The Mill On The Floss, By George Eliot

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01The Unresting Wheel20200406A new adaptation by Rhiannon Tise of George Eliot’s novel of grand passions and tormented lives to mark the 140th Anniversary of George Eliot’s death this year.

Episode One
The Unresting Wheel

A brother and sister, pitted against one another in love and life. An absorbing tragedy of family discord and financial ruin, of sibling love and bitterness. And a powerful tale of desire, betrayal and moral conflict.

George Eliot, the Narrator ….. Anna Maxwell Martin
Young Maggie ….. Amy-Jayne Leigh
Young Tom ….. Oliver Zetterstrom
Young Lucy ….. Grace Doherty
Mr Tulliver ….. Roger Ringrose
Mrs Tulliver ….. Alison Belbin
Maggie ….. Joanna Vanderham
Tom ….. Will Kirk
Lucy ….. Ell Potter
Philip ….. Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Stephen ….. Jack Farthing
Mrs Moss ….. Heather Craney
Mr Wakem ….. John Dougall
Mrs Glegg ….. Elizabeth Counsell,
Mr Stelling ….. John Lightbody,
Dr Kenn ….. Hasan Dixon
Luke/Bob ….. Kurtis Lowe
Keiza/Sally ….. Bettrys Jones

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

George Eliot's most autobiographical novel draws on her personal pain at the loss of the close bond with her brother who had cut off all contact with her. It resulted in one of the great novels of childhood, and one of literature's most unforgettable heroines. Like Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre, Maggie captures the dilemma of being the clever girl in the family, the ugly duckling, the misplaced foundling who longs to be recognised for the genius she secretly knows herself to be.

As the rebellious Maggie’s fiery spirit and imaginative nature bring her into conflict with her narrow provincial family, most painfully with her beloved brother Tom, their fates are played out on an epic scale.

Maggie has two lovers – Philip, sensitive and loyal, son of her father’s enemy and Stephen, charismatic but dangerous, already promised to her cousin Lucy. But the love Maggie wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate nature leads to devastating consequences.

The adaptation features Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland and Line of Duty), Joanna Vanderham (Warrior and The Boy With The Topknot) and Jack Farthing (Official Secrets and Poldark)

Rhiannon Tise's most recent adaptation for Radio 4 was the hugely successful Little Women.

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

02The Little Wench20200407Episode Two
The Little Wench
It's Easter and the aunts and uncles have been invited to the Mill so they may hear of Mr Tulliver's plans to send Tom away to school.

George Eliot, the Narrator ….. Anna Maxwell Martin
Young Maggie ….. Amy-Jayne Leigh
Young Tom ….. Oliver Zetterstrom
Young Lucy ….. Grace Doherty
Mr Tulliver ….. Roger Ringrose
Mrs Tulliver ….. Alison Belbin
Mrs Moss ….. Heather Craney
Mrs Glegg ….. Elizabeth Counsell,
Mr Glegg.... John Dougall
Mrs Deane.... Ell Potter
Keiza/Sally ….. Bettrys Jones

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise
Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

03The Golden Gates Of Childhood20200408Episode Three
The Golden Gates of Childhood
Life at his new school is a difficult and solitary business for Tom and for Maggie a new adventure is about to begin.

George Eliot, the Narrator ….. Anna Maxwell Martin
Young Maggie ….. Amy-Jayne Leigh
Young Tom ….. Oliver Zetterstrom
Mr Tulliver ….. Roger Ringrose
Maggie ….. Joanna Vanderham
Tom ….. Will Kirk
Philip ….. Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Mrs Moss ….. Heather Craney
Mr Stelling ….. John Lightbody,

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

04A Vanishing Gleam20200409Episode Four
A Vanishing Gleam

As Tom and Maggie return to the Mill they know that life will never be the same again for the Tulliver family.

George Eliot, the Narrator ….. Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Tom.... Will Kirk
Mr Tulliver ….. Roger Ringrose
Mrs Tulliver ….. Alison Belbin
Mrs Moss ….. Heather Craney
Mrs Glegg ….. Elizabeth Counsell,
Mr Glegg.... John Dougall
Mrs Deane.... Ell Potter

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

05Daylight On The Wreak20200410Episode Five
Daylight on the Wreak

Dark times lie ahead. Maggie is angry that the family are not prepared to do more for the Tullivers but Tom is determined to put things right.

George Eliot, the Narrator ….. Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Tom.... Will Kirk
Mr Tulliver ….. Roger Ringrose
Mrs Tulliver ….. Alison Belbin
Mr Wakem ….. John Dougall
Mr Deane.... John Lightbody
Luke/Bob ….. Kurtis Lowe

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise
Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

06The Red Deeps20200413Episode Six
The Red Deeps
George Eliot's absorbing tragedy of financial ruin, desire, betrayal and moral conflict adapted by Rhiannon Tise.
Four years have passed and Maggie is reunited with a friend from the past and Tom is determined to help his father win back The Mill.

George Eliot, the Narrator.... Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Stephen.... Jack Farthing
Philip.... Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Tom.... Will Kirk
Lucy.... Ell Potter
Mr Tulliver.... Roger Ringrose
Mrs Tulliver.... Alison Belbin
Mr Wakem.... John Dougall
Bob.... Kurtis Lowe
Mrs Moss.... Heather Craney
Dr Kenn.... Hasan Dixon
Mrs Glegg.... Elizabeth Counsell

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

07The Wrong Doing Of Others20200414Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

Episode Seven
The Wrong Doing of Others
The 'rascals' may have been beaten but conflict rears its head at Dorlcote Mill.

George Eliot, the Narrator.... Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Tom.... Will Kirk
Mr Tulliver.... Roger Ringrose
Mrs Tulliver.... Alison Belbin
Stephen.... Jack Farthing
Lucy.... Ell Potter
Mr Wakem.... John Dougall

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

08The Laws Of Attraction20200415Episode Eight
The Laws of Attraction
Launched into the higher society of St Ogg's, Maggie is enjoying being admired. As Philip looks on it seems inevitable that any man who is near Maggie should fall in love with her.

George Eliot, the Narrator.... Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Stephen.... Jack Farthing
Philip.... Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Lucy.... Ell Potter
Mr Wakem.... John Dougall
Dr Kenn.... Hasan Dixon

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

09The Great Temptation20200416Episode Nine
The Great Temptation
Maggie tries to push temptation away but then a fateful decision changes everything and desire and betrayal sends ripples of conflict that spreads beyond the River Moss.

George Eliot, the Narrator.... Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Stephen.... Jack Farthing
Philip.... Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Lucy.... Ell Potter
Mrs Moss.... Heather Craney

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood

10Return To The Mill20200417Episode Ten
Return to the Mill

Tom is now the master of Dorlcote Mill but there is no gladness or triumph for the young man and Maggie is full of despair. But can love win through the bitterness and conflict?

George Eliot, the Narrator.... Anna Maxwell Martin
Maggie.... Joanna Vanderham
Tom.... Will Kirk
Stephen.... Jack Farthing
Philip.... Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Lucy.... Ell Potter
Mrs Tulliver.... Alison Belbin
Bob.... Kurtis Lowe
Dr Kenn.... Hasan Dixon
Mrs Glegg.... Elizabeth Counsell
St Ogg's Lady.... Heather Craney

Written by George Eliot
Adapted by Rhiannon Tise

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale

Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.

10-part dramatisation of George Eliot's semi-autobiographical novel of Victorian childhood