It's Beginning To Hurt

Series of five enigmatic and psychologically gripping short stories by James Lasdun.

Episodes

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01Caterpillars2009032320090323 (BBC7)
20130415 (BBC7)
20130416 (BBC7)

On a walking holiday in France, a couple are forced to confront both a legion of poisonous caterpillars and the consequences of their own convictions.

Read by Laurel Lefkow

On a walking holiday, a couple are forced to confront a legion of poisonous caterpillars.

On a walking holiday in France, a couple are forced to confront both a legion of poisonous caterpillars and the consequences of their own convictions. Read by Laurel Lefkow.

02Annals Of The Honorary Secretary2009032420090324 (BBC7)
20130416 (BBC7)
20130417 (BBC7)

An enigmatic and select society welcomes the arrival of a promising new member.

But her mysterious gifts generate unexpected sensations and revelations.

Read by Bill Paterson

Lucille joins an enigmatic and select society, but mysterious gifts generate revelations.

Series of five psychologically gripping short stories by James Lasdun.

An enigmatic and select society welcomes the arrival of a promising new member. But her mysterious gifts generate unexpected sensations and revelations. Read by Bill Paterson.

03Totty2009032520130417 (BBC7)
20130418 (BBC7)

Finally free from a marriage that involved adulteries on both sides, June embarks on a fresh new life in the Sussex countryside.

But it is not long before her past starts to infringe on her present.

Read by Greta Scacchi.

Divorcee June starts a new life in the countryside but cannot shake off her past.

Free from an adulterous marriage, June starts a fresh life in the country.

Finally free from a marriage that involved adulteries on both sides, June embarks on a fresh new life in the Sussex countryside. But it is not long before her past starts to infringe on her present. Read by Greta Scacchi.

04Cranley Meadows2009032620090326 (BBC7)
20130418 (BBC7)
20130419 (BBC7)

Bryony is married to Lev, her former astronomy professor. But while Lev faces up to the realities of having been made redundant, Bryony is forced to confront the truth of her own desires. Read by Laurel Lefkow.

While her husband faces up to being made redundant, Bryony has to confront her own desires

Bryony is married to Lev, her former astronomy professor.

But while Lev faces up to the realities of having been made redundant, Bryony is forced to confront the truth of her own desires.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

05 LASTThe Half-sister2009032720130419 (BBC7)
20130420 (BBC7)

Martin now teaches guitar to the wealthy. But one client has a hidden agenda.

Martin once aspired to be a professional guitarist but has now reconciled himself to the realities of his daily life as a guitar teacher to the children of the wealthy. But one of his clients has a hidden agenda. Read by Ben Meyjes.

Martin once aspired to be a professional guitarist but has now reconciled himself to the realities of his daily life as a guitar teacher to the children of the wealthy.

But one of his clients has a hidden agenda.

Read by Ben Meyjes.

When a client invites him for drinks, a guitar teacher begins to suspect their intentions.