Edith Wharton - Ethan Frome

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20120121 (BBC7)

4 Extra Debut. Tragic love story set in rural Massachusetts. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie

20100925 (BBC7)

Starkfield's new arrival aims to find out the story of a stooped 'ruin of a man'. Classic love story starring John Sharian.

Starkfield's new arrival aims to find out the story of a stooped 'ruin of a man'.

20100926 (BBC7)

Starkfield's new arrival aims to find out the story of a stooped 'ruin of a man'. Classic love story starring John Sharian.

Starkfield's new arrival aims to find out the story of a stooped 'ruin of a man'.

20100926 (BBC7)

Starkfield's new arrival aims to find out the story of a stooped 'ruin of a man'.

20120122 (BBC7)

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie

20170820 (BBC7)

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie

20170821 (BBC7)

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie

Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives...

Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter, one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories was first published in 1911. Dramatised by Lin Coghlan.

Stars Dominic Mafham as Ethan Frome, Jessica Raine as Mattie, Laurle Lefkow as Zeena, Christopher Webster as Denis Eady, Adjoa Andoh as Post Mistress, Paul Moriaty as Andrew Hale and Fenella Woolgar as Edith Wharton.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.

20120121 (BBC7)
20150823 (BBC7)
20150824 (BBC7)

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie

Edith Wharton's tragic love story set in rural Massachusetts. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ethan Frome becomes obsessed with his wife's cousin Mattie.

0120170814 (BBC7)

Why does Ethan Frome walk with a limp? What tragedy befell him over 20 years before?

by Edith Wharton
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Why does Ethan Frome walk with a limp?
And what is the tragedy that befell him over twenty years earlier?
A visitor to the town attempts to find out.

Ethan Frome....Dominic Mafham
Mattie....Jessica Raine
Zeena....Laurel Lefkow
Denis Eady....Christopher Webster
Post Mistress....Adjoa Andoh
Andrew Hale....Paul Moriarty
Edith Wharton....Fenella Woolgar

Directed by Sally Avens

Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories.
Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter. Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love with Mattie but their fate is determined by their circumstances and the stifling conventions of the time.

Ethan Frome was deemed shocking when first published as it appeared to condone infidelity. What many readers did not know was that many of the novella's themes mirrored real events in the life of Edith Wharton. Her own story is told in an accompanying play 'The Jinx Element' that explores her own sexless marriage and a passionate affair that begun when she was 47.

0220170815 (BBC7)

Zeena goes away to see a doctor, so Ethan and Mattie are left alone for the first time.

by Edith Wharton
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Zeena goes away to visit a Doctor and Ethan and Mattie are left alone together for the first time.

Ethan Frome....Dominic Mafham
Mattie....Jessica Raine
Zeena....Laurel Lefkow
Andrew Hale....Paul Moriarty
Edith Wharton....Fenella Woolgar

Directed by Sally Avens

Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories. Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter. Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love with Mattie but their fate is determined by their circumstances and the stifling conventions of the time.

Ethan Frome was deemed shocking when first published as it appeared to condone infidelity. What many readers did not know was that many of the novella's themes mirrored real events in the life of Edith Wharton. Her own story is told in an accompanying play 'The Jinx Element' which explores her own sexless marriage and a passionate affair that begun when she was 47.

0320170816 (BBC7)

Ethan and Mattie's idyll is shattered by the return of Zeena.

by Edith Wharton
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Ethan and Mattie's idyll is shattered by the return of Zeena.

Ethan Frome....Dominic Mafham
Mattie....Jessica Raine
Zeena....Laurel Lefkow
Jotham Powell....Adam Billington
Denis Eady....Christopher Webster
Widow Homan....Victoria Inez Hardy
Edith Wharton....Fenella Woolgar

Directed by Sally Avens

Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories.
Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter. Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love with Mattie but their fate is determined by their circumstances and the stifling conventions of the time.

Ethan Frome was deemed shocking when first published as it appeared to condone infidelity. What many readers did not know was that many of the novella's themes mirrored real events in the life of Edith Wharton. Her own story is told in the play 'The Jinx Element' which explores her own sexless marriage and a passionate affair that begun when she was 47.

0420170817 (BBC7)

Ethan becomes determined to escape his marriage and run away with Mattie.

by Edith Wharton
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Ethan becomes determined to escape his marriage and runaway with Mattie.

Ethan Frome....Dominic Mafham
Mattie....Jessica Raine
Zeena....Laurel Lefkow
Edith Wharton.... Fenella Woolgar

Directed by Sally Avens

Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories.
Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter. Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love with Mattie but their fate is determined by their circumstances and the stifling conventions of the time.

Ethan Frome was deemed shocking when first published as it appeared to condone infidelity. What many readers did not know was that many of the novella's themes mirrored real events in the life of Edith Wharton. Her own story is told in a play 'The Jinx Element' which explores her own sexless marriage and a passionate affair that begun when she was 47.

0520170818 (BBC7)

Mattie and Ethan take desperate measures not to be separated.

by Edith Wharton
dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Mattie and Ethan take desperate measures not to be separated.

Ethan Frome....Dominic Mafham
Mattie....Jessica Raine
Zeena....Laurel Lefkow
Mrs Hale....Tracy Wiles
Edith Wharton....Fenella Woolgar

Ethan Frome is one of Edith Wharton's most enduring and powerful stories.
Set against the cold, grey, bleakness of a New England winter. Ethan Frome scrapes a living from his woodlot whilst trapped in an unhappy marriage with his hypochondriac wife, Zeena. A ray of light enters Ethan's life when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love with Mattie but their fate is determined by their circumstances and the stifling conventions of the time.

Ethan Frome was deemed shocking when first published as it appeared to condone infidelity. What many readers did not know was that many of the novella's themes mirrored real events in the life of Edith Wharton. Her own story is told in 'The Jinx Element' that explores her own sexless marriage and a passionate affair that begun when she was 47.