The Small Back Room By Nigel Balchin

Set during WWII Nigel Balchins book about the war efforts by the ‘Back Room Boys’ who were constantly testing and inventing new ideas they hoped would help win the war. It took dedication, brains and occasionally just great courage.

Sammy Rice is called on to solve the mystery of unexploded, booby-trapped, bombs that are scattered after German air raids by Nazi bombers. They lie dormant and then inexplicably explode on human contact.

Damian Lewis stars as Sammy Rice, in this audio drama of ‘The Small Backroom’.

  1. The Small Back Room The Small Back Room By Nigel Balchin   57:21
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Jack Westermark can perceive everything 3.3077 minutes before it happens. His wife, Janet Westermark decides that although she is able to steer events in directions other than those indicated by Jack’s remarks, she chooses not to in order to provide comfort for Jack. Jack has to patiently wait three minutes for people to catch up with him. After returning as the only survivor from a mission to Mars, Jack’s sense of time is messed up.

Man in His Time combines humor, technology and prophetic caution together into a witty tale.

This award-winning story about space travel and how it affects life back home was adapted for radio to celebrate Brian Aldiss 80th birthday.

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Frenchman’s Creek is set during the reign of Charles II and tells the story of a wealthy woman who moves to an isolated house with her children to get away from her boring husband and the judgmental looks of London high society. Away from prying eyes and her husbands demands, she feels as though she is finally free. She rejoices in the solitude and the freedom the Cornish estate provides her. She spends her days exploring the surround area and spies a pirate ship hidden in a remote inlet near the estate. She falls in love with the captain and has to make a choice. Will she do what society demands and stay with her children? Or will she abandon it all for a life of sex love and adventure?

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James Bond is assigned to safeguard British agent 272 in his crossing into West Berlin by eliminating a top KGB assassin code named “Trigger” who has been dispatched to kill him. Bond takes up a position on the edge of the border. In a hotel overlooking the no man’s land of broken, brightly lit ground that 272 will have to cross, he sees a female orchestra arrive for rehearsal and leave, taking particular notice of a beautiful blonde cellist. Once 272 starts to cross the border, Bond sees Trigger get in position to kill him and realizes that it is the beautiful blonde cellist. He adjusts his aim at the last moment and shoots her rifle instead of her, allowing 272 to reach safety.

Afterward, Bond admits to his spotter that he did not try for a kill shot only because Trigger had been a woman. He muses that even though 272 is safe, the mission will be considered a failure because he did not kill Trigger. He hopes that M will fire him for it.

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  1. The Living Daylights The Living Daylights Ian Fleming   26:22

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Twenty-Three-year-old Ronia will soon have the most important moment in her life during her parole hearing. Ronia has been serving an ‘Imprisonment for Public Protection’ (IPP) sentence since she was just eighteen years old. With an IPP sentence there is no automatic release date. After a prisoner has served their full minimum time, they still have to convince a parole board that they’ve reformed and changed. This is what Ronia must try to do.

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  1. Story of a Rude Gal Story of a Rude Gal - By Charlotte Thompson   44:47
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“Mr Fleming’s licensed assassin is in true form… Few men can have been able to mix business with pleasure so successfully as Bond.” – The Times Literary Supplement.

“Around the scene of the killing, the forest, which had held its breath while it was done, slowly began to breathe again.”

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The “Reverend Deke O’Malley”, a recently released crook – has started a “Back to Africa” campaign. For $1,000 black families can return to Africa, with a 5 acres, seeds and a plough. Animals cost extra. At a Back to Africa rally, $87,000 has been raised, but Deke is trying to hit $1 million before he disappears with the cash. After a group of white men with machine guns steal the money, the story twists and turns with a cotton bale and the mysterious Colonel Robert Calhoun and his Back-to-the-Southland project, encouraging people to move south to pick cotton.

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