Five Stories By Elizabeth Bowen

Five stories of English middle-class life, from the 20s to the Blitz.

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Episodes

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01Mrs Windemere20010702

The psychic Mrs Windemere reenters Esmee's life in a London restaurant, where her attempts to help have a distinctly unsettling effect.

Read by Harriet Walter, directed by John Tydeman

02The New House20010703

Long-suffering Cicely and her irritable brother Herbert are moving into their first home without Mother.

All is well until Cicely makes a shattering announcement.

Read by Harriet Walter, directed by John Tydeman

03Tears, Idle Tears20010704

Plucky widow Mrs Dickinson can cope with just about anything except her seven-year-old son's uncontrollable outbursts of crying.

When they take a walk in a London park, help comes from an unexpected quarter.

Read by Harriet Walter, directed by John Tydeman

04Telling20010705

Terry is an embarrassment to his family and to himself, unable to do anything right.

But when a friend of his sister arrives, he sees a way to make an impact.

Read by Harriet Walter, directed by John Tydeman

05 LASTPink May20010706

A married woman is visited in her room by a ghost - but only on those evenings when she prepares to meet her lover.

Read by Harriet Walter, adapted by Simon Hutton, directed by John Tydeman