Jigs And Reels

Five new stories from the first collection of short stories by Joanne Harris, author of highly acclaimed novels Chocolat, Blackberry Wine and Five Quarters of the Orange.

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AR01Faith And Hope Go Shopping2004041220041226
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20121210 (BBC7)
20121211 (BBC7)

Short story by Joanne Harris.

Faith and Hope long to escape their rest home life.

Will they take the chance when it comes?

Bored of their humdrum existence in Meadowbank Old People's Home, two old friends plan an escape to London to indulge their passion for fine foods, literature and unsuitable shoes! Read by June Whitfield

Two friends with 'ordinary' lives plan to escape their old people's home.

June Whitfield reads a short story by Joanne Harris.

Bored with daily life, two friends plan to escape Meadowbank Old People's Home.

Short story read by June Whitfield.

Bored with daily life, two friends plan to escape Meadowbank Old People's Home. Short story read by June Whitfield.

AR02Last Train To Dogtown2004041320050102
20080715 (BBC7)
20090324 (BBC7)
20091215 (BBC7)
20091216 (BBC7)
20101116 (BBC7)
20110731 (BBC7)
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20120425 (BBC7)
20121211 (BBC7)
20121212 (BBC7)

An author is stranded with the characters of his unfinished Western story.

Author Neil K is stranded with the talkative characters of his unfinished Western story. Short story read by Jack Davenport.

Jack Davenport reads a short story by Joanne Harris.

Award winning author Neil K finds himself stranded in an old Western story he never quite completed.

The trouble is, the characters all want an ending to their story and they all have their own suggestions to make.

Read by Jack Davenport.

Short story by Joanne Harris.

When his train breaks down, author Neil discovers the hard way that the past isn't done with him.

Author Neil K is stranded with the talkative characters of his unfinished Western story.

Short story read by Jack Davenport.

AR03Gastronomicon2004041420050109
20080716 (BBC7)
20090325 (BBC7)
20091216 (BBC7)
20091217 (BBC7)
20101117 (BBC7)
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20121212 (BBC7)
20121213 (BBC7)

Short story by Joanne Harris.

A silver wedding anniversary yields some surprising results for Ernest's wife.

Planning a silver wedding anniversary celebratory meal may not seem a dangerous decision.

But when your exotic mother in law has passed onto you a rather special recipe book, and you have been warned not to stray beyond the first ten pages, disobeying this command may have unexpected consequences.

Read by Lynda Baron.

A silver wedding anniversary recipe book yields some unexpected consequences.

Lynda Baron reads a short story by Joanne Harris.

Disobeying rules for a wedding anniversary recipe book sparks unexpected consequences.

Disobeying rules for a silver wedding anniversary recipe book sparks unexpected consequences.

Short story read by Lynda Baron.

Disobeying rules for a silver wedding anniversary recipe book sparks unexpected consequences. Short story read by Lynda Baron.

AR04The Ugly Sister2004041520050116
20080717 (BBC7)
20090326 (BBC7)
20091217 (BBC7)
20091218 (BBC7)
20101118 (BBC7)
20110814 (BBC7)
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20121213 (BBC7)
20121214 (BBC7)

Short story by Joanne Harris.

What happens when fairytale archetypes break free? A Christmas pantomime yields the answer.

Ever wonder what became of the Ugly Sister's from Cinderella? Why no-one ever gave them an ever-after, let alone a happy one? This is the history of one of those sisters, who one night discovers an admirer in the audience and wonders if she has met her own Prince Charming.

Read by Lesley Sharp

A Cinderella pantomime character discovers her own admirer in the audience.

Lesley Sharp reads a short story by Joanne Harris.

A Cinderella pantomime character wonders if her own Prince Charming is in the audience.

A Cinderella pantomime character wonders if her own Prince Charming is in the audience. Short story read by Lesley Sharp.

AR05 LASTFule's Gold2004041620050123
20080718 (BBC7)
20090327 (BBC7)
20091218 (BBC7)
20091219 (BBC7)
20101119 (BBC7)
20110821 (BBC7)
20120427 (BBC7)
20120428 (BBC7)
20121214 (BBC7)
20121215 (BBC7)

Short story by Joanne Harris.

Mr Fisher has taught for 40 years without distinction.

Will 'the last story' save him?

Mr Fisher has taught creative writing in the same school for forty years.

Disillusioned with the lack of originality in his pupils' essays he sits down one snowy Friday evening to do his marking and discovers a masterpiece.

Overcome by his own failed ambitions and greed, Mr Fisher decides to pass off the story as his own.

Read by Stephen Moore.

After 40 years of teaching creative writing, Mr Fisher discovers a masterpiece.

Stephen Moore reads a short story by Joanne Harris.

After 40 years teaching creative writing, Mr Fisher discovers a masterpiece.

After 40 years teaching creative writing, sneaky Mr Fisher discovers a masterpiece.

Short story read by Stephen Moore.

After 40 years teaching creative writing, sneaky Mr Fisher discovers a masterpiece. Short story read by Stephen Moore.