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A love of opera leads two remarkable sisters into a life of danger, in Jane Purcell's true-life tale of the remarkable Cook sisters' wartime adventures.

by Jane Purcell.

The true story of English sisters Louise and Ida Cook (better known as romantic novelist Mary Burchell), whose love of opera led them into a life of danger, rescuing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.

1/5 Civil servants may be 'safe until they're nailed down in their coffins', but when music comes into the lives of young Ida and Louise, romance and adventure come with it.

Translations by Johannes Mirbach

Original research by Louise Carpenter

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.

15 minutes

Last on

Mon 5 Nov 2012 19:45

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Role Contributor
Ida Cook ('Mary Burchell') Liza Sadovy
Louise Cook Susie Riddell
Florence Taft Carolyn Pickles
Clemens Krauss Tom Frederic
Dad Robert Blythe
Ezio Pinza Ben Crowe
Journalist Eleanor Crooks
Producer Jonquil Panting
Director Jonquil Panting
Writer Jane Purcell


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  • Mon 5 Nov 2012 19:45

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