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  • Letters from Father Christmas | J.R.R. Tolkien

    Letters from Father Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

    James says: "A fun little read."
  • Black Coffee | Agatha Christie

    Black Coffee

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    Sir Claud Amory's formula for a powerful new explosive has been stolen, presumably by a member of his large household. Sir Claud assembles his suspects in the library and locks the door, instructing them that the when the lights go out, the formula must be replaced on the table - and no questions will be asked. But when the lights come on, Sir Claud is dead. Now Hercule Poirot, assisted by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

    Kathi says: "A REAL TREAT for Poirot fans!"
  • Classic Radio Theatre: The Country Wife (Dramatised) | William Wycherley

    Classic Radio Theatre: The Country Wife (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Wycherley
    • Narrated By Maggie Smith, Jonathan Pryce, John Duttine, and others
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Maggie Smith and Jonathan Pryce star in William Wycherley’s raunchy Restoration comedy. Considered too obscene to be staged in its original form for nearly 200 years, William Wycherley’s bawdy comedy tells the tale of Mr Horner, a notorious rake who spreads the false rumour that he is impotent in order to gain free access to other men’s wives. When he meets the young, innocent Margery Pinchwife, the ‘country wife’ of the title, the scene is set for scandal.

    Nicole says: "better than I expected"
  • The Christmas Collection (Unabridged Selections) | Thomas Hardy,William Shakespeare,Clive Sansom

    The Christmas Collection (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy, William Shakespeare, Clive Sansom
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey, John Moffatt
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Christmas brings out the best and the worst in us, as can been seen in this evocative anthology. Among what Thomas Love Peacock calls the "many poetical charms in the heraldings of Christmas," there are eulogies by saints and diatribes from curmudgeons. Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers, made mystical in stories and summed up in a line by the poet Elizabeth Jennings: "The hush, the star, the baby, people being kind again."

  • Death on the Nile | Agatha Christie

    Death on the Nile

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (969)

    John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie's most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering. Linnet's former friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort, follows her and Simon wherever they go and Linnet senses she is in danger.

    Lady M says: "Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot"
  • Three Act Tragedy (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Three Act Tragedy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, George Cole, Michael Cochrane, and others
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Hercule Poirot is a guest at a weekend house party, given at the Cornish clifftop home of the celebrated actor Sir Charles Cartwright. The other visitors include keen amateur detective Mr Satterthwaite and distinguished Harley Street nerve specialist Sir Bartholomew Strange. Death visits the house soon after Poirot's arrival, the victim an elderly clergyman who's only had a sip of dry martini. What else was in the glass? Are natural causes to blame... or murder?

    Amy B says: "Fabulous acting"
  • Taken at the Flood (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Taken at the Flood (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Gordon Cloade is killed in a London air raid, and his vast fortune passes to his young wife Rosaleen. Five of his relatives are desperate to get their hands on Cloade's money, and Rosaleen begins to fear for her life. The prospects for the Cloades improve when they discover that Rosaleen had a previous husband who perished mysteriously in Africa. Then a mysterious stranger appears in the village, saying that he has something to communicate to her, but the following morning he is found dead.

  • Peril at End House (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Peril at End House (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective. Hercule Poirot and his good friend Captain Hastings are enjoying a well-deserved break on the Cornish Riviera, in the idyllic village of St Loo. Wandering along the terrace of the Hotel Majestic on the first morning of their stay, Poirot literally falls at the feet of a pretty, dark-haired girl and, much to Hastings’ delight, insists that she join them for a cocktail.

    Ursula says: "Another fun Poirot mystery"
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.

  • Elephants Can Remember (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Elephants Can Remember (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Julia McKenzie
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Following an otherwise-enjoyable literary luncheon, the celebrated crime novelist Ariadne Oliver is accosted by a particularly formidable woman who engages her in conversation about one of her many god-daughters, whom Ariadne hasn’t seen since she was a child. She lands a bombshell with the question ‘What I want to know is this: did her mother kill her father, or was it the father who killed the mother?’

    Bee says: "just a fun a story"
  • Sad Cypress (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Sad Cypress (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot, the great Belgian detective. Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy.

    Laura says: "Terrific, Layered Mystery"
  • Dead Man's Folly (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Dead Man's Folly (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Julia McKenzie
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Ariadne Oliver, Queen of Crime Fiction, has been asked to devise a Murder Hunt for a fête at Nasse House, the home of Sir George Stubbs. But she begins to suspect that someone is manipulating the scenario of her game and fears that something very sinister is being planned. She sends for her old friend Hercule Poirot. At first, he is not inclined to take her very seriously, but soon a series of events propels him to change his mind.

    Stephanie L. Thompson says: "They Cut Too Much Out"
  • Mrs McGinty's Dead (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Mrs McGinty's Dead (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    The gruesome death of Mrs McGinty provokes Superintendent Spence to seek the help of his old ally Hercule Poirot. The victim’s young lodger has been found guilty and is due to hang. But Spence is not convinced by the circumstantial evidence which influenced the verdict. So, at considerable personal discomfort, Poirot goes down to the sleepy village where the old lady lived and where, by chance, his good friend Ariadne Oliver is also staying.

  • Cards on the Table (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Cards on the Table (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Stephanie Cole, Donald Sinden
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot with Stephanie Cole and Donald Sinden. Hercule Poirot, along with three other luminaries from the world of crime detection, is invited to dinner by the renowned London socialite Dr Shaitana. Also on the guest list are four members of what Shaitana calls his Black Museum - a collection of murderers who have each succeeded in 'getting away with it'. After midnight, when the guests prepare to leave, they make a terrible discovery.

    Cheryl Waters says: "Poirot 'Deals' With A Host's Murder"
  • Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Murder in Mesopotamia (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Crime sleuth Hercule Poirot returns in a thrilling BBC Radio 4 dramatisation. Amy Leatheran has never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist; events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient’s bizzarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax - in murder...

    Lidia Becket says: "Compulsive listening"
  • Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, That Time, & A Piece of Monologue | Samuel Beckett

    Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, That Time, & A Piece of Monologue

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Jim Norton, Juliet Stevenson, John Moffatt, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    These four works show Samuel Beckett at his most penetrating. Both Krapp's Last Tape (1958) and Not I (1972) are among the most striking pieces written for the theatre in the 20th century. An old man sits at a table, playing back old tapes made when he was younger, mixed glimpses of past feelings. In Not I, we have just a mouth expressing memories and torment in a torrent of words.

  • The Great Poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge | Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    The Great Poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen, John Moffatt, Sarah Woodward, and others
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in collaboration with his friend, William Wordsworth, revolutionized English poetry. In 1798 they produced their Lyrical Ballads, poems of imagination and reflection using "the language of men" - pointing the way forward for a generation of Romantic poets.

    ESK says: "Another jewel of my poetry collection"
  • The Sittaford Mystery (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    The Sittaford Mystery (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Stephen Tompkinson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    A blizzard has hit England. In the tiny village of Sittaford, on the fringes of Dartmoor, a party of six is gathered in Sittaford House, home of Captain Trevelyan. He has rented the house out for the winter and is staying in a nearby village. As evening draws in, a seance is proposed. But it reveals more than they had anticipated - TREVELYAN DEAD, spells out the board. Slowly the table begins to rock again, spelling out the word M-U-R-D-E-R. Is it true? And who would kill a man who doesn’t have an enemy in the world?

    Cheryl Waters says: "These BBC Efforts Never Disappoint!"
  • Murder on the Links (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Murder on the Links (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot. When Poirot arrives in France, following an urgent appeal for help, he finds he is too late. His client, a South American millionaire, has been stabbed to death and his body flung into a freshly dug open grave on the golf course adjoining the property. Meanwhile the millionaire's wife is found bound and gagged in her room. Poirot launches an investigation and the baffling mystery begins to unfold.

    D. H. Saisa says: "Love hasting."
  • Hallowe'en Party (Dramatised) | Agatha Christie

    Hallowe'en Party (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Famous crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, visiting her friend Judith Butler in the little town of Woodleigh Common, is invited to a Hallowe'en Party put on by society hostess Mrs Rowena Drake for the local teenagers. During her preparations for the party, the conversation turns to Ariadne's grisly novels....

    Britfan says: "Don't miss this one!"
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