Writing The Century - The Secret

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01Innocence20160411

The series which explores the 20th century through the words of real people. Muriel Howard's account of her Somerset childhood and the secret that defined it adapted by Tina Pepler with Sara Davies.

It's 1911 and Muriel at 5-years-old begins to question her mother's night-time absences

Violinists - Sam and Andrew McGregor

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Muriel Howard, full name Brenda Muriel Howard-Tripp, grew up in the Somerset village of Sampford Brett with her brother and widowed mother after her father, the rector, died of consumption. Behind the story of a fatherless and impecunious but affectionate rural upbringing hovers a secret that threatens to emerge and tear apart her close-knit family.

Adapted from her unpublished memoir, The Secret, explores the emotions of a child caught in an adult drama she doesn't understand.

The action plays out against the backdrop of village life, school and friendships in early 20th Century rural England, spanning the years 1911-1923.

Brenda Muriel Howard-Tripp went on to become a trail-blazing career woman, Director of East Europe at the British Council and cultural attaché in the Soviet Union after the Second World War.

It is 1911, and five-year-old Muriel begins to question her mother's night-time absences.

02The Go-between20160412

The series which explores the 20th century through the words of real people. Muriel Howard's account of her Somerset childhood and the secret that defined it adapted by Tina Pepler with Sara Davies.

Muriel becomes an unwitting decoy in her mother's drama

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

03Foundationers20160413

Boarding school offers an escape from Muriel's mother's 'wild moods and secrets'.

The series which explores the 20th century through the words of real people. Muriel Howard's account of her Somerset childhood and the secret that defined it adapted by Tina Pepler with Sara Davies.

Boarding school offers an escape from her mother's "wild moods and secrets"

Violinists - Sam and Andrew McGregor

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

04Betrayal20160414

The series which explores the 20th century through the words of real people. Muriel Howard's account of her Somerset childhood and the secret that defined it adapted by Tina Pepler with Sara Davies.

Betrayal close to home brings her mother's secret out into the open

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

close to home brings Muriel's mother's secret out into the open.

0520160415

With her mother's affair exposed, Muriel waits for the village to react.

The series which explores the 20th century through the words of real people. Muriel Howard's account of her Somerset childhood and the secret that defined it adapted by Tina Pepler with Sara Davies.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.