Daughters Of Britannia

Twenty programmes dramatising four centuries of British diplomatic life as experienced by wives and daughters in their letters and diaries.

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  • additional cast - Sylvestra Le Touzel and virginie gilchrist

    with sylvestra le touzel and virginie gilchrist.

    directors: hannah andrassy and john dryden

  • additional cast - Sylvestra Le Touzel and virginie gilchrist

    with Sylvestra Le Touzel and virginie gilchrist.

    directors: hannah andrassy and john dryden

  • 20070129 BT=1345 (BBC7)Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of 'diplomatic women', through letters and diaries. Episode 1 of 20.
    20070130 BT=0545 (BBC7)Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of 'diplomatic women', through letters and diaries. Episode 1 of 20.
    20080602 BT=1000 (BBC7)Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of 'diplomatic women', through letters and diaries. Episode 1 of 20.
    20080602 BT=2100 (BBC7)Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of 'diplomatic women', through letters and diaries. Episode 1 of 20.
    20080603 BT=0200 (BBC7)Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of 'diplomatic women', through letters and diaries. Episode 1 of 20.
    20070218 BT=0800 (BBC7)Katie Hickman follows the lives of the women who have traversed the globe as partners of Britain's ambassadors. Episodes 11-15 of 20.
    20070219 BT=0100 (BBC7)Katie Hickman follows the lives of the women who have traversed the globe as partners of Britain's ambassadors. Episodes 11-15 of 20.
    20040726 BT=0515 (BBC7)Omnibus edition of the series charting four centuries of diplomatic life, as told by wives and daughters of British diplomats. [Episodes 16-20, rpt of Sunday, 9.45am and 22.45pm]
    20040725 BT=2245 (BBC7)Omnibus edition of the series charting four centuries of diplomatic life, as told by wives and daughters of British diplomats. [Episodes 16-20, rpt of today 9.45am, and rptd Monday, 5.15am]
    20040725 BT=0945 (BBC7)Omnibus edition of the series charting four centuries of diplomatic life, as told by wives and daughters of British diplomats. [Episodes 16-20, rptd today, 10.45pm and Monday, 5.15am]
    20040705 BT=0515 (BBC7)Omnibus edition of the series charting the lives of diplomats' wives. [Episodes 1-5, rpt of Sunday, 9.45am and 22.45pm]
    20040704 BT=2245 (BBC7)Omnibus edition of the series charting the lives of diplomats' wives. [Episodes 1-5, rpt of today 9.45am, and rptd Monday, 5.15am]
    20040704 BT=0945 (BBC7)Omnibus edition of the series charting the lives of diplomats' wives. [Episodes 1-5, rptd today, 10.45pm and Monday, 5.15am]
    20040628 BT=1145 (BBC7)The life of a diplomat's wife is far from exciting or idyllic, as this personal perspective proves.
    20070204 BT=0800 (BBC7)The untold story of 400 years of diplomatic life and the Daughters of Britannia's expectations of the countries they went to. Episodes 1-5 of 20.
    20070205 BT=0100 (BBC7)The untold story of 400 years of diplomatic life and the Daughters of Britannia's expectations of the countries they went to. Episodes 1-5 of 20.
    20070225 BT=0800 (BBC7)There are a few more adventures before the diplomats' wives finally go home. Episodes 16-20 of 20.
    20070226 BT=0100 (BBC7)There are a few more adventures before the diplomats' wives finally go home. Episodes 16-20 of 20.
    Adventures20070131 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070201 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080604 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080604 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080605 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Flirtatious games of musical chairs, sea-sickness and a tragic typhoon: more tales from diplomats' wives across the centuries. Episode 3 of 20.
    Arrivals20070201 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070202 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080605 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080605 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080606 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    From a sofa and a sacrifice to a carriage and Cossacks - how the diplomats' wives were welcomed to their new homes. Episode 4 of 20.
    At Home Abroad20070212 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070213 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080616 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080616 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080617 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    To scold or not to scold - how best to deal with one's servants. With Katie Hickman. Episode 11 of 20.
    Coming Home20070223 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070224 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080627 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080627 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080628 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Mary Sheil is set free from a solitary life in 1850s Persia and Ann Fanshawe makes a lonely departure from Spain. Episode 20 of 20.

    A 17th century widow's lonely return and a sad farewell to the Middle East in the 1860s; the wives are on their way home. Episode 20 of 20.

    Dangers20070221 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070222 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080625 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080625 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080626 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Tales of a kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the 1976 terrorist car bomb which claimed the life of a British Ambassador in Dublin. Episode 18 of 20.

    Tales of a kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the terrorist car bomb which claimed the life of the British Ambassador in Dublin. Episode 18 of 20.

    Eating And Drinking20070213 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070214 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080617 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080617 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080618 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    While some of the 'diplomatic women' on foreign postings found the local cuisine stomach-turning, others relished it. Episode 12 of 20.
    Family Life20070215 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070216 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080619 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080619 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080620 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Childbirth in Turkey, 1718-style: just one of today's topics in Katie Hickman's history of 'the women of the embassies'. Episode 14 of 20.

    Childbirth in Turkey, 1718-style: Just one of the featured topics in Katie Hickman's history of 'the women of the embassies'. Episode 14 of 20.

    First Days20070202 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070203 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080606 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080606 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080607 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Jane Ewart-Biggs on children and official functions plus Harriet Granville on being presented to court. Katie Hickman presents. Episode 5 of 20.
    Getting To Know The Country20070207 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070208 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080611 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080611 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080612 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    From Persia to Paris some of the 'diplomatic women' relished their 'new worlds', while others were less enamoured. Episode 8 of 20.

    From Persia to Paris, some of the diplomatic women relished their 'mysterious new worlds', while others were less enamoured. Episode 8 of 20.

    Hard Times20070219 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070220 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080623 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080623 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080624 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    From putting on make-up in the dark to dealing with snakebite - more trials and tribulations for the wives of the diplomats. Episode 16 of 20.
    Husbands And Wives20070209 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070210 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080613 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080613 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080614 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    It is better to be thought stupid and amiable - than dangerous - Lady Kirkpatrick's advice to diplomats' wives. Episode 10 of 20.

    Lady Kirkpatrick advises diplomats' wives that it is 'better to be thought stupid and amiable...than dangerous'. Episode 10 of 20.

    Leaving Home20070130 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070131 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080603 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080603 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080604 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Katie Hickman introduces Vita Sackville-West's journey across Persia and Isabel Burton's confrontation with cockroaches. Episode 2 of 20.
    Living Without Children20070216 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070217 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080620 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080620 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080621 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Tragic tales of separation and loss as Katie Hickman introduces more letters charting the diplomatic life. Episode 15 of 20.
    On Display20070205 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070206 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20070211 BT=0800 (BBC7)
    20070212 BT=0100 (BBC7)
    20080609 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080609 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080610 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    The wives come to realise that they too have their responsibilities and that embassy life involves adhering to strict rules. Episodes 6-10 of 20.

    Memories of the coronation of Alexander III and an encounter with the Dowager Empress of China. Katie Hickman presents. Episode 6 of 20.

    Painting On The Smiles20070208 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070209 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080612 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080612 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080613 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    From a ball for 30,000 to entertaining at home, the 'diplomatic women' were always on show. And it wasn't all fun. Episode 9 of 20.

    From a ball for 30,000 to entertaining at home, the 'diplomatic women' were always on show. And it wasn't all fun and games. Episode 9 of 20.

    Playing By The Rules20070206 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070207 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080610 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080610 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080611 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Gardening in Persia, quarrelsome fundraising, being affable to bores and other diplomatic duties. With Katie Hickman. Episode 7 of 20.
    The Tripoli Plague20070220 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070221 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080624 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080624 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080625 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    In 18th Century Tripoli, Miss Tully experiences an outbreak of the plague. Presented by Katie Hickman. Episode 12 of 20.

    In the 1780s Miss Tully reports on the misery and the mourning as 35,000 are struck down. Presented by Katie Hickman. Episode 17 of 20.

    Unforgettable Days20070222 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20070223 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20080626 BT=1000 (BBC7)
    20080626 BT=2100 (BBC7)
    20080627 BT=0200 (BBC7)
    Magical moments for the women - from visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court. Episode 19 of 20.

    Magic moments for the Women of the Embassies - from visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court. Episode 19 of 20.

    Magical moments for the Women of the Embassies - from visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court. Episode 19 of 20.

    01Introduction20091125 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110418 (BBC7)
    Katie Hickman examines the lives of diplomats' wives through their letters and diaries.

    Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of diplomats' wives through their letters and diaries.

    01 OF 2020040629 BT=0245 (BBC7)The life of a diplomat's wife is far from exciting or idyllic, as this personal perspective proves.
    01 OF 20.Introduction20051114 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051115 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    The life of a diplomat's wife is far from exciting or idyllic, as this personal perspective proves. Episode 1 of 20.
    02Leaving Home20040629 BT=1145 (BBC7)
    20040630 BT=0245 (BBC7)
    20051115 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051116 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091126 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110419 (BBC7)
    Vita Sackville-West's journey across Persia and Isabel Burton's encounter with cockroaches

    Katie Hickman introduces Vita Sackville-West's journey across Persia and Isabel Burton's confrontation with cockroaches.

    Two women leave Vienna for Hungary two hundred years apart. They will be lucky to survive the gruelling journey. Episode 2 of 20.

    Two women leave Vienna for Hungary two hundred years apart. They will be lucky to survive the gruelling journey.

    0320051116 BT=1345 (BBC7)A woman talks about being locked up in a cabin because it is feared that their ship is about to be attacked by the Turks. Episode 3 of 20.
    0320051117 BT=0545 (BBC7)A woman talks about being locked up in a cabin because it is feared that their ship is about to be attacked by the Turks. Episode 3 of 20.
    03Adventures20040630 BT=1145 (BBC7)
    20040701 BT=0245 (BBC7)
    20091127 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110420 (BBC7)
    Flirtatious games of musical chairs, sea-sickness and a tragic typhoon.

    Flirtatious games of musical chairs, sea-sickness and a tragic typhoon. Katie Hickman's tales from diplomats' wives.

    A woman talks about being locked up in a cabin because it is feared that their ship is about to be attacked by the Turks.

    04Arrivals20040701 BT=1145 (BBC7)
    20051117 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051118 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091128 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110421 (BBC7)
    Katie Hickman tells how diplomats' wives were welcomed to new homes.

    From a sofa and a sacrifice to a carriage and Cossacks - how the diplomats' wives were welcomed to their new homes.

    Looking at the romantic expectations that the Daughters of Britannia had of the countries they went to. Episode 4 of 20.

    Looking at the romantic expectations that the Daughters of Britannia had of the countries they went to.

    0520040731 BT=0245 (BBC7)Mill workers are laid off and Wilson and Barton find a desperately poor family barely alive in a cellar.
    0520040702 BT=1145 (BBC7)Stories from Mary Shiels as she enters Tehran. Jennifer Hickman experiences feelings of homesickness as she enters New Zealand.
    0520040703 BT=0245 (BBC7)Stories from Mary Shiels as she enters Tehran. Jennifer Hickman experiences feelings of homesickness as she enters New Zealand.
    05First Days20051118 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051119 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091201 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110422 (BBC7)
    From children and official functions to social etiquette.

    From children and official functions to social etiquette - Katie Hickman's tales from "the women of the embassies".

    From official functions to social etiquette - tales from "the women of the embassies".

    Stories from Mary Shiels as she enters Tehran. Jennifer Hickman experiences feelings of homesickness as she enters New Zealand. Episode 5 of 20.

    06On Display20040705 BT=1145 (BBC7)
    20040706 BT=0245 (BBC7)
    20051121 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051122 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091202 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110425 (BBC7)
    From Alexander the Third's coronation to encountering China's Dowager Empress.

    From Alexander the Third's coronation to encountering China's Dowager Empress. Katie Hickman presents more diplomatic tales.

    The wives soon come to realise that they too have their responsibilities. Episode 6 of 20.

    07Playing By The Rules20051122 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051123 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091203 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110426 (BBC7)
    From quarrelsome fundraising to being affable to bores.

    From quarrelsome fundraising to being affable to bores - Katie Hickman's tales from British diplomatic wives and daughters.

    The wives learn that living in an embassy means adhering to a set of strict and bewildering rules. Episode 7 of 20.

    08Getting To Know The Country20051123 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051124 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091204 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110427 (BBC7)
    Katie Hickman reveals how some diplomatic women relished their destination.

    From Persia to Paris - Katie Hickman reveals how some diplomatic women relished their destination, but others were not so keen.

    How some diplomatic women relished their destination, but others weren't so keen.

    Being the wife of a diplomat provided many opportunities to travel within their country of posting. Episode 8 of 20.

    09Painting On The Smiles20051124 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051125 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091205 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110428 (BBC7)
    Katie Hickman reveals how being on show wasn't all fun for diplomatic women.

    From a ball for 30,000 to entertaining at home - Katie Hickman reveals how being on show wasn't all fun for diplomatic women.

    Even the most party loving diplomat's wife found that immense stamina was needed at times with the never ending social whirl. Episode 9 of 20.

    10Husbands And Wives20051125 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051126 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091208 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110429 (BBC7)

    Looking at how the women would meet the needs of their partner and the Foreign Office.

    Meeting both the diplomatic needs of their partner and the Foreign Office - Katie Hickman shares the advice given to the women.

    The relationship between a diplomat and his wife was important, and a successful one realised that it was a three-way affair. Episode 10 of 20.

    11At Home Abroad20091209 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110502 (BBC7)

    Katie Hickman tells how British diplomats' wives were advised to deal with their servants.

    To scold or not to scold? Katie Hickman reveals how the wives of British diplomats were advised to deal with their servants.

    12Eating And Drinking20091210 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110503 (BBC7)

    Katie Hickman reveals how foreign menus were a challenge for some diplomatic women.

    Foreign menus were a challenge for some diplomatic women. Katie Hickman reveals how others relished the local cuisine.

    14Family Life20091212 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110505 (BBC7)

    Katie Hickman reveals how the diplomats' wives juggled official duties with home lives.

    Juggling official duties with their home lives, Katie Hickman reveals how diplomats' wives still found time to walk the dog.

    15Living Without Children20091215 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110506 (BBC7)
    Tragic tales of separation and loss in the lives of the diplomatic families.

    Tragic tales of separation and loss, as Katie Hickman introduces more letters charting the lives of diplomatic families.

    16Hard Times20051205 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051206 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091216 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110509 (BBC7)
    From putting on make-up in the dark to coping with snakebites.

    From putting on make-up in the dark to coping with snakebites - Katie Hickman has more from the writings of diplomats' wives.

    A lesson in how to cope with everything from snakebites and flesh-eating insects, to extremes of temperature. Episode 16 of 20.

    17The Tripoli Plague20051206 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051207 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091217 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110510 (BBC7)

    The misery and mourning penned in poignant letters by Miss Tully in the 1780s, as the plague claims 35,000 victims. Katie Hickman presents.

    In the 1780s Miss Tully reports on the misery and the mourning as 35,000 are struck down.

    Letters written by Miss Tully, sister of the British Consul in Tripoli, detail an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Episode 17 of 20.

    18Dangers20051207 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051208 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091218 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110511 (BBC7)

    Memories of revolution in Romania, kidnapping in Uruguay and assassination in Dublin. Katie Hickman presents.

    Memories of revolution in Romania, kidnapping in Uruguay and assassination in Dublin.

    A kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the car bomb which killed an Ambassador in Dublin.

    Tales of a kidnapping in '70s Uruguay and the 1976 terrorist car bomb which claimed the life of a British Ambassador in Dublin. Episode 18 of 20.

    19Unforgettable Days20051208 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051209 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091219 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110512 (BBC7)

    From Japanese cherry blossoms to the splendour of Russian Society - Katie Hickman's magical moments of the diplomats' wives.

    From visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court.

    The story of Ella Skyes, the first European woman to walk in the Pamir Mountains in Chinese Turkestan. Episode 19 of 20.

    20Coming Home
    20 LASTComing Home20051209 BT=1345 (BBC7)
    20051210 BT=0545 (BBC7)
    20091222 BT=0400 (BBC7)
    20110513 (BBC7)
    Mary Sheil is set free from a solitary life in 1850s Persia and Ann Fanshawe makes a lonely departure from Spain. Episode 20 of 20.

    A 17th century widow's lonely return and a sad goodbye to the Middle East. Katie Hickman bids farewell to the diplomatic wives.

    A 17th century widow's lonely return and a sad goodbye to the Middle East.

    01Omnibus 01-052004070420040705
    20051120 (BBC7)
    20051121 (BBC7)
    20070204 (BBC7)
    20070205 (BBC7)
    20080608 (BBC7)
    20080609 (BBC7)
    20110424 (BBC7)
    02Omnibus 06-102004071120040712
    20051127 (BBC7)
    20051128 (BBC7)
    20080615 (BBC7)
    20080616 (BBC7)
    20110501 (BBC7)
    Memories of the coronation of Alexander III and an encounter with the Dowager Empress of China.

    Katie Hickman presents.

    Episodes 6-10 of 20.

    The lives of "the women of the embassies" examined through their letters and diaries.

    Katie Hickman examines the lives of "the women of the embassies" through their letters and diaries.

    03Omnibus 11-152004071820040719
    20051204 (BBC7)
    20051205 (BBC7)
    20070218 (BBC7)
    20070219 (BBC7)
    20080622 (BBC7)
    20080623 (BBC7)
    20110508 (BBC7)
    Serial written by Katie Hickman, based on four centuries of letters, diaries and memoirs of diplomatic wives and daughters.

    Episodes 11-15 of 20.

    Katie Hickman examines "the women of the embassies" through their letters and diaries.

    Katie Hickman examines the lives of "the women of the embassies" through their letters and diaries.

    04 LASTOmnibus 16-202004072520040726
    20051211 (BBC7)
    20051212 (BBC7)
    20070225 (BBC7)
    20070226 (BBC7)
    20080629 (BBC7)
    20080630 (BBC7)
    20110515 (BBC7)
    Serial written by Katie Hickman, based on four centuries of letters, diaries and memoirs of diplomatic wives and daughters.

    Based on the letters, diaries and memoirs of diplomatic wives and daughters.

    01Introduction2000041020040628 (BBC7)
    20040629 (BBC7)
    20051114 (BBC7)
    20051115 (BBC7)
    20070129 (BBC7)
    20070130 (BBC7)
    20080602 (BBC7)
    20080603 (BBC7)
    20091124 (BBC7)
    20091125 (BBC7)
    20110418 (BBC7)

    Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of 'diplomatic women', through letters and diaries.

    Katie Hickman examines the lives of diplomats' wives through their letters and diaries.

    Inspired by her mother's experiences, Katie Hickman examines the lives of diplomats' wives through their letters and diaries.

    02Leaving Home2000041120040629 (BBC7)
    20040630 (BBC7)
    20051115 (BBC7)
    20051116 (BBC7)
    20070130 (BBC7)
    20070131 (BBC7)
    20080603 (BBC7)
    20080604 (BBC7)
    20091125 (BBC7)
    20091126 (BBC7)
    20110419 (BBC7)
    Katie Hickman introduces Vita Sackville-west's journey across Persia and Isabel Burton's confrontation with cockroaches.

    Two women leave Vienna for Hungary two hundred years apart.

    They will be lucky to survive the gruelling journey.

    The women begin arduous journeys to reach their postings.

    Ella treks across war-torn Europe in 1915, and Isabel embarks on a wild and lawless life in Brazil.

    With Stephanie Cole, Kate O'mara, Amanda Redman and Emma Fielding.

    Vita Sackville-west's journey across Persia and Isabel Burton's encounter with cockroaches

    03Adventures2000041220040630 (BBC7)
    20040701 (BBC7)
    20051116 (BBC7)
    20051117 (BBC7)
    20070131 (BBC7)
    20070201 (BBC7)
    20080604 (BBC7)
    20080605 (BBC7)
    20091126 (BBC7)
    20091127 (BBC7)
    20110420 (BBC7)
    Flirtatious games of musical chairs, sea-sickness and a tragic typhoon - more tales from diplomats' wives across the centuries.

    A woman talks about being locked up in a cabin because it is feared that their ship is about to be attacked by the Turks.

    From 17th-century pirates to 20th-century cabin fever.

    Stephanie Cole, Kate O'mara, Amanda Redman and Emma Fielding.

    Flirtatious games of musical chairs, sea-sickness and a tragic typhoon.

    Katie Hickman's tales from diplomats' wives.

    04Arrivals2000041320040701 (BBC7)
    20040702 (BBC7)
    20051117 (BBC7)
    20051118 (BBC7)
    20070201 (BBC7)
    20070202 (BBC7)
    20080605 (BBC7)
    20080606 (BBC7)
    20091127 (BBC7)
    20091128 (BBC7)
    20110421 (BBC7)
    From a sofa and a sacrifice to a carriage and Cossacks - how the diplomats' wives were welcomed to their new homes.

    Looking at the romantic expectations that the Daughters of Britannia had of the countries they went to.

    4: `Arrivals'.

    On reaching their postings, some women were welcomed in grand style with full diplomatic ceremony, while others endured ignominious beginnings to their new lives abroad.

    With Stephanie Cole, Kate O'mara, Amanda Redman and Emma Fielding.

    Katie Hickman tells how diplomats' wives were welcomed to new homes.

    05First Days2000041420040702 (BBC7)
    20040703 (BBC7)
    20040731 (BBC7)
    20051118 (BBC7)
    20051119 (BBC7)
    20070202 (BBC7)
    20070203 (BBC7)
    20080606 (BBC7)
    20080607 (BBC7)
    20091130 (BBC7)
    20091201 (BBC7)
    20110422 (BBC7)
    Jane Ewart-Biggs on children and official functions plus Harriet Granville on being presented to court.

    Katie Hickman presents.

    Stories from Mary Shiels as she enters Tehran.

    Jennifer Hickman experiences feelings of homesickness as she enters New Zealand.

    With Jenni Murray and guests.

    The first days in a new posting offered a few lucky women the excitement of a luxurious new home, while others resigned themselves to an isolated life thousands of miles from family and friends.

    With Stephanie Cole, Kate O'mara, Amanda Redman and Emma Fielding.

    Mill workers are laid off and Wilson and Barton find a desperately poor family barely alive in a cellar.

    From children and official functions to social etiquette.

    From children and official functions to social etiquette - Katie Hickman's tales of diplomatic wives and daughters.

    From children and official functions to social etiquette - Katie Hickman's tales from "the women of the embassies".

    From official functions to social etiquette - tales from "the women of the embassies".

    Stories from Mary Shiels as she enters Tehran. Jennifer Hickman experiences feelings of homesickness as she enters New Zealand.

    Jane Ewart-Biggs on children and official functions plus Harriet Granville on being presented to court. Katie Hickman presents.

    06On Display2000041720040705 (BBC7)
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    Memories of the coronation of Alexander III and an encounter with the Dowager Empress of China.

    The wives learn that living in an embassy means adhering to a set of strict and bewildering rules.

    The wives soon come to realise that they too have their responsibilities.

    At their first grand public occasions such as presentations to royalty, newly arrived diplomatic wives find themselves thrown in at the deep end.

    With Gabrielle Drake, Lucy Robinson and Anna Northam.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    From Alexander the Third's coronation to encountering China's Dowager Empress.

    Katie Hickman presents more diplomatic tales.

    07Playing By The Rules2000041820040706 (BBC7)
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    Gardening in Persia, quarrelsome fundraising, being affable to bores and other diplomatic duties.

    With Katie Hickman.

    The wives learn that living in an embassy means adhering to a set of strict and bewildering rules.

    Thora Hird joins Martha Kearney to discuss her life as one of Britain's best-loved actresses.

    Drama: `Daughters of Britannia' (6/20).

    Martha Kearney with interviews and discussions taking a woman's point of view.

    Drama: `Daughters of Britannia' (7/20).

    From quarrelsome fundraising to being affable to bores.

    From quarrelsome fundraising to being affable to bores - Katie Hickman's tales from British diplomatic wives and daughters.

    08Getting To Know The Country2000041920040707 (BBC7)
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    From Persia to Paris, some of the diplomatic women relished their 'mysterious new worlds', while others were less enamoured.

    Their privileged status allowed diplomatic women access to people and places denied to other travellers - from harem life to an audience with the dowager Empress of China.

    With Gabrielle Drake and Lucy Robinson.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    Katie Hickman reveals how some diplomatic women relished their destination.

    From Persia to Paris - Katie Hickman reveals how some diplomatic women relished their destination, but others were not so keen.

    How some diplomatic women relished their destination, but others weren't so keen.

    09Painting On The Smiles2000042020040708 (BBC7)
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    From a ball for 30,000 to entertaining at home, the 'diplomatic women' were always on show.

    And it wasn't all fun and games.

    Episode 9 of 20.

    And it wasn't all fun.

    Even the most party loving diplomat's wife found that immense stamina was needed at times with the never ending social whirl.

    Jenni Murray is joined by guests for the latest news, views and debate from a woman's perspective.

    Drama: `Daughters of Britannia' (9/10).

    9: `Painting on the Smiles'.

    The diplomatic women must remain cheerful in the relentless round of social and official engagements, even when their feet are killing them.

    With Gabrielle Drake and Lucy Robinson.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    Katie Hickman reveals how being on show wasn't all fun for diplomatic women.

    From a ball for 30,000 to entertaining at home - Katie Hickman reveals how being on show wasn't all fun for diplomatic women.

    10Husbands And Wives2000042120040709 (BBC7)
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    Lady Kirkpatrick advises diplomats' wives that it is 'better to be thought stupid and amiable...than dangerous'.

    "It is better to be thought stupid and amiable - than dangerous"" - Lady Kirkpatrick's advice to diplomats' wives.

    The relationship between a diplomat and his wife was important, and a successful one realised that it was a three-way affair.

    Jenni Murray discusses feminism with Polly Toynbee, Natasha Walter and Liz Forgan in the National Portrait Gallery.

    Drama: `Daughters of Britannia' (10/20).

    10: `Husbands and Wives'.Dead Ringers

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    Stories of teamwork, from flower arranging to espionage.

    With Gabrielle Drake and Lucy Robinson.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    Looking at how the women would meet the needs of their partner and the Foreign Office.

    Meeting both the diplomatic needs of their partner and the Foreign Office - Katie Hickman shares the advice given to the women.

    Meeting both the diplomatic needs of their partner and the Foreign Office - Katie Hickman shares the advice given to the women.

    11At Home Abroad2000042420040712 (BBC7)
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    To scold or not to scold - how best to deal with one's servants.

    With Katie Hickman.

    The dilemma of how to behave towards servants rears its head.

    The women try to maintain good diplomatic relations at home with their domestic staff.

    In Peking, Susan Townley finds more than a fly in her soup.

    With Lucy Briers and Sandy McDade.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    Katie Hickman tells how British diplomats' wives were advised to deal with their servants.

    To scold - or not to scold? Katie Hickman reveals how the wives of British diplomats were advised to deal with their servants.

    To scold - or not to scold? Katie Hickman reveals how the wives of British diplomats were advised to deal with their servants."

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    While some of the 'diplomatic women' on foreign postings found the local cuisine stomach-turning, others relished it.

    In one country it was advisable to ask to see the head of the animal, as unsuspecting customers would be sold dog.

    In Chinese Turkestan, Catherine Macartney tastes sea slugs and ancient eggs, and Ella Sykes insists that cheese straws are served at her dinner parties.

    With Lucy Briers and Sandy McDade.

    Katie Hickman reveals how foreign menus were a challenge for some diplomatic women.

    Foreign menus were a challenge for some diplomatic women.

    Katie Hickman reveals how others relished the local cuisine.

    13Keeping Healthy2000042620040714 (BBC7)
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    From boils to smallpox, keeping healthy was a major challenge for the women and their families.

    Katie Hickman presents.

    Isabel Burton is plagued with rampant Brazilian boils.

    In Constantinople, Mary Wortley-Montagu trusts her son to the Turkish vaccination against smallpox.

    Isabel is plagued with rampant Brazilian boils.

    With Lucy Briers and Sandy McDale.

    Katie Hickman reveals how the British diplomats' wives coped with medical matters abroad.

    From boils to smallpox - Katie Hickman reveals how the wives of British diplomats battled with medical matters abroad.

    Katie Hickman reveals how the British diplomats' wives coped with medical matters Dead Ringers

    RoleContributor
    PerformerJon Culshaw
    PerformerJan Ravens
    PerformerLewis Macleod
    PerformerDebra Stephenson
    PerformerDuncan Wisbey
    WriterTom Jamieson
    WriterNev Fountain
    WriterTom Coles
    WriterEd Amsden
    WriterSarah Campbell
    WriterLaurence Howarth
    WriterJames Bugg
    WriterMax Davis

    RoleContributor
    PerformerJon Culshaw
    PerformerJan Ravens
    PerformerLewis Macleod
    PerformerDebra Stephenson
    PerformerDuncan Wisbey

    Katie Hickman reveals how the British diplomats' wives coped with medical matters abroad.

    From boils to smallpox - Katie Hickman reveals how the wives of British diplomats battled with medical matters abroad.

    From boils to smallpox - 'keeping healthy' was a major challenge for the women and their families. Katie Hickman presents. Episode 13 of 20.

    14Family Life2000042720040715 (BBC7)
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    Childbirth in Turkey, 1718-style: Just one of the featured topics in Katie Hickman's history of 'the women of the embassies'.

    Childbirth in Turkey, 1718-style: just one of today's topics in Katie Hickman's history of 'the women of the embassies'.

    Separated from friends and family, and sometimes children, the lives of these diplomatic women could often be quite lonely.

    The diplomatic women learn to juggle their official duties with their responsibilities to their children.

    The women learn to juggle official duties with responsibilities to their children.

    Katie Hickman reveals how the diplomats' wives juggled official duties with home lives.

    Juggling official duties with their home lives, Katie Hickman reveals how diplomats' wives still found time to walk the dog.

    15Living Without Children2000042820040716 (BBC7)
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    Tragic tales of separation and loss as Katie Hickman introduces more letters charting the diplomatic life.

    Many diplomatic families had to leave their children behind.

    Ann Disborough left hers when she went to Russia in the 1820s.

    Posted to St Petersburg at the start of the 19th century, Ann Disbrowe is separated from her two daughters for three years.

    Posted to St Petersburg at the beginning of the 19th century, Ann Disbrowe is separated from her two small daughters.

    Elizabeth McNeill endures the deaths of four of her five children in 1820s Persia.

    Tragic tales of separation and loss in the lives of the diplomatic families.

    Tragic tales of separation and loss, as Katie Hickman introduces more letters charting the lives of diplomatic families.

    16Hard Times2000050120040719 (BBC7)
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    From putting on make-up in the dark to dealing with snakebite - more trials and tribulations for the wives of the diplomats.

    A lesson in how to cope with everything from snakebites and flesh-eating insects, to extremes of temperature.

    How to cope with everything from snakebites and flesh-eating insects to extremes of heat and cold.

    With Sylvestra Le Touzel, Virginie Gilchrist and Lucy Tregear.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    From putting on make-up in the dark to coping with snakebites.

    From putting on make-up in the dark to coping with snakebites - Katie Hickman has more from the writings of diplomats' wives.

    17The Tripoli Plague2000050220040720 (BBC7)
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    In 18th Century Tripoli, Miss Tully experiences an outbreak of the plague.

    Presented by Katie Hickman.

    Episode 12 of 20.

    Letters written by Miss Tully, sister of the British Consul in Tripoli, detail an outbreak of the bubonic plague.

    Letters written by Miss Tully, the sister of the British Consul in Tripoli, reveal an outbreak of bubonic plague which imprisoned the Tullys in their home for almost two years.

    With Sylvestra Le Touzel and Virginie Gilchrist.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    In the 1780s Miss Tully reports on the misery and the mourning as 35,000 are struck down.

    With 35,000 victims - the misery and mourning penned in poignant letters by Miss Tully in the 1780s.

    Katie Hickman presents.

    The misery and mourning penned in poignant letters by Miss Tully in the 1780s, as the plague claims 35,000 victims.

    Letters written by Miss Tully, the sister of the British Consul in Tripoli, reveal an outbreak of bubonic plague which imprisoned the Dead Ringers

    RoleContributor
    PerformerJon Culshaw
    PerformerJan Ravens
    PerformerLewis Macleod
    PerformerDebra Stephenson
    PerformerDuncan Wisbey
    WriterTom Jamieson
    WriterNev Fountain
    WriterTom Coles
    WriterEd Amsden
    WriterSarah Campbell
    WriterLaurence Howarth
    WriterJames Bugg
    WriterMax Davis
    WriterJack Bernhardt
    ProducerBill Dare

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    Tales of a kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the 1976 terrorist car bomb which claimed the life of a British Ambassador in Dublin.

    Tales of a kidnapping in '70s Uruguay and the 1976 terrorist car bomb which claimed the life of a British Ambassador in Dublin.

    Evelyn Jackson's husband was kidnapped in 1970s Uruguay, and in 1976 the British ambassador was killed by a terrorist car bomb in Dublin.

    Tales of a kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the terrorist car bomb which claimed the life of the British Ambassador in Dublin.

    A kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the car bomb which killed an Ambassador in Dublin.

    Tales of a kidnapping in 1970s Uruguay and the terrorist car bomb which killed an Ambassador in Dublin.

    Katie Hickman presents.

    Memories of revolution in Romania, kidnapping in Uruguay and assassination in Dublin.

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    Magic moments for the Women of the Embassies - from visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court.

    Magical moments for the women - from visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court.

    The story of Ella Skyes, the first European woman to walk in the Pamir Mountains in Chinese Turkestan.

    Ella Skyes becomes the first European woman to walk in the Pamir Mountains in Chinese Turkestan.

    With Sylvestra Le Touzel and Virginie Gilchrist.

    Directors: Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden.

    Magical moments for the Women of the Embassies - from visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court.

    From visions of Japanese cherry blossom to presentation at the Russian court.

    From Japanese cherry blossoms to the splendour of Russian Society - Katie Hickman's magical moments of the diplomats' wives.

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    Mary Sheil rejoices at being set free from her solitary life in 1850s Persia, and after the death of her husband in 1666, Ann Fanshawe makes a lonely departure from Spain.

    A 17th century widow's lonely return and a sad farewell to the Middle East in the 1860s; the wives are on their way home.

    A 17th century widow's lonely return and a sad goodbye to the Middle East.

    Katie Hickman bids farewell to the diplomatic wives.