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Episode 4

Episode 4 of 15

As Rupert leaves for the navy, an old friend of his provides some consolation for Clary and Polly.

by Elizabeth Jane Howard, dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Clary begins to write about things she notices people don't talk about - including sex and going to the lavatory - to take her mind off Rupert's imminent departure, little knowing that a new arrival at Home Place is to help things enormously.

Produced and directed by Sally Avens & Marion Nancarrow

Marking Time is the second of four compelling Cazalet novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, which together give a vivid insight into the lives, hopes and loves of three generations.
As Elizabeth Jane Howard enters her 90th Birthday year, Radio 4 are broadcasting dramatisations of all four novels between January and August 2013.

In the second series, the families' worst fears are realised as war breaks out. Rupert immediately decides he must join up, Edward will see what military work he can get, whilst Hugh - still suffering from injuries from the first war - has to settle with running the family firm. But it is the children who become the centre of the story, as Louise realises that her parents' marriage is not as happy as she had imagined, Clary is faced with the prospect of losing her beloved father and Polly must deal with her fear of war and a battle much closer to home. If only the adults would realise that they are not really children - but they seem stuck in some awful place where they must simply mark time.

15 minutes

Last on

Thu 21 Feb 2013 19:45


Role Contributor
Narrator Penelope Wilton
Clary Georgia Groome
Rupert Raymond Coulthard
Zoe Zoe Tapper
Polly Flora Spencer-Longhurst
Archie Joseph Millson
Writer Lin Coghlan


  • Thu 21 Feb 2013 10:45
  • Thu 21 Feb 2013 19:45

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