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01Ghosts20110926

When Edie's youngest son leaves home, she tries to come to terms with the empty nest.

SECOND HONEYMOON

By Joanna Trollope

Dramatised in five episodes by Rachel Joyce

Episode One - Ghosts

When Edie's youngest son leaves home she tries to come to terms with the empty nest but her husband's thoughts turn to the second honeymoon that is about to begin.

Or, so he thinks...

Edie....Christine Kavanagh

Russell....Sam Dale

Vivien....Liza Sadovy

Matt....Jonathan Forbes

Rosa....Alex Tregear

Ben....Simon Bubb

Lazlo....Carl Prekopp

Max....James Lailey

Directed by Tracey Neale

STORY

"Edie put her hand out, took a breath and slowly, slowly pushed open his bedroom door.

The room inside looked as if he had never left it" - a mum tries to come to terms with her empty nest but a husband can only think about the second honeymoon that can now begin...

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel has been dramatised into five episodes for Woman's Hour by Rachel Joyce.

SECOND HONEYMOON explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben is leaving home to move in with his girlfriend.

At twenty-two he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave.

His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught.

She has defined her life as the necessary cog in her family's lives and suddenly she feels unnecessary and unimportant.

Her husband, Russell, an agent, is glad to be freed of daily parental roles and is looking forward to having Edie to himself.

Then Edie lands the unexpected lead role in 'Ghosts' by Ibsen and it is then the children begin to make noises about coming home again.

Their other son, Matt, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend.

His sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.

Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents - just until she can make ends meet again.

Russell is determined to fend her off but things don't quite go according to plan.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.

Grown children going and then wanting to come back again but at a time when their parents should be getting ready for their second honeymoon.

The story of two generations struggling with love, careers and parenthood makes for a riveting and funny family drama for Woman's Hour.

THE WRITER

Joanna Trollope, the author of eagerly awaited novels, often centred around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of present-day life, has also written a number of historical novels and 'Britannia's Daughters', a study of women in the British Empire.

In 1988 she wrote her first contemporary novel, 'The Choir' and this was followed by a number of hugely successful novels including: 'The Rector's Wife', 'Other People's Children', 'Brother and Sister' and 'Daughters in Law'.

THE DRAMATIST

Rachel Joyce has many radio credits to her name.

Her most recent dramatisations for Radio 4 include - 'The Professor', 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'Villette'.

At present she is working on a dramatisation of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

02Lodgers20110927

Edie is to play the lead part in Ghosts, but will that help to ease her sense of loss?

By Joanna Trollope

Dramatised in five episodes by Rachel Joyce

Episode Two - Lodgers

Edie is to play the lead part in 'Ghosts' but will that help to ease the sense of loss she's feeling?

Edie....Christine Kavanagh

Russell....Sam Dale

Vivien....Liza Sadovy

Rosa....Alex Tregear

Matt....Jonathan Forbes

Lazlo....Carl Prekopp

Directed by Tracey Neale

STORY

"Edie put her hand out, took a breath and slowly, slowly pushed open his bedroom door.

The room inside looked as if he had never left it" - a mum tries to come to terms with her empty nest but a husband can only think about the second honeymoon that can now begin...

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel has been dramatised into five episodes for Woman's Hour by Rachel Joyce.

SECOND HONEYMOON explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben is leaving home to move in with his girlfriend.

At twenty-two he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave.

His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught.

She has defined her life as the necessary cog in her family's lives and suddenly she feels unnecessary and unimportant.

Her husband, Russell, an agent, is glad to be freed of daily parental roles and is looking forward to having Edie to himself.

Then Edie lands the unexpected lead role in 'Ghosts' by Ibsen and it is then the children begin to make noises about coming home again.

Their other son, Matt, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend.

His sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.

Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents - just until she can make ends meet again.

Russell is determined to fend her off but things don't quite go according to plan.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.

Grown children going and then wanting to come back again but at a time when their parents should be getting ready for their second honeymoon.

The story of two generations struggling with love, careers and parenthood makes for a riveting and funny family drama for Woman's Hour.

THE WRITER

Joanna Trollope, the author of eagerly awaited novels, often centred around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of present-day life, has also written a number of historical novels and 'Britannia's Daughters', a study of women in the British Empire.

In 1988 she wrote her first contemporary novel, 'The Choir' and this was followed by a number of hugely successful novels including: 'The Rector's Wife', 'Other People's Children', 'Brother and Sister' and 'Daughters in Law'.

THE DRAMATIST

Rachel Joyce has many radio credits to her name.

Her most recent dramatisations for Radio 4 include - 'The Professor', 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'Villette'.

At present she is working on a dramatisation of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

03First Night20110928

As Edie's first night approaches she finds there are distractions at home.

SECOND HONEYMOON

By Joanna Trollope

Dramatised in five episodes by Rachel Joyce

Episode Three - First Night

As Edie's first night approaches she finds there are distractions at home due to Matt's return.

Edie....Christine Kavanagh

Russell....Sam Dale

Vivien....Liza Sadovy

Matt....Jonathan Forbes

Rosa....Alex Tregear

Ben....Simon Bubb

Lazlo....Carl Prekopp

Max....James Lailey

Directed by Tracey Neale

STORY

"Edie put her hand out, took a breath and slowly, slowly pushed open his bedroom door.

The room inside looked as if he had never left it" - a mum tries to come to terms with her empty nest but a husband can only think about the second honeymoon that can now begin...

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel has been dramatised into five episodes for Woman's Hour by Rachel Joyce.

SECOND HONEYMOON explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben is leaving home to move in with his girlfriend.

At twenty-two he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave.

His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught.

She has defined her life as the necessary cog in her family's lives and suddenly she feels unnecessary and unimportant.

Her husband, Russell, an agent, is glad to be freed of daily parental roles and is looking forward to having Edie to himself.

Then Edie lands the unexpected lead role in 'Ghosts' by Ibsen and it is then the children begin to make noises about coming home again.

Their other son, Matt, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend.

His sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.

Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents - just until she can make ends meet again.

Russell is determined to fend her off but things don't quite go according to plan.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.

Grown children going and then wanting to come back again but at a time when their parents should be getting ready for their second honeymoon.

The story of two generations struggling with love, careers and parenthood makes for a riveting and funny family drama for Woman's Hour.

THE WRITER

Joanna Trollope, the author of eagerly awaited novels, often centred around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of present-day life, has also written a number of historical novels and 'Britannia's Daughters', a study of women in the British Empire.

In 1988 she wrote her first contemporary novel, 'The Choir' and this was followed by a number of hugely successful novels including: 'The Rector's Wife', 'Other People's Children', 'Brother and Sister' and 'Daughters in Law'.

THE DRAMATIST

Rachel Joyce has many radio credits to her name.

Her most recent dramatisations for Radio 4 include - 'The Professor', 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'Villette'.

At present she is working on a dramatisation of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

04Chaos20110929

Edie's dream about the house being full again did not have long queues for the bathroom!

SECOND HONEYMOON

By Joanna Trollope

Dramatised in five episodes by Rachel Joyce

Episode Four - Chaos

Edie had dreamt about the house being full again but in her daydream there were no long queues for the bathroom!

Edie....Christine Kavanagh

Russell....Sam Dale

Vivien....Liza Sadovy

Matt....Jonathan Forbes

Rosa....Alex Tregear

Ben....Simon Bubb

Lazlo....Carl Prekopp

Directed by Tracey Neale

STORY

"Edie put her hand out, took a breath and slowly, slowly pushed open his bedroom door.

The room inside looked as if he had never left it" - a mum tries to come to terms with her empty nest but a husband can only think about the second honeymoon that can now begin...

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel has been dramatised into five episodes for Woman's Hour by Rachel Joyce.

SECOND HONEYMOON explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben is leaving home to move in with his girlfriend.

At twenty-two he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave.

His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught.

She has defined her life as the necessary cog in her family's lives and suddenly she feels unnecessary and unimportant.

Her husband, Russell, an agent, is glad to be freed of daily parental roles and is looking forward to having Edie to himself.

Then Edie lands the unexpected lead role in 'Ghosts' by Ibsen and it is then the children begin to make noises about coming home again.

Their other son, Matt, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend.

His sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.

Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents - just until she can make ends meet again.

Russell is determined to fend her off but things don't quite go according to plan.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.

Grown children going and then wanting to come back again but at a time when their parents should be getting ready for their second honeymoon.

The story of two generations struggling with love, careers and parenthood makes for a riveting and funny family drama for Woman's Hour.

THE WRITER

Joanna Trollope, the author of eagerly awaited novels, often centred around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of present-day life, has also written a number of historical novels and 'Britannia's Daughters', a study of women in the British Empire.

In 1988 she wrote her first contemporary novel, 'The Choir' and this was followed by a number of hugely successful novels including: 'The Rector's Wife', 'Other People's Children', 'Brother and Sister' and 'Daughters in Law'.

THE DRAMATIST

Rachel Joyce has many radio credits to her name.

Her most recent dramatisations for Radio 4 include - 'The Professor', 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'Villette'.

At present she is working on a dramatisation of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

05 LASTBeginning Again20110930

Matt, Rosa, Ben and Lazlo have all moved in.

Edie thought this is what she wanted.

SECOND HONEYMOON

By Joanna Trollope

Dramatised in five episodes by Rachel Joyce

Episode Five - Beginning Again

Edie thought this is what she wanted but now she's not so sure.

Edie....Christine Kavanagh

Russell....Sam Dale

Vivien....Liza Sadovy

Rosa....Alex Tregear

Matt....Jonathan Forbes

Ben....Simon Bubb

Lazlo....Carl Prekopp

Max....James Lailey

Directed by Tracey Neale

STORY

"Edie put her hand out, took a breath and slowly, slowly pushed open his bedroom door.

The room inside looked as if he had never left it" - a mum tries to come to terms with her empty nest but a husband can only think about the second honeymoon that can now begin...

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel has been dramatised into five episodes for Woman's Hour by Rachel Joyce.

SECOND HONEYMOON explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben is leaving home to move in with his girlfriend.

At twenty-two he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave.

His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught.

She has defined her life as the necessary cog in her family's lives and suddenly she feels unnecessary and unimportant.

Her husband, Russell, an agent, is glad to be freed of daily parental roles and is looking forward to having Edie to himself.

Then Edie lands the unexpected lead role in 'Ghosts' by Ibsen and it is then the children begin to make noises about coming home again.

Their other son, Matt, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend.

His sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.

Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents - just until she can make ends meet again.

Russell is determined to fend her off but things don't quite go according to plan.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.

Grown children going and then wanting to come back again but at a time when their parents should be getting ready for their second honeymoon.

The story of two generations struggling with love, careers and parenthood makes for a riveting and funny family drama for Woman's Hour.

THE WRITER

Joanna Trollope, the author of eagerly awaited novels, often centred around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of present-day life, has also written a number of historical novels and 'Britannia's Daughters', a study of women in the British Empire.

In 1988 she wrote her first contemporary novel, 'The Choir' and this was followed by a number of hugely successful novels including: 'The Rector's Wife', 'Other People's Children', 'Brother and Sister' and 'Daughters in Law'.

THE DRAMATIST

Rachel Joyce has many radio credits to her name.

Her most recent dramatisations for Radio 4 include - 'The Professor', 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'Villette'.

At present she is working on a dramatisation of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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A mother comes to terms with an empty nest and a husband prepares for a second honeymoon.

Joanna Trollope's tale of a mother trying to come to terms with an empty nest and a husband looking forward to the second honeymoon.