Speaking For Themselves

`Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill'

Ten dramatised excerpts from the letters of Britain's great wartime leader and his wife Clementine, taken from the newly published collection edited by their daughter, Mary Soames.

With Alex Jennings as Winston, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Clementine, and Helen Bourne as the narrator.

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Pug and Clemmy Cat (aka Winston Churchill and Clementine Hosier) commence their epistolary romance.

Episodes 1-5 of 10.

Catch up with the letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

'Pug' and 'Cat' get romantic.

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Winston Churchill and wife, as their letters show them.

Episodes 6-10 of 10.

Away at war, Churchill writes to Clementine stating he wants to return home early.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

The letters continue to flow between Churchill and Clementine.

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`Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill'

Ten dramatised excerpts from the letters of Britain's great wartime leader and his wife Clementine, taken from the newly published collection edited by their daughter, Mary Soames.

With Alex Jennings as Winston, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Clementine, and Helen Bourne as the narrator.

'Pug' and 'Clemmy Cat' (AKA Winston Churchill and Clementine Hosier) commence their epistolary romance.

Pug and Clemmy Cat commence their epistolary romance (aka Winston Churchill and Clementine Hosier).

1: Winston woos and wins his young bride.

/ With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill'.

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves' edited by Mary Soames (1/10).

/ The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel continue reading letters from one of the great romances of the century.

1935.

The clouds of war loom over Europe.

Meanwhile, Winston paints in Marrakesh and Clementine discovers a passion for skiing.

Narrated by Helen Bourne and abridged by Penny Leicester (1/10).

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

'Pug' and 'Cat' get romantic.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill. 'Pug' and 'Cat' get romantic. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Winston and Clementine spend time apart as their daughter grows up.

Part 2.

/ With Martha Kearney and guests.

Drama: `Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill' (2/10).

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves' edited by Mary Soames (2/10).

/ The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

1938.

As the situation in Europe darkens, Clementine and Winston take their last prewar trips (2/10).

Recalling time spent apart as their daughter grows up.

With Alex Jennings.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, recalling time spent apart as their daughter grows up. With Alex Jennings.

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Tragedy for Clementine, and more loneliness for Winston.

Part 3.

/ With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Speaking for Themselves - the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill' (3/10).

With Martha Kearney and guests.

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves' edited by Mary Soames (3/10).

/ The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

From the darkest days of Dunkirk to the threat to Cairo in June 1942 - during the hardest time of his leadership, Winston still found time to write to his darling Clemmie (3/10).

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

Tragedy strikes and loneliness follows.

Tragedy strikes and more loneliness follows.

With Sylvestra Le Touzel.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill. Tragedy strikes and more loneliness follows. With Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Winston is Lord of the Admiralty - and has his hands full as World War looms.

With the fall of Tobruk, Cairo was threatened.

Winston, as part of the Big Three, still had much to do.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

Another world war is looming.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill. Another world war is looming. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Clem is exposed to the reality of the war.

After five years of war, exhaustion was taking its toll on Winston.

But by the spring of 1944, victory was in sight (5/10).

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

The reality of war strikes home.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

The letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill. The reality of war strikes home. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Winston implores Clementine to write to him and keep him informed of his friends and pseudo friends.

The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel continue reading the Churchills' war correspondence.

The final days of the war bring the intoxicating draft of victory and a special medal for Clemmie.

Narrated by Helen Bourne, abridged in ten parts by Penny Leicester (6/10).

Away at war, Churchill writes to Clementine stating he wants to return home early.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

Away at war, Churchill writes to Clementine stating he wants to return home early. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Winston writes from the World War One battle front that there's hardly anything left of the Ypres salient.

Winston Churchill and wife, as their letters show them.

Dramatised excerpts from the letters of Britain's great wartime leader and his wife Clementine, taken from the newly published collection edited by their daughter, Mary Soames.

With Alex Jennings as Winston, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Clementine, and Helen Bourne as the narrator (7/10).

/ With Sheila Mcclennon and guests.

Drama: `Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill' (7/10).

With Martha Kearney and guests.

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves' edited by Mary Soames (7/10).

/ The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

With the war over, Winston must adjust to peacetime pleasures (7/10).

Churchill returns home to his beloved Clementine but tragedy strikes.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

With Alex Jennings.

Churchill returns home to his beloved Clementine, but tragedy strikes. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Clementine is unhappy when Winston buys Chartwell Manor and Ramsay McDonald forms the first Labour Government.

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves' edited by Mary Soames

The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

By 1951, Winston, aged 77, was prime minister again.

Clemmie's health, however, necessitated long periods apart.

Clementine is unhappy when Winston buys Chartwell Manor without her knowledge.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

Clementine is unhappy when Winston buys Chartwell Manor without her knowledge. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Clementine becomes fragile and ill, and Winston confesses his 'business and his toys' have made him a poor companion.

Dramatised excerpts from the letters of Britain's great wartime leader and his wife Clementine, taken from the newly published collection edited by their daughter, Mary Soames.

With Alex Jennings as Winston, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Clementine, and Helen Bourne as the narrator (9/10).

/ With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill' (9/10).

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves' edited by Mary Soames (9/10).

/ The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

Winston's days as a prime minister are finally drawing to a close.

(9/10).

Churchill cuts back on household expenditure.

Clementine is knocked down by a bus.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

Churchill cuts back on household expenditure. Clementine is knocked down by a bus. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

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Winston is 'wonderfully received' in Canada.

Randolph leaves Oxford to go on a lecture tour of the United States.

With Jenni Murray and guests.

Drama: `Speaking for Themselves: the Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill'

Reading: `Speaking for Themselves', edited by Mary Soames.

The personal letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill, edited by their daughter Mary Soames.

Love and tender concern fill the final letters between the failing Winston and his darling Clemmie (10/10).

Another chance to hear last week's episodes of Winston and Clem Churchill's letters read by Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

Episodes 6 to 10 of 10

Episodes 1 to 5 of 10 / Another chance to hear last week's episodes of Winston and Clem Churchill's letters read by Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

[Episodes 1 to 5 of 10] / Another chance to hear last week's episodes of Winston and Clem Churchill's letters read by Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

[Episodes 1 to 5, rpt of Sunday, 9.45am and 22.45PM] / Winston is 'wonderfully received' in Canada.

Churchill loses his savings in a business deal and his son drops out of Oxford.

With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.

Winston writes from Canada.

Randolph leaves Oxford for a lecture tour of the USA.

Winston writes from Canada. Randolph leaves Oxford for a lecture tour of the USA. With Alex Jennings and Sylvestra Le Touzel.