4th Aug 1914 · 27th May 2015 Podcast Storyline

Kitty's Baby

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Maid Kitty falls pregnant by German expat Dieter on the eve of war

  1. 4th August 1914

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    1. Kitty's shock revelation

      Kitty tells Dieter she is pregnant by him, while Dieter announces he wants to return to Germany; panic-buying begins in the shops

  2. 14th August 1914

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    1. Bathing beauty

      In front of Lilian's lens Kitty and Victor disport themselves by the sea

    2. Crunch time at the train station

      Kitty tells Dieter she can't leave her mother to go to London with him, so Dieter resolves to stay. Kitty persuades her father to get some rest

    3. The lovers make a plan

      As other German nationals are arrested, Kitty visits Dieter in hiding in the hotel cellars and he insists they go to London

    4. A photographic adventure

      Lilian asks Kitty and Victor to model for seaside photographs promoting Folkestone

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  3. 21st August 1914

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    1. The Wilsons confront Kitty

      The letter Kitty concealed is from Dieter, asking Albert for her hand. Kitty lies to her parents, telling them that Dieter is in a labour camp. Florie and Albert turn their anger with Kitty on each other

  4. 11th September 1914

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    1. Dieter lost?

      Adam leads the police away from his sister, who refuses to believe her German fiance is lost or drowned

  5. 16th September 1914

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    1. Champagne for Kitty

      Victor learns his rival is a German, and he has divined Kitty's condition; he offers help

  6. 19th September 1914

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    1. Kitty's refusal

      The fact that Kitty does not love Victor counts for nothing against her possible shame to Albert and Florrie

    2. News of a death

      Florrie tells Kitty one of the drowned men was Dieter, although Jack previously said the man was English

  7. 26th September 1914

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    1. Kitty and Victor reach an understanding

      Victor proposes to Kitty before going to the front, confesses his illegitimacy and penury, and promises their union will be platonic; Kitty accepts

  8. 2nd December 1914

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    1. Kitty confronts Florrie

      Kitty is furious that Florrie concealed Dieter's letter from her; Florrie pleads that she acted in Kitty's interest

  9. 22nd December 1914

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    1. An outrageous proposal

      Kitty rejects an offer of £70 from Aunt Phyllis to allow the baby to be raised by the Lumley/Marshall family: Albert interrupts to ask Kitty to come home

  10. 9th January 1915

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    1. It's a boy

      Kitty's son, Peter Samuel, also has a secret name - Emil - that was Dieter's choice. Kitty decides to conceal the birth and nest at home for a month

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