1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer.
"Panoramic, Beautiful, Smart Historical Drama"
The Tardis lands on Phobos, moon of Mars, where extreme sports nuts of the future indulge their passion for gravity boarding and wormhole jumping. But there's something lurking in the shadows - something infinitely old and infinitely dangerous. It's not for nothing that phobos is the ancient word for 'fear'....
Liverpool, 1945. Three women, the strongest of friends, return home, trying to fit back into their old lives after they've been demobbed. They've been thrown together by the war and shared all sorts of good and bad times. Now their old lives seem dull in comparison. But not for long.... Maggie and Nell are both 21 and full of hope and excitement. Iris, on the other hand, is feeling apprehensive about returning to civilian life. At the age of 30, her only wish is to have a baby, but sadly this wish is yet to come true.
It's 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train. As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind. But the trucks don't contain animals. From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside.
"Maureen Lee does it again"
Pretty Amy Curran was just 18 years old when she met Barney Patterson, the love of her life, on Southport pier in 1939. Their romantic, passionate marriage was made in heaven, or so they both believed. But when Britain declared war on Germany, Barney volunteered to fight and the couple were eventually separated for five long years. When he returned to Liverpool after VE Day he wasn't the same person - and neither was Amy.
Brodie Logan had thought her marriage to Colin was a match made in heaven. But now her once-loving husband is distant and unfriendly so she makes the life-changing decision to leave him. She moves into Chestnuts, a ramshackle old house in Liverpool inherited from her mother. Deciding to let out the rooms to lodgers, three very different women come to join Brodie. Life at Chestnuts seems idyllic. But nothing lasts forever....
Liverpool, 1937. Jessica is married to Bertie, a mean, patronising man who she has stayed with purely for the sake of her two young children. To make up for the love and passion that is missing from her life, she spends the occasional afternoon at the local cinema, lost in romantic films. But when an unexpected glass of champagne is offered to her in a Liverpool hotel, the consequences turn out to be shattering. When Bertie discovers his wife's deceit, he is ruthless in his revenge. He sells their house and disappears....
After the death of their mother, Mollie and Annemarie decide to escape from their tiny Irish village and head to Liverpool to board a ship to New York. But in a cruel twist of fate, the girls are separated when the boat leaves without Mollie.
At the age of 19, Kitty McCarthy has decided she is going to live a life less ordinary. What she does know is that she doesn't want to get married and raise children in Liverpool like her sisters.
In the early 1960s, Anne Watts was a newly qualified nurse, eager to use her skills and with an adventurous spirit. At the first opportunity she set sail for Canada, to work in the remote stations in the frozen north of the country. She found a placement easily, one of only a couple of women to work among the indigenous peoples, who were then called Eskimos. Anne later headed for Alice Springs in the Australian outback.
"Thoughtful & Inspiring"
Anne Watts grew up in a small village in north Wales in the 1940s. Inspired by school geography lessons that told of far-off lands, she broke out of the conventional options open to women in post-war Britain, defying her father’s dated views. She trained as a nurse and midwife, joined the Save the Children Fund and was posted to Vietnam in 1967.
The King and Queen are delighted to have Rosebud as their baby daughter. But her christening ceremony is rudely interrupted by the Wicked Fairy Carabosse, who gives the baby a gift she won’t forget. If Rosebud pricks her finger and spills a drop of blood she will then fall into the deepest sleep of all. And only a seventh son of a seventh son can break the spell.... Starring Terry Wogan, Kenneth Connor, Frank Thornton, June Whitfield, Nerys Hughes, Maureen Lipman – and guest starring Jimmy Young – this classic panto was recorded in front of a live audience and first broadcast on BBC.
In these three stories, Alice wants a pig for her birthday, Alice competes with her brother in the Alphabet Game, and Rosie isn't so sure that Mum & Dad are doing the right thing in training Rosie to tell the truth.