Curious, If True [Elizabeth Gaskell]

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01The Squire's Story1998101920100927 (BBC7)
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Five stories of mystery and the supernatural by Elizabeth Gaskell, dramatised by Sally Hedges.

1: `The Squire's Story'.

Mr Higgins appears every inch the gentleman.

But his strange manners - not to mention a tendency to disappear - suggest a less ordinary source for his comfortable lifestyle.

With Elizabeth Spriggs, Angela Thorne and Michael Lumsden.

Director Nigel Bryant.

Mr Higgins appears every inch the perfect jovial gentleman.

Mr Higgins appears every inch the perfect jovial gentleman - but his strange manners arouse suspicion.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Mr Higgins appears every inch the perfect jovial gentleman, but his strange manners arouse suspicion. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Mr Higgins appears every inch the perfect jovial gentleman, but his strange manners arouse suspicion. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

1849: Mr Higgins appears every inch the perfect jovial gentleman.

Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Gaskell, Angela Thorne as Miss Pratt, Michael Lumsden as Higgins, Peter Jeffrey as Squire Hearn and Michael Tudor Barnes as Sir Harry.

With Andrew Harrison, Simon Carter, Brett Usher, Jonathan Wyatt and Nick Aikens.

Producer: Nigel Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

Atmospheric tale from Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell

02The Crooked Branch1998102020100928 (BBC7)
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Five stories of mystery and the supernatural by Elizabeth Gaskell, dramatised by Sally Hedges.

2: `The Crooked Branch'.

Farmers Nathan and Hester Huntroyd shower love and money on their handsome son Benjamin.

But he has ambitions above their humble station, and the result is unexpected, to say the least.

With Elizabeth Spriggs, Peter Meakin and Mary Jo Randle.

Director Nigel Bryant.

Farmer Nathan showers love and money on son Ben - but he has ambitions above his station.

Farmer Nathan showers love and money on his handsome son Ben - but he has ambitions above his station.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Farmer Nathan showers love and money on his handsome son Ben, but he has ambitions above his station. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Farmer Nathan showers love and money on son Ben, but he has ambitions above his station.

Farmer Nathan showers love and money on his handsome son Ben, but he has ambitions above his station. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Farmers Nathan and Hester Huntroyd shower love and money on their handsome son Benjamin.

But he has ambitions above their humble station, and the result is unexpected to say the least...

Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Gaskell, Peter Meakin as Nathan, Mary Randle as Hester, Kathryn Hunt as Bessy, Crispin Bonham-Carter as Benjamin.

With David Holt, Richard Mitchley and Brett Usher.
Producer: Nigel Bryant

An Armada production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 1998.

Atmospheric tale from Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell

03The Poor Clare1998102120100929 (BBC7)
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Five stories of mystery and the supernatural by Elizabeth Gaskell, dramatised by Sally Hedges.

3: `The Poor Clare'.

A young lawyer investigating the heir to a substantial fortune is drawn towards a young woman haunted by a mother's curse.

With Elizabeth Spriggs, Kim Wall, Janet Dale and Kathryn Hunt.

Director Nigel Bryant.

Investigating the heir to a fortune, a lawyer is drawn towards a woman haunted by a curse.

Investigating the heir to a fortune - a young lawyer is drawn towards a woman haunted by a curse.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Investigating the heir to a fortune - a young lawyer is drawn towards a woman haunted by a curse. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Investigating the heir to a fortune - a young lawyer is drawn towards a woman haunted by a curse. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

1727: Investigating the heir to a substantial fortune, a young lawyer is drawn towards a young woman haunted by a mother's curse - and apparently possessed by a strange, dark force...

Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Gaskell, Elizabeth Spriggs, Kim Wall as Philip, Janet Dale as Bridget, Kathryn Hunt as Lucy and William Simons as Bernard.

With Mary Wimbush, Christopher Scott, Sandra Berkin, Martin Head and Nick Aikens.

Producer: Nigel Bryant

An Armada production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 1998.

Atmospheric tale from Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell

04Lois The Witch1998102220100930 (BBC7)
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Five stories of mystery and the supernatural by Elizabeth Gaskell, dramatised by Sally Hedges.

4: `Lois the Witch'.

A Warwickshire girl, newly arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, finds herself drawn into a Puritan family's world of visions, malice and, apparently, demonic possession.

With Elizabeth Spriggs, Carolyn Backhouse and Sandra Berkin.

Director Nigel Bryant.

An English girl, fresh to Salem, faces the malicious accusations of a Puritan family.

An English girl fresh to Salem, Massachusetts faces the malicious accusations of a Puritan family.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

An English girl fresh to Salem, Massachusetts faces the malicious accusations of a Puritan family. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

An English girl fresh to Salem, Massachusetts faces the malicious accusations of a Puritan family. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

Newly arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, a Warwickshire girl finds herself drawn into a Puritan family's world of visions, malice and - apparently - demonic possession...

Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Gaskell, Carolyn Backhouse as Lois, Sandra Berkin as Grace and Amy Draper as Prudence.

With Heather Emmanuel, Susan Jeffrey, Richard Avery, Jonathan Wyatt, Andrew Harrison, Stephen Tomlin and Anna Keene.

Producer: Nigel Bryant

An Armada production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 1998.

An English girl fresh to Salem faces the malicious accusations of a Puritan family.

Atmospheric tale from Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell

05 LASTThe Grey Woman1998102320101001 (BBC7)
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Five stories of mystery and the supernatural by Elizabeth Gaskell, dramatised by Sally Hedges.

5: `The Grey Woman'.

A miller's daughter marries a nobleman.

However, this is no fairy tale but the beginning of a terrifying adventure.

With Elizabeth Spriggs, Stella Gonet and Adjoa Andoh.

Director Nigel Bryant.

When a miller's daughter marries a nobleman, it's the start of a terrifying adventure.

It's no fairytale, as a miller's daughter marries a nobleman - but the start of a terrifying adventure.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

It's no fairytale as a miller's daughter marries a nobleman, but the start of a terrifying adventure. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

It's no fairytale as a miller's daughter marries a nobleman, but the start of a terrifying adventure. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs.

A miller's daughter marries a nobleman. But this is no fairy tale. It's the beginning of a terrifying adventure...

Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.

Stars Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Gaskell, Stella Gonet as Anna, Adjoa Andoh as Amante and Struan Rodger as Tourelle.

With Duncan Law, Richard Avery, Mary Wimbush, Andrew Harrison and Graham Colclough.

Producer: Nigel Bryant

An Armada production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 1998.

When a miller's daughter marries a nobleman, it is the start of a terrifying adventure.

Atmospheric tale from Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell