My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime:
Set across five days in July 1964 we follow the bizarrely intertwined lives of Sir Winston Churchill, Esther Hammerhans and the unwelcome visitor they both share.
July 1964: The lives of Winston Churchill and Esther, a library clerk, become intertwined.
July 1964, and the day looms when Winston Churchill must leave Parliament. Meanwhile Esther, a library clerk, has her own black date in the diary. She also has an unusual visitor.
Wednesday 22nd July has been a long day for Esther, and it is still not over – Mr Chartwell has promised to tell her more about himself and just what the nature of his work is.
Having agreed that Black Pat aka Mr Chartwell can stay over for a night, Esther is not sure what to expect in the morning.
The weekend is approaching, together with the imminent anniversary of Esther’s husband’s death. But an unexpected task is set for Esther by her boss at the Westminster Library.
Black Pat continues to lay siege to Esther and Beth issues an invitation to a lunch party.
Saturday 25th July 1964: Esther and Corkbowl are both preparing for the trip to Chartwell. But Esther is dreading Sunday for other reasons.
Clementine Churchill takes a stand. Beth and Big Oliver host Sunday lunch.
Sunday afternoon : Churchill’s study is the scene of a delicate conversation.
Sunday evening, Esther returns home to find Black Pat waiting for her.
The reader is Miriam Margolyes.
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4.