Before she became the immortal and haunting Miss Havisham of Great Expectations, she was Catherine, a young woman with all of her dreams ahead of her. Spry, imperious, she is the daughter of a wealthy brewer. But she is never far from the smell of hops and the arresting letters on the brew house wall - HAVISHAM - a reminder of all she owes to the family name and the family business.
This BBC Radio full-cast drama tells a story of love and deception set during the Cold War. Throughout the period of the Cold War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, 'romeo spies' were operating, targeting bright and susceptible young women. Alice Reeves, a young secretary from London, unwittingly becomes romantically involved with Otto Hanhart - an East German spy. The encounter leads to unexpected consequences for all parties, changing their lives forever.
"Love, deceit, a false marriage and a ruined life"
Catherine Havisham was born into privilege. Handsome, imperious, she is the daughter of a wealthy brewer, and lives in luxury in Satis House. But she is never far from the smell of hops and the arresting letters on the brewhouse wall - Havisham. A reminder of all she owes to the family name and the family business. Sent by her father to stay with the Chadwycks, Catherine discovers literature, music and masquerades - elegant pastimes to remove the taint of new money.
‘Alice, Hanging in There’ is the second of three comic tales from BBC Radio 4’s The Greengrocer’s Apostrophe, inspired by those hand-written signs offering ‘Apple's and Banana's’, which can be found in every town in Britain. When Alice's high-flying career stalls, she finds a novel way to occupy her time. Armed only with a balaclava and a pot of paint, she starts to vent her anger on sloppy punctuation.