Drama of the Week

Drama of the Week

United Kingdom

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.



The Brexit vote threatens to tear a family apart.

Meet James McLevy  

How it all began - a remake of the first episode of the Victorian detective drama featuring Inspector James McLevy - which first aired on Radio 4 in 1999. Starring Brian Cox.

Writing the Century: Stannington  

Inspired by TB nurse Marjorie Wilson's interviews about 1950s Stannington Sanatorium

The Present Experiment  

Celebrating seventy years to the hour that the Third Programme was launched, Robin Brooks' fantastical comedy romps through the first hours of the pioneering station's life.

Writing the Century: Land's End to John O'Groats  

Stephen Wakelam adapts George Allen's 1904 diary of his record-attempting walk.

Tsar: Ivan the Terrible  

David Threlfall is Ivan the Terrible in Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Tsars.

Hidden Harm  

Powerful drama, a young boy's recordings reveal a family in crisis. By Natalie Mitchell

Mr Trollope and the Labours of Hercules  

What will Anthony Trollope make of Jamaica in 1858? With Paterson Joseph & Justin Edwards

Blood and Milk  

Gangsters, gambling and an innocent abroad in 1890s Whitechapel, by Gregory Evans. Eps1-5

Wounded Light  

John Lynch’s lyrical drama about love and loss.


First in a new nine-part conspiracy thriller by Matthew Broughton. Starring Romola Garai.

The Clintons: Heck, Don't Vote For Him  

Entertaining new drama imagining key moments in the Clintons’ enduring partnership.

Poetry in Motion  

Conversations on a train, as five people travel to Manchester. By Katie Hims.

HighLites: Natural Bounce  

Comedy in a hairdressers. By Phil Nodding and Steve Chambers.

Defoe: A Journal of the Plague Year  

Defoe begins his fictional 'journal' of the Great Plague of 1665.

Foreign Bodies: Keeping the Wolf Out  

Detective drama set in communist Hungary in 1963, by Philip Palmer.


Lenny Henry's comedy drama about a family weekend in Amsterdam.

Tommies 30th June 1916  

Tommies tells a hidden true story about the first day of the battle of the Somme.


A new drama from playwright Bonnie Greer, inspired by August Strindberg's play The Father

The Victorian in the Wall  

A work-shy writer discovers a Victorian living in the wall of his flat. By Will Adamsdale

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