The Forsytes Continues

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01The Forsyte Saga20160416

John Galsworthy's epic novels of love, money and betrayal in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

1920 and Soames Forsyte would do anything for his sparkling daughter, Fleur. But when she begins to fall in love with the wrong man, how can he stop history repeating itself?

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

The Forsytes Continues is the 2nd of 4 series of The Forsyte Saga, which follows the life of young Fleur Forsyte, the baby born at the end of series one. Now 19 and thoroughly spoiled by her doting father, Fleur is relishing everything the 1920s has to offer.

It's 20 years since Soames Forsyte divorced the love of his life, Irene, who went on to marry his cousin Jo. Now their respective children have grown up, neither knowing their parents' troubled history.

When adult life inflicts its first wounds, Fleur throws herself into smart society determined to embrace all that is considered modern. She's an archetypal bright young thing, a restless soul, on a mission to burn her wings. This young generation which has survived the horrors of war is hell bent on consuming all that is shiny and new - it's fast cars and fast living, where scruples are old hat and collecting "sensations" is the thing. To Soames, every inch the Victorian man, this modern age feels increasingly strange and he wonders about his place in it and how to protect his daughter from it.

Still insulated from reality by their wealth and class, the Forsytes and their kind can no longer ignore the threat of social change.

Today's 90' drama comprises the third novel, To Let. Our dramatisation of the fourth novel, The White Monkey, begins on Monday and continues across the week in the 15 Minute Drama slot before concluding in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

01The Forsyte Saga20160416

John Galsworthy's epic novels of love, money and betrayal in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

1920 and Soames Forsyte would do anything for his sparkling daughter, Fleur. But when she begins to fall in love with the wrong man, how can he stop history repeating itself?

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

The Forsytes Continues is the 2nd of 4 series of The Forsyte Saga, which follows the life of young Fleur Forsyte, the baby born at the end of series one. Now 19 and thoroughly spoiled by her doting father, Fleur is relishing everything the 1920s has to offer.

It's 20 years since Soames Forsyte divorced the love of his life, Irene, who went on to marry his cousin Jo. Now their respective children have grown up, neither knowing their parents' troubled history.

When adult life inflicts its first wounds, Fleur throws herself into smart society determined to embrace all that is considered modern. She's an archetypal bright young thing, a restless soul, on a mission to burn her wings. This young generation which has survived the horrors of war is hell bent on consuming all that is shiny and new - it's fast cars and fast living, where scruples are old hat and collecting "sensations" is the thing. To Soames, every inch the Victorian man, this modern age feels increasingly strange and he wonders about his place in it and how to protect his daughter from it.

Still insulated from reality by their wealth and class, the Forsytes and their kind can no longer ignore the threat of social change.

Today's 90' drama comprises the third novel, To Let. Our dramatisation of the fourth novel, The White Monkey, begins on Monday and continues across the week in the 15 Minute Drama slot before concluding in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

02The Forsyte Saga20160418

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

In desperate need of distraction, a newly married Fleur throws herself into the social whirl of 1920s London. When a troubled poet declares he's in love with her, she wonders how she can add him to her collection of Bright Young Things

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Today's play marks the start of the fourth novel in the series, The White Monkey.

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

In need of distraction, Fleur throws herself into the social whirl of 1920s London.

03The Forsyte Saga20160419

Soames ruffles feathers at a meeting when he questions the modern way of doing business.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Soames ruffles feathers at a board meeting when he questions the modern way of doing business

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

03The Forsyte Saga20160419

Soames ruffles feathers at a meeting when he questions the modern way of doing business.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Soames ruffles feathers at a board meeting when he questions the modern way of doing business

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

04The Forsyte Saga20160420

While Fleur decides to flirt with danger, Michael wrestles with his conscience at work.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

04The Forsyte Saga20160420

While Fleur decides to flirt with danger, Michael wrestles with his conscience at work.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

05The Forsyte Saga20160421

Soames visits his cousin George and muses on life and death.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

05The Forsyte Saga20160421

Soames visits his cousin George and muses on life and death.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

06The Forsyte Saga20160422

Michael learns a secret from Fleur's past, and Soames's suspicions are confirmed.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Michael learns a secret from Fleur's past and Soames's suspicions about a business deal are confirmed

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

06The Forsyte Saga20160422

Michael learns a secret from Fleur's past, and Soames's suspicions are confirmed.

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Michael learns a secret from Fleur's past and Soames's suspicions about a business deal are confirmed

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

07The Forsyte Saga20160423

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Faced with the consequences of flirting with danger, Fleur must make a choice. In the changing world of high finance where honesty no longer appears to be in fashion, Soames decides to make a stand. Away from the glittering lights of London's smart set, Bicket and Victorine's dreams of escaping to a better life in Australia are no closer to coming true.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play concludes the fourth novel in the series, The White Monkey. We pick up the story again in September.

07The Forsyte Saga20160423

John Galsworthy's epic family saga of love, money and betrayal.

Dramatised for radio by Lin Coghlan

Faced with the consequences of flirting with danger, Fleur must make a choice. In the changing world of high finance where honesty no longer appears to be in fashion, Soames decides to make a stand. Away from the glittering lights of London's smart set, Bicket and Victorine's dreams of escaping to a better life in Australia are no closer to coming true.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play concludes the fourth novel in the series, The White Monkey. We pick up the story again in September.