Talking About Jane Austen In Baghdad, Getting To Know You

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Episode 1 - Getting to know you.

2005. Bee, a London journalist, contacts May, an Iraqi academic, about life in her battle-scarred country. Neither foresees the dramatic events that will change their lives.

May....Souad Faress

Bee....Fenella Woolgar

Ali....Zubin Varla

Justin....Stephen Hogan

Eva/Ayasha....Deeivya Meir

Militia Man/Official/Minister....Peter Polycarpou

Newsnight director....Jonathan Forbes

Lawyer/Octavia....Elaine Claxton

Director....Peter Kavanagh.

By John Fletcher. An email friendship between a BBC journalist and an Iraq-based academic.