7th Aug 1914 · 5th Jan 1915 Podcast Storyline

The Vicar and the Sunday School Teacher

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Vicar Ralph has a noble wife but is besotted with Isabel Graham

  1. 7th August 1914

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    1. Discord at the Vicarage

      The intimacy between Ralph and Isabel grows as he hints his wife Dorothea is not entirely happy in her role

  2. 8th August 1914

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    1. A discovery, an accident, a disappearance

      Sulking up a tree, Adam spies Ralph and Isabel kissing, falls and breaks his leg. The picnic ends but Sam and Jimmy are missing

  3. 20th August 1914

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    1. Isabel and Ralph steal a moment

      As they approach the boats, Ralph and Isabel blame themselves for the boys' disappearance

  4. 25th August 1914

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    1. Does Dorothea suspect?

      Isabel and Dorothea help the refugees but Dorothea has begun to notice Ralph's reliance on the other woman

  5. 28th August 1914

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    1. Weeping over a sermon

      The distressed Ralph tries to write a sermon the refugees will understand. Dorothea says she and Isabel are becoming friends

  6. 2nd September 1914

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    1. Ralph upbraids Adam

      Ralph finds Adam and Jessie spying on the refugee 'Laces', and explodes when Adam asks about him kissing Isabel

  7. 18th September 1914

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    1. A tryst in the church

      Dorothea interrupts Ralph and Isabel's kiss with the news Mathieu is deathly ill: Isabel again feels cursed

    2. Field of dreams

      Isabel confesses about kissing the soldier: Ralph reveals his marriage is unconsummated and can be annulled

    3. Another difficult conversation

      Ralph and Isabel reach an understanding: they love each other but will keep their affair secret

  8. 2nd October 1914

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    1. The love affair exposed

      We understand the complexity of Dorothea's anguish when Ralph finally admits his feelings for Isabel to her - then Isabel interrupts

  9. 3rd December 1914

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    1. An argument

      Dorothea has given Ralph permission to see Isabel Graham as long as no one sees them, and he does not tell Isabel that she knows about their affair

  10. 11th December 1914

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    1. On the brink

      Ralph poses as "common" while signing them into the hotel, but Isabel is propositioned in reception

    2. The mood destroyed

      Upset by the soldier propositioning her, Isabel asks to go home

    3. The driving lesson

      On the way to their hotel tryst, Ralph presents Isabel with a ring for appearances' sake

    4. The collarless vicar

      It looks as if Ralph and Isabel are planning a tryst under cover of him giving her a driving lesson

  11. 26th December 1914

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    1. A dreadful conversation

      Ralph reveals that he and Dorothea consummated their marriage on Christmas night: Isabel's response is angry but dignified

  12. 5th January 1915

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    1. A lovers' parting

      Isabel thinks that driving an ambulance may be less risky than her affair with Ralph and all its secrets and lies

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