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012011012320110129Doug Lucie's dramatisation of Wilkie Collins' detective masterpiece from 1868, starring Eleanor Bron as Lady Verinder and Kenneth Cranham as Sergeant Cuff, Paul Rhys as Franklin Blake and narrated by Steve Hodson as Betteridge.
Described by T.S.
Eliot as the first and best of English Detective novels, The Moonstone, involves a huge diamond stolen from the forehead of an Indian deity, plundered in a siege and finally given to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday.
It is said to carry a curse and mysteriously disappears on the night of the celebrations.
Are the Indian jugglers who were at the house earlier to blame? Why are they hanging around the property with a little boy they appear to be able to hypnotise? When the local police get nowhere, one of the new detective police is called for from London, and quickly finds a clue, but what is it going to tell him? Has the curse of the Moonstone brought with it suspicion and superstition to poison the happy Verinder household on the Yorkshire coast?
Cast:
Lady Verinder - Eleanor Bron
Rachel Verinder - Jasmine Hyde
Betteridge - Steve Hodson
Franklin Blake - Paul Rhys
Sergeant Cuff - Kenneth Cranham
John Herncastle - Stephen Critchlow
Rosanna Spearman - Alison Pettitt
Godfrey Ablewhite - Mark Straker
Penelope - Clare Corbett
Mr Murthwaite - Paul Battacharjee
Khan/Indian - Narinder Samra
Housemaid - Carolyn Pickles
Boy - Alex Miller
Recorded on location by Lucinda Mason Brown
Original Music by David Chilton
Dramatised by Doug Lucie
Producer: Janet Whitaker
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.
Doug Lucie's dramatisation of Wilkie Collins' detective classic set in the 1840s.
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022011013020110205Kenneth Cranham as Sergeant Cuff, Paul Rhys as Franklin Blake, Eleanor Bron as Lady Verinder and Steve Hodson as Betteridge star in the second episode of Doug Lucie's dramatisation of Wilkie Collins's detective masterpiece.
Sergeant Cuff begins his investigation into the missing diamond, with Betteridge the butler acting as his sidekick.
The once happy household on the Yorkshire coast is thrown into disarray as the servants feel themselves suspected, especially poor Rosanna Spearman who is a reformed thief.
Is she guilty just because she behaves oddly and what is it she appears to have hidden in the dreadful quicksand? Sergeant Cuff seems to think the real guilt lies elsewhere but has he any evidence? What is Rachel Verinder hiding as she refuses to speak to either the Detective or even her mother? And where is her Moonstone now? A tragedy is about to happen as the pressure of suspicion mounts.
Cast:
Sergeant Cuff - Kenneth Cranham
Lady Verinder - Eleanor Bron
Rachel Verinder - Jasmine Hyde
Betteridge - Steve Hodson
Franklin Blake - Paul Rhys
Rosanna Spearman - Alison Pettitt
Godfrey Ablewhite - Mark Straker
Penelope - Clare Corbett
Mrs Yolland - Carolyn Pickles
Recorded on location by Lucinda Mason Brown
Music by David Chilton
Dramatised by Doug Lucie
Produced by Janet Whitaker
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.
Cuff begins his investigation into the missing diamond, with Betteridge as his sidekick.
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032011020620110212Eleanor Bron as Lady Verinder, Bill Paterson as Mr Bruff, and Marcia Warren as Miss Clack star in Episode Three of Doug Lucie's dramatisation of Wilkie Collins' detective masterpiece.
Sergeant Cuff has failed to find either the Moonstone or who stole it as the story moves to London.
There, Miss Clack, a poor relation of Lady Verinder takes up the story of the missing diamond.
Miss Clack, played by Marcia Warren, is one of Wilkie Collins' best comic characters as her determination to save souls irritates everyone whom she tries to give her tracts to on subjects such as 'Satan in the Hairbrush'.
This is light relief from the intensity of the search for the thief of the Moonstone in Yorkshire.
The diamond is now thought to have been put in pledge to a money lender in London who has deposited it for a year in the bank, although no one knows how it got there, Sergeant Cuff having been called off the case.
Heartbroken, Franklin Blake has gone abroad.
Meanwhile Rachel is still refusing to say anything about what happened that night and throws herself into an engagement but is it out of despair?
Cast:
Miss Clack - Marcia Warren
Lady Verinder - Eleanor Bron
Rachel Verinder - Jasmine Hyde
Godfrey Ablewhite - Mark Straker
Mr Bruff - Bill Paterson
Ablewhite Snr....Geoffrey Whitehead
Penelope - Clare Corbett
Mr Murthwaite - Paul Bhattacharjee
Indian - Narinder Samra
Aunt Ablewhite - Carolyn Pickles
Recorded on location by Lucinda Mason Brown
Original Music by David Chilton
Dramatised by Doug Lucie
Produced by Janet Whitaker
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.
Sgt Cuff has failed to find either the thief or the Moonstone as the story moves to London
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04 LAST2011021320110219Blake returns from abroad determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of the diamond.
Paul Rhys as Franklin Blake, Kenneth Cranham as Sergeant Cuff, Bill Paterson as Mr Bruff and Jasmine Hyde as Rachel Verinder star in Episode Four of Doug Lucie's dramatisation of Wilkie Collins's detective masterpiece.
Franklin Blake returns from abroad determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of the missing diamond and persuade Rachel to talk to him again.
In Yorkshire he makes a shocking discovery at the quicksand and then sets up an amazing re-enactment of the fatal night a year ago.
Opium plays an important part in the re-enactment as it was used widely for killing pain in mid-Victorian England and in Blake's case by accident to help him sleep after stopping smoking cigars.
A strange medical man called Ezra Jennings enters the story and movingly describes how opium has helped him to combat a disease for many years (which sounds like cancer but is never explained).
After finally discovering who stole the diamond, the action moves back to London as the Indians have reappeared just as the Moonstone is likely to leave the Bank at the end of the year's pledge.
A chase to a pub in the East End of London ends tragically for a man in disguise and the final postscript from Mr Murthwaite tells of the diamond's final resting place back in the forehead of the Indian deity.
Cast:
Franklin Blake - Paul Rhys
Rachel Verinder - Jasmine Hyde
Betteridge - Steve Hodson
Sergeant Cuff - Kenneth Cranham
Mr Bruff - Bill Paterson
Ezra Jennings - Peter Marinker
Mr Luker - Stephen Critchlow
Rosanna Spearman - Alison Pettitt
Mr Murthwaite - Paul Bhattacharjee
Lucy - Rachel Atkins
Gooseberry - Harrison Webb
Recorded on location by Lucinda Mason Brown
Original Music by David Chilton
Dramatised by Doug Lucie
Produced by Janet Whitaker
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.
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A large diamond given to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday vanishes.
19th century detective mystery with John Sharp.
Rachel Verinder gets a mysterious diamond on her 18th birthday, but will it stay hers? Dramatisation of Wilkie Collins' novel.
The story of an ancient diamond presented to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday.
But will it remain hers?
But will it remain hers? By Wilkie Collins.
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Distraught Rachel's precious diamond has vanished, so the police investigation begins.
Stars John Sharp and Sally Baxter.
The precious diamond has disappeared overnight, so the investigation begins.
Wilkie Collins' Victorian drama with John Sharp.
Betteridge continues the story of the moonstone.
Rachel's 18th birthday has brought the disappearance of the precious stone.
The investigation begins.
Franklin Blake takes a dose of opium to see if it will induce him to steal the diamond a second time.
The precious moonstone has disappeared overnight.
Victorian drama by Wilkie Collins.
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The precious gem's whereabouts remain a mystery, with Rachel under suspicion.
Stars John Sharp, John Telfer and Sally Baxter.
The precious diamond's whereabouts is a mystery, with Rachel under suspicion.
With John Sharp, John Telfer and Sally Baxter.
The mystery of the precious moonstone continues and Rachel Verinder is under the scrutiny of Sergeant Cuff.
The mystery of the precious moonstone continues and Rachel Verinder is under suspicion.
By Wilkie Collins.
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With Rachel still suspected of stealing the diamond, her future remains uncertain.
With Rachel Verinder still suspected of stealing the diamond, her future remains uncertain.
Stars John Sharp and John Telfer.
Rachel is still suspected of the diamond theft, but a marriage proposal brings consolation.
With John Sharp and John Telfer.
Franklin Blake makes a startling discovery, proof that he himself was responsible for the theft of the Moonstone.
Rachel is still under suspicion for stealing the moonstone but finds consolation in accepting a marriage proposal.
Rachel is still suspected of stealing the moonstone, but finds consolation in accepting a marriage proposal.
By Wilkie Collins.
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Franklin Blake makes an appalling discovery about the theft of the precious diamond.
Stars John Sharp and John Telfer.
Franklin Blake makes an appalling discovery about the theft of the diamond.
Wilkie Collins' Victorian drama with John Sharp.
Still under suspicion for stealing the Moonstone, Rachel finds solace in accepting a marriage proposal from Godfrey Ablewhite.
Franklin Blake makes a startling discovery, proof that he himself was responsible for the theft of the Moonstone...
Franklin Blake takes a dose of opium to see if it will induce him to steal the diamond a second time.
Franklin Blake makes an appalling discovery, proof that he himself appears to be responsible for the theft of the moonstone.
In the dramatisation of the novel by Wilkie Collins, Franklin Blake makes an appalling discovery.
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Franklin Blake takes extreme action to try and induce himself into stealing the diamond once more.
With John Sharp.
Franklin Blake takes a dose of opium to see if it will induce him to steal the diamond a second time.
Franklin Blake makes a startling discovery, proof that he himself was responsible for the theft of the Moonstone...
Franklin Blake takes extreme action to induce himself into stealing the diamond once more.
Franklin Blake takes extreme action to try and induce himself into stealing the precious gem once more.
Stars John Sharp.

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