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Episode 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 April 2010


Penelope Wilton stars in Barbara Pym's wonderful story of love, requited and otherwise, in unfashionable north London in 1960. John Challow hasn't turned up for work. Ianthe is worried that he is ill, although Mervyn has his doubts. So Ianthe does good work, and goes visiting the sick.

An Unsuitable Attachment was turned down by Barbara Pym's publishers, Faber, when she gave them the manuscript in 1963, with very little explanation. Her previous 6 books had met with some success, so she was very upset and according to her correspondence felt very badly treated. It wasn't until 1977, when the Times Literary Supplement published a symposium on the most over and under-rated writers of the century and two contributors named her in the second category - the only living writer to be so distinguished - and her next novel was published before the year was out. She was widely interviewed, appeared on Desert Island Discs, and was the subject of a tv film. She died in 1980. An Unsuitable Attachment was finally published in 1982.

Dramatised by Jennie Howarth.

Narrator ..... Penelope Wilton
Penelope ..... Sophie Thompson
Sophia ..... Lucy Akhurst
Ianthe ..... Raquel Cassidy
Mervyn ..... Stephen Critchlow
Mark ..... Martin Ball
Rupert ..... Ben Crowe
John ..... Tom Andrews
Sister Dew ..... Angela Curran
Lady Selvedge ..... Joanna Wake
Mrs Grandison ..... Frances Jeater
Edwin ..... Robin Bowerman
Basil ..... Joe Coen

The director is Chris Wallis, and this is an Autolycus production for BBC Radio 4.

Repeated on 30:04:2010 19:45:00

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Penelope Wilton stars in Barbara Pym's story of love in unfashionable north london.

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Penelope Wilton stars in Barbara Pym's wonderful story of love in north London in 1960. John doesn't turn up for work, so Ianthe does good works and goes visiting the presumed sick.


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