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01Writing The Century 16: The Iron Curtain20110502As Paula settles into her new job, she finds herself attracted to one of her students.
The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "The Iron Curtain" by Nell Leyshon.
The drama is inspired by the diaries of Paula Kirby, who went to teach English in East Germany in the 1980s, and her correspondence with paediatric surgeon Knut Löffler.
Fresh out of university, 21 year old Paula Kirby settles into her new home and job, teaching English at the University in Dresden but finds herself attracted to one of her students, a Dr Knut Löffler.
Cast
Paula - Charlotte Emmerson
Knut - Jonathan Keeble
Sarah - Danielle Henry
Woman on train - Melissa Jane Sinden
Directed by Susan Roberts.
01Writing The Century 16: Three Women Across The Century20110124Catherine Thackray faces a terminal illness and wants to put her life in order.
Writing the Century.
'Three Women Across the Century".
Ep 1.
Dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
Catherine Thackray, faces a terminal illness.
She wants to put her life in
order and to create a family history for own grandchildren.
In so doing,
she takes up her mother, Marjory's memoir, and weaves it into her story.
Catherine Thackray...Eleanor Bron
Lawrence Thackray...Will Tacey
Becca Thackray...Julia Rounthwaite
Marjory Sharp...Suzanne Bertish
Tom Sharp...Drew Carter-Cain
Doctor....Lloyd Peters
Produced in Manchester by Gary Brown
Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
Here are the distinctive voices of a middle England family, perceptively aware of their place in the jigsaw of the Twentieth Century writing in diaries, letters and memoirs because- " it is a tradition in this family".
During the week's episodes we meet Marjory Sharpe- the grandmother, Catherine Thackray, the daughter and are introduced to Rebecca Thackray, the granddaughter, poised, on Millennium night, to take that tradition into a third generation
Catherine, born in 1922, served in the A.T.S during the war, studied at LSE - where she became a lifelong Fabian, then married Lawrence Thackray, a Quaker solicitor and moved to Huddersfield.
The marriage
was "more than a union of hearts; it was a complement of moral principles".
In Huddersfield Catherine worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, was local secretary for C.N.D.
and a local councillor and Magistrate in a life of tireless political campaigning.
After the birth of her 3 children she went back to teaching in a Secondary Modern.
In 1984, as a result of demonstrating at Greenham Common and being arrested there, she was removed from the bench.
A frequent writer of published letters to the Guardian, they published her obituary in 1997 as "A passionate believer in countless causes who earned international fame and the admiration of many ".
Marjorie Sharp, the grandmother, born 1883, was a Fabian and Suffragist who trained originally as a teacher but then became a Social Worker in The Browning Settlement in the East End of London.
She married, Tom Sharpe, an L.C.C.
Education Clerk, who suffered a complete breakdown during WW1.
Subsequently Marjory, through her teaching and home tutoring, which she continued into her eighties, became the chief bread winner whilst bringing up 8 children and encouraging Tom as a published poet whose work brought him into contact with Robert Bridges and others.
He died in the 1950s and Marjory in the 1960s.
A formidable, doughty woman she left behind her own autobiography, some diary entries and some letters.
Both these women are in the vanguard of their times, politically engaged and living lives of public service to their communities.
They were not afraid of expressing their views, and sometimes felt compelled to express those views publically.
At the same time they were wives, mothers and daughters, dealing with the balancing act of home versus work and the need for self- determination.
In re-visiting the past key events in both lives, the 5 episodes give a kind of snapshot view of the 20th Century whilst Catherine's ongoing diaries between 1993- 2000 chart the Yugoslav war, Maxwell's death, Rwanda, the Chinook Enquiry, Dunblane, the I.R.A., Blair's election and Princess Diane's State Funeral.
02Writing The Century 16: The Iron Curtain20110503Knut and Paula's relationship deepens as they spend time alone together.
The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "The Iron Curtain" by Nell Leyshon.
The drama is inspired by the diaries of Paula Kirby, who went to teach English in East Germany in the 1980s, and her correspondence with paediatric surgeon Knut Löffler.
Too soon the term ends and Knut has to return to his clinic in Rostock.
Big decisions need to be made.
Cast
Paula - Charlotte Emmerson
Knut - Jonathan Keeble
Sarah - Danielle Henry
Ulrike - Clare Louise Connolly
Stefan - David Seddon
Directed by Susan Roberts.
02Writing The Century 16: Three Women Across The Century20110125Catherine feels inadequate when she compares her life to her mother's.
Writing the Century.
Three Women Across The Century.
Ep 2.
Dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
Her husband Larry and daughter Becca worry that her obsession with her mother's diaries is detrimental to her frail health.
Catherine Thackray...Eleanor Bron
Lawrence Thackray...Will Tacey
Becca Thackray...Julia Rounthwaite
Marjory Sharp...Suzanne Bertish
Tom Sharp...Drew Carter-Cain
Children...Eva Grace, Isaac Whitmore
Produced in Manchester by Gary Brown
Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
Here are the distinctive voices of a middle England family, perceptively aware of their place in the jigsaw of the Twentieth Century writing in diaries, letters and memoirs because- " it is a tradition in this family".
During the week's episodes we meet Marjory Sharpe- the grandmother, Catherine Thackray, the daughter and are introduced to Rebecca Thackray, the granddaughter, poised, on Millennium night, to take that tradition into a third generation
Catherine, born in 1922, served in the A.T.S during the war, studied at LSE - where she became a lifelong Fabian, then married Lawrence Thackray, a Quaker solicitor and moved to Huddersfield.
The marriage
was "more than a union of hearts; it was a complement of moral principles".
In Huddersfield Catherine worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, was local secretary for C.N.D.
and a local councilor and Magistrate in a life of tireless political campaigning.
After the birth of her 3 children she went back to teaching in a Secondary Modern.
In 1984, as a result of demonstrating at Greenham Common and being arrested there, she was removed from the bench.
A frequent writer of published letters to the Guardian, they published her obituary in 1997 as "A passionate believer in countless causes who earned international fame and the admiration of many ".
Marjorie Sharp, the grandmother, born 1883, was a Fabian and Suffragist who trained originally as a teacher but then became a Social Worker in The Browning Settlement in the East End of London.
She married, Tom Sharpe, an L.C.C.
Education Clerk, who suffered a complete breakdown during WW1.
Subsequently Marjory, through her teaching and home tutoring, which she continued into her eighties, became the chief bread winner whilst bringing up 8 children and encouraging Tom as a published poet whose work brought him into contact with Robert Bridges and others.
He died in the 1950s and Marjory in the 1960s.
A formidable, doughty woman she left behind her own autobiography, some diary entries and some letters.
Both these women are in the vanguard of their times, politically engaged and living lives of public service to their communities.
They were not afraid of expressing their views, and sometimes felt compelled to express those views publically.
At the same time they were wives, mothers and daughters, dealing with the balancing act of home versus work and the need for self- determination.
In re-visiting the past key events in both lives, the 5 episodes give a kind of snapshot view of the 20th Century whilst Catherine's ongoing diaries between 1993- 2000 chart the Yugoslav war, Maxwell's death, Rwanda, the Chinook Enquiry, Dunblane, the I.R.A., Blair's election and Princess Diane's State Funeral.
03Writing The Century 16: The Iron Curtain20110504With Knut and Paula working in different cities, they are forced to consider their future.
The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "The Iron Curtain" by Nell Leyshon.
The drama is inspired by the diaries of Paula Kirby, who went to teach English in East Germany in the 1980s, and her correspondence with paediatric surgeon Knut Löffler.
With Knut working in Rostock and Paula teaching at the University in Dresden, they are forced to consider their future.
The situation intensifies as Paula's return to the UK draws near.
Cast
Paula - Charlotte Emmerson
Knut - Jonathan Keeble
Ulrike - Clare Louise Connolly
Mr Graham - David Seddon
Directed by Susan Roberts.
03Writing The Century 16: Three Women Across The Century20110126Catherine Thackray tries to make sense of a strange and moving event in her mother's life.
Writing the Century.
Three Women Across the Century.
Ep 3.
Dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
Catherine tries to make sense of a strange and moving event in her mother's life.
Catherine Thackray...Eleanor Bron
Lawrence Thackray...Will Tacey
Becca Thackray...Julia Rounthwaite
Marjory Sharp...Suzanne Bertish
Tom Sharp...Drew Carter-Cain
Mick...Joncie Elmore
Produced in Manchester by Gary Brown
Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
Here are the distinctive voices of a middle England family, perceptively aware of their place in the jigsaw of the Twentieth Century writing in diaries, letters and memoirs because- " it is a tradition in this family".
During the week's episodes we meet Marjory Sharpe- the grandmother, Catherine Thackray, the daughter and are introduced to Rebecca Thackray, the granddaughter, poised, on Millennium night, to take that tradition into a third generation
Catherine, born in 1922, served in the A.T.S during the war, studied at LSE - where she became a lifelong Fabian, then married Lawrence Thackray, a Quaker solicitor and moved to Huddersfield.
The marriage
was "more than a union of hearts; it was a complement of moral principles".
In Huddersfield Catherine worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, was local secretary for C.N.D.
and a local councillor and Magistrate in a life of tireless political campaigning.
After the birth of her 3 children she went back to teaching in a Secondary Modern.
In 1984, as a result of demonstrating at Greenham Common and being arrested there, she was removed from the bench.
A frequent writer of published letters to the Guardian, they published her obituary in 1997 as "A passionate believer in countless causes who earned international fame and the admiration of many ".
Marjorie Sharp, the grandmother, born 1883, was a Fabian and Suffragist who trained originally as a teacher but then became a Social Worker in The Browning Settlement in the East End of London.
She married, Tom Sharpe, an L.C.C.
Education Clerk, who suffered a complete breakdown during WW1.
Subsequently Marjory, through her teaching and home tutoring, which she continued into her eighties, became the chief bread winner whilst bringing up 8 children and encouraging Tom as a published poet whose work brought him into contact with Robert Bridges and others.
He died in the 1950s and Marjory in the 1960s.
A formidable, doughty woman she left behind her own autobiography, some diary entries and some letters.
Both these women are in the vanguard of their times, politically engaged and living lives of public service to their communities.
They were not afraid of expressing their views, and sometimes felt compelled to express those views publically.
At the same time they were wives, mothers and daughters, dealing with the balancing act of home versus work and the need for self- determination.
In re-visiting the past key events in both lives, the 5 episodes give a kind of snapshot view of the 20th Century whilst Catherine's ongoing diaries between 1993- 2000 chart the Yugoslav war, Maxwell's death, Rwanda, the Chinook Enquiry, Dunblane, the I.R.A., Blair's election and Princess Diane's State Funeral.
04Writing The Century 16: The Iron Curtain20110505Back in England, Paula finds a new flat and job.
The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "The Iron Curtain" by Nell Leyshon.
The drama is inspired by the diaries of Paula Kirby, who went to teach English in East Germany in the 1980s, and her correspondence with paediatric surgeon Knut Löffler.
Knut and Paula telephone and write as much as possible but the stresses of a relationship across the Iron Curtain take their toll.
Cast
Paula - Charlotte Emmerson
Knut - Jonathan Keeble
Rebecca - Danielle Henry
Stefan - David Seddon
Mrs Waters - Melissa Jane Sinden
Directed by Susan Roberts.
04Writing The Century 16: Three Women Across The Century20110127Catherine Thackray gains comfort from remembering her mother Marjory's final days.
Writing the Century.
Three Women Across the Century.
Ep 4.
Dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
Catharine remembers Marjory's final days and gains comfort from it.
Catherine Thackray...Eleanor Bron
Lawrence Thackray...Will Tacey
Becca Thackray...Julia Rounthwaite
Marjory Sharp...Suzanne Bertish
Produced in Manchester by Gary Brown
Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
Here are the distinctive voices of a middle England family, perceptively aware of their place in the jigsaw of the Twentieth Century writing in diaries, letters and memoirs because- " it is a tradition in this family".
During the week's episodes we meet Marjory Sharpe- the grandmother, Catherine Thackray, the daughter and are introduced to Rebecca Thackray, the granddaughter, poised, on Millennium night, to take that tradition into a third generation
Catherine, born in 1922, served in the A.T.S during the war, studied at LSE - where she became a lifelong Fabian, then married Lawrence Thackray, a Quaker solicitor and moved to Huddersfield.
The marriage
was "more than a union of hearts; it was a complement of moral principles".
In Huddersfield Catherine worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, was local secretary for C.N.D.
and a local councillor and Magistrate in a life of tireless political campaigning.
After the birth of her 3 children she went back to teaching in a Secondary Modern.
In 1984, as a result of demonstrating at Greenham Common and being arrested there, she was removed from the bench.
A frequent writer of published letters to the Guardian, they published her obituary in 1997 as "A passionate believer in countless causes who earned international fame and the admiration of many ".
Marjorie Sharp, the grandmother, born 1883, was a Fabian and Suffragist who trained originally as a teacher but then became a Social Worker in The Browning Settlement in the East End of London.
She married, Tom Sharpe, an L.C.C.
Education Clerk, who suffered a complete breakdown during WW1.
Subsequently Marjory, through her teaching and home tutoring, which she continued into her eighties, became the chief bread winner whilst bringing up 8 children and encouraging Tom as a published poet whose work brought him into contact with Robert Bridges and others.
He died in the 1950s and Marjory in the 1960s.
A formidable, doughty woman she left behind her own autobiography, some diary entries and some letters.
Both these women are in the vanguard of their times, politically engaged and living lives of public service to their communities.
They were not afraid of expressing their views, and sometimes felt compelled to express those views publically.
At the same time they were wives, mothers and daughters, dealing with the balancing act of home versus work and the need for self- determination.
In re-visiting the past key events in both lives, the 5 episodes give a kind of snapshot view of the 20th Century whilst Catherine's ongoing diaries between 1993- 2000 chart the Yugoslav war, Maxwell's death, Rwanda, the Chinook Enquiry, Dunblane, the I.R.A., Blair's election and Princess Diane's State Funeral.
05 LASTWriting The Century 16: The Iron Curtain20110506August 1988 and the strain of external forces is intolerable.
The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with "The Iron Curtain" by Nell Leyshon.
The drama is inspired by the diaries of Paula Kirby, who went to teach English in East Germany in the 1980s, and her correspondence with paediatric surgeon Knut Löffler.
For several months Knut's letters to Paula stop.
Letters and phone calls eventually resume but when the Berlin Wall falls in 1989, is it too late?
Cast
Paula - Charlotte Emmerson
Knut - Jonathan Keeble
Rebecca - Danielle Henry
Ulrike - Clare Louise Connolly
Stefan - David Seddon
Directed by Susan Roberts.
05 LASTWriting The Century 16: Three Women Across The Century20110128Catherine fondly revisits her time at Greenham Common, and Becca faces the Millennium.
Writing the Century.
Three Women Across the Century.
Ep 5.
Dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
Catharine fondly revisits her time at Greenham Common.
And Becca faces the Millennium as her own woman.
Catherine Thackray...Eleanor Bron
Lawrence Thackray...Will Tacey
Becca Thackray...Julia Rounthwaite
Produced in Manchester by Gary Brown
Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen
Here are the distinctive voices of a middle England family, perceptively aware of their place in the jigsaw of the Twentieth Century writing in diaries, letters and memoirs because- " it is a tradition in this family".
During the week's episodes we meet Marjory Sharpe- the grandmother, Catherine Thackray, the daughter and are introduced to Rebecca Thackray, the granddaughter, poised, on Millennium night, to take that tradition into a third generation
Catherine, born in 1922, served in the A.T.S during the war, studied at LSE - where she became a lifelong Fabian, then married Lawrence Thackray, a Quaker solicitor and moved to Huddersfield.
The marriage
was "more than a union of hearts; it was a complement of moral principles".
In Huddersfield Catherine worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, was local secretary for C.N.D.
and a local councillor and Magistrate in a life of tireless political campaigning.
After the birth of her 3 children she went back to teaching in a Secondary Modern.
In 1984, as a result of demonstrating at Greenham Common and being arrested there, she was removed from the bench.
A frequent writer of published letters to the Guardian, they published her obituary in 1997 as "A passionate believer in countless causes who earned international fame and the admiration of many ".
Marjorie Sharp, the grandmother, born 1883, was a Fabian and Suffragist who trained originally as a teacher but then became a Social Worker in The Browning Settlement in the East End of London.
She married, Tom Sharpe, an L.C.C.
Education Clerk, who suffered a complete breakdown during WW1.
Subsequently Marjory, through her teaching and home tutoring, which she continued into her eighties, became the chief bread winner whilst bringing up 8 children and encouraging Tom as a published poet whose work brought him into contact with Robert Bridges and others.
He died in the 1950s and Marjory in the 1960s.
A formidable, doughty woman she left behind her own autobiography, some diary entries and some letters.
Both these women are in the vanguard of their times, politically engaged and living lives of public service to their communities.
They were not afraid of expressing their views, and sometimes felt compelled to express those views publically.
At the same time they were wives, mothers and daughters, dealing with the balancing act of home versus work and the need for self- determination.
In re-visiting the past key events in both lives, the 5 episodes give a kind of snapshot view of the 20th Century whilst Catherine's ongoing diaries between 1993- 2000 chart the Yugoslav war, Maxwell's death, Rwanda, the Chinook Enquiry, Dunblane, the I.R.A., Blair's election and Princess Diane's State Funeral.

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