In Love And War

Esmond Lowndes’s father is a leading light in the British Union Of Fascists. In 1937, Esmond is sent down from Cambridge in disgrace and dispatched instead to Florence to set up Radio Firenze – an English-language radio station aiming to form closer ties between Fascists in Italy and England. Esmond finds love and loss, and his journey of self-discovery becomes increasingly and – as Italy moves towards and into war – more tightly intertwined with the fortunes of Florence: the city he has made his home.

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 24th November-5th December 2014 at 22:45 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Alex Preston
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Carl Prekopp
Broadcast Assistant: Holly Slater
Sound Engineer: Lucinda Mason Brown
Producer: Rosalynd Ward
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Tosca Act III: Cavaradossi’s Aria – ‘E Lucevan le stelle’ by Puccini & performed by Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Tosca Act I: Duet Tosca and Cavaradossi’s – ‘Ah! Que gli ochi’ by Puccini & performed by Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, The Day The Earth Fell Silent by John Barry, “Ancor non giunse!” by Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, Ghiaurov, Richard Bonynge & the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Tosca Act I: Cavaradossi’s Aria – ‘Ah! Finalmente! Recondita armonia’ by Puccini & performed by Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony No. 8 in F major I: Allegro vivace e con brio by Beethoven & performed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Tosca Act III: Duet Tosca and Cavaradossi – ‘O Dolci Mani’ by Puccini & performed by Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

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