Juliet Ace

Crown Papers

Crown Papers

The sequel to BBC Radio 4 Regal Drama Crown House


The dramatic sequel to Crown House

It's 1933 and we are back at Crown House where the Minster family are gathering to enjoy the Easter holiday. However, Crown House isn't the idyll it first appears, and a brutal murder disrupts the genial gathering. There's a secret that's been buried for years and the Honourable Mrs Jenny Gaunt is determined to uncover the truth but is she prepared to lose everything she holds dear in the process? Meanwhile, Lady Caroline, who has recently begun a new relationship, is ready to face the consequences of her past actions. Still close with the House of Windsor, Lord and Lady Minster and their family must embark on a new decade, one of change and upheaval.

Set across the backdrop of the 1930s and encompassing everything from the silver jubilee of George V to the rise in popularity of Oswald Mosley, this compelling and dramatic sequel builds on the Crown House story. Tradition and continuities are brought into conflict with a changing world as the Minsters must find their place between a bygone era and a fast-paced future. Follow the highs and lows of the Minster family through changing times, scandal, and tragedy, where past and present collide in this thoughtful and compelling drama of a family like no other.

Based on the popular Crown House novels by Peter Ling, this six-part drama is written by Juliet Ace (The Archers, Young Victoria) and Peter Ling (The Avengers, Doctor Who). Dinah Sheridan, best know for her roles in Genevieve and The Railway Children, reprises her role as Lady Minster and Geoffrey Whitehead stars as Lord Minster.

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Cast and credits
Written by Juliet Ace and Peter Ling
Directed by Tracey Neale

Lady Minster - Dinah Sheridan
William, Lord Minster - Geoffrey Whitehead
Beatrice, Dowager Countess - Margaret Rawungs
Richard, Viscount Ebony - Michael Cochrane
Polly, Viscountess Ebony - Melinda Walker
The Hon Nicholas Gaunt - Mark Straker
The Hon Mrs Jenny Gaunt - Helena Breck
Lady Caroline Gaunt - Deborah Makepeace
The Hon Martin Gaunt - Richard Pearce
Sir Charles Bowyer - Brett Usher
Lady Gina Bowyer - Shelley Thompson
Scott Hanson - Colin McFarlane
Speaker in meeting - Alan Barker
Paul Weyman - Philip Sully
Muriel Beasley - Joanna Myers
American Matron - Jan Whittenshaw
American Nurse - Adjoa Andoh
Mr Darrell - Nigel Carrington
Lady Cloudesley/A stranger - Susan Sheridan

First Broadcast BBC Radio 4, September 1991

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