Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Episode 5

The Cazalets, The Light Years Episode 5 of 10

5/10 by Elizabeth Jane Howard, dramatised by Sarah Daniels

As Sid worries about the situation in Germany, Louise discovers an enemy within her own family.

Produced and Directed by Sally Avens and Marion Nancarrow

The Light Year's tells the story of the extended Cazalet family. Set in the lead up to the outbreak of World War II, it appears that the Cazalets have it all but we soon discover that infidelity, indiscretions, jealousies and misplaced loyalties lurk just beneath the surface.

As Elizabeth Jane Howard approaches her 90th Birthday Radio 4 is to broadcast all four of her Cazalet novels , The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion and Casting Off; The story of the family stretches over ten years (1937-1947) The dramatisations begin on New's Year Eve and finish in August 2013.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Fri 4 Jan 2013 19:45


Role Contributor
NarratorPenelope Wilton
EdwardPip Torrens
LouiseAlix Wilton Regan
VillyRuth Gemmell
RachelNaomi Frederick
SidHelen Schlesinger
WriterSarah Daniels

Meet the family

meet the cazalets

Find out more about the main characters in Radio 4's dramatisation of the Cazalet saga.