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Hetty Sleeping20160207

Hetty Sleeping20160207

Hattie Morahan reads Jane Gardam's classic short story in which a mother is forced to question the sacrifices she's made, when an ex-lover and former teacher at the Slade turns up on a family holiday in Connemara.

Reader: Hattie Morahan is an acclaimed television, film, and stage actress. Her notable film roles include Alice in The Bletchley Circle and Ann in Mr Holmes; he recent TV roles include the doomed mother in Sadie's Jones' The Outcast, and neighbour Jane in Outnumbered.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson

Writer: Born in 1928, Jane Gardam she did not publish her first book until she was in her 40s, but has become one of the most prolific novelists of her generation, with 25 books published over the past 30 years and a number of prestigious prizes to her name (she's twice winner of the Whitbread, and has been shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange prizes). Her novels include Old Filth, Last Friends, God on the Rocks and The Hollow Land. She's been called 'the laureate of the demise of the British Empire', for her poignant and witty portrayals of the end of the era of British imperial adventures.

Hetty Sleeping20160207

Hattie Morahan reads Jane Gardam's classic short story about sacrifice and regret.

Hattie Morahan reads Jane Gardam's classic short story in which a mother is forced to question the sacrifices she's made, when an ex-lover and former teacher at the Slade turns up on a family holiday in Connemara.

Reader: Hattie Morahan is an acclaimed television, film, and stage actress. Her notable film roles include Alice in The Bletchley Circle and Ann in Mr Holmes; he recent TV roles include the doomed mother in Sadie's Jones' The Outcast, and neighbour Jane in Outnumbered.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson

Writer: Born in 1928, Jane Gardam she did not publish her first book until she was in her 40s, but has become one of the most prolific novelists of her generation, with 25 books published over the past 30 years and a number of prestigious prizes to her name (she's twice winner of the Whitbread, and has been shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange prizes). Her novels include Old Filth, Last Friends, God on the Rocks and The Hollow Land. She's been called 'the laureate of the demise of the British Empire', for her poignant and witty portrayals of the end of the era of British imperial adventures.

The Easter Lilies20160221

Julia McKenzie reads Jane Gardam's story set in an impoverished suburban English church.

Julia McKenzie reads Jane Gardam's classic story in which an elderly spinster dreams of adorning her suburban church with the wild lilies of her time in Malta, with unexpected results...

Reader: Julia McKenzie is a distinguished stage and screen actor, with two Olivier awards and Tony and BAFTA nominations. Her most recent TV roles include Miss Marple in the Agatha Christie TV series, and her film roles include Notes on a Scandal and Shirley Valentine.

Abridger: Justine Willett

Producer: Justine Willett

Born in 1928, Jane Gardam she did not publish her first book until she was in her 40s, but has become one of the most prolific novelists of her generation, with 25 books published over the past 30 years and a number of prestigious prizes to her name (she's twice winner of the Whitbread, and has been shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange prizes). Her novels include Old Filth, Last Friends, God on the Rocks and The Hollow Land. She's been called 'the laureate of the demise of the British Empire', for her poignant and witty portrayals of the end of the era of British imperial adventures.

The Pig Boy20160214

Jessica Raine reads Jane Gardam's short story set in Hong Kong under the British.

Jessica Raine reads Jane Gardam's classic story in which a young wife is thrilled to be rejoining her husband in Hong Kong, still under the British. But all too soon she finds herself looking for authenticity and excitement...

Reader: Jessica Raine is best known for her role as Jenny in the TV drama Call the Midwife. Other recent TV credits include Jane Boleyn in Wolf Hall, and Tuppence Beresford in Partners in Crime.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson

Writer: Born in 1928, Jane Gardam she did not publish her first book until she was in her 40s, but has become one of the most prolific novelists of her generation, with 25 books published over the past 30 years and a number of prestigious prizes to her name (she's twice winner of the Whitbread, and has been shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange prizes). Her novels include Old Filth, Last Friends, God on the Rocks and The Hollow Land. She's been called 'the laureate of the demise of the British Empire', for her poignant and witty portrayals of the end of the era of British imperial adventures.

The Tribute20160131
The Tribute20160131

Miriam Margolyes reads Jane Gardam's classic short story satirising the colonial era.

Miriam Margolyes reads Jane Gardam's classic short story in which three former colonial ladies gather to pay tribute to their dutiful old nanny, who did so much for them during the halcyon days overseas. When it transpires that she has left something for all of them, they are not at all surprised - until the gift arrives...

Reader: Miriam Margolyes is a is a veteran of stage and screen, a BAFTA Award-winning actor, whose roles have included: Yentl, Little Shop of Horrors, Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Cold Comfort Farm and the Harry Potter film series.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson

Writer: Born in 1928, Jane Gardam she did not publish her first book until she was in her 40s, but has become one of the most prolific novelists of her generation, with 25 books published over the past 30 years and a number of prestigious prizes to her name (she's twice winner of the Whitbread, and has been shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange prizes). Her novels include Old Filth, Last Friends, God on the Rocks and The Hollow Land. She's been called 'the laureate of the demise of the British Empire', for her poignant and witty portrayals of the end of the era of British imperial adventures.