Sacred Hearts

Dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Dunnat, set in a convent in Renaissance Italy, where a young woman has been placed against her will.

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Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Umiliana....Sian Thomas

Letizia....Ayesha Antoine

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Appolonia....Hannah Waddingham

Suora Zuana begins her remedy to cure a spiritual disease and solve the convent's problem.

01Novice20090629

Serafina is locked in the convent of Santa Caterina.

Her family declare she has a beautiful voice but she vows that she will never sing.

02Songbird20090630

Serafina reluctantly helps Suora Zuana in the dispensary, but by night her heart exults to the sound of a man's voice singing outside the convent walls.

Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Umiliana....Sian Thomas

Appolonia....Hannah Waddingham

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

By night, Serafina's heart exults to the sound of a man singing outside the convent.

03Ecstasy *20090701

At The Feast of St Agnes, Serafina sings for the first time and is rewarded by an unexpected voice from the audience.

Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Letizia....Ayesha Antoine

Magdalene....Helen Ryan

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Serafina sings for the first time and is rewarded by an unexpected voice from the audience

04Fever *20090702

While the convent is hit by fever, Serafina begins to make her plans for escape.

05Carnival *20090703

The convent celebrates the long-awaited carnival, but where is Serafina?

Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Umiliana....Sian Thomas

Letizia....Ayesha Antoine

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

06Miracle *20090706

Dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Dunant, set in a convent in Renaissance Italy, where a young woman has been placed against her will.

Suora Zuana administers a strong remedy to calm Serafina's convulsions - but is it too much?

Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Umiliana....Sian Thomas

Magdalene....Helen Ryan

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Suora Zuana administers a strong remedy to calm Serafina's convulsions.

07Penance *20090707

Dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Dunant, set in a convent in Renaissance Italy, where a young woman has been placed against her will.

The novice Serafina is given penance and starves herself for the host.

It seems that all hope is lost.

Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Umiliana....Sian Thomas

Letizia....Ayesha Antoine

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Serafina is given penance and starves herself for the host.

08Termites *20090708

Dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Dunant, set in a convent in Renaissance Italy, where a young woman has been placed against her will.

The great statue of Christ has fallen, and Zuana receives an unexpected visitor who presents her with a terrible predicament.

Abbess....Eileen Atkins

Zuana....Geraldine James

Serafina....Natalie Dormer

Umiliana....Sian Thomas

Appolonia....Hannah Waddingham

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Zuana receives an unexpected visitor who presents her with a terrible predicament.

09Letter *20090709

Suora Zuana begins her remedy to cure a spiritual disease and solve the convent's greatest problem.

10 LASTLiving Saint *20090710

Serafina has been found senseless, presumed dead.

If the convent is to survive, it is time to make sacrifices.