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The Magpie Stories is a radio series created by Shelley Silas. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002, during the Woman's Hour timeslot [1].


Ten tales for the superstitious inspired by the magpie rhyme.


Episode Number Title Writer Broadcast Date Summary
01 "One for Sorrow" Charlotte Jones 18 February 2002 Howard finds his ideal woman. With Paul Ritter.
02 "Two for Joy" Katie Hims 19 February 2002 Moya has always been the kind of woman nobody notices, but a chance comment by the butcher changes everything.
03 "Three for a Girl" Katie Hims 20 February 2002 For her wedding, Roberta protects herself from bad luck by following all the old superstitions.
04 "Four for a Boy" Charlotte Jones 21 February 2002 In 1968, Anne wanted a son - a girl baby would not do. With Jan Ravens and Mark Rice-Oxley.
05 "Five for Silver" Shelley Silas 22 February 2002 There are surprise guests at a 25-year celebration.
06 "Six for Gold" Shelley Silas 25 February 2002 A man gives his wife a good luck token.
07 "Seven for a Secret Never to Be Told" Sebastian Baczkiewicz 26 February 2002 A customer tells a barber a secret that he would rather not have heard.
08 "Eight for a Lie" Sebastian Baczkiewicz 27 February 2002 A novelist famous for stories of his idyllic childhood makes an important discovery.
09 "Nine for Truth" Shelley Silas 28 February 2002 A woman wants to know what her husband is really up to.
10 "The Secret of Eternal Youth" Katie Hims 01 March 2002 A girl meets a boy at the fair who, though most unsuitable, has an attractive secret.


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