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Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege.


Strangers and Brothers was transmitted in ten parts as part of The Classic Serial series on BBC Radio 4.  The first five episodes of the series went out over five Sundays from January 19th - February 16th, 2003 at 3:00 pm and the second half from June 1st - 29th, 2003.

David Tennant appeared in episode 8 - The Affair, airing June 15, 2003.

Each episode was 60 minutes long and dramatised by Jonathan Holloway, based on the writings of C.P. Snow.

The production was produced and directed by Jeremy Howe and Sally Avens. Jeremy Howe also directed the three episodes of Dr. Finlay that David appears in.

"C. P. Snow’s Strangers and Brothers tells the traditional story of a young man’s rise in the world and his concurrent education in the ways of that world. Snow follows Lewis Eliot, the hero and narrator of the series, from working class origins to a place in the Establishment.

In The Affair, Eliot has gained this position, and his special status as narrator of the novel and the fact that he came into the Establishment from the outside give the reader a special perspective on the workings of the men of power with whom Eliot associates." - from


Lewis Eliot

Martin Eliot



Francis Getliffe




Dawson Hill


Donald Howard

*appeared is the 'Planet of the Ood' episode of Doctor Who

**appeared in the 'Evolution of the Daleks/Daleks in Manhattan' episodes of Doctor Who


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