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1301Writing The Century 13: Once Upon A Time20100419The 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 JenkinsWriting 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."
1302Writing The Century 13: Once Upon A Time20100420Chrissy 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."
1303Writing The Century 13: Once Upon A Time20100421A 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."
1304Writing The Century 13: Once Upon A Time20100422Once 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 LASTWriting The Century 13: Once Upon A Time20100423Still 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."

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