Dancing Backwards

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Produced by Kirsty Williams.

Recently widowed Violet embarks on an Atlantic crossing to reunite with an old friend.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet remembers the first time she and Edwin met.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Produced by Kirsty Williams.

Violet begins to reminisce about the friendship that defined her young adulthood.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet and Edwin embark on a shared career and, aboard ship, one of the dance hosts begins to take more than a little interest in her.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Produced by Kirsty Williams.

Violet recalls the period when she and Edwin embarked on a shared career.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet and Edwin's happy life together faces its first challenge when an interloper arrives.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Produced by Kirsty Williams.

Violet and Edwin's happy life is disturbed by the arrival of an unnerving character.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Edwin discovers that Violet's been keeping a rather surprising secret from him.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Produced by Kirsty Williams.

Edwin discovers that Violet has been keeping a surprising secret from him.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet will recall how, despite Edwin's protestations, she and Bruno made their relationship official.

And, aboard ship, she'll make a worrying discovery.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Produced by Kirsty Williams.

Violet makes a worrying discovery.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet and Bruno's recent marriage is beginning to look rocky.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Violet looks back on her marriage to Bruno, and the troubling times he put her through.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet's faced with a difficult choice - help her dear friend Edwin when he needs her most, or stand by her marriage to Bruno.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Violet must choose between her friendship with Edwin and her marriage to Bruno.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet arrives in New York and, in some trepidation, sees Edwin face to face again at last.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Violet arrives in New York and, with trepidation, sees Edwin face to face again at last.

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Eileen Atkins reads from Salley Vickers' acclaimed new novel, Dancing Backwards

Violet Hetherington's husband has recently died.

Alone, she decides to take a cruise-ship crossing to visit her old friend, Edwin, in New York.

As she journeys across the Atlantic the quiet Violet begins to blossom - learning to ballroom dance, taking up smoking again, befriending a famously seething theatre critic.

And in her time alone she reminisces about her early adulthood as a student at Cambridge.

It's at Cambridge that she meets Edwin.

Edwin, it soon becomes clear, is someone she's betrayed and someone she's both terrified and desperate to see again.

The story that unfolds about the young Violet holds the secret to that betrayal.

In tonight's episode, Violet and Edwin will finally put their demons to rest.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers.

Vickers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist whose work includes Mr Golightly's Holiday, Instances of the Number 3, Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You.

Miss Garnet's Angel and The Other Side of You were both popular Book at Bedtimes.

Last year she dramatised her version of the Oedipus myth, Where Three Roads Meet, for Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot.

Before becoming a full time writer she was a psychoanalyst.

Violet and Edwin finally put their demons to rest.

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By Leslie Stewart It's all a question of trust.

But how much do you really know about your family? And what happens if you stop believing what they tell you? Liz....Frances Barber Howard....Bill Nighy Sam....Bryan Dick Elmo....Jimmy Akingbola Trevor....Michael Wildman Marcus....Alexis Rodney Kate....Sheridan Smith D.C.

Crowe....Gemma Saunders D.C.

Harris....Ben Onwukwe Duty Officer....Becky Hindley Foggitt....Gerard Mcdermott Directed by Sally Avens