No Nightingales, No Snakes

Short stories by Maeve Binchy.

Episodes

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01The Night The People Came Over For Something That Was No Trouble.2007060420100906 (BBC7)
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Short stories by Maeve Binchy.

The perfect dinner party is never as easy at it looks, as Cara discovers to her cost.

Cara....Niamh Cusack

Julian....Mark Straker

John....Sam Dale

Annabelle....Rachel Bavidge

Beautician....Jasmine Callan

Neighbour....Jonathan Forbes

Dramatised by Jessica Dromgoole.

Stars Niamh Cusack and Mark Straker.

1/5. The Night the People Came over for Something That Was No Trouble.

Cara....Niamh Cusack

Julian....Mark Straker

John....Sam Dale

Annabelle....Rachel Bavidge

Beautician....Jasmine Callan

Dramatised by Jessica Dromgoole.

02The Stepson2007060520100907 (BBC7)
20100908 (BBC7)
For Claire, falling in love with Mike was easy.

Becoming a stepmother to his son, however, is a little more complicated.

Clare....Niamh Cusack

Martin....Andrew Macklin

Mike....Sam Dale

Mr Ford....Jonathan Forbes

Dramatised by Jessica Dromgoole

For Clare, falling in love with Mike was easy, but becoming a stepmother possibly less so.

For Clare, falling in love with Mike was easy, but will becoming stepmother to his son be quite so simple? Stars Niamh Cusack.

03Decisions At Sea2007060620100908 (BBC7)
20100909 (BBC7)
Tessa has run an informal lottery every week with her wage packet as the prize.

When she leaves, she knows that her colleagues will only very gradually begin to miss her.

Tessa....Niamh Cusack

Eric....John Dougall

Mr Pitt....Harry Towb

Orla....Siobhan O'Kelly

Dramatised by Sasha Hails.

Tessa's unconventional office raffle leads to a voyage with unexpected new horizons.

Stars Niamh Cusack and John Dougall.

3/5. Decisions at Sea

Tessa has run an informal lottery every week with her wage packet as the prize. When she leaves, she knows that her colleagues will only very gradually begin to miss her.

Tessa....Niamh Cusack

Eric....John Dougall

Mr Pitt....Harry Towb

04The Answer Machine2007060720100909 (BBC7)
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For Biddy, there was a time when this newfangled device created many more problems than it actually solved.

Biddy/Mother....Niamh Cusack

Young Biddy/Grianne....Siobhan O'Kelly

Nat/Brian's mate....Jonathan Forbes

Brian/Dry cleaner....Andrew Macklin

Father....Mark Straker

Geraldine....Rachel Bavidge

Father's mate....Sam Dale

Young Biddy's mate....Jasmine Callan

Dramatised by Jessica Dromgoole

For Biddy, a new-fangled device caused more problems for the family than it solved.

For Biddy, there was a time when a new-fangled device caused more problems for the family than it solved.

Stars Niamh Cusack.

4/5. The Answer Machine

Biddy/Mother....Niamh Cusack

Father....Mark Straker

Geraldine....Rachel Bavidge

Father's mate....Sam Dale

Young Biddy's mate....Jasmine Callan

Dramatised by Jessica Dromgoole.

05 LASTBy The Time We Get To Clifden2007060820100910 (BBC7)
20100911 (BBC7)
Harry and Nessa are delighted with their routine and horrified by the slightest disruption.

When their scatty neighbour Melly throws herself on their mercy, they are completely unprepared.

Melly....Niamh Cusack

Nessa....Kate Binchy

Harry....Harry Towb

Dramatised by Sasha Hails.

Harry and Nessa are delighted with their routine, but how will they cope with Melly?

Harry and Nessa are delighted with their routine, but how will they cope with needy neighbour Melly? Stars Niamh Cusack.

5/5. By the Time We Get to Clifden

Harry and Nessa are delighted with their routine and horrified by the slightest disruption. When their scatty neighbour Melly throws herself on their mercy, they are completely unprepared.

Melly....Niamh Cusack

Harry....Harry Towb