Another Time, Another Place

Amanda Vickery explores our imaginative link with the past through historical fiction.

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For ten years, Crosby Beach near Liverpool has had some strange visitors - 100 figures by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley. Based on casts made from moulds of the artist's body, the sculptures are made out of cast iron and stand staring at the horizon over 3 kilometres of shore, stretching almost 1 km out to sea.

The installation, called Another Place, was never meant to be permanent and there was opposition to it - from conservationists, yachtsmen and those who considered the naked form to be pornographic. But the locals came to love them and fought to keep them and, nearly a decade on, the figures are still there.

Unusually for a piece of art, Another Place is a favourite on the travel site Trip Advisor, with over six hundred reviews rating it an average of five stars. This is an artwork that speaks to people. Visitors dress the figures in hats and scarves. People leave flowers beside them.

Sara Parker meets Antony Gormley in his Kings Cross studio and discovers how the project was conceived out of both an artistic vision and an attempt at economic regeneration. She also visits the Birmingham foundry where the figures were cast and, of course, Crosby beach itself where she meets those whose lives have been touched by this haunting artwork.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

For ten years, Crosby Beach near Liverpool has had some strange visitors - 100 figures by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley. Based on casts from moulds of the artist's body, the sculptures are made out of cast iron and stand staring at the horizon along three kilometres of shore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.

The installation, called Another Place, was never meant to be permanent and there was opposition to it - from conservationists, yachtsmen and those who considered the naked form to be pornographic. But the locals came to love the figure and fought to keep them and, nearly a decade on, the sculptures are still there.

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She discusses the appeal of powerful, and sometimes unfortunate, Tudor women.

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She and her guests explore the romantic lure of the Second World War.

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She goes on location with Lindsey Davis

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She visits OXFORD with novelist Iain Pears.

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by Jessie Kesson.

Dramatised by Sue Glover.

1944.

To a tiny faming community in the far north-east of Scotland come three Italian POWs.

Until now, the war has scarcely touched this isolated world and the Italians are regarded by the locals as dangerous.

However, to Janie, the young wife of the cattleman, the Italians are thrilling and exotic.

Their experience of imprisonment and yearning mirror her own feelings and she is gradually drawn to the vibrant Neapolitan, Luigi.

Janie...

Claire Knight

Robert - Robert Jack

Luigi - Cesare Taurasi

Kirsty - Vicki Liddelle

Elspeth - Meg Fraser

Umberto - Tony Kearney

Finlay - Paul Young

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane

Jessie Kesson is one of Scotland's best loved authors.

She was born in 1916 and died in 1994, living most of her life in northern Scotland.

Born into poverty, raised in orphanages and trained as farmhand and domestic servant, she wrote about her experiences in The White Bird Passes and Another Time, Another Place.

Both of these novels were made into feature films.

Sue Glover is one of Scotland's leading playwrights.

Her work has been performed worldwide.

A haunting tale of love and war set in a remote Scottish village.

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