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0120140526

By Jo Baker. The story of 'Pride and Prejudice from the servants' point of view.

It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House and Sarah's hands are chapped and raw.

'If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats', Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to tramp through muddy fields.'

The peace - or monotony - of domestic life below stairs is about to be disturbed the the arrival of a new footman, James.

0220140527

By Jo Baker. Sarah is suspicious of the new footman, James Smith, even though his presence lightens her workload.

0320140528

By Jo Baker. Sarah notices that the presence of the Militia in Meryton is making the new footman, James, uncomfortable. What secrets is he keeping?

0420140529

By Jo Baker. Sarah is charmed by Ptolemy, the Bingleys' black footman. James and Mrs Hill have both noticed how he looks at her and each has their reasons to be worried.

0520140530

By Jo Baker. The Bennet family receive an invitation from Netherfield. For Sarah, it's a chance to better get to know Ptolemy, the Bingleys' footman.

Reader...Sophie Thompson

Abridger...Sara Davies

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0620140602

By Jo Baker.

'Pride and Prejudice', from the point of view of the servants.

After the Bingleys' ball, everyone is feeling unsettled, including Sarah. James has a moment of self-realisation.

0720140603

By Jo Baker.

Mr Wickham is getting under Sarah's feet, and James' skin. And they don't trust his motives with Polly, the chambermaid, who is just a child.

0820140604

By Jo Baker. Elizabeth Bennet is to visit Mr and Mrs Collins in Kent, and take Sarah with her. It's what Sarah has always wanted, to spread her wings. But she doesn't want to leave James.

0920140605

By Jo Baker. James has left without saying goodbye. Sarah and Mrs Hill are both distraught, but their work must go on. Mr Bennet is about to discover what it is to have a child go missing.

10 LAST20140606

By Jo Baker. Sarah still has had no word from James, but the Bennet daughters have good news.