Five specially commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.


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01The Perfect Babe2004021620041031By Simon Hoggart.
A charismatic young MP juggles the conflicting demands of politics, motherhood and late-night appearances on Newsnight with seemingly effortless ease.
But is there more to Verity Hartwell than meets the eye? Read by Lucy Paterson.
02Judgement Day20040217 by Mark Mardell.
""You Know What's Wrong With This Place? It's A Power-Mine.
Great Globules Of The Stuff Coagulate On The Walls, Drip From Ceilings...."".
03Death At Teatime20040218 By Julia Langdon.
Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.
""It was easy to certify the time of death because Big Ben was striking just as the first ambulance emerged from New Palace Yard...."" Read by Vivienne Dixon.
04Reshuffle Of The Vanities20040219 By John Cole.
Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.
"Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year - particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak." Read by James Bryce.
05 LASTThe Brown Envelope20040220 by Magnus Linklater "I've put your mail in three piles.
Constituency, party and parliamentary business.
Oh yes, and there was this.
I didn't know quite what to do with it...".
  20041107 Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.
Judgement Day
by Mark Mardell
"You know what's wrong with this place? It's a power-mine.
Great globules of the stuff coagulate on the walls, drip from the ceilings..."
Read by Sandy Neilson.
  20041114 Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.
3/5.
Death at Teatime
By Julia Langdon
It was easy to certify the time of death because Big Ben was striking just as the first ambulance emerged from New Palace Yard.
Read by Vivienne Dixon.
  20041121 Five specially-commissioned short stories by writers who are better known for their non-fictional observations on the political scene.
4/5.
Reshuffle of the Vanities
By John Cole
"Cabinet reshuffle days were among the more entertaining of a lobby reporter's year: particularly if he or she had a sadistic streak..."
Read by James Bryce.
  20041128 Five specially commissioned short stories by writers better known for their political observations.
5/5.
The Brown Envelope, by Magnus Linklater.
Read by Terry Wale.

Genome: [r4 bd=19900527] contributors

  • Unknown: Peter Terson.
  • Unknown: John Gielgud
  • Unknown: Sir George Sitwell
  • Director: Shaun MacLoughlin
  • Sir George Sitwell: John Gielgud
  • Lady Ida Sitwell: Renée Asherson
  • Osbert Sitwell: Richard Pearce
  • Henry Moat: Christopher Good

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