Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook [15md]

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0120080825 (BBC7)
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The ground-breaking novel about motherhood, breakdown, marriage and communism.

Doris Lessing's 20th-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

In the summer of 1957, writer Anna Wulf is welcoming home her friend Molly, just returned from a year's travelling. The two friends have a lot to catch up on.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Richard.... Ron Cook

Tommy.... Adam Paulden

Saul.... Peter Brooke

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0220080826 (BBC7)
20160927 (BBC7)
20160928 (BBC7)

Molly is reunited with her son Tommy, but she is in conflict with her ex-husband.

Doris Lessing's 20th-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna becomes embroiled in the conflict between Molly and her ex-husband Richard over their son Tommy's future.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Richard.... Ron Cook

Tommy.... Adam Paulden

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Janet.... Ellie Sager

Mr Mathlong.... Wyllie Longmore

Mrs Marks.... Brigit Forsyth

Saul.... Peter Brooke

Dick.... Marc Parry

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0320080827 (BBC7)
20160928 (BBC7)
20160929 (BBC7)

Anna is suffering writer's block, so starts to write about an old affair to try to move on

Doris Lessing's 20th-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

As Anna tries to shake off the painful memories of her unhappy affair with a married man, she finds herself turning them into a story about her alter ego Ella.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Paul.... Sean Gallagher

Dr West.... Mark Chatterton

Mrs West.... Christine Brennan

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0420080828 (BBC7)
20160929 (BBC7)
20160930 (BBC7)

Anna finally exorcises the painful memory of her affair with a married man.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna finally exorcises the painful memory of her affair as she concludes the story of her alter ego Ella being left by her married lover.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly/Julia.... Fenella Woolgar

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Paul.... Sean Gallagher

Janet.... Ellie Sagar

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0520080829 (BBC7)
20160930 (BBC7)
20161001 (BBC7)

In need of help, a questioning Tommy arrives at Anna's house uninvited and agitated.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna is bombarded by her friends' problems as she continues to struggle with her own. Then Tommy takes dramatic action that shocks them all.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Dick.... Marc Parry

Tommy.... Adam Paulden

Marion.... Julia Rounthwaite

Janet.... Ellie Sager

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0620080901 (BBC7)
20161003 (BBC7)
20161004 (BBC7)

Anna is once again called in by everyone to sort out their conflicts.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Tommy's blindness has an unsettling effect on his family and friends. Anna is once again called in by everyone to sort out their conflicts, at the same time as her own depression and anxieties start tipping her into mental turmoil.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Richard.... Ron Cook

Dick.... Marc Parry

Tommy.... Adam Paulden

Marion.... Julia Rounthwaite

Janet.... Ellie Sager

Nurse/Jean.... Laura Harding

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Mrs Marks.... Brigit Forsyth

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0720080902 (BBC7)
20161004 (BBC7)
20161005 (BBC7)

Anna's fragile mental state is made worse by the increasing demands of her friends.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna's fragile mental state is made worse by the increasing demands of her friends to resolve their problems. She does so, to their delight, but her own troubles are increasing.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Richard.... Ron Cook

Tommy.... Adam Paulden

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Janet.... Ellie Sager

Mr Mathlong.... Wyllie Longmore

Marion.... Julia Rounthwaite

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0820080903 (BBC7)
20161005 (BBC7)
20161006 (BBC7)

When Anna's daughter goes off to boarding school, she loses her grip on reality.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

When Anna's daughter goes off to boarding school, she loses her grip on reality. Her new lover Saul is equally unstable, and it is only when she buys a Golden Notebook that Anna begins to see a way out of her chaotic life.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly.... Fenella Woolgar

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Saul.... Peter Brooke

Janet.... Ellie Sager

Mrs Marks.... Brigit Forsyth

Directed by Polly Thomas.

0920080904 (BBC7)
20161006 (BBC7)
20161007 (BBC7)

Anna finally admits the cause of all her problems - she has been unable to write.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna finally admits the cause of all her problems - she has been unable to write. She finishes with Saul, but not before he has given her the first line of her new novel.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Saul.... Peter Brooke

Mrs Marks.... Brigit Forsyth

Directed by Polly Thomas.

1020080905 (BBC7)
20161007 (BBC7)
20161008 (BBC7)

Anna and Molly finally find their feet again as they put aside the chaos of earlier times.

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna and her friend Molly finally find their feet again as they put aside the chaos of earlier times and take more control of their lives.

Anna.... Susannah Harker

Molly/Julia.... Fenella Woolgar

Ella.... Emma Fielding

Milt.... Eben Young

Directed by Polly Thomas.