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New Metamorphoses is a radio series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008, as installments of the Afternoon Play.


Contemporary reworks of the Metamorphoses of Ovid.


Episode Number Title Author Broadcast Date Summary
01 Zeus and Semele Sebastian Baczkiewicz 03 March 2008 When a paparazzo is welcomed into the glamorous world he feeds on, he is hopelessly unprepared for what lies behind it.
  • Ovid....Toby Jones
  • Harry Nicholson....Daniel Cerqueira
  • Victor Karkov....Robert Glenister
  • Mariel Karkov....Lyndsey Marshal
  • Newsreader....Peter Marinker
  • Directed by Jessica Dromgoole
02 Echo and Narcissus Hattie Naylor 04 March 2008 Determined to get into shape, Mat joins his local gym. The transformation he sees in the mirror proves spellbinding, but can the reflection be trusted?
  • Mat....Carl Prekopp
  • Debbie....Laura Molyneux
  • Andre....Burn Gorman
  • Nathan....Harry Myers
  • Viv....Deborah Findlay
  • Lulu....Gbemisola Ikumelo
  • Ovid....Toby Jones
03 Myrrha Colin Teevan 05 March 2008 Sixteen years ago she was a newborn baby, left in a plastic bag in a small Irish town. Father Michael and his sister have brought her up but now Myrrha is in the grip of a frightening passion that will change everything.
  • Ovid....Toby Jones
  • Orpheus....Gerard McSorley
  • Myrrha....Marcella Plunkett
  • Father Michael....Niall Buggy
  • Mary the Priests....Derbhle Crotty
  • Mick the Fix....Jonathan Forbes
  • Mick the Brick....Ben Crowe
  • Peadar....Chris Pavlo
  • Mary O....Liz Sutherland
  • Father Mike....Peter Marinker
  • Mary Mac....Kate Binchy
  • Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
04 Callisto Nick Warburton 06 March 2008 A photographer is fascinated and intrigued by a picture he has taken of a young celebrity fending off a tramp outside a nightclub. He captures an iconic moment in time but all is not what it seems.
  • Ovid....Toby Jones
  • Neil....Shaun Dooley
  • Amy....Joannah Tincey
  • Claudia....Rachel Atkins
  • Draper....John Rowe
  • Selina/Teacher....Anna Bengo
  • Bouncer....Ben Onwukwe
  • Directed by Tracey Neale
05 Phaethon Katie Hims 07 March 2008 When Sol finally meets his son Liam, he makes him a promise that cannot be broken - with tragic results.
  • Ovid....Toby Jones
  • Shelly....Rosie Cavaliero
  • Enzo....Vincenzo Nicoli
  • Sol....Paul Hilton
  • Liam....Steven Webb
  • Young Liam....Robert Madge
  • Madeleine....Liza Sadovy
  • Directed by Marc Beeby


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