The Enchanted April

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An ad in The Times lures four women away from rainy London to a castle on the Riviera.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

By Elizabeth von Arnim
Dramatised by Vivienne Allen

While at their Shaftesbury Avenue club on a rainy February day, Rosie and Lottie discover they have been reading the same advertisement in The Times:-

To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let Furnished for the month of April.

Can they seize this opportunity and escape to the sunny Italian Riviera or is it just an impossible dream?

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

An advertisement in The Times, addressed to 'Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Lotty, Rose, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each craving escape. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for.

As soon as we arrive in Italy from rainy London the warmth, colour and smells of this enchanting place take over. The descriptions are intoxicating. The four women blossom in the sunshine but there are a few surprises in store for them.

Although these women live in the 1920s, their worries and concerns are as relevant today as they have always been. Times change, fashions change, but people do not change so much. Who wouldn't say no when given the chance to escape from the dismal gloomy rain to the sunshine of the Italian Riviera and have a welcome break from their day to day lives.

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20180502 (BBC7)

Having arrived in darkness, Lotty and Rose wake up to the radiance of April in Italy.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

By Elizabeth von Arnim
Dramatised by Vivienne Allen

Having arrived at their mediaeval castle in darkness,
Lotty and Rose wake up to the radiance of April in Italy.

Directed by Tracey Neale

An advertisement in The Times, addressed to 'Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Lotty, Rose, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each craving escape. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for.

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20180503 (BBC7)

Lotty and Rose bask in the delicate warmth and beautiful fragrance of San Salvatore.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

By Elizabeth Von Arnim
Dramatised by Vivienne Allen

Lotty and Rose begin to bask in the delicate warmth and beautiful fragrance of San Salvatore but Mrs Fisher is still finding things to try her patience and Scrap still wants to hide herself away.

Directed by Tracey Neale

An advertisement in The Times, addressed to 'Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Lotty, Rose, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each craving escape. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually.

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20180504 (BBC7)

San Salvatore works its magic on Mellersh, and he in turn charms both Scrap and Mrs Fisher

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

By Elizabeth von Arnim
Dramatised by Vivienne Allen

San Salvatore is working its magic on Mellersh too and he in turn has managed to charm both Scrap and Mrs Fisher as the beautiful golden days drop gently one by one.

Directed by Tracey Neale

An advertisement in The Times, addressed to 'Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Lotty, Rose, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each craving escape. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually.

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20180505 (BBC7)

The arrival of Mr Briggs, the owner of the castle, charms everyone but Scrap.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations