Kate Harper, Lydia Wilson and Nancy Crane star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the second novel in Armistead Maupin's acclaimed 'Tales of the City' series.
In this sequel to Tales of the City, landlady Anna Madrigal reveals her secrets to her second family - the tenants of her house, 28 Barbary Lane. But they are preparing to flee their cosy nest for adventures further afield.
Mona Ramsey embarks on a cross-country trip that takes her to a brothel which may hold a secret about her past.
Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton go on a cruise where they meet up with lovers old and new.
Brian Hawkins becomes involved with a mysterious woman he spots from his window, and DeDe Halcyon Day gets acquainted with a new friend who helps her discover her true inner feelings.
Dramatised by Barbara Lavery, this is both a sparkling comedy of manners and a portrait of a free and easy era.
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The adaption is mediocre and loses much of the magic of the books. Mrs Madrigal is characterised fairly well, but unfortunately Mary Ann sounds ridiculously weak and Beauchamp Day sounds like a caricature cartoon villain. Not a disaster so long as you've already read the books or seen the series but this wouldn't be a good introduction for a Barbary Lane novice
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