5 x 45 minute episodes
MPEG-1 Layer 3
Atmospheric tales from Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell
The Squire's Story
Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True Episode 1 of 5
1849: Mr Higgins appears every inch the perfect jovial gentleman.
But his strange manners - not to mention a tendency to disappear - suggest a less ordinary source for his comfortable lifestyle.
The Crooked Branch
Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True Episode 2 of 5
Farmers Nathan and Hester Huntroyd shower love and money on their handsome son Benjamin.
But he has ambitions above their humble station, and the result is unexpected to say the least...
The Poor Clare
Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True Episode 3 of 5
1727: Investigating the heir to a substantial fortune, a young lawyer is drawn towards a young woman haunted by a mother's curse - and apparently possessed by a strange, dark force...
Lois the Witch
Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True Episode 4 of 5
Newly arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, a Warwickshire girl finds herself drawn into a Puritan family's world of visions, malice and - apparently - demonic possession..
The Grey Woman
Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True Episode 5 of 5
A miller's daughter marries a nobleman. But this is no fairy tale. It's the beginning of a terrifying adventure...
Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.
Stars Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Gaskell, Stella Gonet as Anna, Adjoa Andoh as Amante and Struan Rodger as Tourelle.
With Duncan Law, Richard Avery, Mary Wimbush, Andrew Harrison and Graham Colclough.
Producer: Nigel Bryant
An Armada production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 1998.