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Finding themselves in the same situation 50 years apart, both women must make life-changing decisions. Stars Abby Ford.

Finding themselves in the same situation, both women must make life-changing decisions.

Conclusion of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's beguiling story of two English women living in India more than 50 years apart.

In 1923, Olivia is unhappily married to a civil servant. Her step-granddaughter travels to the subcontinent years later to investigate Olivia's life, which her family regarded as ‘something dark and terrible’.

The story centres on the experiences of two very different women in pre- and post- Independence India. One is circumscribed by English mores and the formal social structures of the Raj while the other is free to fall in love, live among Indian people, feel part of the culture. So, it's the story of social change as well as a potent love story.

Olivia ..... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Narrator ..... Abby Ford
Douglas ..... Simon Harrison
The Nawab ..... Ronny Jhutti
Harry ..... David Seddon
Inder Lal ..... Neet Mohan
Chid ..... Will Howard
Maji ..... Thusitha Jayasundera
Beth Crawford ..... Debra Baker
Dr Saunders ..... Sam Dale
Major Minnies ..... Chris Pavlo

Pianist ..... Laurie O'Brien

Dramatised by Shelley Silas.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015.

13 days left to listen

15 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 Jan 2020 02:30

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Olivia Pippa Bennett-Warner
Narrator Abby Ford
Douglas Simon Harrison
The Nawab Ronny Jhutti
Harry David Seddon
Inder Lal Neet Mohan
Chid Will Howard
Maji Thusitha Jayasundera
Beth Crawford Debra Baker
Dr Saunders Sam Dale
Major Minnies Chris Pavlo
Author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Adaptor Shelley Silas
Director Gaynor Macfarlane

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