Constance

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0120051121

By Julie Fraser

1/5.

A Rose in Kilkenny

Renowned 20th century florist Constance Spry was inspired by childhood walks in a bluebell wood in Ireland.

Later, as a young bride, she created her first rose garden there, and escaped her loveless marriage by fleeing to England and a new life with her young son.

Constance Spry....Joanna David

Rosemary Hume....Tina Gray

Young Constance....Flora Dacherty

Father....David Shaw-Parker

Norman Wilkinson....Martin Hyder

Gertrude Jekyll....Maria Aitken

Keira Doyle....Colleen Prendergast

Bridget....Marcella Riordan

Director Marilyn Imrie

0220051122

By Julie Fraser

2/5.

New Loves

Constance is headmistress of a school in London's East End, where she instils in her pupils a love of flowers, while falling in love with the dashing Mr Spry, and launching her first flower shop in the West End.

While working on a floral creation with fashionable maverick painter Gluck, her life is turned upside down.

Constance Spry....Joanna David

Shav Spry....John Rowe

Dolly....Colleen Prendergast

Norman Wilkinson....Martin Hyder

Miss Cook....Tina Gray

Victor Steibel....Geoffrey McGivern

Valerie Pirie....Susan Wooldridge

Flower Seller....David Shaw-Parker

Hannah Gluckenstein....Jenny Howe

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

0320051123

By Julie Fraser

3/5.

Flowers for Mrs Simpson

Constance is thrown into the heart of royal society and scandal when she is invited to arrange the flowers for the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Wallis Simpson at the Chateau de Cande in France.

Constance Spry....Joanna David

Valerie Pirie....Susan Wooldridge

Edward....Martin Hyder

Wallis Simpson....Debora Weston

Cecil Beaton....Geoffrey McGivern

Shav Spry....John Rowe

Director Marilyn Imrie.

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Autumn in New York

Constance is invited to open a chic new flower shop in New York, but the outbreak of war in 1939 brings her home to England where she continues to bring the joy of flowers into the lives of bombed out Londoners.

Constance Spry....Joanna David

Shav....John Rowe

NY cab driver....Eric Loren

Gertrude Jekyll....Maria Aitken

Adele Lovatt....Debora Weston

Director Marilyn Imrie.

By Julie Fraser.

4/5.

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Crowning Glory

1953 is the crowning glory of Constance's career when she is commissioned to arrange the flowers for the processional route at Queen Elizabeth's Coronation.

A new generation of young women is ready to take up Constance's legacy at the school she founded at Winkfield Place.

Constance Spry....Joanna David

Shav....John Rowe

Bo Peep Girl....Tracy Wiles

Rosemary Hume....Tina Gray

Father....David Shaw-Parker

Eric Bedford....Geoffrey McGivern

Valerie....Susan Wooldridge

Young Constance....Flora Docherty

Director Marilyn Imrie.