Degrees Of Separation

Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

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01Empty Nest20091012Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

When Sheila and Simon's daughter leaves home for a gap year trip, Sheila is inconsolable.

It is the separation she has dreaded, and Simon's attempts to comfort her only make things worse.

It is not until an eccentric elderly neighbour asks for help that she begins to think about something other than her own grief.

Sheila....Jilly Bond

Simon....Richard Mitchley

Edie....June Barrie.

A mother is distraught when her daughter leaves home for a gap year trip.

02Fatima The Catima20091013Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

While Karen's husband is fighting in Afghanistan, she tries hard to keep normal family life going and her anxieties at bay for the sake of their children.

Karen....Alison Reid.

While Karen's husband is fighting in Afghanistan, she tries to keep her anxieties at bay.

03The Boy In The Library20091014Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

Billy lives in the same town as his son and grandson, but he has never seen the little boy because of a family quarrel.

When he sees a boy in the local library who he believes is his grandson, he sets in train a series of events which threaten to land him in trouble with the police.

Billy....Richard Bremner

Janice....Janice Acquah

Karen....Alison Reid.

A man's attempts to make contact with his grandson are viewed with suspicion.

01Empty Nest20091012When Sheila and Simon's daughter leaves home for a gap year trip, Sheila is inconsolable.

It is the separation she has dreaded, and Simon's attempts to comfort her only make things worse.

It is not until an eccentric elderly neighbour asks for help that she begins to think about something other than her own grief.

Sheila....Jilly Bond

Simon....Richard Mitchley

Edie....June Barrie

Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

When Sheila and Simon's daughter leaves home for a gap year trip, Sheila is inconsolable.

It is the separation she has dreaded, and Simon's attempts to comfort her only make things worse.

It is not until an eccentric elderly neighbour asks for help that she begins to think about something other than her own grief.

Sheila....Jilly Bond

Simon....Richard Mitchley

Edie....June Barrie.

A mother is distraught when her daughter leaves home for a gap year trip.

When Sheila and Simon's daughter leaves home for a gap year trip, Sheila is inconsolable.

It is the separation she has dreaded, and Simon's attempts to comfort her only make things worse.

It is not until an eccentric elderly neighbour asks for help that she begins to think about something other than her own grief.

Sheila....Jilly Bond

Simon....Richard Mitchley

Edie....June Barrie

Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

When Sheila and Simon's daughter leaves home for a gap year trip, Sheila is inconsolable.

It is the separation she has dreaded, and Simon's attempts to comfort her only make things worse.

It is not until an eccentric elderly neighbour asks for help that she begins to think about something other than her own grief.

Sheila....Jilly Bond

Simon....Richard Mitchley

Edie....June Barrie.

A mother is distraught when her daughter leaves home for a gap year trip.

02Fatima The Catima20091013While Karen's husband is fighting in Afghanistan, she tries hard to keep normal family life going and her anxieties at bay for the sake of their children.

Karen....Alison Reid

While Karen's husband is fighting in Afghanistan, she tries hard to keep normal family life going and her anxieties at bay for the sake of their children.

Karen....Alison Reid

02Fatima The Catima20091019
03The Boy In The Library20091014

Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

Billy lives in the same town as his son and grandson, but he has never seen the little boy because of a family quarrel.

When he sees a boy in the local library who he believes is his grandson, he sets in train a series of events which threaten to land him in trouble with the police.

Billy....Richard Bremner

Janice....Janice Acquah

Karen....Alison Reid.

A man's attempts to make contact with his grandson are viewed with suspicion.

03The Boy In The Library20091014Billy lives in the same town as his son and grandson, but he has never seen the little boy because of a family quarrel.

When he sees a boy in the local library who he believes is his grandson, he sets in train a series of events which threaten to land him in trouble with the police.

Billy....Richard Bremner

Janice....Janice Acquah

Karen....Alison Reid

Billy lives in the same town as his son and grandson, but he has never seen the little boy because of a family quarrel.

When he sees a boy in the local library who he believes is his grandson, he sets in train a series of events which threaten to land him in trouble with the police.

Billy....Richard Bremner

Janice....Janice Acquah

Karen....Alison Reid

03The Boy In The Library20091020
04Twins20091015Series of five linked stories by Katie Hims on the theme of separation, based on experiences sent in by Woman's Hour listeners.

Janice already has two boisterous boys and is delighted when she discovers that one of the twins she is carrying is a girl.

She dreams of the little dresses she will buy, how she'll fix her hair and how lovely it will be to have a dainty little creature around.

Of course she's looking forward to another boy as well, but it's the little girl she is really excited about.

But when the twins are born and she must be separated from one of them, her dreams come crashing down around her head.

Janice....Janice Acquah

Dan....Mark Meadows

Doctor....Saikat Ahamed.

A young mother of two boys is overjoyed to be expecting a girl with her next twins.

Janice already has two boisterous boys and is delighted when she discovers that one of the twins she is carrying is a girl.

She dreams of the little dresses she will buy, how she'll fix her hair and how lovely it will be to have a dainty little creature around.

Of course she's looking forward to another boy as well, but it's the little girl she is really excited about.

But when the twins are born and she must be separated from one of them, her dreams come crashing down around her head.

Janice....Janice Acquah

Dan....Mark Meadows

Doctor....Saikat Ahamed

Doctor....Saikat Ahamed.

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05Ashes20091022
05 LASTAshes20091016Rishi is a doctor whose sister has unexpectedly died, leaving the family, and especially her mother, grief stricken.

The old lady turns on Leela's husband Paolo, who is trying to cope with his own loss.

Rishi Hussein - Saikat Ahamed

Vanhi - Taru Devani

Paolo - Andy Morton

Rishi is a doctor whose sister has unexpectedly died, leaving the family, and especially her mother, grief stricken.

The old lady turns on Leela's husband Paolo, who is trying to cope with his own loss.

Rishi Hussein - Saikat Ahamed

Vanhi - Taru Devani

Paolo - Andy Morton.

Rishi is a doctor whose sister has unexpectedly died, leaving the family, and especially her mother, grief stricken.

The old lady turns on Leela's husband Paolo, who is trying to cope with his own loss.

Rishi Hussein - Saikat Ahamed

Vanhi - Taru Devani

Paolo - Andy Morton