The Hours

A meditation on love, loss and time by Michael Cunningham, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.

Echoing Virginia Woolf's `Mrs Dalloway', it gives a moving and eloquent account of one day in the lives of three very different women.

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At sunset today as CHRISTIANs complete their Vespers, Islam's special day for prayer ends.

Hinduism sees evening as a time of ignorance, and the Jewish Sabbath is beginning.

We now hear followers of those faiths observing in their regular devotions the cycles of sun and moon and calendar, reflecting also on how their different traditions understand the relationship between worship, faith and and time.

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A meditation on love, loss and time by Michael Cunningham, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.

Echoing Virginia Woolf's `Mrs Dalloway', it gives a moving and eloquent account of one day in the lives of three very different women.With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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In 1990s NEW YORK, Clarissa is organising a party, while in 1923 Virginia is writing `Mrs Dalloway'.

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (4/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, abridged in ten parts.

4: In 1949 Laura is baking a cake with her son, and in 1990s NEW YORK Clarissa has bought the flowers for her party.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Reading: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (5/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane (5/10).

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Martha Kearney with interviews and discussion.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (6/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by Michael Cunningham.

Abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.

Echoing Virginia Woolf's `Mrs Dalloway', it gives a moving account of one day in the lives of three women.

6: In 1923 Virginia is having her sister to tea.

In 1949 Laura has escaped from her home.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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Martha Kearney hosts topical debates and conversation.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (7/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, abridged in ten parts.

7: Virginia is left alone again, and Clarissa has a visitor.

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (8/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane (8/10).

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (9/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, abridged in ten parts.

Part 4.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Reading: `The Hours' by Michael Cunningham (10/10).

/ A meditation on love, loss and time by 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

Abridged by Alison Joseph in ten parts.

10: The end of an eventful day.

With Buffy Davis, Geraldine James and Elizabeth Mcgovern.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane