Greater Love [15 Minute Drama]

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Greater Love - ep.1/5

by Don Shaw

The true story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during The Plague of 1665-66 in which characters and their values change as tragedy unfolds, as the whole village effectively agrees to stay in the village in order for the Plague not to spread. A new young Rector battles for authority with the puritanical former rector. William announces the betrothal of Emmy and Rowland but then he and Stanley are called to tend to a sick villager who dies before they arrive. Stanley identifies plague from experience. William, shocked, fails to anoint the tailor. Stanley suspects the cause is cloth brought from London. It must be burnt and a quick burial to keep secrecy, prevent panic.

Producer Pauline Harris

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There are strong parallels between the Ebola crises today, and the Plague in Eyam in1665. In both cases ignorance spread the disease.

SUMMARY: William Mompesson, a Cambridge graduate, arrives with wife Catherine as replacement for the sacked Puritan Thomas Stanley. Embittered, Stanley lives on village charity while William lives finely in the rectory on money donated by the squire. Stanley, having been rector for 17 years naturally has most of the men on his side. William believes that fleeing the village is the answer. Stanley insists on incarceration. This incredible true story charts how the whole village, with the exception of the richest - squires etc. decided to stay inside the village boundaries in order not to spread the Plague. So effective no-one is allowed out of the village, nor anyone new allowed in. The greatest compassion arises from the story of two young lovers, Emmy Sydall and her fiancé Rowland.

Drama of the story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during the plague of 1665-66.

The true story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during The Plague of 1665-66 in which characters and their values change as tragedy unfolds, as all the villagers effectively agree to stay in the village in order for the Plague not to spread.

A new young Rector battles for authority with the puritanical former rector. William announces the betrothal of Emmy and Rowland but then he and Stanley are called to tend to a sick villager who dies before they arrive. Stanley identifies plague from experience. William, shocked, fails to anoint the tailor. Stanley suspects the cause is cloth brought from London. It must be burnt and a quick burial to keep secrecy, prevent panic.

Written by Don Shaw.

William.... Al Weaver
Catherine.... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley.... David Calder
Emmy Sydall.... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland.... Gerard Kearns
Alice Sydall.... Daryl Fishwick
Mary Cooper.... Melissa Sinden

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.

Drama of the true story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during The Plague of 1665-66

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

022015120120191126 (BBC7)
20191127 (BBC7)

Greater Love - ep2/5

by Don Shaw

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665.

Emmy's sister, Sarah has died, and the secret is out in the village. Stanley and William quell panic by assuring the villagers everything is under control.

Produced by Pauline Harris.

Emmy's sister Sarah has died, and the secret is out in the village.

Emmy's sister, Sarah has died, and the secret is out in the village. Stanley and William quell panic by assuring the villagers everything is under control.

Don Shaw's drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665.

William.... Al Weaver
Catherine.... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley.... David Calder
Emmy.... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland.... Gerard Kearns
Alice Sydall.... Daryl Fishwick
William.... Roger Morlidge

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

032015120220191127 (BBC7)
20191128 (BBC7)

Villagers are trying to flee, and Stanley tries to persuade them to stay.

Greater Love ep 3/5

by Don Shaw

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire. Villagers are trying to flee, and Stanley tries to persuade them to stay. As Emmy loses more of her family, her mother is losing her mind. Marshall Howe volunteers to bury the dead if he can keep their belongings.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire. Villagers are trying to flee, and Stanley tries to persuade them to stay. As Emmy loses more of her family, her mother is losing her mind. Marshall Howe volunteers to bury the dead if he can keep their belongings.

Don Shaw's drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665.

William.... Al Weaver
Catherine.... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley.... David Calder
Emmy.... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland.... Gerard Kearns
Alice Sydall.... Daryll Fishwick
Thornley.... Roger Morlidge
Marshall Howe.... Ian Bartholemew

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

042015120320191128 (BBC7)
20191129 (BBC7)

Greater Love - ep4/5

by Don Shaw

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in the Derbyshire Village of Eyam. Emmy has the fever herself, and William and Catherine have taken her into the rectory. Marshall Howe, the official burier of the dead, discovers a lone child, who is traumatised and unable to speak.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

Emmy has the fever herself, and William and Catherine have taken her into the rectory.

Don Shaw's drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665.

William.... Al Weaver
Catherine.... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley.... David Calder
Emmy.... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland.... Gerard Kearns
Alice Sydall.... Daryll Fishwick
Thornley.... Roger Morlidge
Marshall Howe.... Ian Bartholemew

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.

Drama series charting the true story of the Plague in the Derbyshire Village of Eyam

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

052015120420191129 (BBC7)
20191130 (BBC7)

Rowland tries desperately to find a way for him, Emmy and the boy to flee the village.

Greater Love ep5/5

by Don Shaw

The true and tragic story of the plague in Eyam, Derbyshire.

Rowland tries desperately to find a way for he, Emmy and the boy to flee the village, but it's too late.

As the loss increases in the village, William and Stanley reconcile their differences.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

Rowland tries desperately to find a way for he, Emmy and the boy to flee the village, but it's too late. As the loss increases in the village, William and Stanley reconcile their differences.

Conclusion of Don Shaw's drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665.

William.... Al Weaver
Catherine.... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley.... David Calder
Emmy.... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland.... Gerard Kearns

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.

Concluding episode of drama series charting true story of the plague in Eyam, Derbyshire.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations