The Sun Hasn't Fallen From The Sky

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012011012420160111 (BBC7)
20160112 (BBC7)
Seven year old Ailsa Dunn's Ma is prettier than all the other mothers and her Da is the most handsome man in the world but when alcohol intrudes unpredictability reigns and when the man with the briefcase comes to call she senses the family is in trouble.

Maureen Beattie reads Alison Gangel's vibrant memoir set in the Glasgow of the late 1960s.

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

7-year-old Ailsa adores her Ma and Da, but when alcohol intrudes, unpredictability reigns.

Seven-year-old Ailsa adores her Ma and Da, but alcohol sparks trouble.

01201101257-year-old Ailsa adores her Ma and Da, but when alcohol intrudes, unpredictability reigns.
022011012520160112 (BBC7)
20160113 (BBC7)
Seven-year-old Ailsa is taken from her warm but chaotic parents and placed in an orphanage

Seven year old Ailsa Dunn adores her handsome Da and her pretty Ma but when alcohol intrudes chaos reigns and she and her sister are removed from home and taken to an orphanage. This is the Glasgow of the late 1960s and the strict regime is fiercely resented by the two feisty girls. Confused and unhappy Ailsa loses her bearings until she meets an inspirational teacher and timidly asks if he will teach her to play the piano.

Maureen Beattie reads Alison Gangel's vibrant memoir.

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

0220110126Seven-year-old Ailsa is taken from her warm but chaotic parents and placed in an orphanage
032011012620160113 (BBC7)
20160114 (BBC7)
Ailsa is having a miserable time in the strict orphanage, until she meets Mr Shaugnessy.

Removed from the care of loving but alcoholic parents and placed in a strict Glasgow orphanage, Ailsa Dunn is struggling to cope. Then she meets Mr Shaugnessy and inspired by his piano playing she asks for lessons. Encouraged by his praise, she discovers a talent she never dreamt she had.

Maureen Beattie reads Alison Gangel's vibrant memoir.

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0320110127Ailsa is having a miserable time in the strict orphanage, until she meets Mr Shaugnessy.
042011012720160114 (BBC7)
20160115 (BBC7)
Ailsa's music teacher enters her for the Saturday school at the Glasgow Academy of Music.

Ailsa's older sister has been sent away from the orphanage for being too disruptive and now Ailsa has to brave the playground alone. But after winning a piano competition in Glasgow her piano teacher has entered her for the Saturday school at the Glasgow Academy of Music and she throws all her energies into her new found passion.

Maureen Beattie reads Alison Gangel's vibrant memoir.

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0420110128Ailsa's music teacher enters her for the Saturday school at the Glasgow Academy of Music.
05 LAST20110128When her piano teacher discovers she's been missing classes, Ailsa is keen to make amends.

Overwhelmed by both the atmosphere and the other confident students at the Academy of Music, Ailsa has not been attending her Saturday classes.

But when the people at the orphanage find out and tell her beloved music teacher she is desperate to make amends.

Maureen Beattie reads Alison Gangel's vibrant memoir.

Producer: Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.