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0120190513

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 1, a solitary taxidermist finishes his latest commission.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

November 1850 and we meet the ambitious owner of a shop of curiosities, antique and new.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0220190514

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seem to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 2, Iris and her sister Rose dream of an escape from the Doll Shop.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Iris and her sister Rose continue to work at the Doll Shop and dream of escape.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0320190515

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seem to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 3, an artist has an encounter with his new muse.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Iris's work is interrupted by a handsome voyeur.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0420190516

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seem to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 4, Silas becomes increasingly obsessed with Iris.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Silas thinks of nothing but Iris, and tries to find her in the unlikeliest of places.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0520190517

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 5, Iris is estranged from her parents and sister.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Iris begins her new life as an artist's model.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

Set in London, 1850-1851, at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting tiny porcelain dolls - but who burns to become an artist.

She is taken up by some young painters, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but only agrees to model for one of them if he will give her painting lessons. As this relationship evolves, a parallel and one-sided one develops - an obsessive and solitary taxidermist, Silas, grows increasingly convinced that Iris is destined to be his. He begins to follow her through the streets of the city and make his plans to lure her to his cellar workshop.

With echoes of John Fowles' The Collector, this is a gorgeously vivid story about a young woman determined to forge her own path as an artist in the male dominated world of Victorian London.

In Episode 5, Iris becomes Queenie and leaves her old life behind.

Written by Elisabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Iris begins her new life as an artist's muse.

0620190520

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 6, iris has forgiven Louis for the damage to her picture - his generosity more than makes up for it.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Louis Frost must apologise to Iris for his pet's behaviour.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0720190521

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 7, Silas continues his lonely vigil, and hatches a plan.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Silas continues his daily vigil outside Louis' house.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0820190522

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 8, there is great anticipation around the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy. Iris and Louis are spending more time together.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Louis is keen to find out if his painting of Iris has been selected by The Royal Academy.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

0920190523

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 9, vulnerable and alone, Iris falls into a trap.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Louis leaves Iris alone and vulnerable. Silas keeps up his watch.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter

1020190524

Set in London 1850 -1851 at the time of The Great Exhibition, The Doll Factory follows the story of a young woman called Iris who we first meet painting the faces of tiny porcelain dolls.

Iris burns to become an artist but her modest upbringing and strict working class parents have always meant this seems to be little more than a dream. She lives with her twin sister, Rose, in a room above a doll shop in Regent Street. When a chance encounter offers the glimpse of a new life she is ready to embrace it.

In Episode 10, Iris fights for her life.

Written by Elizabeth MacNeal
Read by Louise Brealey
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Silas has neglected Iris, but it has given her time to plan her escape.

Set in Victorian London, Elisabeth MacNeal's novel tells the story of a young doll painter