Bright Young Things

Series of three classic short stories celebrating the riotous, witty, cocktail-swilling party people of the 1920s, dubbed by Evelyn Waugh the 'Bright Young Things'.

Episodes

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AR01Jeeves And The Yuletide Spiirit2009122920110710
20121223 (BBC7)
20121224 (BBC7)

By P G Wodehouse.

An unexpected invitation to spend the festive season in the country throws Jeeves's plans for a yuletide break in Monte Carlo into disarray.

But as the halpess Bertie Wooster gaily wreaks havoc in the season of goodwill, his loyal manservant soon has Monte Carlo back in his sights.

Read by Julian Rhind Tutt.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

An unexpected invite to spend Christmas in the country throws Jeeves's plans into disarray

An unexpected invite to spend Christmas in the country throws Jeeves's plans into disarray. Read by Julian Rhind-tutt.

AR02The Garden Party2009123020110717
20120717 (BBC7)
20120718 (BBC7)
20140209 (BBC7)
20140210 (BBC7)

By Katherine Mansfield.

A lavish party at the luxurious Sheridan family home is jeopardised when a local workman meets with a tragic death.

Read by Romola Garai.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Romola Garai reads the first of two stories celebrating the extravagant, cocktail-swilling party people of the 1920s, the 'Bright Young Things'.

In today's story, one of Katherine Mansfield's all-time classics, a tragic death threatens to intrude upon the lavish preparations for a rather extravagant summer party.

Born in 1888 in New Zealand, Katherine Mansfield is widely considered to be one of the finest short story writers of the early 20th century and was a major influence on the evolution of the modern short story form in Britain and Europe.

Written by Katherine Mansfield

Produced by Justine Willett.

Romola Garai celebrates the 1920s party people with Katherine Mansfield's classic story.

A wealthy family's lavish gathering is threatened by an accident in a classic class tale.

Romola Garai reads the first of two stories celebrating the extravagant, cocktail-swilling party people of the 1920s, the 'Bright Young Things'. In today's story, one of Katherine Mansfield's all-time classics, a tragic death threatens to intrude upon the lavish preparations for a rather extravagant summer party.

By Katherine Mansfield. A wealthy family's lavish gathering is threatened by an accident.

AR03 LASTBernice Bobs Her Hair2009123120110724
20120718 (BBC7)
20120719 (BBC7)
20140216 (BBC7)
20140217 (BBC7)

By F Scott Fitzgerald.

The dowdy Bernice becomes a 'society vampire' after guidance from her popular cousin Marjorie.

But when the new party girl Bernice begins to threaten her cousin's own popularity, Marjorie lays a fiendish trap for her gullible cousin.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

And now the second of our stories celebrating the riotous, cocktail-swilling, 'Bright Young Things' of the interwar years.

Laurel Lefkow reads F Scott Fitzgerald's classic Jazz Age tale set in 1920s California, 'Bernice Bobs her Hair', in which revenge comes in the shape of a daring new hairstyle.

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Scott Fitzgerald, author of 'The Beautiful and the Damned', 'Tender is the Night' and 'The Great Gatsby', is regarded as one of the twentieth century's greatest writers.

His stories epitomised the Jazz Age, which he defined as a 'generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.

Written by F Scott Fitzgerald

Produced by Justine Willett.

F Scott Fitzgerald's classic 'Jazz Age' story is read by Laurel Lefkow.

The Jazz Age, where revenge comes in the shape of a daring new hairstyle.

And now the second of our stories celebrating the riotous, cocktail-swilling, 'Bright Young Things' of the interwar years. Laurel Lefkow reads F Scott Fitzgerald's classic Jazz Age tale set in 1920s California, 'Bernice Bobs her Hair', in which revenge comes in the shape of a daring new hairstyle.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of 'The Beautiful and the Damned', 'Tender is the Night' and 'The Great Gatsby', is regarded as one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. His stories epitomised the Jazz Age, which he defined as a 'generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.

By F Scott Fitzgerald. Revenge comes in the shape of a daring new hairstyle.