The Hours

A meditation on love, loss and time by Michael Cunningham, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.

Echoing Virginia Woolf's `Mrs Dalloway', it gives a moving and eloquent account of one day in the lives of three very different women.

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0120170422

Dramatisation of novel about Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, starring Rosamund Pike.

New dramatisation of the Pulitzer winning book by Michael Cunningham inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. Starring Rosamund Pike, Fenella Woolgar and Teresa Gallagher.

Three very separate women. They live in different locations and different eras but they are bound by their passion for Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway. As they experience life on a Tuesday in June, their thoughts and experiences echo each other and become intertwined.

In Richmond in 1923, Virginia Woolf (Fenella Woolgar) sits down to write a novel calling her heroine Mrs Dalloway. In Los Angeles in 1949, Laura (Teresa Gallagher) sits in bed reading Mrs Dalloway. In New York in the 1990s, Clarissa (Rosamund Pike) goes out to buy flowers for a party mirroring the start of the day for the fictional Mrs Dalloway. The party is for her best friend Richard who long ago dubbed her Mrs Dalloway.

Weaving together themes of bisexuality, mental illness, middle age, the trials of creativity, parental guilt, marital discord, suburban isolation, infertility, friendship and loss - the three stories become one.

In the first episode, the women go about their day. Virginia is struggling to write in Richmond where she feels banished but is cheered by a visit from her sister. Laura has domestic tasks and a small son to look after but all she wants to do is read, and Clarissa struggles to prepare for a huge party in honour of her friend Richard but she's worried that he is so sick. Each finds a way to make it through to the afternoon of the same day in June.

Michael Cunningham's enormously popular and critically successful book won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and inspired the film starring Nicole Kidman. He called his story The Hours because that was a title that Virginia Woolf had considered. He says Mrs Dalloway was a huge influence on his life because he read the novel as a response to a dare when he was 15 and then decided to be a writer.

Sony Award winning writer Frances Byrnes adapted the book for radio.

Composer: Gene Pritsker
Pianist: Carollyn Eden
Sound Design: Steve Bond

Adapted for radio by Frances Byrnes
Directed by Judith Kampfner and Polly Thomas
Produced by Judith Kampfner
Executive Producer Celia De Wolff

A Corporation For Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4.

0220170423

Dramatisation of the novel inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. With Rosamund Pike.

The radio debut for the Pulitzer winning book by Michael Cunningham inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. Starring Rosamund Pike, Fenella Woolgar and Teresa Gallagher.

Three very separate women. They live in different locations and different eras but they are bound by their passion for Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway. As they experience life on a Tuesday in June, their thoughts and experiences echo each other and become intertwined.

In Richmond in 1923, Virginia Woolf (Fenella Woolgar) sits down to write a novel calling her heroine Mrs Dalloway. In Los Angeles in 1949, Laura (Teresa Gallagher) sits in bed reading Mrs Dalloway. In New York in the 1990s, Clarissa (Rosamund Pike) goes out to buy flowers for a party mirroring the start of the day for the fictional Mrs Dalloway. The party is for her best friend Richard who long ago dubbed her Mrs Dalloway.

Weaving together themes of bisexuality, mental illness, middle age, the trials of creativity, parental guilt, marital discord, suburban isolation, infertility, friendship and loss - the three stories become one.

In the second and concluding episode, Virginia, Laura and Clarissa all experience conflict between their need to be free and their domestic responsibilities and ties. Virginia Woolf creates a pivotal moment when Mrs Dalloway sees a book in a shop window open at a page with a song from Shakespeare's Cymbeline. It haunts her - and it haunts Laura and Clarissa too. As their stories become interwoven there more and more parallels.

Michael Cunningham's enormously popular and critically successful book won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and inspired the film starring Nicole Kidman. He called his story The Hours because that was a title that Virginia Woolf had considered. He says Mrs Dalloway was a huge influence on his life because he read the novel as a response to a dare when he was 15 and then decided to be a writer.

Sony Award winning writer Frances Byrnes adapted the book for radio.

Composer: Gene Pritsker
Pianist: Carollyn Eden
Sound Design: Steve Bond

Adapted for radio by Frances Byrnes
Directed by Judith Kampfner and Polly Thomas
Produced by Judith Kampfner
Executive Producer Celia De Wolff

A Corporation For Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4.

20040709

At sunset today as CHRISTIANs complete their Vespers, Islam's special day for prayer ends.

Hinduism sees evening as a time of ignorance, and the Jewish Sabbath is beginning.

We now hear followers of those faiths observing in their regular devotions the cycles of sun and moon and calendar, reflecting also on how their different traditions understand the relationship between worship, faith and and time.

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A meditation on love, loss and time by Michael Cunningham, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.

Echoing Virginia Woolf's `Mrs Dalloway', it gives a moving and eloquent account of one day in the lives of three very different women.With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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In 1990s NEW YORK, Clarissa is organising a party, while in 1923 Virginia is writing `Mrs Dalloway'.

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (4/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, abridged in ten parts.

4: In 1949 Laura is baking a cake with her son, and in 1990s NEW YORK Clarissa has bought the flowers for her party.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Reading: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (5/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane (5/10).

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Martha Kearney with interviews and discussion.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (6/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by Michael Cunningham.

Abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.

Echoing Virginia Woolf's `Mrs Dalloway', it gives a moving account of one day in the lives of three women.

6: In 1923 Virginia is having her sister to tea.

In 1949 Laura has escaped from her home.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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Martha Kearney hosts topical debates and conversation.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (7/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, abridged in ten parts.

7: Virginia is left alone again, and Clarissa has a visitor.

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (8/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane (8/10).

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (9/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, abridged in ten parts.

Part 4.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Reading: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (10/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

Abridged by Alison Joseph in ten parts.

10: The end of an eventful day.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane