Currently a writer at the BBC, Ms Purcell was previously writer at Channel Four, writing for the shows Smack the Pony and The Sketch Show, and has been a freelance writer. She also teaches on the Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing modules for the Arts Faculty, and teaches at Wandsworth Prison.
Righteous Sisters follows the true story of Ida Cook and her sister, and is set in the 1930s. Ida and her sister Louise were opera fans and travelled abroad to see their favorite performers. In the process they became aware of the Nazi persecution of Jews. When Ida began to make a lot of money writing for Mills and Boon, the two sisters risked their lives on a regular basis, smuggling Jews out of Germany, right under the noses of the border guards.
Listen to Righteous Sisters live on Radio 4 at 10.45 and 19:45 Monday to Friday, or on the BBC iPlayer Radio here.
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