The Forsyte Saga - The Forsytes Returns

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0120170603 (BBC7)

Soames Forsyte overhears socialite Marjorie Ferrar gossiping about Fleur.

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dramatised by Shaun McKenna from the novels of John Galsworthy

Fleur has vowed to be faithful to Michael and settle down with their son. But scandal is around the corner in the shape of Jon Forsyte's brother-in-law and an amoral socialite who seems not to care what she says.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Director.... Marion Nancarrow

It's 1924 and young socialite Fleur Forsyte (Jessica Raine) has vowed that she'll put her past - including her love for Jon Forsyte (Jonathan Bailey) - behind her and settle into marriage with the devoted Michael and their son Kit. Michael's standing for Parliament and Fleur's determined to help. But those around them seem intent on stirring up trouble - albeit unwittingly. First, there's the arrival of Jon Forsyte's handsome brother-in-law, Frances and then Fleur's father Soames, bored by his retirement, overhears something unpleasant and decides to do something about it.

"The Forsytes Returns" continues John Galsworthy's epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, spanning 50 years from 1886 to 1936. It's narrated by Fleur Forsyte, the baby born at the end of series one. More than 20 years has passed since Soames divorced the love of his life, Irene, who left him after he forced himself upon her and went on to marry his cousin Jo. Fleur then fell head over heels in love with Irene's son, Jon, neither knowing their parents' troubled history and this eventually divided them, with Jon leaving for America with his mother. To mend a broken heart, Fleur married the adoring Michael Mont on the rebound and threw herself into smart society, determined to embrace all that is considered modern. This is the generation that survived the war, now hell-bent on not taking life too seriously.

"The Forsytes Returns" continues BBC Radio 4's dramatisation of all John Galsworthy's Forsyte novels and interludes and covers Books 5 and 6 - "The Silver Spoon" and "Swan Song".

0220170605 (BBC7)

The ongoing feud between Fleur and fellow socialite Marjorie Ferrar takes a new turn.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.
Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

Fleur has the law on her side but now London society will have its say in her ongoing feud with fellow bright young thing, Marjorie Ferrar.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Director.... Gemma Jenkins

Today's play concludes the fifth novel in the series, The Silver Spoon.

0220170605 (BBC7)

The ongoing feud between Fleur and fellow socialite Marjorie Ferrar takes a new turn.

0320170606 (BBC7)

A chance encounter in America reawakens old passions for Soames.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.
Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

To escape London society's cold shoulder Soames accompanies Fleur on a world tour where a chance encounter in Washington's Rock Creek Cemetery reawakens old passions

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Director.... Gemma Jenkins

Today's play is from the interlude, Passers By.

0320170606 (BBC7)

A chance encounter in America reawakens old passions for Soames.

0420170607 (BBC7)

It is 1926, and the General Strike brings Fleur face to face with her past.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.
Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

It's 1926 and the General Strike brings Fleur face to face with her past

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Director.... Gemma Jenkins

Today's play marks the start of the sixth novel in the series, Swan-Song.

0420170607 (BBC7)

It is 1926, and the General Strike brings Fleur face to face with her past.

0520170608 (BBC7)

Fleur is playing a dangerous game when she revisits an old haunt.

0620170609 (BBC7)

The Forsytes gather to watch the family horse in its debut race at Ascot.

0720170609 (BBC7)

Soames fears history will repeat itself, as Fleur rushes headlong towards Jon.

by John Galsworthy, dramatised by Shaun McKenna

As Fleur rushes headlong towards her old love, Jon Forsyte, she has no idea how things will rebound on her.

Original music by Neil Brand

Produced & directed by Marion Nancarrow

"The Forsytes Returns" continues John Galsworthy's epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, spanning 50 years from 1886 to 1936. It's narrated by Fleur Forsyte, the baby born at the end of series one. More than 20 years has passed since Soames divorced the love of his life, Irene, who left him after he forced himself upon her and went on to marry his cousin Jo. Fleur then fell head over heels in love with Irene's son, Jon, neither knowing their parents' troubled history and this eventually divided them, with Jon leaving for America with his mother. To mend a broken heart, Fleur married the adoring Michael Mont on the rebound and threw herself into smart society, determined to embrace all that is considered modern. This is the generation that survived the war, now hell-bent on not taking life too seriously.

"The Forsytes Returns" continues BBC Radio 4's dramatisation of all John Galsworthy's Forsyte novels and interludes and covers Books 5 and 6 - "The Silver Spoon" and "Swan Song".

0720170609 (BBC7)

Soames fears history will repeat itself, as Fleur rushes headlong towards Jon.