Five stories about heartbreak to mark Elvis’ first hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956.


A schoolgirl’s funeral prompts a journey back in time for Louisa. But why do her stupid boots keep beating out the chorus of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’?

Writer: Shena Mackay
Reader: Barbara Flynn

On A Roll

A woman checks in at a casino with money, kitten heels and a broken heart.

Writer: Tania Hershman
Reader: Nina Wadia

The Return

A perfect evening in Rome is shattered when a woman’s married lover finishes the liaison and unwittingly triggers a sequence of devasting repercussions.

Writer: Salley Vickers
Reader: Barbara Flynn

Channel 17

Three couples play out different stages of their relationship. The one thing in common is Channel 17.

Writer: Helen Simpson
Reader: Phyllis Logan


A lyrical tale of a young boy’s experience in hospital.

Writer: Marcel Moring
Reader: Daniel Evans

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 23rd-27th January 2006 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Director: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose

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