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Dark Glory by Steve Gooch

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British Beauty
Cocky's Girls
Dark Glory
Free Time
The Portrait of Jan Six

British Beauty (5f, 4m)

Sophie, a wild country girl grows up in deepest Sussex as the daughter of a gamekeeper, who is head of the household of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, women's rights campaigner and, with Bessie Parkes, editor of The Englishwoman's Journal. Barbara is a friend of Preraphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti who, along with other Victorian luminaries like George Eliot and Friend, loves to visit her country home in Sussex. It just so happens that on a visit Rossetti one day decides to draw the wild Sophie ... Click here for script excerpt.

Cocky's Girls (5f, 2m)

With a powerful but elderly mother, his shrewd and industrious wife Alma, his glamorous production secretary Joan, and a talented daughter - not to mention Grace Kelly and those other famous blondes - is it any wonder Alfred Hitchcock made those films the way he did? Click here for script excerpt.

Dark Glory (3m, 3f, minimum)

Alfred Lord Tennyson's father, though the rector of a delightful church in Lincolnshire, tended to fly into rages, most likely after a drink or two. Alfred himself was prone to seeing visions, and his brother Charles was considered the better poet when they went up to Cambridge and met Arthur Hallam. Hallam was the university whizz-kid of his day and an unexpectedly fierce champion of the young Alfred's work. His sudden death sent the future poet laureate into morbid brooding, from which he emerged a decade later with the best-selling 'In Memoriam' which in one glorious year -- along with being made Poet Laureate and marrying the eminently practical Emily - made the Tennyson we know today. Click here for script excerpt.

Free Time (5m, 2f)

Self-styled 'radical' poets of the 1930s discover the limits of their political beliefs at a Writers conference in Spain, 1936, when an anarchist street-poet gate-crashes their tightly-organised Party party. Click here for script excerpt.

Portrait of Jan Six

The Portrait of Jan Six (3m, 1f)

Having rubbed most of the Amsterdam establishment the wrong way, with his creditors foreclosing on the loan for his house, and with the Church accusing him of living 'in sin' with Hendrickje, you'd think Rembrandt would be grateful for the attentions of the well-connected Jan Six and the odd lucrative commission he can still bring the ageing master's way. Instead the two don't stop arguing. Even the master's affection for his teenage son Titus expresses itself roughly. But when Rembrandt asks Six for a loan, and Six asks Rembrandt for a picture, it's bound to end in tears.

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