Shirley

Charlotte Bronte's novel, dramatised by Jane Rogers.

With Adrian Bower, Emma Cunliffe, Deborah Mcandrew and Brigit Forsyth.

Directed by Susan Roberts.

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01Hollow's Mill20050512 (BBC7)
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Against the Napoleonic wars, Caroline's love for Robert struggles to survive.

Against the Napoleonic wars and the Levellers, Caroline's love for Robert struggles to survive in Yorkshire.

Stars Moir Leslie.

It's the time of the Napoleonic Wars and the Levellers, and Caroline's love for Robert struggles to survive.

Against the violence of the Napoleonic wars and the Levellers, Caroline's love for Robert struggles to survive.

02Fieldhead20050513 (BBC7)
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Caroline is hurt to find Robert cold and distant.

Shirley Keeldar is to live at Fieldhead.

Caroline is distressed by Robert's coldness and Shirley Keeldar is to take up residence at Fieldhead.

Valerie Windsor narrates.

Caroline is distressed to find Robert cold and distant.

Shirley Keeldar is to take up residence at Fieldhead.

While Caroline is distressed to find Robert cold and distant, Shirley Keeldar is to take up residence at Fieldhead.

03A Summer Night20050516 (BBC7)
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Caroline hides her feelings, joining the grand United Sunday School tea.

: Convinced that Shirley loves Robert, Caroline hides her feelings, joining the grand United Sunday School tea.

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Convinced that Shirley loves Robert, Caroline hides her feelings, joining the celebration of the United Sunday School tea.

Convinced that Shirley loves Robert, Caroline hides her feelings, joining the celebration of the grand United Sunday School tea.

04The Valley Of The Shadow20050517 (BBC7)
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Robert's mill is attacked by Levellers, and Shirley is pleased to try and prove herself.

Robert Moore's mill is attacked by Levellers, and Shirley is pleased to try and prove herself.

Stars Moir Leslie and Neil Caple.

Robert Moore's mill is attacked by the Levellers, and Shirley is delighted to be given the chance to prove her ability.

Robert Moore's mill is attacked by the Levellers, and Shirley is delighted to get the chance to prove her ability.

Robert Moore's mill is attacked by Levellers, and Shirley is delighted to be given the chance to prove her ability.

05Louis Moore20050518 (BBC7)
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Caroline's discovery that Mrs Pryor is her mother gives her strength in her illness.

Shirley appears about to accept a proposal.

Caroline discovers that Mrs Pryor is her mother, and gains strength from the knowledge.

Shirley is ready to accept a proposal.

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Will shy Caroline and well-connected Shirley ever find love in 19th century Yorkshire?

Drama set in the time of the Napoleonic Wars and the Luddites.

Will shy Caroline and well-connected Shirley find love in 19th century Yorkshire?

Caroline learns that Robert has been shot and that Shirley has been shocked to receive a proposal of marriage from him.

Caroline learns that Robert has been shot and that Shirley was shocked to receive a proposal of marriage from him.

01Cousins20140310

Charlotte Bronte's tale of romantic entanglements set against turbulent times in Yorkshire

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, dramatises Charlotte Bronte's tale of romantic entanglements and turbulent times in the Yorkshire of 1811.

"Something unromantic as a Monday morning." And so begins this passionate love story...

Directed by Tracey Neale

Set against a Yorkshire industrial background, Charlotte Bronte's powerful second novel is also an impassioned plea for social equality - for workers and women alike. Set during the time of the Luddite unrest, two strands weave together. One, the struggles of workers against mill owners, the other involving the romantic entanglements of the two heroines - Shirley Keelder and Caroline Helstone. It is the friendship of these two women, and the contrast between their situations, that lies at the heart of the piece. Many believe the character of Shirley was written for, and about, Charlotte's sister, Emily, who was dying as Charlotte wrote the novel.

Like The Professor, Villette and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, produced by the same team, this is an earthy, vivid and poignant re-telling of one of the lesser-known Bronte classics. The scenes of dangerous social unrest and conflict and love are as relevant today as when the novel was published. It's a story of friendship and love, longing and loss. A rollicking good story with plenty of cliffhangers to keep the listener hooked to the very end.

The cast includes Lesley Sharp (Scott and Bailey) Jemima Rooper (Atlantis) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

The dramatist Rachel Joyce has written over twenty original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4 and major adaptations for the Classic Serial and Fifteen Minute Drama, as well as a TV period drama for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Play.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was her first novel. It began its life as a Radio 4 play. It was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2012 and longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Her second novel, Perfect, was published last year. She is currently writing a novella called The Love-Song of Queenie Hennessy which will be published in the Autumn. Rachel is also adapting the novella as a 5-part Fifteen Minute Drama to be broadcast at the same time as publication. Queenie is a character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

02Caroline Goes Visiting20140311

Caroline receives an invitation to meet Shirley Keelder, new owner of the manor house.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, dramatises Chrlotte Bronte's tale of romantic entanglements and turbulent times in the Yorkshire of 1811.

Caroline Helstone, is in love with Robert Moore but knows he will never be hers. Her sadness lifts a little when she receives an invitation to meet Shirley Keelder, the new owner of the manor house at Fieldhead.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

03Good Works20140312

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, dramatises Charlotte Bronte's tale of romantic entanglements and turbulent times in the Yorkshire of 1811.

Shirley begins to question Caroline when she discovers that her friend wears a locket containing a lock of Robert's hair. And Caroline makes a startling discovery when work is begun to help the poor.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

Shirley questions Caroline, when she discovers that her friend has lock of Robert's hair.

04Whitsuntide20140313

Shirley's charity has begun to alleviate the suffering of the poor in Briarfield.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, dramatises Charlotte Bronte's tale of romantic entanglements and turbulent times in the Yorkshire of 1811.

Shirley's charity has begun to alleviate the suffering of the poor in Briarfield but she is convinced it is the calm before the storm. Meanwhile Caroline is dreading the approaching Whitsuntide celebrations.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

05A Proposal20140314

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, dramatises Charlotte Bronte's tale of romantic entanglements and turbulent times in the Yorkshire of 1811.

The Rioters have stormed Robert's mill and Shirley and Caroline wait anxiously for news. And some life changing decisions are about to be made.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

The Rioters have stormed Robert's mill, and Shirley and Caroline wait anxiously for news.

06The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death20140317

Robert has suddenly left Yorkshire, unaware that Caroline has fallen into a deep sickness.

Rachel Joyce's dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's tale of love, longing and loss.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

07The First Blue Stocking20140318

Shirley is horrified that her uncle is determined to find her a husband of his choosing.

Shirley is horrified when she discovers her uncle is determined to find her a husband of his choosing. How can a man who scorns art and literature ever be able to find the perfect partner for her?

Directed by Tracey Neale.

08News20140319

Something is very wrong with Shirley but she refuses to tell anybody what ails her.

Something is very wrong with Shirley but she refuses to tell anybody what ails her. Can Louis finally persuade her to confide in him? And everyone, especially Caroline, is anxious for news of Robert.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

09Confessions20140320

As they wait to hear Robert's fate, Shirley tells Caroline why she has been so secretive.

As Shirley and Caroline stay awake all night, waiting to hear whether Robert will pull through, Shirley agrees to tell her friend why she has been so secretive.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

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It is a time of change, and decisions need to be made.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

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Charlotte Bronte's novel, dramatised by Jane Rogers.

With Adrian Bower, Emma Cunliffe, Deborah Mcandrew and Brigit Forsyth.

Directed by Susan Roberts.Charlotte Bronte's novel, dramatised by Jane Rogers.

Trouble begins for mill tenant Robert Moore in 1811 when he tries to modernise.

Shirley Keeldar arrives to live nearby (1/3).

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