The Closed Circle

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in 15 parts by Sally Marmion.

Jonathan Coe's new novel reveals what happens to the adolescents of the seventies once they grew up, got married, got divorced, got receding hairlines and got disillusioned.

Against the glitzy but possibly insubstantial backdrop of Blair's Britain, the friends who once made up 'The Rotters' Club' are still striving to find the meaning of life.

Read by Emma Fielding and Alex Jennings

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01The Return Of The Rotters20041025

Jonathan Coe's satire, abridged in 15 parts by Sally Marmion.

Jonathan Coe's new novel reveals what happens to the adolescents of the seventies once they grew up, got married, got divorced, got receding hairlines and got disillusioned.

Against the glitzy but possibly insubstantial backdrop of Blair's Britain, the friends who once made up 'The Rotters' Club' are still striving to find the meaning of life.

Read by Emma Fielding and Alex JenningsToday, Claire begins a letter to her missing sister.

02A Letter To Miriam20041026

Claire has returned to ENGLAND from Italy, determined to find out at last what happened to her sister so long ago.

03Hurrah For The Millennium20041027

As Britain enters a new century, the future's looking bright for Paul Trotter, youngest of Blair's new blood to be invited to the celebrations.

His brother Benjamin can't say the same for himself.

04Spin City20041028

Malvina takes Paul Trotter's political profile in hand - despite unpromising material.

05Echoes From The Past20041029

With trouble at Longbridge and memories of Miriam the past suddenly doesn't seem so long ago.

06Modern Morals20041101

Today, Doug Anderton acquires some inside information.

07Wheeling And Dealing In Denmark20041102

Today, Benjamin is faced with the biggest crisis of his life.

08A Rock And A Hard Place20041103

Today, both Paul and Benjamin have love on their minds, but the outlook is far from promising.

09Spin City20041104

Emily writes from FRANCE and Claire meets a potential admirer, with a SWIMMING pool.

10Seeking Miriam20041105

Claire pursues her quest to find out just what did happen to miriam all those years ago.

11Carity In The Caribbean20041108

Claire learns truths about both herself and her sister.

12Style Over Content20041109

Today, at the party for Britain's 50 sharpest Men, Paul, number 49, comes face to face with his past, while in BIRMINGHAM an old friend goes in search of Benjamin.

13Momentous Times20041110

Paul makes a critical decision and Claire finally discovers the truth.

14Finding Peace20041111

Benjamin hits rock bottom and Paul finally makes a moral choice.

15 LASTClosing The Circle20041112

The next generation piece their parents' story together.