Writing The Century

Vanessa Rosenthal explores the 20th century through real correspondence.

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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.

*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.

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

  • 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.

    090220090602

    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

    090320090603

    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

    090420090604

    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 LAST20090605

    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

    100120090831

    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 July 1964 and drama student Stella Kaufman travels to Israel on a quest to 'find herself', but is left with more questions than answers.

    100220090901

    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.

    100320090902

    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.

    100420090903

    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.

    100520090910
    1005 LAST20090904

    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

    110120091207

    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.

    110220091208

    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

    110320091209

    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.

    110420091210

    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 LAST20091211

    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.

    120120100208

    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

    120220100209

    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.

    120320100210

    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.

    120420100211

    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 LAST20100212

    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.

    12OMNI20100212

    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

    130120100419

    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."

    130220100420

    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."

    130320100421

    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."

    130420100422

    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 LAST20100423

    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."

    150120101108

    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

    150220101109

    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

    150320101110

    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

    150420101111

    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 LAST20101112

    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 Plane20120611

    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 Girl20120615

    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.

    200120120730

    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.

    200220120731

    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.

    200320120801

    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.

    200420120802

    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 LAST20120803

    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.

    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

    WH0220080101

    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

    WH0520080104

    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

    WTC0220080819

    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

    WTC0320080820

    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

    WTC0420080821

    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

    WTC0520080822

    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