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'LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
1-' The Child of the Marshalsea '
Produced by Peter Watts
BBC Home Service Basic

'LITTLE DORRIT'

by Charles Dickens ' made into a radio serial play by John Keir Cross
1—' The Child of the Marshalsea
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LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play
In thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
2 — ' Family Affairs '
Produced by Peter Watts
Amy Dorrit , known as Little Dorrit from her smallness and the neatness of her ways, has been born in the old Marshalsea Jail for Debtors, where her father is a prisoner. What exactly Mr. Dorrit has been imprisoned for, no one knows: his affairs are complicated beyond all measure, and he himself is a weak, rather forlorn man, only too willing to accept his position as the Marshalsea's oldest inhabitant.
To help maintain him, Little Dorrit , now a young girl, goes outside the prison to work as a seamstress. Her first engagement is with a Mrs. Clennam, the invalid head of the merchant firm of Clennam and Son.....
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'LITTLE DORRIT*

by Charles Dickens
2-' Family Affairs '
BBC Home Service Basic

' 'LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
3—' The Whole Science of Government '
Produced by Peter Watts
Arthur Clennam , returning from abroad, has made friends with the delightful Meagles family. He has also quarrelled with his strange, stern mother, and announced his intention of breaking away from the family business, having become convinced that in some way it had been built on deception, even fraud -that someone has been deeply wronged, perhaps ruined by it.
At his mother's house, Arthur has met the seamstress, Amy Dorrit. He has learned something of her history—of her life in the Marshalsea Debtors' Jail, where her father has been a prisoner for more than twenty years. He is convinced that in some way the Dorrits are concerned in the old secret of the House of Clennam, and so determines to look into Mr. Dorrit's forgotten business affairs to clear up the mystery.
BBC Home Service Basic

' LITTLE DORRIT '

by Charles Dickens
3-' The Whole Science of Government'
BBC Home Service Basic

' LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
4-' Old Acquaintance'
Produced by Peter Watts
On all sides Arthur Clennam has met with defeat in his attempt to clear up the affairs of old Mr. Dorrit. He has battled with the assembled Barnacles, those ranked officials of the Circumlocution Office whose only aims seem to be to get him to fill in mountains of useless forms and to refer him back and forth from department to department.
But in the midst he has re-encountered his friend Mr. Meagles, and through him has met honest Daniel Doyce , engineer and inventor, who is also engaged in battling with the great Government Department.
BBC Home Service Basic

'LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
4—'Old Acquaintance'
Produced by Peter Watts
BBC Home Service Basic

' LITTLE DORRIT '

The story of the novel - by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
5-' Sun and Shadow '
Produced by Peter Watts
Arthur Clennam , now in partnership with Daniel Doyce the engineer, is still engaged in trying to find out if his mother has ever been the cause of the misfortunes of old William Dorrit , ' The Father of the Marshalsea.'
Through his old boyhood sweetheart, the eternally garrulous Mrs. Flora Finching, he has encountered little Mr. Pancks, that energetic ' man of business -nothing but, sir,' and has sent him steaming off to do further battle with the shilly-shalliers of the Circumlocution Office on Mr. Dorrit's behalf. But at the very height, Arthur is disappointed by a visit from Little Dorrit herself, who begs him not to try to help her father: she has become convinced that if his affairs ever are cleared up and he is given his freedom, the consequences might in some way be dangerous.
BBC Home Service Basic

* LITTLE DORRIT

by Charles Dickens
5-' Sun and Shadow '
BBC Home Service Basic

« LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
6-' Kaleidoscope ' with Gladys Spencer and members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Produced by Peter Watts
Jeremiah Flintwinch, Mrs. Clennam's harsh, wry-necked partner, seems as determined as Arthur himself to explore the old secret of the House of Clennam -if indeed there is one at all. Meantime, Arthur has rather lost heart in his crusade on behalf of the Dorrits. He has fancied himself to be in love with the charming Minnie Meagles--only to find himself ousted in her affections by the young artist, Henry Gowan.
Little Dorrit, too, has had an adorer, in the shape of hapless young John Chivery, the Marshalsea turnkey. But she has turned him down: with her brother Tip and her sister Fanny making their own picturesque ways in the wide world, there is no one else but her to look after their vainglorious old father.
BBC Home Service Basic

'LITTLE DORRIT.

by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
6-Kaleidoscope
BBC Home Service Basic

Little Dorrit: 7: The Marshalsea becomes an orphan

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
Fanny Dorrit, Amy's feckless sister, has been thwarted in her attempts to break into Society - the Society of the formidable Mrs. Merdle, wife of the great millionaire financier.
Little Dorrit, deeply distressed by her family's behaviour, has gone to Arthur Clennam to plead with him to try to clear up her father's affairs after all, despite her previous fears of the effect of freedom on the old man after all his years in prison. Arthur can only assure her that through little Mr. Pancks everything possible is being done ... and on the very instant, Mr. Pancks steams in excitedly himself with the news that there may be an even richer man in England than the great Merdle: and his name, sir? - Mr. William Dorrit!
BBC Home Service Basic

'LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play by John Keir Cross
7 — ' The Marshalsea becomes an orphan '
Produced by Peter Watts
BBC Home Service Basic

Little Dorrit: 8: Home Affairs

The story of the. novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
Produced by Peter Watts
The mysterious Frenchman, Blandois, hitherto only mentioned, has now entered the story in person-has confronted Mrs. Clennam and her brutal partner, Flintwinch, with the hint that he might know something discreditable about Mrs. Clennam's past, something connected with the initials D.N.F. in the little gold watch sent to her by Arthur's father just before his death in China.
In the meantime, Mr. Pancks's energetic ' moleings and diggings ' into the affairs of old Mr. Dorrit have been brought to a triumphant conclusion. Mr. Dorrit has suddenly found himself to be one of the richest men in England; and so, amid scenes of rejoicing, the proud Father of the Marshalsea Debtors' Jail has driven away from it at last and has set off with his entire family for an extended and luxurious holiday abroad.
BBC Home Service Basic

'LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
8 — ' Home Affairs'
Produced by Peter Watts
BBC Home Service Basic

LITTLE DORRIT '

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in parts by John Keir Cross
9--'Foreign Affairs ... or Pictures from Italy '
Produced by Peter Watts
Arthur has found life very dull without Little Dorrit. There is little cheer even in the charming establishment of Father and Mother Meagles, for Minnie Meagles has married Henry Gowan and gone off with him to live in Italy.
Arthur is once more engaged, too, in his eternal battle with the humbugs of the Circumlocution Office, now on behalf of his partner, Daniel Doyce, whose invention has for so long been bandied from department to department. And in his mother's haunted old house he has encountered the constantly hinting Blandois, and become convinced that there is some secret in his family.
To complete his misery, a letter has arrived from Little Dorrit in Rome, suggesting that all is not well there.
BBC Home Service Basic

' LITTLE DORRIT

by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts by John Keir Cross
9—Foreign Affairs ... or Pictures from Italy
BBC Home Service Basic

LITTLE DORRIT'

The story of the novel by Charles Dickens made into a radio serial play in thirteen parts ' by John Keir Cross
10 — ' More Pictures from Italy'
Produced by Peter Watts
Little Dorrit is far from happy in her new luxurious surroundings in Italy. Riches have intensified Mr. Dorrit's pride, they have magnified, too, the weaknesses of the other members of the family: sister Fanny's ambition, brother Tip's careless extravagance. Amy's only ally is her simple old Uncle Frederick with his eternal clarionet, his vague memories of the days when he once conducted a music school.
Amy has been distressed, too, to find that Minnie is not as contented as she might be in her marriage to the casual young artist, Henry Gowan. And at Henry's studio she has been mystified by the disclosure that his sinister friend, Blandois, has some secret business with her uncle.
So matters stand when it is revealed that that great leader of Society, Mrs. Merdle, is in Italv, too, with her son Edmund Sparkler, Fanny's former beau.






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