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Episode 3

Shonagon and Yukinari attend separate funerals - to solve the same crime. Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th-century Japan.

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return! Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan.

Two funerals on the same day: one in the city, with full pomp and ceremony for the Empress's father, the Lord Chancellor; the other, outside the city walls, for the erratic and errant Lady Mazago. Shonagon and Yukinari attend different funerals, with the intention of solving the same murder - that of Lady Mazago.

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Directed by Lu Kemp.

A BBC Scotland Production for Radio 4.

15 minutes


Role Contributor
Shonagon Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari Cal MacAninch
Mazago Finlay Welsh
Kazan Garry Collins
Writer Robert Forrest
Director Lu Kemp


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