The Righteous Sisters

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15MD0120121105

Jane Purcell tells the remarkable true story of indomitable sisters Ida and Louise Cook.

by Jane Purcell.

The true story of English sisters Louise and Ida Cook (better known as romantic novelist Mary Burchell), whose love of opera led them into a life of danger, rescuing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.

1/5 Civil servants may be 'safe until they're nailed down in their coffins', but when music comes into the lives of young Ida and Louise, romance and adventure come with it.

Translations by Johannes Mirbach

Original research by Louise Carpenter

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

15MD0220121106

Ida Cook becomes novelist Mary Burchell, and a trip to Salzburg opens the sisters' eyes.

by Jane Purcell.

The true story of English sisters Louise and Ida Cook (better known as romantic novelist Mary Burchell), whose love of opera led them into a life of danger, rescuing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.

2/5 1934. Don Giovanni in Salzburg, and Charles Boon in London, change the sisters' lives forever.

Ida Cook ('Mary Burchell') - Liza Sadovy

Louise Cook - Susie Riddell

Mitia Mayer-Lismann - Carolyn Pickles

Clemens Krauss - Tom Frederic

Charles Boon - James Lailey

Viorica Ursuleac - Sarah Thom

Elsie Unwin - Eleanor Crooks

Opera-goer - Stephanie Racine

Translations by Johannes Mirbach

Original research by Louise Carpenter

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

15MD0320121107

Ida and Louise travel to Berlin as rescuers but find themselves leaving as smugglers.

by Jane Purcell.

The true story of English sisters Louise and Ida Cook (better known as romantic novelist Mary Burchell), whose love of opera led them into a life of danger, rescuing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.

3/5 Ida and Louise travel to Berlin as rescuers, but find themselves leaving as smugglers.

Translations by Johannes Mirbach

Original research by Louise Carpenter

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

15MD0420121108

1938. A secret weekend in Frankfurt becomes a race against time.

by Jane Purcell.

The true story of English sisters Louise and Ida Cook (better known as romantic novelist Mary Burchell), whose love of opera led them into a life of danger, rescuing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.

4/5 1938. A secret weekend in Frankfurt becomes a race against time.

Translations by Johannes Mirbach

Original research by Louise Carpenter

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

15MD05 LAST20121109

August 1939. Days before the borders close, Ida and Louise strive to rescue two young men.

by Jane Purcell.

The true story of English sisters Louise and Ida Cook (better known as romantic novelist Mary Burchell), whose love of opera led them into a life of danger, rescuing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.

5/5 August 1939. No one knows when the Western borders will close, but Ida attempts a last case in Berlin.

Translations by Johannes Mirbach

Original research by Louise Carpenter

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

OMNI20121110 (BBC7)
20121111 (BBC7)

Jane Purcell's true-life tale of the opera-loving Cook sisters, who saved Jews from the Nazis. Stars Liza Sadovy and Susie Riddell.

Jane Purcell's true-life tale of the opera-loving Cook sisters, who saved Jews from Nazis.