The Music Room

Dan Stevens reads William Fiennes' memoir of his magical childhood in a moated castle in which he grew up with his severely epileptic older brother.

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01*2009041320090413 (BBC7)
20140203 (BBC7)

The five-year-old William is preoccupied with fishing for pike in the castle's moat.

Richard's seizures become increasingly worse, and a severe form of epilepsy is diagnosed.

The five-year-old William is preoccupied with fishing for pike in the castle's moat. Richard's seizures become increasingly worse, and a severe form of epilepsy is diagnosed.

02* *2009041420090414 (BBC7)
20140204 (BBC7)

Eight-year-old William makes a playground of the castle's attic spaces and is intrigued by a secret door.

Richard experiences dark mood swings, but also finds a new pleasure when he takes up pipe smoking.

Eight-year-old William makes a playground of the castle's attic spaces and is intrigued by a secret door. Richard experiences dark mood swings, but also finds a new pleasure when he takes up pipe smoking.

03*2009041520090415 (BBC7)
20140205 (BBC7)

Richard is captivated by a heron, but is also gripped by a furious black mood.

Nine-year-old William and his friends play with antique swords and cannonballs.

Richard is captivated by a heron, but is also gripped by a furious black mood. Nine-year-old William and his friends play with antique swords and cannonballs.

042009041620090416 (BBC7)
20140206 (BBC7)

Richard's behaviour becomes increasingly problematic, but his interest in Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales gives him and his family an unexpected moment of pleasure.

05 LAST* *20090417

William, now 17, prepares to leave home.

Richard enjoys holidays with his parents and his days find a more even keel, but sadness looms.