Personal Luggage, by Christopher Denys

Christopher Denys - Personal Luggage

BBC Radio 4: Saturday Night Theatre

Broadcast: Saturday 14th October 1989 @ 7:45 p.m.

It's 2:00 a.m. as Tom and Lucy, at their wits end, arrive at the Retirement Home of Mrs. Wilberforce, the previous owner of the home they recently purchased, to ask for her help in deciphering the strange spectral happenings at their home. They tell her the problems started the day they moved into 'Oakfield' - a large, old estate in the country. Parts of 'Oakfield' have been around for 500 years with new sections added on over the years. For Lucy, things looked so promising with her parents back together again for the first time in years, having agreed on a fresh start while living with her and Tom, her fiancÚ, in 'Oakfield'.

That first night, Tom heard something break in the kitchen. When he went to investigate, he found the kitchen empty with broken glass all over the floor. The following morning, while Lucy and her father were cleaning up after breakfast, Tom noticed an apparition of a large old man arising through the kitchen table in silence, as if he was climbing a staircase, and then disappear through a wall. The ghostly figure and the sound it made were not in sync as the voice of the old man came about an hour later. It sounded like he was looking for someone; pleading, threatening. Over the next number of days when the apparition appeared, the time lag of the old man's voice became less and less.

What could this mean?

For Mrs. Wilberforce, who had lived in the house for 40 years raising her children and grandchildren, all was well - no ghosts. For her, if there was anything evil now, it was part of their luggage, their personal luggage, that they carried in with them when they first moved in and they'll have to find out what that is.

With John Shrapnel [Victor, Lucy's Father], Fiona Walker [Janet, Lucy's Mother], Nigel Carrington [Tom, Lucy's Fiance], Lisa Bowman [Lucy], Jack Watson [The Old Man], Lorraine Peters [Mrs. Wilberforce], Simon Carter [Mr. Bartholomew, the Vicar], and Judy Holt [Maisie, the Retirement Home Nurse].

Directed by ........?

90 minutes


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