Constance

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20051121

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.

20051122

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.

20051123

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.

20051124

By Julie Fraser.

4/5. 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.

20051125

By Julie Fraser.

5/5. 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.

01Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110704

Written by Franny Moyle.

Constance was a shy child with a bullying mother. After the death of her father she escapes to live with her grandfather and blossoms into a confident, outgoing young woman.

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.

Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society the Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

But that spring Constance's entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Having changed her name, she lived in exile until her death.

Franny Moyle's biography tells Constance's story with a fresh eye and new material. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, she uncovers key revelations about a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.

Reader: Rachel Atkins

Abridger: Libby Spurrier

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Following the death of her father, Constance escapes the clutches of her bullying mother.

01Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110705

Following the death of her father, Constance escapes the clutches of her bullying mother.

02Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110705

Written by Franny Moyle.

Constance is engaged to Oscar Wilde and the couple are blissfully happy. But her brother Otho has doubts about Oscar's suitability as a prospective husband.

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.

Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society the Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

But that spring Constance's entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Having changed her name, she lived in exile until her death.

Franny Moyle's biography tells Constance's story with a fresh eye and new material. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, she uncovers key revelations about a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.

Reader: Rachel Atkins

Abridger: Libby Spurrier

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Otho has doubts as to Oscar's suitability as a future husband for Constance.

02Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110706

Otho has doubts as to Oscar's suitability as a future husband for Constance.

03Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110706

Written by Franny Moyle.

Oscar and Constance are married with two young sons. But Constance is determined not to let motherhood stand in the way of her own literary ambitions.

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.

Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society the Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

But that spring Constance's entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Having changed her name, she lived in exile until her death.

Franny Moyle's biography tells Constance's story with a fresh eye and new material. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, she uncovers key revelations about a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.

Reader: Rachel Atkins

Abridger: Libby Spurrier

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Now married with two young sons, Constance embarks on her own literary career.

03Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110707

Now married with two young sons, Constance embarks on her own literary career.

04Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110707

Written by Franny Moyle.

Constance has become close friends with Lady Mount-Temple which, conveniently for Oscar, leaves him free to spend more time with Lord Alfred Douglas.

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.

Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society the Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

But that spring Constance's entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Having changed her name, she lived in exile until her death.

Franny Moyle's biography tells Constance's story with a fresh eye and new material. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, she uncovers key revelations about a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.

Reader: Rachel Atkins

Abridger: Libby Spurrier

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

As Constance spends time with Georgina, Oscar falls under the spell of 'Bosie'.

04Constance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110708

As Constance spends time with Georgina, Oscar falls under the spell of 'Bosie'.

05 LASTConstance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110708

Written by Franny Moyle.

When Oscar loses his libel case against Queensbury and is charged with acts of indecency, Constance realizes she must move quickly to protect the children.

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.

Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society the Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Mrs Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in her own right.

But that spring Constance's entire life was eclipsed by scandal. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly. Having changed her name, she lived in exile until her death.

Franny Moyle's biography tells Constance's story with a fresh eye and new material. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, she uncovers key revelations about a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.

Reader: Rachel Atkins

Abridger: Libby Spurrier

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Constance hears the news she'd been dreading and moves to protect the children.

05 LASTConstance: The Tragic And Scandalous Life Of Mrs Oscar Wilde20110709

Constance hears the news she'd been dreading and moves to protect the children.

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

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.

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.

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.

0420051124

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.

0420051124

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.

05 LAST20051125

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.

05 LAST20051125

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.