Publish And Be Damn'd - The Memoirs Of Harriette Wilson

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012012060320120603 (R4)

Adapted by Ellen Dryden.

Nancy Carroll stars as Harriette Wilson, one of the most infamous and talked-about women of the early 19th century. Her lovers included aristocrats, adventurers and even the Duke of Wellington himself. And when they all ceased to support her after her retirement, she had a simple bargain for them - 'pay up, and I'll keep you out of my memoirs'.

A scandalous bestseller of their time, her memoirs reveal a sharp-witted, good-hearted, infinitely adaptable, madcap woman who took on the patriarchy of the time and did something close to beating them at their own game.

Harriette's exciting, secretive, unpredictable world is brought vividly to life in Ellen Dryden's radio dramatization of the book which set the whole country gossiping about the behaviour of the men who ran it, and the women they loved.

In the first episode, Harriette escapes from the stultifyingly boring household of her first aristocratic protector in favour of a more exciting, younger lover. But will he be able to keep her in the style to which she has become accustomed?

We also meet Harriette's friends and rivals such as the mysterious Julia, her saintly sister Fanny, and her satanic sister Amy. Featuring Blake Ritson as the Duke of Argyle, Charles Edwards as Lord Ponsonby, and Barnaby Kay as the Duke of Wellington.

Cast:

Harriette....Nancy Carroll

Ponsonby/ Melbourne....Charles Edwards

Wellington....Barnaby Kay

Argyle....Blake Ritson

Julia....Leila Hackett

Fanny....Anna Francolini

Amy/Old Woman....Abigail Burdess

Tom Sheridan....Jonathan Dryden Taylor

Frederick/ Alvanley....Richard Galazka

Mrs Porter....Sarah Finigan

Producer: Ellen Dryden

A First Writes Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

012012060320140705

Adapted by Ellen Dryden.

Nancy Carroll stars as Harriette Wilson, one of the most infamous and talked-about women of the early 19th century. Her lovers included aristocrats, adventurers and even the Duke of Wellington himself. And when they all ceased to support her after her retirement, she had a simple bargain for them - 'pay up, and I'll keep you out of my memoirs'.

A scandalous bestseller of their time, her memoirs reveal a sharp-witted, good-hearted, infinitely adaptable, madcap woman who took on the patriarchy of the time and did something close to beating them at their own game.

Harriette's exciting, secretive, unpredictable world is brought vividly to life in Ellen Dryden's radio dramatization of the book which set the whole country gossiping about the behaviour of the men who ran it, and the women they loved.

In the first episode, Harriette escapes from the stultifyingly boring household of her first aristocratic protector in favour of a more exciting, younger lover. But will he be able to keep her in the style to which she has become accustomed?

We also meet Harriette's friends and rivals such as the mysterious Julia, her saintly sister Fanny, and her satanic sister Amy. Featuring Blake Ritson as the Duke of Argyle, Charles Edwards as Lord Ponsonby, and Barnaby Kay as the Duke of Wellington.

Producer: Ellen Dryden

A First Writes Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Harriette....Nancy Carroll

Ponsonby/ Melbourne....Charles Edwards

Wellington....Barnaby Kay

Argyle....Blake Ritson

Julia....Leila Hackett

Fanny....Anna Francolini

Amy/Old Woman....Abigail Burdess

Tom Sheridan....Jonathan Dryden Taylor

Frederick/ Alvanley....Richard Galazka

Mrs Porter....Sarah Finigan

02 LAST2012061020120610 (R4)

Adapted by Ellen Dryden.

Nancy Carroll stars as Harriette Wilson - one of the most infamous and talked-about women of the early 19th century. Her lovers included aristocrats, adventurers and even the Duke of Wellington, and when they all ceased to support her after her retirement, she had a simple bargain for them - 'pay up, and I'll keep you out of my memoirs'.

A scandalous bestseller of their time, her memoirs reveal a sharp-witted, good-hearted, infinitely adaptable, madcap woman who took on the patriarchy of the time and did something close to beating them at their own game.

Having finally made contact with the mysterious Lord Ponsonby, Harriette finds there are all kinds of obstacles to their blossoming romance - including the small matter of his wife whom everyone agrees is an angel. Harriette's former lovers, the dashing Duke of Argyll and the taciturn but loyal Duke of Wellington, are never far from the picture and are soon joined by a new, passionate young admirer. The Marquis of Worcester is devoted to Harriette as only a 19 year-old can be.

Eventually Harriette is persuaded to reveal all in her memoirs - a course of action which leads Wellington to make one of the most famous remarks in the English Language.

Cast:

Harriette....Nancy Carroll

Ponsonby....Charles Edwards

Wellington....Barnaby Kay

Argyle....Blake Ritson

Fanny....Anna Francolini

Amy....Abigail Burdess

Matthew Lee....Jonathan Dryden Taylor

Poodle Byng/ Doctor/ Beaufort - Gus Brown

Porter/ Brougham....Jonathan Coote

Leinster....Andrew Mudie

Worcester....Nigel Thomas

Producer: Ellen Dryden

A First Writes Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

02 LAST2012061020140712

Adapted by Ellen Dryden.

Nancy Carroll stars as Harriette Wilson - one of the most infamous and talked-about women of the early 19th century. Her lovers included aristocrats, adventurers and even the Duke of Wellington, and when they all ceased to support her after her retirement, she had a simple bargain for them - 'pay up, and I'll keep you out of my memoirs'.

A scandalous bestseller of their time, her memoirs reveal a sharp-witted, good-hearted, infinitely adaptable, madcap woman who took on the patriarchy of the time and did something close to beating them at their own game.

Having finally made contact with the mysterious Lord Ponsonby, Harriette finds there are all kinds of obstacles to their blossoming romance - including the small matter of his wife whom everyone agrees is an angel. Harriette's former lovers, the dashing Duke of Argyll and the taciturn but loyal Duke of Wellington, are never far from the picture and are soon joined by a new, passionate young admirer. The Marquis of Worcester is devoted to Harriette as only a 19 year-old can be.

Eventually Harriette is persuaded to reveal all in her memoirs - a course of action which leads Wellington to make one of the most famous remarks in the English Language.

Cast:

Harriette....Nancy Carroll

Ponsonby....Charles Edwards

Wellington....Barnaby Kay

Argyle....Blake Ritson

Fanny....Anna Francolini

Amy....Abigail Burdess

Matthew Lee....Jonathan Dryden Taylor

Poodle Byng/ Doctor/ Beaufort - Gus Brown

Porter/ Brougham....Jonathan Coote

Leinster....Andrew Mudie

Worcester....Nigel Thomas

Producer: Ellen Dryden

A First Writes Radio production for BBC Radio 4.