I Want To Be Alone

To mark the centenary of Greta Garbo's birth, five stories about being alone, inspired by the statement attributed to this screen icon and famous recluse.

Episodes

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20061224Five stories about being alone.

1/5. Mrs Hope and Me

By Jenny Diski, read by Eleanor Bron.

A writer, looking for inspiration, escapes to a remote cottage. She revels in the isolation but others become concerned when she doesn't appear outside for three days.

"Five stories about being alone.

A writer, looking for inspiration, escapes to a remote cottage. She revels in the isolation but others become concerned when she doesn't appear outside for three days."

20061231Stories about being alone.

2/5. On Top of the World

By Bernadine Evaristo, read by Adjoa Andoh.

A woman's feelings of alienation and isolation are embodied in the frozen landscape of the Arctic.

"Stories about being alone.

A woman's feelings of alienation and isolation are embodied in the frozen landscape of the Arctic."

20070107Five stories about being alone.

3/5. Blood Strangers

By Jim Crace, read by Jeremy Swift.

The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of his mother.

"Five stories about being alone.

The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of his mother."

20070114Five stories about being alone.

4/5. Birgitta's Cell

By Marina Warner, read by Zara Turner and Clare Corbett.

The ghostly voice of an anchorite intrudes upon a school trip to Norfolk as she whispers the story behind her solitary existence.

"Five stories about being alone.

The ghostly voice of an anchorite intrudes upon a school trip to Norfolk as she whispers the story behind her solitary existence."

20070121Five stories about being alone.

5/5. Sagrada Familia

By Henry Shukman, read by Christopher Kelham.

A young couple's relationship is at breaking point as they travel round Barcelona's famous landmark. Will another building in the city have the power to reunite them or are they destined to go their separate ways?

"Five stories about being alone.

A young couple's relationship is at breaking point as they travel round Barcelona's famous landmark. Will another building in the city have the power to reunite them or are they destined to go their separate ways?"

A young couple's relationship is at breaking point as they travel round Barcelona's famous landmark. Will another building in Ideas - The British Version

0509/09/200520070121Five stories about being alone.

5/5. Sagrada Familia

By Henry Shukman, read by Christopher Kelham.

A young couple's relationship is at breaking point as they travel round Barcelona's famous landmark. Will another building in the city have the power to reunite them or are they destined to go their separate ways?

A series of stories about being alone.

A series of stories about the experience of being alone

AR01Mrs Hope And Me2005090520061224To mark the centenary of Greta Garbo's birth, five stories about being alone, inspired by the statement attributed to this screen icon and famous recluse.

By Jenny Diski.

Are we ever really alone? A writer, looking for inspiration, escapes to a remote cottage.

She revels in the isolation but others grow concerned when she doesn't appear outside for three days.

Read by Eleanor Bron

"By Jenny Diski.

Read by Eleanor Bron"

AR02On Top Of The World2005090620061231By Bernadine Evaristo.

A woman's feelings of alienation and isolation are embodied in the frozen landscape of the Arctic.

Read by Adjoa Andoh

AR03Blood Strangers2005090720070107By Jim Crace.

The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of his mother.

Read by Jeremy Swift.

The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of hIdeas - The British Version

AR04Birgitta's Cell2005090820070114By Marina Warner.

The ghostly voice of an anchorite intrudes upon a school trip to Norfolk as she whispers the story behind her solitary existence.

Annie....Zara Turner

Birgitta....Clare Corbett

AR05 LASTSagrada Familia2005090920070121By Henry Shukman.

A young couple's relationship is at breaking point as they travel round Barcelona's famous landmark.

Will another building in the city have the power to reunite them or are they destined to go their separate ways?

Read by Christopher Kelham.