A Vision Of Loveliness

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0120100524

Jane James knows that she must have been born to better things than a dingy bedroom in her Aunt Doreen's house in Norbury and evenings spent eating gala pie and Heinz tinned potato salad in their 'sitting-cum-dining room'.

So, armed with her well-thumbed copy of Lady Be Good, she practises her French turns, her killer smile and precisely how much thigh to show when crossing her legs, and dreams of a time when she can be a part of the world she glimpses through the Mayfair windows of the cashmere shop where she works.

When she finds a crocodile handbag left in a pub, it leads her to Suzy St John, a girl-about-town with the glamour, confidence and irresistible allure that Jane has been practising for so long.

Suzy takes Jane under her wing, and Jane becomes Janey, a near carbon-copy of her new best friend and a delighted adventurer in an easy, sleazy, sixties West-End world of part-time modelling and full-time man-trapping.

Her new, improved self catwalks confidently through nightclubs, rag trade showrooms and luxury Mayfair flats but Jane finds that she can never quite drown out the carping voice of her past - or the nagging doubt that there might be slightly more to life than a mutation mink jacket or an engagement ring.

When a shocking act of violence threatens to bring Jane's glittering new life crashing down around her she must call on all her powers of reinvention if her dyed-to-match stilettos are to carry her away unscathed.

Written by Louise Levene, read by Emilia Fox.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Naive young Jane James finds a lost handbag and meets a beautiful young model.

0220100525

After making friends with Suzy, Jane James finds herself at a dubious London nightclub.

Emila Fox reads Louise Levene's black comedy.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

0320100526

Jane makes her debut as a showroom model...

only to discover that the job is not as glamorous as she first thought.

Louise Levene's black comedy is read by Emilia Fox.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Jane makes her debut as a showroom model, but the job is not as glamorous as expected.

0420100527

Jane has moved into a Mayfair flat with Suzy...but all is not straightforward.

Emilia Fox reads Louise Levene's black comedy.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

0520100603
05 LAST20100528

Suzy and Jane are fooling around in a sports car when they crash it into Jane's boyfriend, Johnny Hullavington...

and kill him.

The final episode of this black comedy by Louise Levene, read by Emilia Fox.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Suzy and Jane run over Jane's boyfriend, with fatal consequences.