In Shakespeare's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid. The golden world of Portia's Belmont calls forth some of Shakespeare's most lyrical love poetry. But the dark shadow of Shylock is never far from the heart of this brilliant comedy as it moves toward its courtroom climax.
"One Of Shakespeare's Best"
Henry James's novel, dramatised by Rachel Joyce. Young and beautiful, Isabel Archer thinks that she is in control of her fate. Little does she know, however, that others behind the scenes are pulling the strings. The beautiful and free-spirited Isabel Archer is now a very rich woman. Two men have declared their love for her but she does not want to be married. Resolved to enjoy her fortune, she begins her travels. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Bathurst, Gayle Hunnicutt and full cast. Pianist Duncan Walsh Atkins. Directed by Tracey Neale.
"Very good as dramatisation but can't replace the book"
Despite round-the-clock protection, all male members of the Luciano crime family are killed the night before a family wedding. The don's wife, Graziella, holds together what's left of the family. The widows and a daughter seek revenge and to restore the family's power.
Martyn Wade's dramatisation of Ada Leverson's witty and wonderful social comedy The Little Ottleys, as heard on BBC Radio. This is a story of delightful and romantic entanglements set in Edwardian London.
‘Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life.’ So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs. But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design. Nobody, that is, until Jay turns her sights on newly-wed and freshly-widowed Magda Newsam. For Magda’s mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows enough of Jay’s history to be very afraid indeed. Determined to protect her daughter, Corinna turns to clinical psychologist Charlie Flint.
When ace lawyer Bennie Rosato's twin sister returns to Philadelphia, she knows that trouble is on the horizon. At the same time, Bennie's law firm is in trouble, so she takes on a potentially lucrative class action suit to try to save the day. It could be make or break - both for her family and her firm. Then a mysterious stranger appears just in time to help Bennie in the fight of her life, for her life.
When Jack Newlin comes home to find his wife dead on the floor of their elegant dining room, he's convinced he knows who killed her - and determined that the murderer should escape detection.
Mary DiNunzio has been slaving away for the past eight years to make partner in her cut-throat Philadelphia law firm. She hasn't got time to worry about crank phone calls and hate mail - until a sinister pattern begins to form.
Defence lawyer Bennie Rosato has always known that there was some mystery about her father, of whom she knows nothing but his name - until she takes the case of her life.
Attorney Mary DiNunzio gets a terrifying telephone call while she's working late; then she finds a shadow lurking at her front door. When a lawyer very close to her turns up dead, Mary begins to suspect that there is a sinister connection with the case she's been working on.
Marta Richter is just hours away from winning an acquittal for her latest client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere. As the jury deliberates, Steere lets slip that he in fact murdered the homeless man who tried to carjack him. In a race against time, Marta resolves to find the evidence that will convict Steere before the jury returns with its verdict. But Elliot Steere won't let anyone stand between him and freedom. Even from his jail cell, he has the cunning and connections to kill again.