Sister Carrie

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By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

The gripping tale of a young woman's rise to fame and fortune at the turn of the 20th century.

1: Eighteen-year-old Sister Carrie travels to Chicago to try her luck in the big city.

Destiny takes over when her fresh prettiness attracts the attention of smooth-talking salesman Charlie Drouet.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and John Guerrasio.

Director: Polly Thomas

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During the Second World War Austrian Jew Edith Hahn evaded persecution by becoming a hausfrau - a Nazi sympathiser's wife.

Martha Kearney hears the extraordinary story of her survival.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (1/15).

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Martha Kearney talks to Whitbread winner Kate Atkinson about her new novel, a surreal murder mystery examining the nature of identity.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (2/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

The gripping tale of a young woman's rise to fame and fortune at the turn of the 20th century.

2: Carrie loses her hated job through illness, but then fate throws her in Drouet's path again, and she accepts his offer of lodgings.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and John Guerrasio.

Director: Polly Thomas

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Jenni Murray is joined by awarding-winning RUSSIAn cellist Nina Kotova.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (3/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

The tale of a young woman's rise to fame and fortune at the turn of the 20th century.

3: Carrie's desire for a fine life overcomes her misgivings about living in sin.

Drouet swiftly seduces her, and Carrie insists they marry.

Meanwhile, Hurstwood is beguiled by her.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (4/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

The tale of a young woman's rise to fame and fortune at the turn of the 20th century.

4: Hurstwood's ardour is fanned by an evening at the theatre with Carrie and her partner.

Drouet reveals his shallowness, while Carrie and her admirer become even closer.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (5/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

The tale of a young woman's rise to fame and fortune at the turn of the 20th century.

5: Carrie's affair with Drouet is threatened when a housemaid speaks out of turn.

But Hurstwood does not tell her that he already has a wife and agrees that they should marry.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (6/15).

/ Theodore Dreiser's story of a young woman's rise to fame and fortune at the end of the 19th century, dramatised in 15 parts.

6: Carrie is delighted to be asked to take part in some amateur dramatics and rehearses eagerly, but Hurstwood is tortured by jealousy.

With Russell Dixon, Liam Cunningham and Eve Best

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With Martha Kearney and Soheir Khasoggi, who talks about her experiences of the marriage traditions of Lebanon.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser.

Part 7.

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 episodes.

7: Drouet's suspicions about Carrie are finally confirmed when the housemaid lets slip the secret.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and John Guerrasio.

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (8/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

8: Drouet confronts Carrie about her infidelity.

She in turn is devastated by his revelation that Hurstwood is married.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (9/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts.

9: Hurstwood steals $10,000 from an unlocked safe at work and tricks Carrie into boarding a train in the middle of the night.

Carrie realises to her horror that they are bound for Montreal.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (10/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts.

10: Carrie decides to throw in her lot with Hurstwood, unaware that he has stolen a large sum of money from his employers.

The two lovers arrive in Montreal, where they marry and then flee by train to NEW YORK.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (11/15).

/ Theodore Dreiser's tale of a young woman's rise to worldly success at the end of the 19th century, dramatised in 15 parts.

11: Hurstwood and Carrie set up house in NEW YORK.

Hurstwood invests in a bar, and for a while all is rosy.

But Carrie gradually becomes frustrated, and her dissatisfaction intensifies when she meets the intelligent and courteous Robert Ames.

With Russell Dixon, Liam Cunningham and Eve Best

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With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (12/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 episodes by Steve Chambers.

12: Hurstwood and Carrie's passion has been eroded by familiarity and straitened circumstances.

The situation worsens when Hurstwood loses the bar, and he searches fruitlessly for work.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and John Guerrasio.

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (13/15).

/ Theodore Dreiser's tale of a young woman at the end of the 19th century, dramatised in 15 parts.

13: Facing ruin, Carrie tries her hand at theatre work and gets a job in a chorus line.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas

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With Jenni Murray live from Bradford.

guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (14/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser.

14: In the penultimate episode, Hurstwood is at his wits' end, and Carrie is horrified to discover more debts that she must pay.

In desperation, Hurstwood takes a job as a scab driver in the great tram strike.

Meanwhile, Carrie is given a rise at work and is invited to move into a flat by a friend.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

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With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Sister Carrie' by Theodore Dreiser (15/15).

/ By Theodore Dreiser, dramatised in 15 parts by Steve Chambers.

15: Carrie, now a successful actress, leaves Hurstwood, and he steadily sinks to begging on the streets.

Drouet returns to try his luck with her, but she sends him packing.

With Russell Dixon, Eve Best and Liam Cunningham.

Director: Polly Thomas