The Cleaner Of Chartres

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0120121029

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch one morning twenty years ago; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins finally unfolds.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with a sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused throughout with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0220121030

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 2:

Dr Deman discovers a baby adopted by a local celebrity bears a striking resemblance to the one taken away from Agnès when she was just 15. He writes the address in Agnès' file.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0320121031

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 3:

Dr Deman reads of a vicious attack on a nanny with a young baby. He suspects Agnès. In the present, a china doll goes missing from Madame Beck's and Agnès is her chief suspect.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0420121101

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch twenty years ago; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins finally unfolds.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with a sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused throughout with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 4:

Madame Beck accuses her cleaner Agnès of stealing a china doll from her apartment and seems intent on blackening her name in Chartres.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0520121102

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 5:

Dr Deman takes Agnès to see Jean Dupère and Professor Jones begins teaching her to read. In the past, Maddy, a nurse at the clinic, convinces Agnès to say that the baby isn't hers.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0620121105

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 6:

Madame Picot begins to feel guilty and Madame Beck is determined to blacken Agnès' name. In the past, Agnès goes to live with Jean Dupère, the man who found her as a baby.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0720121106

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 7:

Little does Agnès know that a chance meeting with someone from her past will bring back painful memories and threaten to destroy the happiness she has found in Chartres.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0820121107

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 8:

Robert finds a body in the river and Madame Beck learns of Agnès' past. Agnès agrees to babysit Max but, the day after she hands him back to Brigitte, all hell breaks loose.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0920121108

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 9

Following the accusation that she hurt baby Max, Agnès disappears. Alain has a good idea where she'll be and heads for the cathedral crypt. Madame Beck continues her hate campaign.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

10 LAST20121109

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Lesley Manville

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained-glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins unfold.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

Episode 10:

Philippe confronts Brigitte about baby Max. Madame Picot, feeling guilty, tries to put things right and Madame Beck spots something shocking in Abbé Paul's deanery.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.