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Episode 4

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 September 2013

Writing the Century
Takes Two to Tandem
by Lavinia Murray

The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people, returns with Takes Two to Tandem by Lavinia Murray. A touching, lively, humorous drama inspired by the 1930s diaries of Frank Ayliffe.

Frank is a doer and a trier, a wonderfully complex, gregarious, self-confounding, honest and loving man, always aware of his shortcomings and keen to better himself intellectually and materially. Takes Two to Tandem is a rich glimpse into how aspirational, impoverished and socially mobile the interwar years were.

Frank: ' It seems to me that the best thing to do is to be aware of the angle that the world is, for each one of us, a personal world. We can create our own ideas of freedom and set standards of behaviour which will enable us to maintain an attitude of being unattached to the petty things that are the beginning of bondage in bigger things.'

Things are in a state of flux. Can Frank recover from his latest blunder with Doris and will Lily's instructions improve his chances of avoiding a life of carefree but miserable bachelorhood?

Produced and Directed by Sharon Sephton.


Bryan Dick
Sophia Di Martino
Nick Haverson
Martin Richardson
Martin Richardson
Miss Foot
Susan Twist
Mrs Ayliffe
Susan Twist
Harriet Chandler Judd
Mr Ayliffe
Will Tacey
Sharon Sephton
Sharon Sephton
Lavinia Murray


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