Leaving Before The Rains Come

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01'he Looked Good On A Horse'2015021620150217 (R4)

Charlie Ross: Mr Adventure, the man Alexandra hopes will be her saviour.

"I believed that if I moored myself to Charlie, I would know tranquility interspersed with organized adventure. I could remain here, safely. Our lives would be the 'three rifles, supplies for a month and Mozart' of Out of Africa without the plane crashes, syphilis and Danish accent."

In a follow-up to the award-winning memoir "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight", Alexandra Fuller charts her tempestuous marriage to the man she thought would save her from the eccentricities, chaos and dangers of life with her family in Africa.

In 1992, after her parents had seen off all other suitors, Alexandra Fuller married Charlie Ross, a charismatic polo player, and the only man who seemed able to stand up to her parents. In this witty, frank and courageous memoir, Fuller charts their twenty tempestuous years together, from the brutal beauty of the Zambezi to the mountains of Wyoming - looking at what made her marry this man, and why in the end she had to save herself.

Today: 'Charlie Ross: Mr Adventure - the man Alexandra hopes will be her saviour.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Tracy-ann Oberman has had a varied career on stage, screen, as a stand up comedian and as a writer. She is perhaps best known for her long-running role as Chrissie Watts in Eastenders.

02'never Trust Anyone Who Doesn't Drink'2015021720150218 (R4)

Alexandra and Charlie's first trip ends, portentously, in an elephant attack.

In a follow-up to the award-winning memoir "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight", Alexandra Fuller charts her temptestuous marriage to the man she thought would save her from the eccentricities, chaos and dangers of life in Africa.

In 1992, after her parents had seen off all other suitors, Alexandra Fuller married Charlie Ross, a charismatic polo player, and the only man who seemed able to stand up to her parents. In this witty, frank and courageous memoir, Fuller charts their twenty tempestuous years together, from the brutal beauty of the Zambezi to the mountains of Wyoming - looking at what made her marry this man, and why in the end she had to save herself.

Today: Alexandra and Charlie's first trip ends, portentously, with an elephant attack.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Tracy-ann Oberman.

03'a Nice Leg For A Riding Boot'2015021820150219 (R4)

Alexandra looks to her family's colourful past in order to make sense of the present.

In a follow-up to the award-winning memoir "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight", Alexandra Fuller charts her tempestuous marriage to the man she thought would save her from the eccentricities, chaos and dangers of life in Africa.

In 1992, after her parents had seen off all other suitors, Alexandra Fuller married Charlie Ross, a charismatic polo player, and the only man who seemed able to stand up to her parents. In this witty, frank and courageous memoir, Fuller charts their twenty tempestuous years together.

Today: Alexandra looks to her family's colourful past in order to make sense of the present.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Tracy-Ann Oberman.

04'They didn't roar and battle and laugh'20150219

04'they Didn't Roar And Battle And Laugh'2015021920150220 (R4)

In a follow-up to the award-winning memoir "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight", Alexandra Fuller charts her tempestuous marriage to the man she thought would save her from the chaos of life in Africa.

In 1992, after her parents had seen off all other suitors, Alexandra Fuller married Charlie Ross, a charismatic adventurer and polo player, and the only man who seemed able to stand up to her parents. In this witty, frank and courageous memoir, Fuller charts their twenty tempestuous years together.

Today: Alexandra struggles to keep afloat, when her safe and risk-free life in the US turns out to have been an illusion.

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Tracy-ann Oberman.

Alexandra struggles when her risk-free life in the US turns out to have been an illusion.