The Old Wives' Tale

By Arnold Bennett, dramatised by Stephen Wyatt, directed by Claire Grove.

Amy = Lydia Leonard; Auctioneer/Guard = Declan Wilson; Aunt Harriet = Frances Jeater; Chirac = Tom Smith; Constance = Gillian Kearney; Constance = Marcia Warren; Cyril = Jim Pyke; Dr Stirling = Andrew Harrison; ENGLISHman = Chris Moran; Foucault = Rachel Atkins; Gerald Scales = Nicholas Boulton; Lewis Mardon = John Rowe; Maria Critchlow = Rachel Atkins; Maria Inshull = Rachel Atkins; Mary = Jaimi Barbakoff; Matthew Peel-Swynnerton = Carl Prekopp; Miss Chetwynd = Rachel Atkins; Mr Baines = John Rowe; Mr Bodero = Declan Wilson; Mr Critchlow = Stephen Critchlow; Mr Povey = Ian Dunn; Mrs Baines = Barbara Marten; Saleswoman = Rachel Atkins; Samuel Povey = Ian Dunn; Sophia = Katy Cavanagh; Sophia = Penelope Wilton; The Narrator = Philip Jackson.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19880129]

by ARNOLD BENNETT dramatised in six parts by PETER MACKIE with and 1:1863-5

A handsome commercial traveller, Gerald Scales, calls into a draper's shop in Bursley to flirt with young Sophia

Baines, little realising that his visit will bring exile for the girl and ultimate ruin to himself.

Directed by PHILIP MARTIN BBCPebbleMill.Stereo

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19880129]

Unknown: Arnold Bennett

Unknown: Peter MacKie

Directed By: Philip Martin

Sophia: Susan Tracy

Constance: Annie Raitt

Arnold Bennett: Terry Molloy

Gerald Scales: Peter McEnery

Mrs Baines: Gillian Goodman

Samuel Povey: Kim Durham

Critchlow: Edwin Richfield

Miss Insull/Maggie: Hedli Niklaus

John Baines/Bladon: Terry Molloy

Aunt Harriet: Joyce Gibbs

Miss Chetwynd: Deirdre Edwards

01The Tooth20040119

By Arnold Bennett, dramatised by Stephen Wyatt, directed by Claire Grove.

Amy = Lydia Leonard; Auctioneer/Guard = Declan Wilson; Aunt Harriet = Frances Jeater; Chirac = Tom Smith; Constance = Gillian Kearney; Constance = Marcia Warren; Cyril = Jim Pyke; Dr Stirling = Andrew Harrison; ENGLISHman = Chris Moran; Foucault = Rachel Atkins; Gerald Scales = Nicholas Boulton; Lewis Mardon = John Rowe; Maria Critchlow = Rachel Atkins; Maria Inshull = Rachel Atkins; Mary = Jaimi Barbakoff; Matthew Peel-Swynnerton = Carl Prekopp; Miss Chetwynd = Rachel Atkins; Mr Baines = John Rowe; Mr Bodero = Declan Wilson; Mr Critchlow = Stephen Critchlow; Mr Povey = Ian Dunn; Mrs Baines = Barbara Marten; Saleswoman = Rachel Atkins; Samuel Povey = Ian Dunn; Sophia = Katy Cavanagh; Sophia = Penelope Wilton; The Narrator = Philip Jackson.Sisters Sophia and Constance grow up above a thriving drapery business in the Potteries in the 1860's.

Shop assistant Sam Povey has toothache.

02A Battle20040120

It is time for Constance and Sophia to leave school but Sophia has ambitions beyond the family shop.

03Elephant20040121

While all of Bursley rush to see a dead elephant, Sophia stays at home with her invalid father and meets an admirer.

04The Traveller20040122

At New Year salesman Gerald Scales arrives on the Baines' door step in the snow.

05The Defeat20040123

Mrs Baines decides to put a stop to Sophia's affair with Gerald Scales.

06The Elopement20040126

Sophia escapes to LONDON with her lover, travelling salesman Gerald Scales.

07Crime20040127

Constance and Sam, now married, receive a cryptic CHRISTMAS card from the exiled Sophia.

Constance....Gillian Kearney Samuel Povey....Ian Dunn The Narrator....Philip Jackson Daniel Povey....Declan Wilson Maria Inshull....Rachel Atkins Dramatist: Stephen Wyatt Director: Claire Grove

08Crisis20040128

After four years in PARIS, Gerald has spent his inheritance.

His marriage to Sophia is on the rocks.

09Justice20040129

Constance is anxious about her husband Samuel's health, as he campaigns relentlessly for the release of his imprisoned cousin, Daniel.

Constance....Gillian Kearney Samuel Povey....Ian Dunn Daniel Povey....Declan Wilson The Narrator....Philip Jackson Mr.

Critchlow....Stephen Critchlow Maria Inshull....Rachel Atkins Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt Directed by Pauline Harris

11The Proudest Mother20040202

1889, Bursley.

Constance, now in her late 40's lives for her 19 yr old son, Cyril but he has alarming news.

12Frensham's20040203

1895, PARIS.

Sophia is the successful proprietor of a smart hotel when Constance is told of her whereabouts.

The two long lost sisters correspond at last.

13The Meeting20040204

Constance and Sophia are at long last re-united but Sophia soon feels stifled by Bursley.

14Hotel Life20040205

Sophia persuades a very reluctant Constance to holiday with her in a hotel in Buxton.

On their return to Bursley Sophia receives alarming news about her estranged husband, Gerald Scales.

15 LASTEndings20040206

Sophia visits her dying husband which precipitates her own tragic ending, leaving Constance to carry on alone.