First Person Singular

A week of unconnected stories, by five different authors, with one thing in common - they are all written in the first person

Episodes

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20040725

Ferrara Journal, by Geraldine Lindley. When a young girl's father marries her off to the much older Duke of Ferrara, she consoles herself with her love for her brother Alfredo.

20040801

Continuing the series of stories, by five different authors, with one thing in common: they are all written in the first person.

4/5. Cocktails, by Valerie Miner

Which came first - the chicken or the egg? June and Lucy disagree, but differences are put aside as the sisters approach their last journey together.

Read by Bonnie Hurren.

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Each week, a different presenter introduces an anthology on a theme of their choice.

1: These Extraordinary People. Edward Blishen muses on uncles and aunts, dipping into his own memories, family letters and diaries, Laurie Lee , doggerel and cockney songbooks... Producer Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

Unknown: Laurie Lee

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Each week, a different presenter introduces an anthology on a theme of their choice.

2: South. Brian Thompson considers the urge of gloomy northern Europeans to travel south. He remembers his own early journeys and draws on the writings of South Sea explorers, Flaubert and poets and musicians as diverse as Rachmaninov and 50s songstress Kay Starr. Producer Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Brian Thompson

Songstress: Kay Starr.

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Each week. a different presenter introduces an anthology on a theme of their choice.

3: The Irrevocable. Marcella Evaristi cogitates on that moment when the door clicks shut behind you. No going back: love and embarrassment; birth and faith; hairdressers and death.

Producer Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Marcella Evaristi

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Each week, a different presenter introduces an anthology on a theme of their choice.

4: Nonsense Bears a Crown of Meaning

June Goodfield muses on the subject of scientific creativity. She remembers her own impetuous decision to study zoology, reveals how wobbling plates can lead to a Nobel Prize in Physics and how scientists are making a reality of Tennyson's vision of the future. Producer Amanda Mares

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Producer: Amanda Mares

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Each week, a different presenter introduces an anthology on a theme of their choice.

5: A Woman 's Guide to Health and Beauty. Julie Welch takes a jog into the world of keep fit as she delves into callisthenics with Mapp and Lucia, shakes a leg with Eileen Fowler and improves herself with Wendy Cope.

Producer Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Julie Welch

Unknown: Eileen Fowler

Unknown: Wendy Cope.

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Last in the series of anthologies.

The Sega Gamegear Introduction to Poetry. Rapping to a few radical rhythms, dropping into his local card shop, hanging out in Accrington and eavesdropping in the playground... Lemn Sissay finds poetry can be in-your-face fun.

Producer Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Lemn Sissay

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Six presenters introduce an anthology on a theme of their choice.

1: These Extraordinary People. Edward Blishen muses on uncles and aunts. Producer Amanda Mares Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960804]

Unknown: Edward Blishen

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Six presenters introduce an anthology on a theme of their choice.

2: South. Brian Thompson considers the attraction of the South for Europeans. Producer Amanda Mares Repeat

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Unknown: Brian Thompson

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Six presenters introduce an anthology on a theme of their choice.

3: The Irrevocable

With Marcella Evaristi.

Producer Amanda Mares Repeat

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Unknown: Marcella Evaristi.

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Six presenters introduce an anthology on a theme of their choice.

4: Nonsense Bears a Crown of Meaning. With June Goodfield. Producer Amanda Mares Repeat

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Six presenters with an anthology on themes of their choice.

5: A Woman's Guide to Health and Beauty. Julie Welch reveals all. Producer Amanda Mares Repeat

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Unknown: Julie Welch

Producer: Amanda Mares

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The ]ast of six programmes in which different presenters introduce an anthology on themes of their choice. The Sega Gamegear Introduction to Poetry. Lemn Sissay finds poetry can bem-your-facefun.

Producer Amanda Mares Repeat

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AR01A New Life2003080420040711

By Alison Clink.

While Nick is at the office, his young and lonely wife dreams of taking revenge on the bosses who keep her husband away from home for so long.

AR01A New Life2003080420040711

By Alison Clink.

While Nick is at the office, his young and lonely wife dreams of taking revenge on the bosses who keep her husband away from home for so long.

AR02New Horizons2003080520040718

By Carol Ann Fraser.

A woman in late middle age who has been abandoned by her husband and made redundant from her job finds herself drawn into a world of petty crime.

AR02New Horizons2003080520040718

By Carol Ann Fraser.

A woman in late middle age who has been abandoned by her husband and made redundant from her job finds herself drawn into a world of petty crime.

AR03Ferrara Journal2003080620040725

By Geraldine Lindley, read by Amanda Horlock..

A young girl's father marries her off to the much older Duke of Ferrara.

She consoles herself with her love for her brother Alfredo but their secret meeting brings terrible consequences.

AR03Ferrara Journal2003080620040725

By Geraldine Lindley, read by Amanda Horlock..

A young girl's father marries her off to the much older Duke of Ferrara.

She consoles herself with her love for her brother Alfredo but their secret meeting brings terrible consequences.

AR04Cocktails2003080720040801

By Valerie Miner Which came first? June says the chicken, Lucy the egg.

But all differences are put aside as the sisters approach their last journey together.

Read by Bonnie Hurren

AR04Cocktails2003080720040801

By Valerie Miner Which came first? June says the chicken, Lucy the egg.

But all differences are put aside as the sisters approach their last journey together.

Read by Bonnie Hurren

AR05 LASTThe Karma Of Canine2003080820040808

by Patricia Ferguson.

A father discovers that man's best friend doesn't always obey the laws of physics.

Read by Stephen Perring.

AR05 LASTThe Karma Of Canine2003080820040808

by Patricia Ferguson.

A father discovers that man's best friend doesn't always obey the laws of physics.

Read by Stephen Perring.