6th Aug 1914 · 1st Dec 1914 Podcast Storyline

Freddie and Victor

74 min Play story

Cousins and cavalry officers, Freddie and Victor suffer different fates

  1. 6th August 1914

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    1. Jimmy fires a gun

      Freddie and his soldier friends show Sam and Jimmy how to fire a revolver but they accidentally wound Kush the dog in the ear

    2. Doctor, Doctor - come quick

      Dr McFee patches up the bullet graze to Kush the dog's ear, but Sam, Jimmy and the soldiers all fear repercussions

  2. 12th August 1914

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    1. Freddie feels guilty

      Victor tries to distract Freddie from guilty thoughts of Jimmy's disappearance with a horse race, but is injured in a tumble

    2. Brandy for the pain

      Dr McFee fixes the shoulder Victor dislocated in the horse race, and tears a strip of Freddie for his frivolity

    3. Who's a pretty boy then?

      Freddie cajoles Victor into entering the Male Beauty Contest in his 'dashing' sling, knowing he needs the money.

    4. Victor victorious

      In the pub after Victor's competition win, Freddie embarrasses his cousin with salacious talk, until they are interrupted by a fracas outside

    5. A beating in the street

      Victor and Freddie step in to stop Bill Macknade beating up Ralph in the street

  3. 14th August 1914

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    1. Bathing beauty

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

  4. 15th August 1914

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    1. A sister's promise

      Freddie makes Isabel promise not to blame herself for the missing boys, and in return makes his mother hire Esme Macknade

  5. 19th August 1914

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    1. Victor is restless

      Left behind by his colleagues, the injured Victor tells his subordinate, horse doctor and would-be procurer about Kitty

    2. Aunt Sylvia has a plan

      Victor is bullied by his aunt on matters of Belgian refugees and of romance

    3. What's hiding in the cellar?

      Mr Martindale informs Victor and the soldiers about Hans, the German hiding in the hotel cellar.

  6. 5th September 1914

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    1. Victor speaks his mind

      Sylvia speaks up for the status quo of the class system, but Victor defends Kitty

  7. 8th September 1914

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    1. Shocking News

      The Grahams' worries about Isabel are overtaken by a telegram reporting Freddie's death

    2. The Vicar Calls

      Ralph blunders into the Graham house - Isabel seems unable to stop him

    3. Reactions to tragedy

      Gabriel and Isabel are paralysed by grief while Sylvia seems to think it her duty to soldier on

    4. Isabel fears she is cursed

      Isabel is shattered - 'undone' - by the news, and her secret intimacy with Ralph shadows all their dealings

    5. The household is rocked

      Grief in all its manifestations: Ralph is practical, Sylvia indomitable, Isabel numb, Esme coarse

    6. A house divided

      Prostrated by sorrow, councillor Graham is unable to respond to his wife's wishes

    7. Isabel flees

      Isabel cannot bear to stay in the house any longer.

    8. An encounter with a soldier

      Her emotions in disarray, Isabel kisses a soldier who thinks she is a prostitute: the revelation brings Freddie's death home to her


  8. 9th September 1914

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    1. Hilary intrudes on Gabriel's solitude

      The ever-suave Hilary presents himself as Gabriel's right hand, and warns Isabel she was seen kissing the soldier

    2. Gabriel presides in court

      Those before Gabriel in the magistrate's court include the last man to see the lost boys alive, and Sgt Harris's own son

    3. To the Regatta

      Gabriel overtakes Mervyn and Norman on his way to immerse himself further in his "civic duties"

    4. Gabriel capsized

      Mervyn redeems himself by saving his brother from the water after two boats overturn

  9. 15th September 1914

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    1. A memorial service on the Leas

      Gabriel breaks down, Sylvia steps up, and the Wilsons miss Dieter and Sam

  10. 16th September 1914

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    1. Family condolences

      Victor disagrees with Sylvia over Kitty, and is shocked when Gabriel mistakes him for Freddie

  11. 1st December 1914

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    1. Sober preparations

      Sylvia, Gabriel and Isabel gather scattered cufflinks and wits to prepare for Freddie's funeral

    2. Juliet returns

      Returning daughter Juliet Graham represents the modern, independent woman: Freddie's funeral cortege is diverted to avoid damaging morale

    3. A funeral

      Dorothea appears, insisting she has a right to attend Freddie's funeral.

    4. Freddie laid to rest

      Only when the rest of the family has left Freddie's grave can Silvia speak freely to her dead son of her love for him

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