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Episode 1

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 31 October 2011

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari reunite for a new adventure in 10th century Japan.

The young Emperor has disappeared from the Palace into the wilds of Japan, to learn the ways of his people. Mischievous as ever, he leaves behind him a challenge addressed to his champion and favourite, Lieutenant Yukinari, to find him. And, of course, Yukinari must be accompanied by his guide in the ways of palace life, the Lady Shonagon. The Emperor makes two conditions: that the couple travel unaccompanied and in disguise, dressed in peasant garb, a prospect that Lady Shonagon - a connoisseur of all the finer luxuries of life - finds both appalling and humiliating.

Inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Shonagon............... Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari...................Cal Macaninch
Emperor...................Freddie Rayner
Kei..........................Brian Ferguson
Peasant..................John Paul Hurley

Directed by Lu Kemp.

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