|01||Miss Tempy's Watchers||20040823|
By Sarah Orne Jewett
Among American writers, Sarah Orne Jewett was much loved and admired for her delicate observation of the lives of women and men in 19th century New ENGLAND.
Her reputation has risen back to previous heights in recent years, and five of her tales attract some of Britain's finest actors in this new series.Miss Tempy's Watchers sees two estranged friends finding their old bonds of affection as they watch over the body of a beloved friend the night before her funeral.
|02||The Queen's Twin||20040824|
Susannah YORK takes on the role of Mrs Abby Martin, a woman born at exactly the same moment as Queen Victoria, allowing for the time difference between ENGLAND and New ENGLAND.
She has a tale to tell of their parallel lives.
A sea captain with a memory to share of meeting an ancient Scots mariner who sailed into uncharted waters, and discovered a strange land with no place for the living.
|04||Miss Esther's Guest||20040826|
Seeing it as a duty to provide a country break for a city-dwelling church member, Miss Esther offers to take in a guest from Boston.
The visitor is not the old lady she expects.
|05 LAST||The Town Poor||20040827|
Having fallen on hard times, the Bray sisters have been placed out of sight on a remote farm where they won't disturb the town's conscience.
A chance visit by two old friends puts their lives in shocking contrast.