Once Seen

A brief encounter, an exchange of glances, a shared smile - these are the moments that prompt the appeals to be found in the Once Seen section of the Personals columns.

Five writers were invited to find an ad and imagine the story behind it.

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0101The Cherry Orchard With Rugs20040209

A brief encounter, an exchange of glances, a shared smile - these are the moments that prompt the appeals to be found in the Once Seen section of the Personals columns.

Five writers were invited to find an ad and imagine the story behind it.By Rose Tremain - it begins with a Eurostar journey to Paris.

0102A Blue Chair And A Beautiful Smile20040210

By Ruth Thomas.

A chance encounter in Edinburgh prompts an appeal in the Personals section of a local paper.

0103London Gay Symphony20040211

by Jane Stevenson.

Read by Michael Fenton Stevens.

0104Improbable20040212

By Neil Bartlett.

A chance encounter and a missed opportunity lead to a desperate appeal.

0105 LASTOnce Seen20040213

By Adam Thorpe

0201The Lodger2010012620110821
20140323 (BBC7)
20140324 (BBC7)

By Anna Maxted. Widowed Victoria has a lodger whom she is ill-equipped to cater for.

Series of three stories inspired by a very modern small-ads phenomenon.

By Anna Maxted, read by Sandra Duncan.

Victoria is widowed, middle-aged and living in cold, wet London rather than her hot, sunny adopted homeland, Portugal. She has a lodger she is singularly ill-equipped to cater for; nonetheless he is grateful to her. This is a surprise for Victoria, which then leads to another.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Victoria is widowed, middle-aged and living in cold, wet London rather than her hot, sunny adopted homeland, Portugal.

She has a lodger she is singularly ill-equipped to cater for; nonetheless he is grateful to her.

This is a surprise for Victoria, which then leads to another.

By Anna Maxted.

Widowed Victoria has a lodger whom she is ill-equipped to cater for.

0202It's A Guy Thing2010012720100127 (BBC7)
20140330 (BBC7)
20140331 (BBC7)

Series of three stories inspired by a very modern small-ads phenomenon.

By Alexandra Potter, read by Ben Allen.

When Adam and Sebastian meet for coffee, Adam sees a girl and decides that she's 'The One'.

But he can't bring himself to talk to her so he places a 'once seen' ad - with some curious results.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

By Alexandra Potter.

Adam sees a girl he thinks is 'The One' and places a 'once seen' ad.

When Adam and Sebastian meet for coffee, Adam sees a girl and decides that she's 'The One'. But he can't bring himself to talk to her so he places a 'once seen' ad - with some curious results.

By Alexandra Potter. Adam decides a girl is The One but can't bring himself to talk to her

0203 LASTThe Up Escalator2010012820110828
20140406 (BBC7)
20140407 (BBC7)

Series of three stories inspired by a very modern small-ads phenomenon.

By Matt Beaumont.

As the narrator travels up towards daylight on the escalators at London's Holborn tube station, the second longest on the network, she gazes into the startling grey eyes of a man coming down.

He looks at her for the entire length of the journey, even turning round once they've passed.

But how will she ever gaze upon them again? Perhaps an ad is the answer.

Read by Jane Collingwood.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

A woman gazes into the eyes of a man descending past her on an escalator

As the narrator travels up towards daylight on the escalators at London's Holborn tube station, the second longest on the network, she gazes into the startling grey eyes of a man coming down. He looks at her for the entire length of the journey, even turning round once they've passed. But how will she ever gaze upon them again? Perhaps an ad is the answer.

By Matt Beaumont. A woman gazes into the eyes of a man descending past her on an escalator