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01Voices From The Other Side *20100301

Medium Alison takes on an assistant, the highly efficient but heartless Colette.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison Hart is a professional medium, an awkward, obese, disorganised woman, but with a gift for empathy and a good platform technique.

Her familiar spirits are figures from her chaotic childhood, principal among them a small, foul-mouthed circus performer with disgusting personal habits called Morris who is her unpleasant and bitter spirit guide.

To try and create some order in her messy existence she has taken on an assistant, the highly efficient but essentially heartless Colette, who, although she is a regular witness to Alison's gift, is nevertheless a profoundly sceptical companion.

The two of them are bound together by a need that neither wants to recognise.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Directed by Sara Davies

01Voices From The Other Side *20100301

Medium Alison takes on an assistant, the highly efficient but heartless Colette.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison Hart is a professional medium, an awkward, obese, disorganised woman, but with a gift for empathy and a good platform technique.

Her familiar spirits are figures from her chaotic childhood, principal among them a small, foul-mouthed circus performer with disgusting personal habits called Morris who is her unpleasant and bitter spirit guide.

To try and create some order in her messy existence she has taken on an assistant, the highly efficient but essentially heartless Colette, who, although she is a regular witness to Alison's gift, is nevertheless a profoundly sceptical companion.

The two of them are bound together by a need that neither wants to recognise.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Directed by Sara Davies

02Colette's Story *20100302

Colette leaves her dull husband, becomes interested in the paranormal and consults Alison.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Colette is an event organiser whose marriage to dull, conventional Gavin ends after she has the strange experience of holding a phone conversation with Gavin's mother, whom she later discovers is dead.

Colette's interest in the paranormal leads her to a Psychic Extravanganza in Windsor where professional medium Alison is performing, and to a subsequent consultation where Alison drops a bombshell about her father and then makes her a surprising job offer.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Gavin....Mark Meadows

Natasha/Renee....Adrienne O'Sullivan

Directed by Sara Davies

02Colette's Story *20100302

Colette leaves her dull husband, becomes interested in the paranormal and consults Alison.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Colette is an event organiser whose marriage to dull, conventional Gavin ends after she has the strange experience of holding a phone conversation with Gavin's mother, whom she later discovers is dead.

Colette's interest in the paranormal leads her to a Psychic Extravanganza in Windsor where professional medium Alison is performing, and to a subsequent consultation where Alison drops a bombshell about her father and then makes her a surprising job offer.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Gavin....Mark Meadows

Natasha/Renee....Adrienne O'Sullivan

Directed by Sara Davies

03An Evil Thing *20100303

Colette decides Alison should write a book, but Alison's childhood memories are disturbing

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Colette decides Alison should publish a book, and starts to interview her on tape.

She soon realises she's taken on more than she might want to know: Alison's memories of her childhood in Aldershot turn out to be profoundly disturbing.

Her mother arranged abortions for other women, but couldn't get rid of her own child, and may well have offered her to a succession of detestable petty thieves and abusers.

They lived in squalor, Alison was neglected, and her school life and subsequent jobs were messed up by interfering spirits.

She was rescued by a neighbour, Mrs Etchells, who claimed to be her grandmother, and who introduced her to the psychic world.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Keith....Simon Armstrong

Mrs McGibbet....Sheila Hannon

Mrs Etchells....June Barrie

Directed by Sara Davies

03An Evil Thing *20100303

Colette decides Alison should write a book, but Alison's childhood memories are disturbing

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Colette decides Alison should publish a book, and starts to interview her on tape.

She soon realises she's taken on more than she might want to know: Alison's memories of her childhood in Aldershot turn out to be profoundly disturbing.

Her mother arranged abortions for other women, but couldn't get rid of her own child, and may well have offered her to a succession of detestable petty thieves and abusers.

They lived in squalor, Alison was neglected, and her school life and subsequent jobs were messed up by interfering spirits.

She was rescued by a neighbour, Mrs Etchells, who claimed to be her grandmother, and who introduced her to the psychic world.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Keith....Simon Armstrong

Mrs McGibbet....Sheila Hannon

Mrs Etchells....June Barrie

Directed by Sara Davies

04Death Of A Princess *20100304

Princess Diana's fatal crash means a busy time for Alison and her fellow psychics.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Colette is woken one night by Alison getting news from beyond of Princess Diana's fatal car crash.

The tragic accident means business will be heavy for all the psychics at the Psychic Fair in Nottingham, and they're not helped by Alison's disgusting spirit guide, Morris, who is more than usually irritating, patrolling the motorway services, desperate to find his mates, and interfering with Alison's friend Mandy.

As Alison becomes more disturbed by the darker side of her job, Morris finds his old mate Aitkenside, a development that throws Alison into despair.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Mandy....Adrienne O'Sullivan

Silvana....Jacqueline Tong

Directed by Sara Davies

04Death Of A Princess *20100304

Princess Diana's fatal crash means a busy time for Alison and her fellow psychics.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Colette is woken one night by Alison getting news from beyond of Princess Diana's fatal car crash.

The tragic accident means business will be heavy for all the psychics at the Psychic Fair in Nottingham, and they're not helped by Alison's disgusting spirit guide, Morris, who is more than usually irritating, patrolling the motorway services, desperate to find his mates, and interfering with Alison's friend Mandy.

As Alison becomes more disturbed by the darker side of her job, Morris finds his old mate Aitkenside, a development that throws Alison into despair.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Mandy....Adrienne O'Sullivan

Silvana....Jacqueline Tong

Directed by Sara Davies

05Escape *20100305

Alison is in despair as the spirits from her past gather.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison's disgusting spirit guide Morris has been joined by Donny Aitkenside, one of the violent group of petty criminals who were in and out of the house all through Alison's abusive childhood.

Alison knows the other members of the spirit gang can't be far behind, and decides the only way to escape them is to move to a new house where they won't want to follow her.

Her assistant Colette locates a suitable new development, and the move has the desired effect: Morris hates it, and announces he's leaving.

At long last, Alison thinks, she's free.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Aitkenside....Simon Armstrong

Directed by Sara Davies

05Escape *20100305

Alison is in despair as the spirits from her past gather.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison's disgusting spirit guide Morris has been joined by Donny Aitkenside, one of the violent group of petty criminals who were in and out of the house all through Alison's abusive childhood.

Alison knows the other members of the spirit gang can't be far behind, and decides the only way to escape them is to move to a new house where they won't want to follow her.

Her assistant Colette locates a suitable new development, and the move has the desired effect: Morris hates it, and announces he's leaving.

At long last, Alison thinks, she's free.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Aitkenside....Simon Armstrong

Directed by Sara Davies

06Alison's Good Action * *20100308

Alison sees an opportunity finally to lay the evil ghosts of her past to rest.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison's disgusting spirit guide, Morris, seems to have disappeared, much to Alison's delight, leaving her to enjoy her new house unmolested.

Colette decides that it's time for her to take a more proactive role in the business, but reading palms doesn't seem to be her forte, and an unexpected encounter with her ex, Gavin, leaves her rattled.

When a homeless young man takes up residence in the new garden shed, Alison sees an opportunity finally to perform a good action and lay the evil ghosts of her past to rest.

But Colette has other ideas.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Gavin....Mark Meadows

Mart....Malcolm Hamilton

Directed by Sara Davies

06Alison's Good Action * *20100308

Alison sees an opportunity finally to lay the evil ghosts of her past to rest.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison's disgusting spirit guide, Morris, seems to have disappeared, much to Alison's delight, leaving her to enjoy her new house unmolested.

Colette decides that it's time for her to take a more proactive role in the business, but reading palms doesn't seem to be her forte, and an unexpected encounter with her ex, Gavin, leaves her rattled.

When a homeless young man takes up residence in the new garden shed, Alison sees an opportunity finally to perform a good action and lay the evil ghosts of her past to rest.

But Colette has other ideas.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Gavin....Mark Meadows

Mart....Malcolm Hamilton

Directed by Sara Davies

07The Fiends Are On Their Way *20100309

Alison is increasingly troubled by a sense of foreboding.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison is increasingly troubled by a sense of foreboding, which becomes stronger on the return of her horrible spirit guide Morris.

Her young friend Mart, banished by Colette from the garden shed but working with a group of labourers over the road, tells her he's seen a white van full of boxes arrive looking for her.

The news brings back terrible memories to Alison, who fears that the events of her childhood - and the evil men who were part of them - are getting closer all the time.

Meanwhile, her assistant Colette is more interested in getting their accounts sorted out.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Mandy....Adrienne O'Sullivan

Mart....Malcolm Hamilton

Directed by Sara Davies

07The Fiends Are On Their Way *20100309

Alison is increasingly troubled by a sense of foreboding.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison is increasingly troubled by a sense of foreboding, which becomes stronger on the return of her horrible spirit guide Morris.

Her young friend Mart, banished by Colette from the garden shed but working with a group of labourers over the road, tells her he's seen a white van full of boxes arrive looking for her.

The news brings back terrible memories to Alison, who fears that the events of her childhood - and the evil men who were part of them - are getting closer all the time.

Meanwhile, her assistant Colette is more interested in getting their accounts sorted out.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Mandy....Adrienne O'Sullivan

Mart....Malcolm Hamilton

Directed by Sara Davies

08Team Psychics *20100310

Alison is invited to take part with her fellow mediums in a Team Psychics show.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison is invited to take part with her fellow mediums in a Team Psychics show, but the event is disrupted when the elderly medium Mrs Etchells sees some unexpected figures in the back row of the audience.

The fiends from Alison's past are back, and they are intent on mischief.

Their first victim is Mrs Etchells, who dies of a heart attack and brings Alison disturbing news from the other side.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Silvana....Jacqueline Tong

Mrs Etchells....June Barrie

Directed by Sara Davies

08Team Psychics *20100310

Alison is invited to take part with her fellow mediums in a Team Psychics show.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison is invited to take part with her fellow mediums in a Team Psychics show, but the event is disrupted when the elderly medium Mrs Etchells sees some unexpected figures in the back row of the audience.

The fiends from Alison's past are back, and they are intent on mischief.

Their first victim is Mrs Etchells, who dies of a heart attack and brings Alison disturbing news from the other side.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Silvana....Jacqueline Tong

Mrs Etchells....June Barrie

Directed by Sara Davies

09A Violent Death *20100311

Alison tries to get the truth about her childhood out of her mother.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison tries to get the truth about her childhood out of her mother, but Emmie won't give her a straight reply.

It's not until the appalling Morris and his evil spirit friends have caused another shocking death that Alison begins to get some answers.

When Alison confronts Morris with the evil he's done, he counters by revealing the true extent of the vengeance that the young Alison took on her abusers.

It's all too much for Colette, who announces she won't stay another day in the house.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Directed by Sara Davies

09A Violent Death *20100311

Alison tries to get the truth about her childhood out of her mother.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison tries to get the truth about her childhood out of her mother, but Emmie won't give her a straight reply.

It's not until the appalling Morris and his evil spirit friends have caused another shocking death that Alison begins to get some answers.

When Alison confronts Morris with the evil he's done, he counters by revealing the true extent of the vengeance that the young Alison took on her abusers.

It's all too much for Colette, who announces she won't stay another day in the house.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Directed by Sara Davies

10 LASTAlison's Retribution20100312

Alison confronts the past and finally learns the truth about her childhood.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison knows that in order to banish the demons of her past she must face them and confront the painful truth about what happened in her childhood.

With the help of Mrs McGibbet, yet another spirit from her past, Alison learns the worst.

Meanwhile, Colette goes back home to Gavin, and the two of them try to remember why they split up in the first place.

Alison's appalling spirit guide Morris realises she's lost to him forever now that she has not only faced down her demons but has committed a good deed and will go on to commit more.

Alison is at last free to set off into a brighter future with a replacement spirit guide, the sweet and devoted Maureen.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Aitkenside....Simon Armstrong

Gavin....Mark Meadows

Mrs McGibbet/Maureen....Sheila Hannon

Directed by Sara Davies

10 LASTAlison's Retribution20100312

Alison confronts the past and finally learns the truth about her childhood.

Dramatisation by Caroline Harrington of Hilary Mantel's blackly comic novel about a professional medium with a troubled past.

Alison knows that in order to banish the demons of her past she must face them and confront the painful truth about what happened in her childhood.

With the help of Mrs McGibbet, yet another spirit from her past, Alison learns the worst.

Meanwhile, Colette goes back home to Gavin, and the two of them try to remember why they split up in the first place.

Alison's appalling spirit guide Morris realises she's lost to him forever now that she has not only faced down her demons but has committed a good deed and will go on to commit more.

Alison is at last free to set off into a brighter future with a replacement spirit guide, the sweet and devoted Maureen.

Alison....Alison Steadman

Colette....Rosie Cavaliero

Morris....Bill Wallis

Emmie....Katharine Rogers

Aitkenside....Simon Armstrong

Gavin....Mark Meadows

Mrs McGibbet/Maureen....Sheila Hannon

Directed by Sara Davies