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Switch

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Summary

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict thats built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed best seller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems, the rational mind and the emotional mind, that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort but if it is overcome, change can come quickly. In Switch, the Heaths show how everyday people - employees and managers, parents and nurses - have united both minds and, as a result, achieved dramatic results: The lowly medical interns who managed to defeat an entrenched, decades-old medical practice that was endangering patients. The home-organizing guru who developed a simple technique for overcoming the dread of housekeeping. The manager who transformed a lackadaisical customer-support team into service zealots by removing a standard tool of customer service In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

©2010 Chip Heath (P)2010 Random House

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Tommies

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A major BBC Radio 4 drama series following the lives of those on and behind the battlefront of World War I.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eyewitness accounts, each of these 42 episodes of Tommies traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

We follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army as they experience life - and death - on the front line. Meanwhile, Dr Celestine de Tullio battles to save soldiers suffering from gas gangrene and trench fever - and experiences the fighting firsthand when she enlists in the Serbian Army and commands a dangerous offensive.

They are all cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years. Through their voices - and a host of others - we hear untold stories about the conflicts in Gaza, Gallipoli, Salonika, Serbia, Mesopotamia, Russia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkmenistan and Tanzania as well as on the Western Front.

Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon and Indira Varma are among the extensive cast of this gripping series, created by Jonathan Ruffle, who produced the acclaimed real-time radio dramatisation of Len Deighton’s Bomber. Based on actual historical records, it paints a vivid portrait of daily life for soldiers and their families during 1914-1918 and sheds new light on the reality of the Great War. Also included is a bonus behind-the-scenes feature about the making of Tommies.  

New audio files added in November 2018.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Witness (Dramatised)

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The gospel stories as you've never heard them before. Everyone knows the story of Jesus' life as told in the Gospels - and perhaps because it is so familiar, we have forgotten what an extraordinary life it was. Through these five plays, the story is pieced together as if from the memories of those who were there and saw events for themselves: Jesus' mother, Mary; his closest friends; the Jewish high priest; and the Roman governor.They recount the events they witnessed as if they had happened just the other day - and the effect on their own lives. How James and John first encountered Jesus by the lake; the three astonishing years of his ministry; his trial and ignominious death; the wholly unexpected resurrection; and finally, his mother Mary looks back to his obscure birth and the portents that accompanied it. And so the tale regains some of its freshness and even shocking nature. Each play is followed by a short interview feature, 'Witness: Behind Luke's Gospel', presented by Ernie Rea and examining the themes of Luke.Featured are Tom Goodman-Hill as Jesus, Paul Hilton as Judas, Peter Firth as Peter, and Penelope Wilton as Mary.

©2008 Nick Warburton (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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Turf Wars: Complete Series (Radio 4, Comedy)

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Four comic dramas about boundaries that are both territorial and personal, as heard on BBC Radio 4Territory is the theme that unites these four humorous plays – whether that means fighting over an allotment plot, dealing with the sudden partition of a country, guarding the privacy of a garden or battling with the council over school catchment areas. In Losing the Plot, shy Edward decides to apply for an allotment plot after an encounter with attractive allotment-holder Amanda. But doing so involves an interview with ferocious site-manager Bernie who runs the allotments with military rigour…. Starring James Fleet as Edward, Joanna Monroe as Amanda and Jonathan Coy as Bernie. Written by Nick Warburton and directed by Peter Kavanagh. In An Incident at the Border, Arthur and Olivia are enjoying the sun in their local park on a beautiful summer's day. Olivia is reading a newspaper article on their country's new-found independence. Arthur, who is apolitical, is just enjoying watching the ducks. Suddenly a soldier arrives, dragging a tape across the ground, marking out the new border. He barges between the two young people. Now one is on one side of the border, and one on the other! How can the lovers be reunited? Starring Joseph Kloska as Arthur, Leah Brotherhead as Olivia and Nigel Planer as Reiver. Written by Kieran Lynn and directed by Peter Kavanagh.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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Ten Lessons in Love

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Ten short BBC Radio 4 plays from an eclectic mix of writers, including Josie Long, Nick Warburton and Tim Key, exploring one of the most important human emotions. Ten Lessons in Love was originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 25 April 2011. This accumulation of mini-plays encompasses romance, heartbreak and some adult themes; each play offering a very different perspective on love. David uses 'the machine' to revisit his old memories - he wants to pinpoint the exact moment he fell in love. But when it malfunctions, it catapults us into the stories of a variety of people, all of whom are attempting to make sense of love.... The Ten Lessons in Love of which this collection is comprised are: 'You Never Know When You're Going to Fall in Love’, ‘More Often than Not, Your Dream Date Will be a Nightmare’, ‘Beware of Skeletons in the Closet’, ‘Remain Interested; Don't Yawn at Least’, ‘When Your Heart Freezes it's Time to Leave the Building’, ‘Love is Fickle’, ‘Being Alone Doesn't Have to Mean Being Lonely’, ‘Love's Worth Fighting For’, ‘Love Can't be Pinned Down’ and ‘Ignore All Previous Lessons’. Starring Sean Baker as David, the cast also includes Nyasha Hatendi and Alex Tregear.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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On Mardle Fen: Series 1-6

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Trevor Peacock (The Vicar of Dibley) stars as inspired chef Warwick Hedges in this comedy drama set in an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Warwick’s son, Jack, works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious. They are assisted by Samuel, an earthy odd-job man 'who crawled out of the slime with the eels', and Zofia the Polish waitress. 

Whether hosting unusual guests, dealing with flooding, fuelling father-son rivalry or moving strange stones from the edge of the Fen to his restaurant 'at his own peril', Warwick certainly keeps Mardle Fen on its toes.

The mixture of food, family relationships and Fenland legend is handled with Nick Warburton's characteristic deft comic touch. 

Cast: Warwick Hedges...Trevor Peacock Jack Hedges...Sam Dale Zofia...Helen Longworth Samuel...John Rowe Marcia Hedges...Kate Buffery 

Other parts played by Chris Pavlo, Liza Sadovy, Christine Kavanagh, Liz Sutherland, Lizzy Watts, Victoria Inez Hardy, Malcolm Tierney, Paul Rider, Lauren Mote, Claire Rushbrook, Tony Bell, Adam Billington, Ben Crowe, Tilly Tremayne, Paul Bazely and Gyles Brandreth.

Produced and directed by Claire Grove.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Limited (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Limited

Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
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Last Days of Grace

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A cricketing legend faces his final innings in this moving BBC radio drama starring Kenneth Cranham and Benedict Cumberbatch. Easter Monday, 1908, and there's snow on the ground as ageing icon W.G. Grace arrives at the Oval to contemplate another day in his lifelong cricketing obsession. He can't face the thought of sitting in the clubhouse and meeting the same old people - so instead, he trudges out in the cold to the groundsman's hut, where he encounters a young stranger. Their talk turns, naturally, to cricket, and the two men recall the highlights of Grace's long career: his debut for the All-England team in 1866, when he made 100 runs on the first day, and his first Test Match at the Oval in 1880 where he scored 152 against Australia, becoming England's first centurion. But those triumphs occurred decades ago, and Grace no longer dominates the world of cricket as he once did. At nearly 60, he knows in his heart that it's time to retire, but he cannot bear the idea of giving up the game he loves. Can the stranger persuade him to bow out with dignity? Written by Nick Warburton, who won the 2007 Peter Tinniswood Award for Best New Play on Radio, this poignant, bittersweet drama stars Kenneth Cranham as Grace, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the young man and Christopher Martin-Jenkins as the Voice of Cricket. Produced by Steven Canny Cast W.G. Grace - Kenneth Cranham GF - Benedict Cumberbatch Voice of Cricket - Christopher Martin-Jenkins First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 24th September 2008

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Holding Back the Tide

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Ronald Pickup, Paul Ritter and Kate Duchêne star in Nick Warburton’s comedy about one community’s attempts to resist change.

When Richard and Clare Wells inherit a clifftop house in Yorkshire, they also inherit a sitting tenant, John Hector, who treats their home as his own and the local town as his own personal fiefdom. But the sea is eroding the land, and John is intent on stopping them all from being evicted, so the Wells’ reluctantly embrace him as an ally. As he entangles them in his conservation battles, Clare and Richard find themselves drawn into the Breck Howe Preservation Society, an unlikely group attempting to defend their town against the worst ills of modernity. Their lives will never be the same again....

North meets South in this comedic clash of cultures, written by award-winning dramatist Nick Warburton. Ronald Pickup stars as John Hector, with Paul Ritter as Richard and Kate Duchêne as Clare.

Written by Nick Warburton

Directed by Sally Avens

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January 2016 (The Vauxgarth Pig), 11-25 August 2017 (Series 1), 16 November-14 December 2018 (Series 2)

Cast:

Richard Wells - Paul Ritter

Clare Wells - Kate Duchêne

John Hector - Ronald Pickup

Lux - Michelle Asante

Penrith - Chris Pavlo

Trafford/Hugh - Gerard McDermott

Mrs Cardabbon - Susan James

Estate Agent - Caolan McCarthy

Ticket Lady - Kerry Gooderson

Guard - Bob Blythe

Tiffany - Louise Brealey

Librarian - Chetna Pandya/Liam Lau Fernandez

Mrs Briggs of Events - Sanchia McCormack/Elizabeth Counsell

Headley - Philip Fox

Norwegian Herring Enthusiast - Simon Ludders

Ralph Bell - Sean Murray

MC/Trevor Butt - Tony Turner

Robust Betty - Emma Handy

Rude Girl/Brandi - Saffron Coomber

Barb/WPC - Jeannette Percival

Mikey/Surly Reader/Tourist - Cameron Percival

Chucker/A Heavy - Don Gilet

Anthony/Wayne/Seasider - Lewis Bray

Himself - Jonathan Agnew

©2020 Nick Warburton (P)2020 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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