Vanessa Rosenthal explores the 20th century through real correspondence.

  • Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.

    The relationship between a young Jewish drama student and a divorcee 13 years her senior.


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    0901 20090601 Returning to the 1950s diaries of Linton Andrews, editor of The Yorkshire Post.
    It is 1954, and Linton's rise from provincial to national prominence continues through his work as chairman of the Press Council and his respected editorials.
    But his wife Pinkie hankers after the quieter life of retirement.
    Linton....Russell Dixon
    Pinkie....Alexandra Mathie
    Rebecca West....Ann Rye
    Renate....Szilvi Naray-davey
    Henry Bate....Martin Oldfield
    Stan....Matt Mcguirk
    Directed by Gary Brown.
    1954: Linton's rise to prominence continues, but his wife hankers after the quieter life.
    0902 20090602 Series exploring the 20th Century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
    Returning to the 1950s diaries of Linton Andrews, editor of The Yorkshire Post.
    Linton has an important engagement in London, and hearty celebrations are in order.
    Linton....Russell Dixon
    Pinkie....Alexandra Mathie
    Renate....Szilvi Naray-davey
    The Queen....Victoria Brazier
    Edith/Mrs Mann....Martine Dunn
    Arthur Mann/Hugh Cudlip....Martin Oldfield
    Courtier....Matt Mcguirk
    Directed by Gary Brown 
    0903 20090603 Series exploring the 20th Century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
    Returning to the 1950s diaries of Linton Andrews, editor of The Yorkshire Post.
    Linton is insensitive about Pinkie's loss, which creates tension when they visit Downing Street.
    Linton....Russell Dixon
    Pinkie....Alexandra Mathie
    Renate....Szilvi Naray-davey
    Dr Hawbrook....Malcolm Raeburn
    Edith/Mrs Mann....Martine Dunn
    Anthony Eden....Martin Oldfield
    Lady Eden....Victoria Brazier
    Directed by Gary Brown.
    Linton is insensitive about Pinkie's loss, creating tension when they visit Downing Street
    0904 20090604 Series exploring the 20th Century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
    Returning to the 1950s diaries of Linton Andrews, editor of The Yorkshire Post.
    Linton worries about the situation in Hungary and Suez, while Pinkie argues for his retirement from The Yorkshire Post.
    Linton....Russell Dixon
    Pinkie....Alexandra Mathie
    Dr Hawbrook....Malcolm Raeburn
    Annie....Ann Rye
    Scott....Lloyd Peters
    Directed by Gary Brown.
    Linton worries about the situation in Hungary and Suez.
    0905 LAST 20090605 Series exploring the 20th Century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
    Returning to the 1950s diaries of Linton Andrews, editor of The Yorkshire Post.
    It is 1957 and Linton is finally resigned to retiring.
    Pinkie is delighted and relieved, but then something happens to ruin their plans.
    Linton....Russell Dixon
    Pinkie....Alexandra Mathie
    Dr Hawbrook....Malcolm Raeburn
    Commander Colville....Martin Oldfield
    Directed by Gary Brown 
    1001 20090831 It is July 1964 and drama student Stella Kaufman travels to Israel on a quest to 'find herself', but is left with more questions than answers.
    1002 20090901 The relationship between a young Jewish drama student and a divorcee 13 years her senior in the mid-1960s.
    Stella Kaufman is a Jewish girl from Manchester studying drama in London.
    Much to the disapproval of her parents, she is in a relationship with Gentile Tom Rennard, who is older and a divorcee.
    1003 20090902 The relationship between a young Jewish drama student and a divorcee 13 years her senior.
    It is 1965 and Stella gets her first professional job as an actress, but it means more separation for her and Tom.
    1004 20090903 The relationship between a young Jewish drama student and a divorcee 13 years her senior.
    It is 1966 and Stella's love for Tom grows stronger, but so too does her parents' pressure to prevent the relationship.
    1005 20090910  
    1005 LAST 20090904 Series exploring the 20th Century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
    The relationship between a young Jewish drama student and a divorcee 13 years her senior.
    It is 1966 and Stella is engaged to Tom.
    But will her parents ever accept him or the marriage?
    Stella....Rebecca Callard
    Tom....John Lightbody 
    1101 20091207 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Pat Cumper from documents held at the Black Cultural Archives.
    Amy Barbour-James was born in England in 1906 to Guyanese parents.
    Her father was a British civil servant and a founder member of the League of Coloured Peoples.
    In 1963, Amy is living in London with her sister Muriel as The Big Freeze grips the country.
    Amy....Janice Acquah
    Muriel....Ellen Thomas
    Joyce/Cathy....Fiona Clarke
    Ade....Declan Wilson
    Bank Manager....Rob Pickavance
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    In 1963, Amy is living in London with her sister as The Big Freeze grips the country.
    1102 20091208 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Pat Cumper from documents held at the Black Cultural Archives.
    Amy Barbour-James and her sister, Muriel, have escaped The Big Freeze and are visiting friends in Trinidad.
    But Muriel takes a turn for the worse.
    Amy....Janice Acquah
    Muriel....Ellen Thomas
    Audrey....Mona Hammond
    Joyce/Cathy....Fiona Clarke
    Ade/Dr Beaubrun....Declan Wilson
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Amy and her sister Muriel visit friends in Trinidad, but Muriel takes a turn for the worse
    1103 20091209 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Pat Cumper from documents held at the Black Cultural Archives.
    Amy Barbour-James is struggling to stay on top of her work at the Crown Agents Office and find the money to pay for her sister's care in Trinidad.
    She decides to search for a nursing home in London.
    Amy....Janice Acquah
    Audrey....Mona Hammond
    Milly....Ellen Thomas
    Joyce/Nurse....Fiona Clarke
    Dr Beaubrun....Declan Wilson
    Amy's Boss....Rob Pickavance
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Amy Barbour-James struggles to find the money to pay for her sister's care in Trinidad.
    1104 20091210 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Pat Cumper from documents held at the Black Cultural Archives.
    It is 1964 and Amy's sister is thousands of miles away, in hospital in Trinidad.
    Amy faces a dilemma about what is best for both of them.
    Amy....Janice Acquah
    Joyce....Fiona Clarke
    Ade....Declan Wilson
    Amy's Boss....Rob Pickavance
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Amy faces a dilemma about what is best for her sister, who is in hospital in Trinidad.
    1105 LAST 20091211 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Pat Cumper from documents held at the Black Cultural Archives.
    It is 1965, and Amy is living alone in London following the death of her sister, Muriel.
    Amy decides to visit an old friend.
    Amy....Janice Acquah
    Joyce/Cathy....Fiona Clarke
    Ade....Declan Wilson
    Bank Manager/Cabby....Rob Pickavance
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Amy, living alone in London after the death of her sister, decides to visit an old friend.
    1201 20100208 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    In the 1960s Welsh identity was under threat.
    Sharon Morgan was a young history student at Cardiff University; Sir Glanmor Williams was an eminent historian, and a member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales.
    Despite their differences, the student activist and the establishment figure shared the same passion for Wales and the Welsh language.
    We follow them through these turbulent years as the nation begins to reassert itself.
    Dramatised by Tina Pepler from documents at the National Library of Wales.
    Glanmor....William Thomas
    Fay....Helen Griffin
    Sharon....Elin Phillips
    Mami....Sharon Morgan
    Gwen....Anya Murphy
    Iwan....Dewi Rhys Williams
    John Rowley....Richard Mitchley
    George Cook....Richard Nichols
    Gareth....Liam James
    Rhys....Sam Jones
    Dewi....Scott Arthur
    Mike....Gareth Williams
    Janet....Catrin Stewart
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    A student and an eminent historian share the same passion for Wales and the Welsh language
    1202 20100209 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    Glanmor's Broadcasting Council for Wales meeting has been interrupted by news of a disaster at Aberfan.
    Sharon learns of the tragedy when hitchhiking back from a night out.
    Dramatised by Tina Pepler from documents at the National Library of Wales.
    Glanmor....William Thomas
    Fay....Helen Griffin
    Sharon....Elin Phillips
    Mami....Sharon Morgan
    Gwen....Anya Murphy
    Iwan....Dewi Rhys Williams
    John Rowley....Richard Mitchley
    George Cook....Richard Nichols
    Gareth....Liam James
    Rhys....Sam Jones
    Dewi....Scott Arthur
    Mike....Gareth Williams
    Janet....Catrin Stewart
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Sharon learns of the disaster at Aberfan while hitchhiking back from a night out.
    1203 20100210 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    Glanmor is invited by the Duke of Norfolk to serve on the Investiture Committee.
    Sharon and her friends in the Welsh Language Society continue their peaceful protests, while others begin to take a more dangerous route.
    Dramatised by Tina Pepler from documents at the National Library of Wales.
    Glanmor....William Thomas
    Fay....Helen Griffin
    Sharon....Elin Phillips
    Mami....Sharon Morgan
    Gwen....Anya Murphy
    Iwan....Dewi Rhys Williams
    John Rowley....Richard Mitchley
    George Cook....Richard Nichols
    Gareth....Liam James
    Rhys....Sam Jones
    Dewi....Scott Arthur
    Mike....Gareth Williams
    Janet....Catrin Stewart
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Sharon and her friends in the Welsh Language Society continue their peaceful protests.
    1204 20100211 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    Sharon and friends petition the BBC for more programmes in Welsh, while Glanmor puts the case for a Welsh commentator for the Investiture.
    Dramatised by Tina Pepler from documents at the National Library of Wales.
    Glanmor....William Thomas
    Fay....Helen Griffin
    Sharon....Elin Phillips
    Mami....Sharon Morgan
    Gwen....Anya Murphy
    Iwan....Dewi Rhys Williams
    John Rowley....Richard Mitchley
    George Cook....Richard Nichols
    Gareth....Liam James
    Rhys....Sam Jones
    Dewi....Scott Arthur
    Mike....Gareth Williams
    Janet....Catrin Stewart
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Sharon and friends petition the BBC for more programmes in Welsh.
    1205 LAST 20100212 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    Sharon protests against the Investiture by taking part in a vigil at Cilmeri.
    Then news comes through that two men have blown themselves up on the way to plant a bomb on the railway line.
    Glanmor feels the tension in the air at the Investiture but all goes off without a hitch.
    Then Sharon makes a life-changing decision.
    Dramatised by Tina Pepler from documents at the National Library of Wales.
    Glanmor....William Thomas
    Fay....Helen Griffin
    Sharon....Elin Phillips
    Mami....Sharon Morgan
    Gwen....Anya Murphy
    Iwan....Dewi Rhys Williams
    John Rowley....Richard Mitchley
    George Cook....Richard Nichols
    Gareth....Liam James
    Rhys....Sam Jones
    Dewi....Scott Arthur
    Mike....Gareth Williams
    Janet....Catrin Stewart
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    12OMNI 20100212 Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    In the 1960s Welsh identity was under threat.
    Sharon Morgan was a young history student at Cardiff University; Sir Glanmor Williams was an eminent historian and a member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales.
    Despite their differences, the student activist and the establishment figure shared the same passion for Wales and the Welsh language.
    We follow them through these turbulent years as the nation begins to reassert itself.
    Dramatised by Tina Pepler from documents at the National Library of Wales.
    Glanmor....William Thomas
    Fay....Helen Griffin
    Sharon....Elin Phillips
    Mami....Sharon Morgan
    Gwen....Anya Murphy
    Iwan....Dewi Rhys Williams
    John Rowley....Richard Mitchley
    George Cook....Richard Nichols
    Gareth....Liam James
    Rhys....Sam Jones
    Dewi....Scott Arthur
    Mike....Gareth Williams
    Janet....Catrin Stewart
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    A student and an eminent historian share the same passion for Wales and the Welsh language
    1301 20100419 The story of Steven, a gay teenager from a Nottinghamshire mining town.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with Once Upon A Time" by Amanda Whittington - a touching, coming of age drama set in 1979 based on the diary of a gay teenager living in a Nottinghamshire mining town.
    Steven....Joe Dempsie
    Gloria....Karl Davies
    Chrissy....Joe Doherty
    Dole Officer...Robert Lonsdale
    Taxi Driver..David Seddon
    Billy....Freddie Fox
    With Joanna Monro, Vineeta Rishi and Tony Bell
    Original music composed by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins
    Writing The Century, the series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with a touching, coming of age drama by Amanda Whittington about a gay teenager living in a Nottinghamshire mining town.
    Based on the 1979 diary of an 18-year-old miner's son, "Once Upon A Time" is the story of three teenage boys looking for love and acceptance, each hoping for their own happy, "walk into the sunset" ending.
    Steven lives with his father, who knows and accepts his son is gay.
    The rest of the world isn't quite so accommodating.
    It's January 1st.
    Steven feels "confused, excited and frightened" at what 1979 might bring.
    His best friends are Chrissy and Gloria, two unemployed boys of the same age, who are living down the road as girls and dreaming of a glamorous new life.
    All three live for the weekend, when they go to Nottingham's only gay club in search of adventure.
    The club is like Oz to their Kansas existence but it has its dark side.
    What Steven really wants is a loving relationship but, in his world, it seems like an impossible dream.
    1979 was a vintage year for pop.
    In the first week of January alone, the Top 40 featured YMCA, Le Freak, I'm Every Woman, Hanging on the Telephone, Rat Trap and I Love the Nightlife.
    Such classic songs are the soundtrack to the young friends' turbulent lives.
    The Writer:
    Award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington has written extensively for radio including the 2008 Afternoon Play, Nine Days Queen, about Lady Jane Grey.
    She has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian).
    Her plays include BE MY BABY (Soho Theatre), LADIES DAY and LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours), AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), SATIN 'N' STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon) and BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse).
    She also won the 2001 BBC 2 Dennis Potter screenwriting award for BOLLYWOOD JANE.
    About Writing The Century
    BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Writing The Century to bring real people's stories to the air and make history come alive.
    The letters and diaries come from a broad mix of society - housewives, politicians, council workers, soldiers, lawyers, teenagers, prisoners, entrepreneurs - British society, on the back of an envelope.
    The series often uses unpublished material from unknown voices, found through appeals on air and in the press to the British public and archive collections.
    We are keen to encourage public interest in Writing The Century.
    You can find out more about the series by accessing the following websites:
    Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/writing_the_century.shtml
    Writing the Century is linked to the Memoryshare website, where people are being encouraged to post diary extracts:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/memoryshare/radio4writingthecentury/ArticleSearch?contenttype=-1&phrase=_memory&show=10
    The Writing the Century email address is: writingthecentury@bbc.co.uk."
    1302 20100420 Chrissy and Gloria have found boyfriends.
    Left alone, Steven turns to his diary.
    Once Upon A Time"
    Amanda Whittington's drama set in 1979 about a gay teenager from a Nottinghamshire mining town tells the story of Steven and his two flamboyant best friends who live as girls.
    Today: Chrissy and Gloria have found boyfriends.
    Left alone, Steven turns to his diary: "I feel I must find myself but I don't know what I want to find".
    Steven....Joe Dempsie
    Gloria....Karl Davies
    Chrissy....Joe Doherty
    Steven's dad.Tony Bell
    Billy....Freddie Fox
    With David Seddon and Nigel Hastings
    Writing The Century, the series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with a touching, coming of age drama by Amanda Whittington about a gay teenager living in a Nottinghamshire mining town.
    Based on the 1979 diary of an 18-year-old miner's son, "Once Upon A Time" is the story of three teenage boys looking for love and acceptance, each hoping for their own happy, "walk into the sunset" ending.
    Steven lives with his father, who knows and accepts his son is gay.
    His best friends are Chrissy and Gloria, two unemployed boys of the same age, who are living as girls and dreaming of a glamorous new life.
    They can't wait for the weekend, when they go to Nottingham's only gay club in search of adventure.
    The club is like Oz to their Kansas existence but it has its dark side.
    What Steven really wants is a loving relationship but, in his world, it seems like an impossible dream.
    Chrissy and Gloria have found boyfriends and are spending all their free time with them.
    Steven's hurt when they go out without him.
    Left alone, he turns to his diary: "I feel I must find myself but I don't know what I want to find".
    He vows to get away from the life he is living but doesn't know how.
    1979 was a vintage year for pop.
    In the first week of January alone, the Top 40 featured YMCA, Le Freak, I'm Every Woman, Hanging on the Telephone, Rat Trap and I Love the Nightlife.
    Such classic songs are the soundtrack to the young friends' turbulent lives.
    The Writer:
    Award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington has written extensively for radio including the 2008 Afternoon Play, Nine Days Queen, about Lady Jane Grey.
    She has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian).
    Her plays include BE MY BABY (Soho Theatre), LADIES DAY and LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours), AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), SATIN 'N' STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon) and BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse).
    She also won the 2001 BBC 2 Dennis Potter screenwriting award for BOLLYWOOD JANE.
    About Writing The Century
    BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Writing The Century to bring real people's stories to the air and make history come alive.
    The letters and diaries come from a broad mix of society - housewives, politicians, council workers, soldiers, lawyers, teenagers, prisoners, entrepreneurs - British society, on the back of an envelope.
    The series often uses unpublished material from unknown voices, found through appeals on air and in the press to the British public and archive collections.
    We are keen to encourage public interest in Writing The Century.
    You can find out more about the series by accessing the following websites:
    Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/writing_the_century.shtml
    Writing the Century is linked to the Memoryshare website, where people are being encouraged to post diary extracts:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/memoryshare/radio4writingthecentury/ArticleSearch?contenttype=-1&phrase=_memory&show=10
    The Writing the Century email address is: writingthecentury@bbc.co.uk."
    1303 20100421 A chain of events leads to Steven and Gloria finding a flat-share in the city.
    Once Upon A Time"
    Amanda Whittington's drama set in 1979 about a gay teenager from a Nottinghamshire mining town tells the story of Steven and his two flamboyant best friends who live as girls.
    Today: A chain of events is set in motion that leads to Steven and Gloria finding a flat-share in the city.
    Steven....Joe Dempsie
    Gloria....Karl Davies
    Chrissy....Joe Doherty
    Steven's dad...Tony Bell
    Irene....Julie Riley
    Factory worker.Vineeta Rishi
    Writing The Century, the series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with a touching, coming of age drama by Amanda Whittington about a gay teenager living in a Nottinghamshire mining village.
    Based on the 1979 diary of an 18-year-old miner's son, "Once Upon A Time" is the story of three teenage boys looking for love and acceptance, each hoping for their own happy, "walk into the sunset" ending.
    Steven lives with his father, who knows and accepts his son is gay.
    His best friends are Chrissy and Gloria, two unemployed boys of the same age, who are living as girls and dreaming of a glamorous new life.
    They can't wait live for the weekend, when they go to Nottingham's only gay club in search of adventure.
    The club is like Oz to their Kansas existence but it has its dark side.
    What Steven really wants is a loving relationship but, in his world, it seems like an impossible dream.
    At work, Steven gets an urgent phone call from Chrissy saying her father has chucked her and Gloria out.
    The crisis is averted by Chrissy's mother but it sets in motion a chain of events that lead to Gloria and Steven finding a flat-share in the city.
    1979 was a vintage year for pop.
    In the first week of January alone, the Top 40 featured YMCA, Le Freak, I'm Every Woman, Hanging on the Telephone, Rat Trap and I Love the Nightlife.
    Such classic songs are the soundtrack to the young friends' turbulent lives.
    The Writer:
    Award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington has written extensively for radio including the 2008 Afternoon Play, Nine Days Queen, about Lady Jane Grey.
    She has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian).
    Her plays include BE MY BABY (Soho Theatre), LADIES DAY and LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours), AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), SATIN 'N' STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon) and BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse).
    She also won the 2001 BBC 2 Dennis Potter screenwriting award for BOLLYWOOD JANE.
    About Writing The Century
    BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Writing The Century to bring real people's stories to the air and make history come alive.
    The letters and diaries come from a broad mix of society - housewives, politicians, council workers, soldiers, lawyers, teenagers, prisoners, entrepreneurs - British society, on the back of an envelope.
    The series often uses unpublished material from unknown voices, found through appeals on air and in the press to the British public and archive collections.
    We are keen to encourage public interest in Writing The Century.
    You can find out more about the series by accessing the following websites:
    Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/writing_the_century.shtml
    Writing the Century is linked to the Memoryshare website, where people are being encouraged to post diary extracts:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/memoryshare/radio4writingthecentury/ArticleSearch?contenttype=-1&phrase=_memory&show=10
    The Writing the Century email address is: writingthecentury@bbc.co.uk."
    1304 20100422 Once Upon A Time"
    Amanda Whittington's drama set in 1979 about a gay teenager from a Nottinghamshire mining town tells the story of Steven and his two flamboyant best friends who live as girls.
    Today: Steven and Gloria's flat-share starts to go badly wrong which could mean the three friends will have to go their separate ways.
    Steven....Joe Dempsie
    Gloria....Karl Davies
    Steven's mam..Julie Riley
    Bus stop man...Nigel Hastings
    Billy....Freddie Fox
    Writing The Century, the series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with a touching, coming of age drama by Amanda Whittington about a gay teenager living in a Nottinghamshire mining village.
    Based on the 1979 diary of an 18-year-old miner's son, "Once Upon A Time" is the story of three teenage boys looking for love and acceptance, each hoping for their own happy, "walk into the sunset" ending.
    Steven lives with his father, who knows and accepts his son is gay.
    His best friends are Chrissy and Gloria, two unemployed boys of the same age, who are living as girls and dreaming of a glamorous new life.
    They can't wait for the weekend, when they go to Nottingham's only gay club in search of adventure.
    The club is like Oz to their Kansas existence but it has its dark side.
    What Steven really wants is a loving relationship but, in his world, it seems like an impossible dream.
    Gloria and Steven's flat-share in the city starts to go badly wrong.
    Without consulting Steven, Gloria arranges to go to Bournemouth to work in a hotel.
    Steven feels he has no choice but to move back in with his dad and things soon fall into the same old routine.
    As Chrissy is still with her boyfriend, Steven faces the fact that their close three-way bond has come to an end.
    1979 was a vintage year for pop.
    In the first week of January alone, the Top 40 featured YMCA, Le Freak, I'm Every Woman, Hanging on the Telephone, Rat Trap and I Love the Nightlife.
    Such classic songs are the soundtrack to the young friends' turbulent lives.
    The Writer:
    Award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington has written extensively for radio including the 2008 Afternoon Play, Nine Days Queen, about Lady Jane Grey.
    She has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian).
    Her plays include BE MY BABY (Soho Theatre), LADIES DAY and LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours), AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), SATIN 'N' STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon) and BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse).
    She also won the 2001 BBC 2 Dennis Potter screenwriting award for BOLLYWOOD JANE.
    About Writing The Century
    BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Writing The Century to bring real people's stories to the air and make history come alive.
    The letters and diaries come from a broad mix of society - housewives, politicians, council workers, soldiers, lawyers, teenagers, prisoners, entrepreneurs - British society, on the back of an envelope.
    The series often uses unpublished material from unknown voices, found through appeals on air and in the press to the British public and archive collections.
    We are keen to encourage public interest in Writing The Century.
    You can find out more about the series by accessing the following websites:
    Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/writing_the_century.shtml
    Writing the Century is linked to the Memoryshare website, where people are being encouraged to post diary extracts:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/memoryshare/radio4writingthecentury/ArticleSearch?contenttype=-1&phrase=_memory&show=10
    The Writing the Century email address is: writingthecentury@bbc.co.uk.
    Steven and Gloria's flat-share starts to go badly wrong."
    1305 LAST 20100423 Still missing Chrissy and Gloria, Steven is persuaded to go on holiday with another friend
    Once Upon A Time"
    Amanda Whittington's drama set in 1979 about a gay teenager from a Nottinghamshire mining town tells the story of Steven and his two flamboyant best friends who live as girls.
    Today: Still missing Chrissy and Gloria, Steven is persuaded to go on holiday with another friend to Blackpool.
    Steven....Joe Dempsie
    Gloria....Karl Davies
    Chrissy....Joe Doherty
    Billy....Freddie Fox
    Tom....Robert Lonsdale
    Bouncer....David Seddon
    Writing The Century, the series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with a touching, coming of age drama by Amanda Whittington about a gay teenager living in a Nottinghamshire mining village.
    Based on the 1979 diary of an 18-year-old miner's son, "Once Upon A Time" is the story of three teenage boys looking for love and acceptance, each hoping for their own happy, "walk into the sunset" ending.
    Steven lives with his father, who knows and accepts his son is gay.
    His best friends are Chrissy and Gloria, two unemployed boys of the same age, who are living as girls and dreaming of a glamorous new life.
    They can't wait for the weekend, when they go to Nottingham's only gay club in search of adventure.
    The club is like Oz to their Kansas existence but it has its dark side.
    What Steven really wants is a loving relationship but, in his world, it seems like an impossible dream.
    Still missing Chrissy and Gloria, Steven decides to go on holiday to Blackpool with another friend, Southend Billy.
    They spend the weekend vying for the affections of car-mechanic, Tom, who they meet in a club.
    The three explore the seaside delights of Blackpool and share Tom's kisses.
    Steven finally admits to himself that things might be turning a corner.
    1979 was a vintage year for pop.
    In the first week of January alone, the Top 40 featured YMCA, Le Freak, I'm Every Woman, Hanging on the Telephone, Rat Trap and I Love the Nightlife.
    Such classic songs are the soundtrack to the young friends' turbulent lives.
    The Writer:
    Award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington has written extensively for radio including the 2008 Afternoon Play, Nine Days Queen, about Lady Jane Grey.
    She has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (The Guardian).
    Her plays include BE MY BABY (Soho Theatre), LADIES DAY and LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours), AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), SATIN 'N' STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon) and BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse).
    She also won the 2001 BBC 2 Dennis Potter screenwriting award for BOLLYWOOD JANE.
    About Writing The Century
    BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Writing The Century to bring real people's stories to the air and make history come alive.
    The letters and diaries come from a broad mix of society - housewives, politicians, council workers, soldiers, lawyers, teenagers, prisoners, entrepreneurs - British society, on the back of an envelope.
    The series often uses unpublished material from unknown voices, found through appeals on air and in the press to the British public and archive collections.
    We are keen to encourage public interest in Writing The Century.
    You can find out more about the series by accessing the following websites:
    Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/writing_the_century.shtml
    Writing the Century is linked to the Memoryshare website, where people are being encouraged to post diary extracts:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/memoryshare/radio4writingthecentury/ArticleSearch?contenttype=-1&phrase=_memory&show=10
    The Writing the Century email address is: writingthecentury@bbc.co.uk."
    1501 20101108 David Rowlands arrives in Zagreb, but with no official letter of invitation from the UN.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "A Desolate Bravery" by Lavinia Murray.
    The drama is inspired by the diaries of military artist David Rowlands who spent time in Bosnia during the civil war in 1993 with the UN Peacekeeping Forces.
    David Rowlands arrives in Zagreb, but with no official letter of invitation from the UN, will he make it to his destination in Tomislavgrad safely?
    David Rowlands....Shaun Dooley
    Mike....Stephen Hudson
    Lieutenant Andy Stanton....Jamie De Courcey
    Major Mike Heelis....Charlie Anson
    Melodeon played by David Rowlands
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
    Directed by Nadia Molinari 
    1502 20101109 David spends time with the Royal Army Medical Corps and realises how brutal the war is.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "A Desolate Bravery" by Lavinia Murray.
    The drama is inspired by the diaries of military artist David Rowlands who spent time in Bosnia during the civil war in 1993 with the UN Peacekeeping Forces.
    David Rowlands spends time with the Royal Army Medical Corps and begins to understand just how brutal this civil war is.
    David Rowlands....Shaun Dooley
    Driver....Kevin Harvey
    Chief Clerk....Conrad Nelson
    Paul Newman....Graeme Hawley
    Major Tracey Clark....Joanne Mitchell
    Melodeon played by David Rowlands
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
    Directed by Nadia Molinari 
    1503 20101110 David Rowlands joins soldiers crossing Serb lines to collect displaced Muslims.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "A Desolate Bravery" by Lavinia Murray.
    The drama is inspired by the diaries of military artist David Rowlands who spent time in Bosnia during the civil war in 1993 with the UN Peacekeeping Forces.
    David Rowlands joins the soldiers as they travel across Serb lines to collect Muslims displaced from their homes and aid their safe passage to the Muslim enclave of Travnik.
    David Rowlands....Shaun Dooley
    Major Bryan Watters....Stephen Hudson
    Major John Cusick....Kieran Cunningham
    Refugee Exchange Commission worker....Hamilton Birstock
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
    Directed by Nadia Molinari 
    1504 20101111 David Rowlands is shocked by conditions at the hospital in the Muslim enclave of Travnik.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "A Desolate Bravery" by Lavinia Murray.
    The drama is inspired by the diaries of military artist David Rowlands who spent time in Bosnia during the civil war in 1993 with the UN Peacekeeping Forces.
    David Rowlands is shocked by conditions at the civilian hospital in the Muslim enclave of Travnik.
    David Rowlands....Shaun Dooley
    Bryan Watters....Stephen Hudson
    John Cusick....Kieran Cunningham
    Brian Atherton....Graeme Hawley
    Tyrone Hillary....Conrad Nelson
    Soldier....John Catterall
    Soldier....James Cartwright
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
    Directed by Nadia Molinari 
    1505 LAST 20101112 It is Easter Sunday and David Rowlands joins the British Battalion on a rare day of peace.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "A Desolate Bravery" by Lavinia Murray.
    The drama is inspired by the diaries of military artist David Rowlands who spent time in Bosnia during the civil war in 1993 with the UN Peacekeeping Forces.
    David Rowlands....Shaun Dooley
    Tyrone Hillary....Conrad Nelson
    CO Lt Col Bob Stewart....Mark Chatterton
    Major Roddy McCauley....Charlie Anson
    Soldier....John Catterall
    Soldier....Rory Murphy
    The Pipe Major....Gordon Macaoidh
    Musical director....Conrad Nelson
    Original Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
    Directed by Nadia Molinari 
    1901Girl Meets Plane2012061120120611 (R4)Diane Samuels' story of Joan Allen and her solo flight from England to Singapore in 1948.
    In October 2003 the Antiques Roadshow featured the
    flight journals of Joan Allen who had served with the ATA
    during the Second World War. But there had been
    another intriguing find. Hidden in a metal flight box
    under Joan's stairs was another flight journal.
    It recorded the solo flight that Joan had undertaken in 1948
    in a 2 seater Angus Fairchild aircraft from England to Singapore.
    Diane Samuels' 'Tiger Wings' makes a leap of imagination
    from this true-life source and gives wing to Joan's remarkable
    achievement that might so easily have vanished into the mists
    of the past.
    Episode One - Girl Meets Plane
    Episode Two - Vive La France
    Episode Three - Middle East
    Episode Four - Oranges and Pearls
    Episode Five - Tiger Beer Girl
    Joan Allen....Honeysuckle Weeks
    Wiggs/Mme Carter/Mrs Reed.... Tracy Wiles
    Maud....Christine Absalom
    Mr McCowan/Hotelier....Patrick Brennan
    Becky Sharpe/Martha....Susie Riddell
    Young Woman....Amaka Okafor
    Young Man/Stevens....Joe Sims
    Jacques/Cpt Harkness....Sam Alexander
    Gemile/Airport Mangager....Akbar Kurtha
    SAA Pilot/Jack Roche....Don Gilet
    Abdul....Peter Singh
    Moiter/Mr Daniels....Angelo Paragoso
    Shreela/Clemmie Daniels....Deeivya Meir
    Directed by Tracey Neale
    Diane Samuels has written many plays for both radio and stage including the award winning 'Kindertransport' which has been produced all over the world and is a text studied in schools.
    1902Vive La France20120612 Joan is about to begin her solo flight half way across the world. First stop is France.
    In October 2003 the Antiques Roadshow featured the
    flight journals of Joan Allen who had served with the ATA
    during the Second World War. But there had been
    another intriguing find. Hidden in a metal flight box
    under Joan's stairs was another flight journal.
    It recorded the solo flight that Joan had undertaken in 1948
    in a 2 seater Angus Fairchild aircraft from England to Singapore.
    Diane Samuels' 'Tiger Wings' makes a leap of imagination
    from this true-life source and gives wing to Joan's remarkable
    achievement that might so easily have vanished into the mists
    of the past.
    Episode Two - Vive La France
    Joan is about to begin her solo flight half way across the world.
    First stop is France but will she get off the ground in time?
    1903Middle East2012061320120613 (R4)After an unscheduled stop in gorgeous Cannes, Joan attempts to make up for lost time.
    In October 2003 the Antiques Roadshow featured the
    flight journals of Joan Allen who had served with the ATA
    during the Second World War. But there had been
    another intriguing find. Hidden in a metal flight box
    under Joan's stairs was another flight journal.
    It recorded the solo flight that Joan had undertaken in 1948
    in a 2 seater Angus Fairchild aircraft from England to Singapore.
    Diane Samuels' 'Tiger Wings' makes a leap of imagination
    from this true-life source and gives wing to Joan's remarkable
    achievement that might so easily have vanished into the mists
    of the past.
    Episode Three - Middle East
    After an unscheduled stop in gorgeous Cannes, Joan attempts to
    make up for time as she crosses the sea to Tunisia.
    1904Oranges And Pearls2012061420120614 (R4)Hoping the technical problems are behind her now, Joan heads for Baghdad.
    In October 2003 the Antiques Roadshow featured the
    flight journals of Joan Allen who had served with the ATA
    during the Second World War. But there had been
    another intriguing find. Hidden in a metal flight box
    under Joan's stairs was another flight journal.
    It recorded the solo flight that Joan had undertaken in 1948
    in a 2 seater Angus Fairchild aircraft from England to Singapore.
    Diane Samuels' 'Tiger Wings' makes a leap of imagination
    from this true-life source and gives wing to Joan's remarkable
    achievement that might so easily have vanished into the mists
    of the past.
    Episode Four - Oranges and Pearls
    Hoping the technical problems are behind her now, Joan
    heads for Baghdad.
    1905 LASTTiger Beer Girl2012061520120615 (R4)Singapore is within sight, and Joan's flight is bringing back happy and painful memories.
    In October 2003 the Antiques Roadshow featured the
    flight journals of Joan Allen who had served with the ATA
    during the Second World War. But there had been
    another intriguing find. Hidden in a metal flight box
    under Joan's stairs was another flight journal.
    It recorded the solo flight that Joan had undertaken in 1948
    in a 2 seater Angus Fairchild aircraft from England to Singapore.
    Diane Samuels' 'Tiger Wings' makes a leap of imagination
    from this true-life source and gives wing to Joan's remarkable
    achievement that might so easily have vanished into the mists
    of the past.
    Episode Five - Tiger Beer Girl
    Will the wish, made at The Iron Pillar in Delhi, come true?
    Singapore is within sight and this solo flight, halfway across
    the world, is bringing back both happy and painful memories
    for Joan.
    2001 20120730 Dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people.
    1942, Borneo. American travel writer and former journalist, Agnes Keith her English husband, Harry and 2yr old son are captured and imprisoned for over three years in Japanese prisoner of war camps. Throughout this time Agnes and son, George, are held separately from Harry. She is requested by the commander of the POW's to write an account of her life as an internee. But.all the while she writes a secret diary, hiding it from the Japanese inside her son's toys and under the floorboards.
    Directed by Pauline Harris.
    1942, Borneo. American travel writer Agnes Keith, her husband and her son are captured.
    2002 20120731 Women and children are separated from their husbands.
    The Secret Diary of Agnes Keith
    Dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people.
    1942, Borneo. Taken from the secret diaries of American travel writer and former journalist, Agnes Keith whilst imprisoned in Japanese P.O.W. camps. Women and children are separated from their husbands but the commander in chief of POW's sets up a meeting for Harry and Agnes.
    Directed by Pauline Harris.
    2003 20120801 Dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people.
    American travel writer and former journalist, Agnes Keith experience in POW camps during 1942 - 1945 in Borneo.. Agnes is assaulted by a guard. Although Colonel Suga promises to investigate and bring justice, Lieutenant Yoshida chooses a different course action against Agnes.
    Directed by Pauline Harris.
    Agnes is assaulted by a guard, and Colonel Suga promises to investigate.
    2004 20120802 The Secret Diary of Agnes Keith
    Dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people.
    American travel writer and former journalist, Agnes Keith experience in POW camps during 1942 - 1945 in Borneo.. Agnes discovers her husband has been imprisoned in the notorious Guard House where prisoners are starved and tortured. She pleads for Col. Suga to intervene.
    Directed by Pauline Harris.
    Agnes discovers her husband has been imprisoned in the notorious Guard House.
    2005 LAST 20120803 Dramatised by Lizzie Nunnery.
    The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people.
    American travel writer and former journalist, Agnes Keith experience in POW camps during 1942 - 1945 in Borneo.. The American and Australian Allies liberate the camps. Freedom at last.
    Directed by Pauline Harris.
    The American and Australian Allies liberate the camps. Freedom at last.
    21011924: Poet Of The Coke Ovens20130311 Dramatisation of the journals of Yorkshire farm labourer and aspiring writer Fred Kitchen.
    The series which explores the 20th Century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. The Journals of Yorkshire Farm Labourer and aspiring writer Fred Kitchen adapted by Stephen Wakelam. Fred struggles to put bread on the table but he also has literary ambitions.
    1924: Poet of the Coke Ovens.
    Director: David Hunter 
    21021924: The Farm Near Sheffield20130312 Frequent moves are often the lot of the rural worker.
    The series which explores the 20th Century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. The Journals of Yorkshire Farm Labourer Fred Kitchen adapted by Stephen Wakelam. Frequent moves are often the lot of the rural worker. 1924: The Farm near Sheffield.
    Director: David Hunter 
    21031925: Fresh Pastures20130313 Fred is now the Poet of the Cowshed.
    The series which explores the 20th Century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. The Journals of Yorkshire Farm Labourer Fred Kitchen adapted by Stephen Wakelam. Fred is now the Poet of the Cowshed. 1925: Fresh Pastures.
    Director: David Hunter 
    21041933: Hot Spell20130314 Fred has been encouraged in his writing by a WEA tutor.
    The series which explores the 20th Century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. The Journals of Yorkshire Farm Labourer Fred Kitchen adapted by Stephen Wakelam. Fred has been encouraged in his writing by a WEA tutor. 1933: Hot Spell.
    Director: David Hunter 
    2105 LAST1938: Remarkable Events20130315 Writing is beginning to take a bigger role in Fred's life.
    The series which explores the 20th Century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. The Journals of Yorkshire Farm Labourer Fred Kitchen adapted by Stephen Wakelam. Writing is beginning to take a bigger role in Fred's life. 1938: Remarkable Events.
    Director: David Hunter 
    2201 20130624 1918. Vera is raising funds for Serbian causes.
    Vera 'Jack' Holme
    1918-1921. Louise Ironside dramatises the diaries of Vera 'Jack' Holme. A former cross-dressing actress and suffragette, Vera spent the war years as a member of the Scottish Women's Hospital in Serbia. At the end of the war Vera - known as 'Jack' - was busy finding a role for herself both in love and duty. Estranged from her long term partner, Evelina Haverfield, Vera spends much of 1918 fundraising for relief work in Serbia - a country she longs to return to. Vera's fundraising tour brings her into the orbit of Edinburgh artist Dorothy Johnstone and the pair soon become close. But the spectre of Evalina is never far away and Vera's friendship with Dorothy becomes strained when Evalina issues an invitation that Vera cannot refuse.
    Other parts played by members of the cast.
    Additional research by Jane Mackelworth
    Producer/Director: David Ian Neville.
    2202 20130625 1919. Former actress and suffragette Vera finds a new role as a relief worker in Serbia.
    Vera 'Jack' Holme
    1918-1921. Louise Ironside dramatises the diaries of Vera 'Jack' Holme A former cross dressing actress and suffragette, Vera had spent the war years as a member of the Women's Volunteer Reserve serving with the Scottish Women's Hospitals on the Eastern Front. At the end of the war Vera - known as 'Jack' - was busy finding a role for herself both in love and duty. Estranged from her long term partner, Evelina Haverfield, Vera spends much of 1918 fundraising for relief work in Serbia. But in 1919 Vera finds herself back in the country she loves when Evalina invites her to help with the establishment of an orphanage for the children of the Serbian war dead. But while Evelina is delighted to be working with Vera again, their relationship is not what it once was. While Evalina charges ahead with new challenges and projects, Vera is left alone in Belgrade. Fortunately she finds a new friend in local relief worker Natalia.
    Dramatised by Louise Ironside
    Other parts played by members of the cast.
    Additional research by Jane Mackelworth
    Producer/Director: David Ian Neville.
    2203 20130626 1920. Vera faces her biggest challenge as Eve becomes desperately ill.
    Vera 'Jack' Holme
    1918-1921. Louise Ironside dramatises the diaries of Vera 'Jack' Holme A former cross-dressing actress and suffragette, Vera had spent the war years as a member of the Women's Volunteer Reserve serving with the Scottish Women's Hospital in Serbia. At the end of the war Vera - known as 'Jack' - was busy finding a role for herself both in love and duty. Estranged from her long term partner, Evelina Haverfield, Vera spends much of 1918 fundraising for relief work in Serbia. But Vera is drawn back to the country she loves when Eve invites her to help establish an orphanage for the children of the Serbian war dead. With the orphanage now up and running Vera does her best to work hard and forge new friendships. But Vera's hardest time approaches as Eve becomes gravely ill.
    Dramatised by Louise Ironside
    Other parts played by members of the cast.
    Additional research by Jane Mackelworth
    Producer/Director: David Ian Neville.
    2204 20130627 1920. Vera takes on more responsibilities at the orphanage.
    Vera 'Jack' Holme
    1918-1921. Louise Ironside dramatises the diaries of Vera 'Jack' Holme A former actress and suffragette, Vera had spent the war years as a member of the Women's Volunteer Reserve serving with the Scottish Women's Hospital in Serbia. At the end of the war Vera - known as 'Jack' - was busy finding a role for herself both in love and duty. Estranged from her long term partner, Evalina Haverfield, Vera spends much of 1918 fundraising for relief work in Serbia. But Vera is drawn back to the country she loves when Eve invites her to help establish an orphanage for the children of the Serbian war dead. But Vera's delight at being back in Serbia with Eve is shattered when Eve dies of pneumonia. In the aftermath of the unexpected death Vera must cope with mounting responsibilities at the orphanage as well as her own grief.
    Dramatised by Louise Ironside
    Other parts played by members of the cast.
    Additional research by Jane Mackelworth
    Producer/Director: David Ian Neville.
    2205 LAST 20130628 1921. As her time in Serbia draws to a close, Vera is faced with finding a new role.
    Vera 'Jack' Holme
    1918-1921. Louise Ironside dramatises the diaries of Vera 'Jack' Holme A former actress and suffragette, Vera had spent the war years as a member of the Women's Volunteer Reserve serving with the Scottish Women's Hospital in Serbia. At the end of the war Vera - known as 'Jack' - was busy finding a role for herself both in love and duty. Estranged from her long term partner, Evelina Haverfield, Vera spends much of 1918 fundraising for relief work in Serbia.. But Vera is drawn back to the country she loves when Eve invites her to help establish an orphanage for the children of the Serbian war dead. But Vera's delight at being back in Serbia with Eve is shattered when Eve dies of pneumonia. In the aftermath of the unexpected death Vera must cope with mounting responsibilities at the orphanage as well as her own grief. Now as her time in Serbia draws to a close Vera is faced with shaping a new life for herself - but where, and with who?
    Dramatised by Louise Ironside
    Other parts played by members of the cast.
    Additional research by Jane Mackelworth
    Producer/Director: David Ian Neville.
    WH01 And Is There Honey Still For Tea?20071231 South Kensington housewife Ada Reece and writer and thinker Rudyard Kipling share their diaries as the 20th century dawns and the Boer War rages.
    Ada Reece....Joanne Mitchell
    Richard (Dick) Reece....Kevin Doyle
    Rudyard Kipling....Toby Jones
    Carrie Kipling....Teresa Gallagher
    Edith....Elianne Byrne
    Private Tucker/Reporter....Paul David Gough
    Directed by Polly Thomas 
    WH02 20080101 2/5.
    And Is There Honey Still for Tea?
    Ada watches Queen Victoria's funeral while Rudyard Kipling worries about the impact of the Boer War.
    Ada Reece....Joanne Mitchell
    Richard (Dick) Reece....Kevin Doyle
    Rudyard Kipling....Toby Jones
    Carrie Kipling....Teresa Gallagher
    Edith....Elianne Byrne
    Alfred Baldwin....Paul David Gough
    Harold Reece (aged 5)....Carter Dowland
    Directed by Polly Thomas 
    WH03 20080102 3/5.
    And Is There Honey Still for Tea?
    Immigration is the topical issue of the day as the Aliens Immigration Act is passed and Ada's relationship with her husband deteriorates.
    Ada Reece....Joanne Mitchell
    Richard (Dick) Reece....Kevin Doyle
    Rudyard Kipling....Toby Jones
    Carrie Kipling/Ada's mother....Teresa Gallagher
    Major Evans Gordon....Paul David Gough
    Directed by Polly Thomas 
    WH04 20080103 4/5.
    And Is There Honey Still for Tea?
    Lloyd George pushes through his historic People's Budget and the Reeces cut short their holiday when King Edward VII dies.
    Ada Reece....Joanne Mitchell
    Richard (Dick) Reece....Kevin Doyle
    Rudyard Kipling....Toby Jones
    Carrie Kipling....Teresa Gallagher
    Lloyd George....Stephen Tomlin
    Stanley Baldwin/Dr Bond....Paul David Gough
    Directed by Polly Thomas 
    WH05 20080104 5/5.
    And Is There Honey Still for Tea?
    Ada Reece and Rudyard Kipling rejoice in their respective children's bright futures as George V is crowned, but clouds of war start to gather over mainland Europe.
    Ada Reece....Joanne Mitchell
    Richard (Dick) Reece/Redfern....Kevin Doyle
    Rudyard Kipling....Toby Jones
    Carrie Kipling/Madge....Teresa Gallagher
    Peggy Reece....Elianne Byrne
    Lydia Reece....Rae Kelly
    Harold Reece/John Kipling/Delivery Boy....Gareth Cassidy
    Directed by Polly Thomas 
     01Writing The Century: 1946-1948 - Out Of The Ashes20090105 The relationship between a British soldier and his German sweetheart.
    Exploring the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Margaret Wilkinson.
    Following the relationship between Leslie Homer, a British soldier stationed in Germany after the war, and Ischi Heitmann, his German sweetheart.
    The couple struggle against the opposition of their parents and the authorities, who frown upon relations with 'the enemy'.
    Leslie....Toby Hadoke
  • dad....martin oldfield
  • frau engicht....Maggie Fox
  • ischi....georgia king
  • mother....Maggie Fox
  • padre....Malcolm Raeburn
    directed by stefan escreet
  • policeman....richard galazka
  • sergeant major....Malcolm Raeburn
    directed by stefan escreet
  •  04Writing The Century: 1946-1948 - Out Of The Ashes20090108 Leslie throws himself into fixing up the family home and car.
    Exploring the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Margaret Wilkinson.
    Leslie throws himself into fixing up the family home and car, and Ischi writes to him about being falsely accused of promiscuity.
    Leslie....Toby Hadoke
  • dad....martin oldfield
  • frau engicht....Maggie Fox
  • herr grube....Malcolm Raeburn
    directed by stefan escreet
  • ischi....georgia king
  • julich....martin oldfield
  • policeman....richard galazka
  • trevor....richard galazka
  •  05 LASTWriting The Century: 1946-1948 - Out Of The Ashes20090109 Ischi wonders what welcome she will find if she ever makes it to England.
    Exploring the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Margaret Wilkinson.
    The black market is rife in Germany and prisoners of war are making their way back from Russian camps.
    Ischi wonders what kind of welcome she will find if she is ever able to get to England.
    Leslie....Toby Hadoke
  • dad....martin oldfield
  • helga....lucy egerton
  • herr grube....Malcolm Raeburn
  • ischi....georgia king
  • mother....Maggie Fox
  • rylda....Tahira Dar
    directed by stefan escreet
  • trevor....richard galazka
  •    20080707 Exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people.
    1/5.
    A Darkening Sky
    Dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
    The tumult of 1930s as seen through the eyes of the editor of the Leeds Mercury, Linton Andrews and Flora Judd a middle class spinster from Stoke Poges.
    Linton Andrews....Russell Dixon
    Flora Judd....Susannah Harker
    Gertie....Brigit Forsyth
    Mrs Judd....Ann Rye
    Mann....Malcolm Raeburn
    Directed by Gary Brown.
       20081027 A Paintbrush Reporter
    Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Hattie Naylor.
    1/5.
    The story of Barbara Loxton, a South African mother who was separated from her daughters during the Second World War, and her experiences as a journalist travelling around war-torn Europe.
    Events unfold through the letters exchanged between her and her daughters during their enforced separation.
    Barbara....Kathryn Hunt
    Polly....Hester Cox
    Lindsay....Ellie Sager
    Granny/Mrs Betram....Janice Mckenzie
    Anne....Deborah Mcandrew
    Martli....Melissa Jane Sinden
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
       20081028 A Paintbrush Reporter
    Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Hattie Naylor.
    The story of Barbara Loxton, a South African mother who was separated from her daughters during Second World War, and her experiences as a journalist travelling around war-torn Europe.
    Events unfold through the letters exchanged between her and her daughters during their enforced separation.
    2/5.
    Having become a war correspondent, Barbara travels to Paris and paints in field hospitals.
    Barbara....Kathryn Hunt
    Polly....Hester Cox
    Lindsay....Ellie Sager
    Granny....Janice Mckenzie
    Anne/Monica....Deborah Mcandrew
    Dr Dunn/Major Madary....Stuart Richman
    Jack....Conrad Nelson
    Singer: Waleed Isaacs
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
       20081029 A Paintbrush Reporter
    Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Hattie Naylor.
    The story of Barbara Loxton, a South African mother who was separated from her daughters during Second World War, and her experiences as a journalist travelling around war-torn Europe.
    Events unfold through the letters exchanged between her and her daughters during their enforced separation.
    3/5.
    Barbara travels through Holland.
    Meanwhile in South Africa, young Polly is ill again.
    Barbara....Kathryn Hunt
    Polly....Hester Cox
    Lindsay....Ellie Sager
    Granny....Janice Mckenzie
    Anne....Deborah Mcandrew
    Smithy....Leigh Symonds
    Harry....Conrad Nelson
    Soboleff....Stuart Richman
    Albert....Andrew Smith
    Singer: Waleed Isaacs
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
       20081030 A Paintbrush Reporter
    Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Hattie Naylor.
    The story of Barbara Loxton, a South African mother who was separated from her daughters during Second World War, and her experiences as a journalist travelling around war-torn Europe.
    Events unfold through the letters exchanged between her and her daughters during their enforced separation.
    4/5.
    With the war finally over, Barbara describes the devastation in Holland and Germany.
    Barbara....Kathryn Hunt
    Polly....Hester Cox
    Lindsay/Child....Ellie Sager
    Granny....Janice Mckenzie
    Anne/Ivy....Deborah Mcandrew
    Freddy/Allen....Graeme Hawley
    Singer: Waleed Isaacs.
       20081031 A Paintbrush Reporter
    Series exploring the 20th century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Hattie Naylor.
    The story of Barbara Loxton, a South African mother who was separated from her daughters during the Second World War, and her experiences as a journalist travelling around war-torn Europe.
    Events unfold through the letters exchanged between her and her daughters during their enforced separation.
    5/5.
    After reporting extensively from postwar Germany, Barbara and her two young daughters are finally reunited in South Africa.
    Barbara....Kathryn Hunt
    Polly....Hester Cox
    Lindsay....Ellie Sager
    Granny....Janice Mckenizie
    Anne/Rhona....Deborah Mcandrew
    Martli....Melissa Jane Sinden
    Dr Dunn....Stuart Richman
    Jack....Conrad Nelson
    Allen....Graeme Hawley
    Singer: Waleed Isaacs.
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    WTC02 20080819 1939-1944: Hostages to Fortune
    Series exploring the twentieth century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Mick Martin.
    2/5.
    Marianne is angry at the restrictions she has to endure as an Enemy Alien.
    Grace's marriage is under strain.
    Marianne....Vanessa Ackerman
    Mrs Carter....Sue Ryding
    Edith/Alice....Olwen May
    Will/Franz....David Fleeshman
    Grace....Sue Kelly
    Bessie....Lisa Moore
    Cliff....Terence Mann
    Miss Courtauld....Maggie Fox
    Geoff....Martin Michael
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Directed by Gary Brown 
    WTC03 20080820 1939-1944: Hostages to Fortune
    Series exploring the twentieth century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Mick Martin.
    3/5.
    Marianne finds her ambitions thwarted and Grace makes a decision about her marriage.
    Marianne....Vanessa Ackerman
    Mrs Carter....Sue Ryding
    Edith/Alice....Olwen May
    Will/Franz....David Fleeshman
    Grace....Sue Kelly
    Bessie....Lisa Moore
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Directed by Gary Brown 
    WTC04 20080821 1939-1944: Hostages to Fortune
    Series exploring the twentieth century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Mick Martin.
    4/5.
    Bessie fights ill health and Marianne trains to be a nurse.
    Marianne....Vanessa Ackerman
    Mrs Carter....Sue Ryding
    Edith/Alice....Olwen May
    Will/Franz....David Fleeshman
    Grace....Sue Kelly
    Bessie....Lisa Moore
    Sister Stuart....Maggie Fox
    Rachel....Tahira Dar
    Doctor....Hamilton Berstock
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Directed by Gary Brown 
    WTC05 20080822 1939-1944: Hostages to Fortune
    Series exploring the twentieth century through diaries and correspondence of real people, dramatised by Mick Martin.
    5/5.
    Marianne's parents are desperately trying to get out of Germany.
    The Hoppers receive news of Ronald.
    Marianne....Vanessa Ackerman
    Edith/Alice....Olwen May
    Will/Franz....David Fleeshman
    Grace....Sue Kelly
    Muller....Lisa Moore
    Harry....Terence Mann
    Sister Stuart....Maggie Fox
    Lady Treloar....Sue Ryding
    Rachel....Tahira Dar
    Original music by Nicolai Abrahamsen.
    Directed by Gary Brown 

    10 Cast

    Duration

    • 15 Minutes

    Genre

    • Genre: Biographical, Drama

    Series

    Series Titles

    • 10: Tom And Stella
    • 11: All My Trials
    • 12: Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad - True To My Land
    • 15: A Desolate Bravery
    • 18: The Camel Hospital
    • 20: The Secret Diary of Agnes Keith
    • 21: Journal Of A Joskin
    • 22: Vera (Jack) Holme

    Trivia

    • This is a name given to a set of dramas braodcast in the Womans Hour/15 Minute Drama slot.
    • Each is self contained and usually runs for 5x15 minute episodes.

    Years

    • 10: 1965
    • 11: 1963-1966
    • 12: 1966-1969
    • 21: 1924-1938
    • 22: 1918-1921

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