The Eliza Stories

Eliza's husband sees himself as the perfect Edwardian upwardly mobile near-gentleman.

And if it weren't for Eliza's constant interfering, his life would run very smoothly.

That's not quite how Eliza, or anyone else, sees it.

Episodes

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20050302

By Barry Pain.

Adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

1/5. Eliza's husband sees himself as the perfect Edwardian upwardly mobile near-gentleman. And if it weren't for Eliza's constant interfering, his life would run very smoothly. That's not quite how Eliza, or anyone else, sees it.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Mother/ Lady Sandlingbury....Maev Alexander

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20050309

By Barry Pain.

Adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

2/5. Eliza's Husband

Having received a promotion and a significant pay rise, Eliza's husband decides to treat her to a horse and cart ride and a meal out. However, horses can be very difficult to keep control of - and they do all look so alike.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Mr Jennings....Tim Treloar

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20050316

By Barry Pain. Adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

3/5. Eliza Getting On

A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house, although whether the one her husband chooses is 'artistic' as he says, or 'cock-eyed' as she does, is a matter of opinion. But there is room for a larger family.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Shop Assistant....Samuel James

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20050323

By Barry Pain. Adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

4/5. Exit Eliza

Eliza worships her new baby son, but he does have a distressing habit of being sick whenever his father speaks to him. This is categorically not, however, because Eliza's husband is going bald. Because he isn't. Despite what everyone says.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20050330

By Barry Pain. Adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

5/5. Eliza's Son

Now grown into a thoroughly repellent teenager, Eliza?s son Ernest offers his perspective on his parents. Promotion to partnership at his firm doesn't seem to have checked his father?s tendency to blunders, nor his mother?s saintly tolerance. But Ernest has a few secrets of his own.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Ernest....Jack Blumenau

Man....Michael Wagg

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening

20061009

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

1/5. Eliza

Eliza's husband sees himself as the perfect Edwardian upwardly mobile near-gentleman. And if it weren't for Eliza's constant interfering, his life would run very smoothly. That's not quite how Eliza, or anyone else, sees it.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her husband....Mark Heap

Mother/Lady Sandlingbury....Maev Alexander

20061016

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

2/5. Eliza's Husband

Having received a promotion and a significant pay rise, Eliza's husband decides to treat her to a horse and cart ride and a meal out. However, horses can be very difficult to keep control of - and they do all look so alike...

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her husband....Mark Heap

Mr Jennings....Tim Treloar

20061023

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor. 3/5: Eliza Getting On. A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house.

20061030

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

4/5. Exit Eliza

Eliza's new baby son has a distressing habit of being sick whenever his father speaks to him. This is nothing to do with the fact that Eliza?s husband is going bald - allegedly.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gullivant....Guy Fearon

Director Ellen Dryden

20061106

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

5/5. Eliza's Son

Now a deeply dislikeable teenager, Ernest offers his perspective on his parents. Promotion to partnership at his firm has failed to check his father's blundering tendencies, nor his mother's saintly tolerance. But Ernest has a few secrets of his own.

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her husband....Mark Heap

Ernest....Jack Blumenau

Man....Michael Wagg

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

20061113

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

1/5. Eliza Returns

Eliza's husband revisits the early days of their marriage, when he, the wise Edwardian man of affairs, was instructing his playful young wife in the ways of the world. But Eliza seemed to have very definite ideas of her own.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Director Ellen Dryden.

20061120

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

2/5. Eliza's Progress

Having received a promotion and a significant pay rise, Eliza's husband has to cope with the reaction of his less diligent travelling companions, an intruder in dead of night, and keeping track of his new patent leather shoes.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gorles....Mark Evans

The Girl/Woman....Morag Cross

Director Ellen Dryden.

20061127

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

3/5. Eliza Getting On

A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house, although whether the one her husband chooses is ?artistic? as he says, or ?cock-eyed? as she does, is a matter of opinion. But there is room for a larger family?

Eliza....Sophie Thompson

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Shop assistant....Samuel James

Director Ellen Dryden.

20061204

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

4/5. Eliza the Mother

Eliza is determined that her baby son shall have the best of everything. Her husband is more concerned with the unwelcome changes the birth of a son and heir has brought about. There are some things which are an affront to a man's dignity. And it can't be good to let the baby have his own way all the time?

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Bagshawe....David Belcher

Bunn....Samuel James

Director Ellen Dryden.

20061211

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

5/5. Eliza's Family

Now a teenager, mystified by - and sharply critical of - his parents and their circle, Ernest resumes his journal and we see Eliza and her husband through his unforgiving eyes. Whether it is a seaside family holiday, trouble at school or his university career, Ernest will go, very firmly, his own way.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Ernest....Jack Blumenau

Bagshawe....David Belcher

Bunn....Samuel James

Director Ellen Dryden.

20080123

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

1/4. Eliza Returns

Eliza's husband revisits the early days of their marriage, when he, the wise Edwardian man of affairs, was instructing his playful young wife in the ways of the world. But Eliza seemed to have very definite ideas of her own.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Directed by Ellen Dryden

20080130

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

2/4. Eliza at Home

Eliza's husband finds his patience sorely tried by the eccentricities of their new maidservant and their attempts to cure her of her strange little ways are only partly successful. Then he has to deal with the plague of flies and the alarming trick played on him in the office.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Parker....Maev Alexander

Harnet....Mark Evans

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

20080213

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

3/4. Eliza the Mother

Eliza is determined that her baby son shall have the best of everything. Her husband is more concerned with the unwelcome changes brought about by the birth of a son and heir. There are certain things which are an affront to a man's dignity, and it can't be good to let the baby have his own way all the time.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Gillivant....Guy Fearon

Bagshawe....David Belcher

Bunn....Samuel James

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

20080220

By Barry Pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

4/4. Eliza's Family

Now a teenager, mystified by - and sharply critical of - his parents and their circle, Ernest resumes his journal, observing Eliza and her husband through his unforgiving eyes. Whether it is a seaside family holiday, trouble at school or his university career, Ernest will go, very firmly, his own way.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Ernest....Jack Blumenau

Bagshawe....David Belcher

Bunn....Samuel James

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

02* Eliza At Home20080130

Eliza's husband finds his patience sorely tried by the eccentricities of their new maidservant and their attempts to cure her of her strange little ways are only partly successful.

Then he has to deal with the plague of flies and the alarming trick played on him in the office.

Eliza....Rebecca Front

Her Husband....Mark Heap

Parker....Maev Alexander

Harnet....Mark Evans

Directed by Ellen Dryden.

0101Eliza2005030220061009

Eliza's husband sees himself as the perfect Edwardian upwardly mobile near-gentleman.

And if it weren't for Eliza's constant interfering, his life would run very smoothly.

That's not quite how Eliza, or anyone else, sees it.

0102Eliza's Husband2005030920061016

Having received a promotion and a significant pay rise, Eliza's husband decides to treat her to a horse and cart ride and a meal out.

However, horses can be very difficult to keep control of - and they do all look so alike.

0103Eliza Getting On2005031620061023

A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house.

A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house, although whether the one her husband chooses is 'artistic' as he says, or 'cock-eyed' as she does, is a matter of opinion.

But there is room for a larger family.

0104Exit Eliza2005032320061030

Eliza's new baby son has a distressing habit of being sick whenever his father speaks to him.

This is nothing to do with the fact that Eliza?s husband is going bald - allegedly.

Eliza worships her new baby son, but he does have a distressing habit of being sick whenever his father speaks to him.

This is categorically not, however, because Eliza's husband is going bald.

Because he isn't.

Despite what everyone says.

0105 LASTEliza's Son2005033020061106

Now grown into a thoroughly repellent teenager, Eliza's son Ernest offers his perspective on his parents.

Promotion to partnership at his firm doesn't seem to have checked his father's tendency to blunders, nor his mother's saintly tolerance.

But Ernest has a few secrets of his own.

0201* Eliza Returns2006111320080123

Eliza's husband revisits the early days of their marriage, when he, the wise Edwardian man of affairs, was instructing his playful young wife in the ways of the world.

But Eliza seemed to have very definite ideas of her own.

  • by - barry pain, adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor
  • director Ellen Dryden
  • eliza....Rebecca Front
  • gillivant....guy fearon
  • gorles....Mark Evans
  • her husband....Mark Heap
  • the girl....morag cross
  • woman....morag cross

  • 0202Eliza's Progress20061120

    Having received a promotion and a significant pay rise, Eliza's husband has to cope with the reaction of his less diligent travelling companions, an intruder in dead of night, and keeping track of his new patent leather shoes.

    0203Eliza Getting On20061127

    A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house, although whether the one her husband chooses is ?artistic? as he says, or ?cock-eyed? as she does, is a matter of opinion.

    But there is room for a larger family?

    Eliza....Sophie Thompson

    Her Husband....Mark Heap

    Gillivant....Guy Fearon

    Shop assistant....Samuel James

    Director Ellen Dryden

    0204Eliza The Mother2006120420080213

    Eliza is determined that her baby son shall have the best of everything.

    Her husband is more concerned with the unwelcome changes the birth of a son and heir has brought about.

    There are some things which are an affront to a man's dignity.

    And it can't be good to let the baby have his own way all the time?

    Eliza....Rebecca Front

    Her Husband....Mark Heap

    Gillivant....Guy Fearon

    Bagshawe....David Belcher

    Bunn....Samuel James

    Director Ellen Dryden

    0205 LAST* Eliza's Family2006121120080220

    Now a teenager, mystified by - and sharply critical of - his parents and their circle, Ernest resumes his journal and we see Eliza and her husband through his unforgiving eyes.

    Whether it is a seaside family holiday, trouble at school or his university career, Ernest will go, very firmly, his own way.

    Eliza....Rebecca Front

    Her Husband....Mark Heap

    Ernest....Jack Blumenau

    Bagshawe....David Belcher

    Bunn....Samuel James

    Director Ellen Dryden