The History Plays

BBC Radio 4 comedy. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2012.

The History Plays

Series of two-hander plays by Nigel Smith that imagine conversations at key moments in recent history

BBC Radio 4
5   (1 series)
Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
Gareth Edwards

The History Plays are a series of two-hander plays by Vent author Nigel Smith which are imagined conversations at key moments in recent history, moments that have permanently changed the British psyche.

Starting with Mick Jagger's conviction for drug possession and the surprising pro-Jagger line taken in a Times editorial; through the fragmented morality of John Stonehouse; the Indian summer of patriotism over the Falklands; the death of Diana; and the end of the Blair years, The History Plays are a satirical and thoughtful exploration of huge social forces played out in small human dramas. This is a series about the promises and pitfalls of history, the points of conflict. But what's really significant is what these moments say about our attitudes and assumptions now.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 21st February 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 20th March 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 5th March 2017 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra