Mary Poppins is to be adapted for radio for the first time as part of BBC Radio 4's winter line-up.

Mary Poppins is to be adapted for radio for the first time as part of BBC Radio 4's winter line-up.

Juliet Stevenson will star as Mary Poppins in the dramatisation of PL Travers's classic story which will air on 3 January in the Saturday play slot. David Ian Neville produces.

Also on the slate is a new dramatisation by Brian Sibley of John Bunyan's classic 17th-century work, The Pilgrim's Progress. Anna Massey, Neil Dudgeon and Anton Rodgers lead the cast.

Meanwhile, comedian Mark Steel is to return to his home town in a bid to examine the places and people that shaped him.

The four-part Dedicated Troublemaker, which is due to air in March, will see Steel - who has made a career out of questioning authority - return to Swanley in Kent where he talks to local residents in the pub and on the street. The series, which is produced by Simon Nicholls, will also be interspersed with extracts from his comedy shows which were recorded in the area.

Other new comedies include the three-part The Department, to air in January, about a group of people who secretly run the country from offices beneath Westnminster. It is produced by Jon Naismith.

The six-part The Museum of Everything, written and performed by the team behind BBC2's We Are History- Danny Robins, Dan Tetsell and Marcus Brigstocke - is set in a museum and is billed as a "sketch show in disguise." It is due to air in April and is produced by Alex Walsh Taylor.

Returning comedy series include Just A Minuteand Absolute Power.

In factual, the two-part Lifeblood, to air in January, sees Georgina Ferry exploring the development of a novel cancer therapy while Inside the Foreign OfficeEdward Stourton goes behind the scenes at the government department.

It's My Story returns with another set of programmes featuring the personal experiences of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

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