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01A Merry Christmas20170116

It is the time of The American Civil War and in New England the March family are facing a frugal Christmas without their father. Four young women forging their path into the adult world, tell of the challenges of a woman's life in a male dominated society. Each of them is very different but in all four of the March sisters the 'All-American girl' emerges for the first time. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story about love, destiny and freedom, in new version dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

As the episodes progress we learn more about each of the sisters. They love and value each other but a couple of them are really feisty and there are lots of funny incidents. All the ups and downs of family life are realistically drawn. There are truly heartbreaking moments during the story too. This new dramatisation by Rhiannon Tise has a pacy, updated and energetic feel to it. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy each take a turn in telling the story and this focus gives a much stronger voice to each of the sisters. And to give a male dynamic to the piece, Laurie, their neighbour and friend, also takes up the narration at particular moments too.

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is highly autobiographical, and in Jo's character Alcott portrays a strong-minded and independent woman, determined to control her own destiny in a little town in New England at the height of the American Civil War.

The Dramatist, Rhiannon Tise, has written nine radio plays. Her first won the Richard Imison Award. Her most recent dramatisation work was Georgy Girl for the British New Wave Season. She is currently developing a 3 part drama for television. Rhiannon's East Prussian paternal ancestors arrived in America around the same time Little Women was written so she has a passion for both the novel and America of that time because of her own family history.

In New England, the March family are facing a frugal Christmas without their father.

02Pickled Limes20170117

Jo is determined to get to know Laurie more, and Amy gets into trouble at school.

In between attending to Aunt March, Jo is determined to get to know Laurie more and Amy gets into trouble at school. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

03Fashionable Life20170118

Meg, the eldest of the March sisters, is excited to be travelling away from home for the first time. It's Annie Moffat's coming out party and a fortnight of fun is planned. But when Laurie arrives he brings Meg down to earth with a bump. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

Eldest March sister Meg is excited to be travelling away from home for the first time.

04Dark Days20170119

Jo has a secret, as has Laurie. And there are troubling days ahead for the March family.

Jo has a secret but so has Laurie too. And there are troubling days ahead for the March family. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

05Aunt March Settles The Question20170120

Winter brings the bitter cold to New England and deep and worrying times for the family.

Winter brings snow and the bitter cold to New England and deep and worrying times for the family. Jo turns to Laurie for support. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise. Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale.

06The First Wedding20170123

War is now over, and everyone is eagerly looking forward to Meg and John's wedding.

Rhiannon Tise's dramatisation of Louisa May Alcott's coming of age novel continues this week. Three years have passed since we were last with the March girls. War is now over and John Brooke is safely home. Everyone is eagerly looking forward to Meg and John's wedding.

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale.

07Amy's Adventures20170124

Things are about to change for Amy in a way she would never have imagined.

Meg is busy with family life. Beth is as lovely and caring as always and Jo is making a small but independent living writing stories. Amy is now Aunt March's companion

and becoming an accomplished young lady but things are about to change for her in a way she would never have imagined. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

08Jo And Laurie20170125

Jo is aware that Laurie has something he is desperate to say to her.

As the family gather to celebrate Laurie's graduation from college, Jo is aware that Laurie has something he is desperate to say to her. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

09Devoted Sister20170126

Now home from her adventure in New York, Jo is struck by the change in Beth.

Jo has enjoyed her adventure in New York but now she is home she is struck by the change in Beth. Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise.

10Harvest Time20170127

Meg has her family, and Amy is enjoying her life abroad, but Jo's heart aches with longing

Meg has her family and Amy is enjoying her life abroad but Jo's heart aches with a ceaseless longing for what she has lost. The concluding episode of Louisa May Alcott's coming of age story dramatised by Rhiannon Tise. Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale.