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By Julian Barnes

Dramatised by Julia Stoneham

"Hello! We've met before... Yes. I am sure.

Positive. About ten years ago."

Stuart's right. We have met before, and his

best friend Oliver, and Gillian, the woman they

both loved. We now have the chance to pick up

from where we left them in France...

Stuart....Carl Prekopp

Oliver....Nicholas Boulton

Gillian....Hermione Norris

Sophie....Lauren Mote

Directed by Tracey Neale

Darker and deeper than its predecessor, Talking It Over, this sequel is an engrossing exploration of betrayal and revenge told with a delicate balance between humour and despair. Set ten years later we now have the chance to pick up from where we left Stuart, Oliver and Gillian in France.

All those years ago, the feckless and witty Oliver betrayed his life-long friendship with Stuart, wrecked his marriage, stole Gillian his wife and then moved to France. There, in an attempt to ease Stuart's misery and her own conscience Gillian staged a violent incident calculated to convince Stuart that her marriage to Oliver is a disaster.

But now Oliver and Gillian are back in London, Gillian has resumed her art restoration work while Oliver is still pursuing self-indulgent impractical projects. They have two daughters. There isn't much money but they are happily jogging along when Stuart, now a successful entrepreneur with an unsuccessful marriage behind him, suddenly returns from the USA, re-enters their lives and life begins to take an unexpected turn for all of them.

The characters tell their stories using the same witty, intimate style as in Talking It Over. Told in the form of triangulating dialogue, with the listener as a confidant. This device, in the hands of Hermione Norris, Carl Prekopp and Nicholas Boulton, captures the distinctive style Julian Barnes uses in both novels to highlight the way in which, in life, people react to unpredictable situations in ways that are astonishing and sometimes even shocking.

WRITER

Julian Barnes is a firm favourite with the Radio 4 listener. Skilful and entertaining. His characters are always both believable and beautifully observed. His most recent work - The Sense of An Ending, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and his new book published last month, Levels Of Life, a semi-biographical book about his wife Pat Kavanagh's death, join his collection of work which has been translated into more than thirty languages.

DRAMATIST

There is an exactness and delicacy in Julia Stoneham's writing which fits perfectly with Julian Barnes. Her own track record is impressive with many radio plays to her name. She has in the past also written for television and this included the hugely popular The House of Eliot. Her trilogy of books about the Land Army Girls which was originally broadcast on Radio 4 as The Cinderella Service is now published and she is at present working on another novel.

Darker and deeper than its predecessor, Talking It Over, this sequel is an engrossing exploraton of betrayal and revenge told with a delicate balance between humour and despair. Set ten years later we now have the chance to pick up from where we left Stuart, Oliver and Gillian in France.

Julian Barnes is a firm favourite with the Radio 4 listener. Skillful and entertaining. His characters are always both believable and beautifully observed. His most recent work - The Sense of An Ending, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and his new book published last month, Levels Of Life, a semi-biographical book about his wife Pat Kavanagh's death, join his collection of work which has been translated into more than thirty languages.

There is an exactness and delicacy in Julia Stoneham's writing which fits perfectly with Julian Barnes. Her own track record is impressive with many radio plays to her name. She has in the past also written for television and this included the hugely popular The House of Eilot. Her trilogy of books about the Land Army Girls which was originally broadcast on Radio 4 as The Cinderella Service is now published and she is at present working on another novel.