution, to its unexpected ending on the shores of the English Channel, The Scarlet Pimpernel fizzes with excitement and wit. Dominating the action is the apparently limp-wristed fop, Sir Percy Blakeney, the most unlikely, though the most gentlemanly of heroes. With a happy countenance Sir Percy outwits all the machinations of Chauvelin, the zealous Revolutionary official, to help nobles escape. He is first hindered, then helped, in his plans by his beautiful but naive French wife Marguerite. 1. Escape from Terror - At the West Gate. In Paris during the Revolutionary Terror, aristocrats are hauled to their deaths on the guillotine. Although many try to escape, they are caught at the city gates. Recently, however, many nobles have fled thanks to an unknown Englishman called the Scarlet Pimpernel. One afternoon, a hideous old woman arrives at the West Gate and repels even its guardian Sergeant Bibot, for she says that her grandson has the plague, and he quickly waves her through. Shortly after, a captain arrives and reveals that the hag was the Pimpernel in disguise, hiding the Comtesse de Tournay and her children. 2. The Fisherman's Rest - Fraught reunions - Unwelcome encounter. Safe in England at The Fisherman's Rest, the Comtesse de Tournay questions Sir Andrew Ffoulkes and Lord Anthony Dewhurst about the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. As Marguerite St Just arrives, the Comtesse damns her for betraying an aristocrat. Sir Percy Blakeney, Marguerite's foppish husband, follows but his wife is only concerned with her brother Armand, who is shortly to return to France. Later, Marguerite ponders her marriage to Sir Percy who, so in love with her when they wed, has turned cool since she confessed to unwittingly betraying the Marquis de St Cyr. Her thoughts are interrupted by Chauvelin, an old acquaintance and Republican official. He forces her to help unmask the Pimpernel by threatening her brother's life. Chauvelin tells her that the Pimpernel will be at Lord Grenville's ball. 3. At the Ball - A cunning ruse - In the supper-room. Marguerite suspects that Sir Andrew may be the Pimpernel, and when he receives a suspicious note, she approaches him and pretends to faint. She snatches the paper and reads it, discovering that the Pimpernel is going to France the next day and will be in the supper-room at one-o'clock for any last-minute plans. She informs Chauvelin of her findings and he lies in wait. He pretends to fall asleep, but the only person he sees is Sir Percy, similarly slumbering. 4. The Pimpernel Unmasked - The revealing ring. After the ball, Marguerite breaks down, almost melting Sir Percy's cool exterior as she begs him to help Armand. The next morning, she discovers that he has left on his yacht. She enters her husband's study and her suspicions are aroused by his methodical tidiness. Sir Percy is not the fool he seems, but a determined man. She is further amazed to find a signet-ring bearing the mark of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Suzanne de Tournay, the Comtesse's daughter and Marguerite's friend, arrives and tells her that the Pimpernel has left to save her father. Marguerite is now sure of Sir Percy's secret. 5. Into France - Frantic departure. Marguerite's fears are reconfirmed by Chauvelin, who returns Armand's compromising letter, which he promised to deliver when on the Pimpernel's trail. Appalled, Marguerite realizes that she has betrayed her husband. Quickly, she goes to Sir Andrew's house and begs for his help. He agrees to escort her to France to warn Sir Percy. They cross from Dover and he leads her to an inn, the Chat Gris, where Sir Percy is due. Marguerite hides upstairs while Sir Andrew scouts around. 6. An Elusive Pimpernel - Dangerous snuff. As she waits, Chauvelin arrives in disguise and orders a meal. He sends his underling Desgas to fetch the soldiers to trap the Pimpernel. Horrified, Marguerite hears Sir Percy approaching, singing 'God Save the King'. He enters, and recognizing his adversary, greets him heartily. Chauvelin waits for his troops to arrive as Percy secretly fills his snuffbox with pepper and offers some to the unsuspecting agent. As the Frenchman sneezes explosively Percy flees. The soldiers arrive too late, but Desgas discovers a Jew named Rosenbaum, who offers to guide them to Pere Blanchard's hut, the Pimpernel's meeting place. The soldiers set off, followed by Marguerite. 7. Père Blanchard's Hut - A shriek in time - Chauvelin thwarted. Marguerite shadows Chauvelin, but stumbles in the darkness and is captured. The soldiers then surround the hut and wait for Percy to join his accomplices waiting inside. Chauvelin warns Marguerite not to scream and she remains silent until she again hears Percy singing. Suddenly, she shrieks and wrecks Chauvelin's plans. He quickly orders his men inside the hut but it is too late. The guards admit that they have let the suspects leave because their orders were to wait until the Pimpernel arrived before entering. However, Chauvelin finds a note detailing Percy's escape plans near Calais. 8. Happy Returns - A fine disguise. Furious at the soldiers' incompetence, Chauvelin orders Rosenbaum to be beaten; he then bids farewell to Marguerite. As she lies weak on the grass, she hears the sound of an English voice ? it is Sir Percy, disguised as Rosenbaum. Marguerite unties him and he explains how he had thrown the note found by Chauvelin in the hut as a decoy. Sir Andrew then arrives and the three set off for the real rendezvous with Percy's yacht. Back home, the Blakeneys are happy together again.Show more
TEMPTATION KNOWS NO BOUNDS . . . Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn't question his mission. But Sam didn't know his deed had a witness--the beautiful and mysterious betrayer's wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner--one he can neither trust . . . nor resist. Élise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor--including seducing him senseless. She didn't know of her miserable husband's crimes, but she has secrets of her own, secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames Élise's deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won't let her go? Caught between the crown he's sworn to serve and the woman he's come to love, Sam will risk his heart--and his very life--to keep her safe. (95,000 words)Show more
Doug Lucie's satirical sequel to 'Hitched' revisits the bride and groom, Emma and Richard, two years after their big day. The honeymoon is well and truly over and wedded bliss hasn't turned out to be, well, blissful. With their relationship at crisis point, Emma returns from America with her young daughter to discover her life isn't the only one that has changed. But just what has happened between Emma and Richard, and why has she returned home without him? When Richard in turn flies back to the UK, the stage is set for another unforgettable family encounter. With sparks sure to fly at a family reunion no one wants to attend, Emma and Richard must finally decide what the future holds for their marriage. Will it be Hitched or Ditched? Starring Harry Lloyd and Lydia Leonard as Richard and Emma, with Stephen Moore, Frances Barber, David Schofield, Cheryl Campbell, Adrian Lukis, Brendan Patricks, Alison Pettit and Lynn Farleigh.Show more
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation by Christopher Reason of the satirical Czech novel by Jaroslav Hasek. This tale charts the exploits during the First World War of 'European Forrest Gump', Svejk, in his progress through the ranks of the Austro-Hungarian army. Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of the First World War - although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. This story of a 'little man' caught in a vast bureaucratic machine combines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war. Starring Sam Kelly as Svejk and Adrian Lukis as Lukas. Directed by Gary Brown.Show more
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