Mr Lowry's Loves

Award-winning writer Glyn Hughes' examination of L S Lowry's platonic friendships with a succession of young women and their influence on his art.

With Tom Courtenay, Rachel Atkins, Annabelle Dowler and Becky Simpson.

Directed by Peter Leslie Wild

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When Laurence Stephen Lowry died in 1976, he left nearly his entire fortune to a young woman with whom he happened to share a surname.

Her name was Carol Ann Lowry and she'd written to him in 1957 aged 13, hoping to gain some support in her quest to become an artist.

Lowry's response was beyond Carol’s wildest dreams. He paid for her convent education, helped her through art school and the pair remained friends until his death.

Award-winning writer Glyn Hughes examines the artist's platonic friendships with a succession of young women and their influence on his art.

LS Lowry... Tom Courtenay
Carol Ann Lowry.... Rachel Atkins
Pat Gerrard.... Annabelle Dowler
Young Carol.... Becky Simpson
Young Pat.... Holly Grainger
Mrs Lowry.... Ann Rye
Bank Official.... Frank Moorey

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.

A dramatic imagining of the painter's inner life and the friendships he formed.