The Women's Room

The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication.

Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.

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  • Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel
  • acoustic guitar played by Sven Knight
  • ben....Ian Porter
  • biff....James Herrick
  • carl....Allen Lidkey
  • carlos....James Herrick
  • chris....Charlotte Emmerson
  • clark....James Herrick
  • doctor....John Dougall
  • howard....Anthony Glennon
  • iso....Jasmine Bavidge
  • iso....Jasmine Callan
  • judge....John Dougall
  • kyla....Barbara Barnes
  • lanny....Allen Lidkey
  • lawyer....Mark Straker
  • lily....Charlotte Emmerson
  • male 1....Mark Straker
  • male 2....John Dougall
  • martha....Barbara Barnes
  • mira....Elizabeth Mcgovern
  • mrs martinelli....Barbara Barnes
  • mrs ward....Barbara Barnes
  • norm....Ian Porter
  • normie....Allen Lidkey
  • nurse....Christine Kavanagh
  • policeman....John Dougall
  • rapist....Anthony Glennon
  • tad....Allen Lidkey
  • val....Miriam Margolyes
  • woman 1....Rachel Bavidge
  • woman 2....Jasmine Callan

  • Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel
  • acoustic guitar played by Sven Knight
  • ben....Ian Porter
  • biff....James Herrick
  • carl....Allen Lidkey
  • carlos....James Herrick
  • chris....Charlotte Emmerson
  • clark....James Herrick
  • doctor....John Dougall
  • howard....Anthony Glennon
  • iso....Jasmine Bavidge
  • iso....Jasmine Callan
  • judge....John Dougall
  • kyla....Barbara Barnes
  • lanny....Allen Lidkey
  • lawyer....Mark Straker
  • lily....Charlotte Emmerson
  • male 1....Mark Straker
  • male 2....John Dougall
  • martha....Barbara Barnes
  • mira....Elizabeth Mcgovern
  • mrs martinelli....Barbara Barnes
  • mrs ward....Barbara Barnes
  • norm....Ian Porter
  • normie....Allen Lidkey
  • nurse....Christine Kavanagh
  • policeman....John Dougall
  • rapist....Anthony Glennon
  • tad....Allen Lidkey
  • val....Miriam Margolyes
  • woman 1....Rachel Bavidge
  • woman 2....Jasmine Callan

  • 20070305

    The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication. Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.

    1/15. Mira begins her look back at her life, starting with the traumatic teenage experience that shaped her view of sex and men.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Norm ...... Ian Porter

    Mrs Ward ...... Barbara Barnes

    Lanny ...... Allen Lidkey

    Biff ...... James Herrick

    Male 1...... Mark Straker

    Male 2 ...... John Dougall

    Acoustic guitar played by Sven Knight.

    20070306

    The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication.Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.

    2/15. Married life is not what Mira expects; she has to give up school to be a full time housewife while Norm studies. Then she finds herself pregnant...

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Norm ...... Ian Porter

    Mrs Martinelli ...... Barbara Barnes

    Nurse ...... Christine Kavanagh

    Doctor ...... John Dougall

    Woman 1...... Rachel Bavidge

    Woman 2 ...... Jasmine Callan

    20070307

    The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication.Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.

    3/15. Mira is shaken by a difficult labour. Her fellow patients help her come to terms with the overwhelming feelings of motherhood.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Nurse ...... Christine Kavanagh

    Doctor ...... John Dougall

    Woman 1...... Rachel Bavidge

    Woman 2 ...... Jasmine Callan

    20070308

    The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication. Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.

    4/15. Mira makes new friends with some of her neighbours and forms a close bond with Lily. Over time, the full extent of Lily's tragic background comes to the fore.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Lily ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Carl ...... Allen Lidkey

    Carlos ...... James Herrick

    Policeman ...... John Dougall

    20070309

    The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication. Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.

    5/15. Mira unwittingly helps to get her friend Lily committed to an asylum and terrifying electric shock treatment.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Lily ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Carl ...... Allen Lidkey

    20070312

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    6/15.

    Mira and Norm are now fully absorbed into suburban New Jersey, where they embrace cocktail and dinner parties. Mira's new friend Martha is a feisty thirtysomething who has gone back to education.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Martha ...... Barbara Barnes

    Norm ...... Ian Porter

    Normie ...... Allen Lidkey

    Followed by News.

    20070313

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    7/15. Mira is shocked when her friend Martha starts an affair with a married man. Things get even worse when Mira's own husband demands a divorce.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Martha ...... Barbara Barnes

    Norm ...... Ian Porter

    Followed by News.

    20070314

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    8/15. Following divorce, Mira finds solace in alcohol until one evening she reaches breaking point and makes a brave decision.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Martha ...... Barbara Barnes

    Norm ...... Ian Porter

    Normie ...... Allen Lidkey

    Followed by News.

    20070315

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    9/15. Mira arrives in Harvard. She feels like a fish out of water until she is adopted by an unlikely family of women, headed by larger-than-life Val.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Kyla ...... Barbara Barnes

    Iso ...... Jasmine Bavidge

    Chris ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Normie ...... Allen Lidkey

    Followed by News.

    20070316

    Sarah Daniels' dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    10/15. By 1968, Mira has settled into Harvard life, embracing the political and social changes that are going on around her. Then she falls in love with a younger man.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Kyla ...... Barbara Barnes

    Chris ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Howard ...... Anthony Glennon

    Tad ...... Allen Lidkey

    Ben ...... Ian Porter

    Followed by News.

    20070319

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    11/15. Things start to go wrong between Mira and Ben when he suggests a family holiday.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Chris ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Ben ...... Ian Porter

    Tad/Normie ...... Allen Lidkey

    Clark ...... James Herrick

    20070320

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    12/15. Mira's relationship with Ben becomes all-consuming and she sees less of her close friends. Val and Tad's tempestuous relationship reaches a crisis.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Chris ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Tad/Normie ...... Allen Lidkey

    Followed by News.

    20070321

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    13/15. Mira is increasingly politically engaged as 1960s America takes to the streets. Chris suffers a horrific attack which threatens her close relationship with her mother.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Chris ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Iso ...... Jasmine Callan

    Kyla ...... Barbara Barnes

    Ben ...... Ian Porter

    Rapist ...... Anthony Glennon

    Judge ...... John Dougall

    Lawyer ...... Mark Straker

    Followed by News.

    20070322

    Sarah Daniels' dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    14/15. Val distances herself from her friends. Ben offers Mira an opportunity of a lifetime, at a price.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Ben ...... Ian Porter

    Followed by News.

    20070323

    Sarah Daniels's dramatisation of Marilyn French's novel.

    15/15. Mira's new life is turned upside down when Val dies and the close-knit group of friends disintegrates.

    Mira ...... Elizabeth McGovern

    Val ...... Miriam Margolyes

    Kyla ...... Barbara Barnes

    Ben ...... Ian Porter

    Iso ...... Jasmine Callan

    Chris ...... Charlotte Emmerson

    Howard ...... Anthony Glennon

    Neil ...... John Dougall

    Followed by News.

    0120070305

    The first radio dramatisation of Marilyn French's seminal novel celebrating its 30-year anniversary of publication.

    Adapted for radio by Sarah Daniels.Mira begins her look back at her life, starting with the traumatic teenage experience that shaped her view of sex and men.

    0220070306

    Married life is not what Mira expects; she has to give up school to be a full time housewife while Norm studies.

    Then she finds herself pregnant.

    03*20070307

    Mira is shaken by a difficult labour.

    Her fellow patients help her come to terms with the overwhelming feelings of motherhood.

    04*20070308

    Mira makes new friends with some of her neighbours and forms a close bond with Lily.

    Over time, the full extent of Lily's tragic background comes to the fore.

    05*20070309

    Mira unwittingly helps to get her friend Lily committed to an asylum and terrifying electric shock treatment.

    0620070312

    Mira and Norm are now fully absorbed into suburban New Jersey, where they embrace cocktail and dinner parties.

    Mira's new friend Martha is a feisty thirtysomething who has gone back to education.

    07*20070313

    Mira is shocked when her friend Martha starts an affair with a married man.

    Things get even worse when Mira's own husband demands a divorce.

    08*20070314

    Following divorce, Mira finds solace in alcohol until one evening she reaches breaking point and makes a brave decision.

    09*20070315

    Mira arrives in Harvard.

    She feels like a fish out of water until she is adopted by an unlikely family of women, headed by larger-than-life Val.

    10*20070316

    By 1968, Mira has settled into Harvard life, embracing the political and social changes that are going on around her.

    Then she falls in love with a younger man.

    1120070319

    Things start to go wrong between Mira and Ben when he suggests a family holiday.

    12*20070320

    Mira's relationship with Ben becomes all-consuming and she sees less of her close friends.

    Val and Tad's tempestuous relationship reaches a crisis.

    13*20070321

    Mira is increasingly politically engaged as 1960s America takes to the streets.

    Chris suffers a horrific attack which threatens her close relationship with her mother.

    14*20070322

    Val distances herself from her friends.

    Ben offers Mira an opportunity of a lifetime, at a price.

    15 LAST*20070323

    Mira's new life is turned upside down when Val dies and the close-knit group of friends disintegrates.