The Frederica Quartet

John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt, chronicling the lives of the Potter family between 1953 and 1970

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Stephanie escapes from her nagging mother-in-law and leaves Marcus to care for her baby; based on the novels by A S Byatt.

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Stephanie and Daniel settle down to married life while Frederica continues with her acting.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.

Episodes 6-10 of 30.

The family saga based on the novels by As Byatt continues.

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The family saga based on the novels by As Byatt continues.

Episodes 11-15 of 30.

Gideon, the new young vicar arrives and manages to offend Stephanie.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.

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No longer at Cambridge, Frederica has given up her care-free, independent lifestyle.

From the novels of As Byatt.

Episodes 16-20 of 30.

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More upheaval for Frederica with her divorce and a custody battle.

Dramatisation based on the novels by As Byatt.

Episodes 21-25 of 30.

Frederica's estranged husband Nigel demands to see his son Leo.

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Frederica meets up with her old flame, John and her new TV series starts.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.

Episodes 26-30 of 30.

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The first of John Harvey's dramatisations of four novels by As Byatt, chronicling the lives of the Potter family.

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A rich theatre director is producing a play and Frederica is desperate to secure a part.

Frederica auditions for a play about Elizabeth I written by a colleague of her father.

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Stephanie becomes worried about her brother Marcus.

Marcus's sisters are concerned about his increasingly odd behaviour.

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Stephanie's father reacts badly to her news.

Stephanie takes a day trip with the local curate.

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Despite her father's disapproval, Stephanie marries the local curate.

Bill Potter has trouble accepting his daughter's marriage to a curate.

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Stephanie and Daniel settle down to married life, while Frederica continues with her acting.

Episode 6 of 30.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.

Stephanie and Daniel settle down to married life while sister Frederica continues with her acting.

With Jenni Murray.

Drama: `The Frederica Quartet: The Virgin in the Garden' (6/15) / John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt, chronicling the lives of the Potter family.

Stephanie and Daniel begin married life under difficult conditions (6/15).

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Marcus develops a seemingly unhealthy relationship with an older man.

The experiments of Marcus and Simmonds begin to assume a more sinister nature.

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Marcus becomes worried when Mr Simmonds' state of mind deteriorates further.

Frederica is determined to win Alexander's love (8/15).

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The parents are upset when Frederica prepares to leave home and Marcus goes to live with his sister.

Frederica's ambitions both academic and sexual come to fruition.

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Frederica leaves for France and bumps into her love Alexander.

Meanwhile Stephanie and Daniel celebrate their new arrival.

Frederica's horizons are broadened with a visit to Provence and Stephanie's first child is born.

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Gideon, the new young vicar arrives and manages to offend Stephanie.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.

With Jenni Murray.

Drama: `The Frederica Quartet: Still Life' (11/15) / John Harvey's dramatisation of A S Byatt's quartet chronicling the lives of the Potter family.

Frederica is studying at Cambridge.

Stephanie's first child is born (11/15).

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Stephanie escapes from her nagging mother-in-law and leaves Marcus to care for her baby.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.

With Jenni Murray.

Drama: `The Frederica Quartet: Still Life' (12/15) / John Harvey's dramatisation of A S Byatt's quartet chronicling the lives of the Potter family.

Pregnant again, Stephanie is struggling to cope (12/15).

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Frederica becomes smitten by a new man while Stephanie expects her second child.

With Jenni Murray.

Drama: `The Frederica Quartet: Still Life' (13/15) / John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt.

Cut off from family life at Cambridge, Frederica is fascinated by Rafael Faber.

Stephanie's second child is born (13/15).

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Frederica decides whether to stay on at university or take a job with a magazine in London.

Based on the books by As Byatt.

Episode 14 of 30.

With Jenni Murray.

Drama: `The Frederica Quartet: Still Life' (14/15) /.

Daniel is losing faith in himself (14/15).

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There is tragedy awaiting the Potter family.

Based on the works by As Byatt.

Episode 15 of 30.

It's a sad day for the Potter family as a terrible fate befalls Stephanie.

A tragic accident occurs, leaving Daniel and the Potter family devastated; based on the novels by As Byatt.

With Martha Kearney.

Drama: `The Frederica Quartet: Still Life' (15/15) / John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt, chronicling the lives of the Potter family.

A bird gets trapped in Stephanie's kitchen, with tragic results (15/15).

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No longer at Cambridge, Frederica has given up her care-free, independent lifestyle.

Can settling down bring her happiness?

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After the death of his wife, Daniel feels guilty for leaving his children.

Based on As Byatt's novels.

Daniel's daughter has an accident, and lies unconscious in hospital.

(2/15).

Daniel gets an urgent phone call about his daughter.

It's time for him to face up to the consequences of his actions.

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Frederica feels increasingly isolated and frustrated with her deteriorating marriage.

Frederica finds her personality and freedom restricted by her husband Nigel.

(3/15).

Based on novels by A S Byatt.

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Having left her husband, Frederica samples her first taste of single life.

Based on the works of A S Byatt.

In search of Frederica, Nigel barges into her father's home but she's not there.

She's staying with her first love, Alexander.

Frederica begins a new life in LONDON (4/15).

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rederica is reunited with Daniel, but can he persuade her to face her family at CHRISTMAS?

Frederica finds out that her husband Nigel has cheated on her when she discovers she has a sexually transmitted disease.

Daniel finds out the identity of the mysterious Steelwire.

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Frederica's estranged husband Nigel demands to see his son Leo.

Based on the novel by As Byatt.

John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt.

Nigel has followed Frederica and Nigel to YORKshire, but she is still determined to proceed with the divorce (6/15).

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Frederica discovers that her new flame John has an unhinged brother.

Based on the novels by As Byatt.

John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt.

Frederica takes John Ottaker to YORKshire, but back in LONDON she finds herself being watched by his twin brother (7/15).

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The day of Frederica's divorce arrives and she learns whether she has won the bitter custody battle for her son.

John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt.

At Frederica's divorce hearing, she comes under a very public attack from her husband's lawyers (8/15).

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It's the swinging sixties and Frederica jacks in her job.

This story opens with Agatha Mond, reading from her book to Frederica's son Leo.

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Marcus, Frederica's brother, and his colleagues make a shocking discovery.

James Wilkie has asked Frederica to put herself forward as a TV presenter for an arts programme.

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Frederica meets up with her old flame John and her new TV series starts.

Based on the novels by As Byatt.

John Harvey's dramatisation of four novels by A S Byatt.

Frederica and John Ottaker continue their relationship in LONDON, and a new relationship begins in North YORKshire (11/15).

Episode 26 of 30.

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Daniel finds it hard to communicate with his son Will.

Daniel and Frederica visit the commune at Dun Vale Farm.

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The religious community in YORKshire is beginning to take the shape of a cult under the influence of its charismatic leader.

Daniel clashes with Joshua Ramsden, and Frederica and John run into difficulties.

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Protesters threaten to spoil the prestigious conference taking place at the YORKshire university where Luke is speaking.

June 1968: the Body Mind conference opens at the university, but the students have planned a demonstration.

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Protesters threaten to spoil the prestigious conference taking place at the YORKshire university where Luke is speaking.

Events build to a tragic climax at the farm, and Frederica is faced with a difficult choice.

A fire at the farm has devastating consequences and Frederica gets emotional.

Based on the novels by A S Byatt.