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01Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160507

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 2. Sex. Episode 1. Performance.

A story of sexual desire and the birth of a celebrity dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

Glenda Jackson returns as Dide, the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon- Macquarts - and drawing us into the decadence and degradation of 19th Century France.

Nana's been living and working on the dangerous streets of Paris when a theatre manager buys her for the night and realizes just how potent she could be.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

02Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160508

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 2. Sex. Episode 2. Power

A potent story about the clash between love and politics dramatised by Oliver Emanuel.

Eugene Rougon is at the peak of his political power when his lover gives him an ultimatum.

Glenda Jackson stars as Dide the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon- Macquarts.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

03Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160509

Starring Glenda Jackson, Anna Maxwell Martin and Sam West, and inspired by the epic saga of the Rougon Macquart families by literature's greatest ever whistle-blower, Emile Zola

Adelaide Fouque (Dide) is 104 years old, trapped in her small room in the local asylum, but omniscient as she broods over her extended family.

As a young woman, she gave birth to two dynasties that exemplified French society: one legitimate - rich, powerful, obsessive and corrupt; the other - illegitimate, poor, vulnerable, weak and depraved. France is on the brink of a new Empire. Her family is a turbulent mix of the good, the bad and the misguided.

This third episode, Family, takes place over one evening, in the luxurious mansion belonging to Aristide Rougon. Inviting his politically influential brother Eugene round to help clinch the engagement of his feckless son Maxime to a rich young heiress seems a simple enough matter. All his exquisite trophy wife Renee needs to do is look pretty and entertain. So very simple - yet by the end of the evening this rich, seemingly united family has completely unravelled, exposing the rotten core at its heart.

Dan Rebellato is a Sony nominated writer and Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway.

Dramatised by Dan Rebellato

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas

Executive Producer: Melanie Harris

Series Producer: Susan Roberts

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

04Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160510

Lovesick is the fourth drama in Emile Zola: Sex, inspired by literature's greatest ever whistle-blower, and his epic saga of the Rougon Macquart families.

Adelaide Fouque (Dide) is 104 years old, trapped in her small room in the local asylum, but omniscient when it comes to her extended family. As a young woman, she gave birth to two dynasties that exemplified French society: one legitimate - rich, powerful, obsessive and corrupt; the other - illegitimate, poor, vulnerable, weak and depraved. France is on the brink of a new Empire. Her family is a turbulent mix of the good, the bad and the misguided.

In episode four, Lovesick, Dide reflects on the fate of Angelique, the love child of the incestuous affair in the previous episode. Abandoned by her real mother and cruel foster carers, Angelique is fortunate enough to be adopted by Hubertine, a kind woman desperate to have a child. Angelique is a strange, obsessive child, inheriting much of the dangerous Macquart-Rougon traits. Dide watches helplessly as Angelique's love of God clashes fatally with her love of a beautiful young man. Tragedy is the inevitable conclusion.

Dan Rebellato is a Sony nominated writer and Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway.

Dramatised by Dan Rebellato

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore

Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas

Executive Producer: Melanie Harris

Series Producer: Susan Roberts

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

05Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160511

05Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160511

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 2 - Sex

The second season of dramas inspired by the work of literature's greatest whistle blower - Emile Zola. Double Oscar winner Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old and matriarch to the family Rougon-Macquart.

Innocence by Martin Jameson is inspired by Zola's The Sin of Father Mouret. A young man wakes up in an idyllic garden in the care of a beautiful young woman. He has no idea of his true identity. But when his memory returns, the young man is forced to question the very nature of his identity and a battle for his soul ensues.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

05Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160511

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 2 - Sex

The second season of dramas inspired by the work of literature's greatest whistle blower - Emile Zola. Double Oscar winner Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old and matriarch to the family Rougon-Macquart.

Innocence by Martin Jameson is inspired by Zola's The Sin of Father Mouret. A young man wakes up in an idyllic garden in the care of a beautiful young woman. He has no idea of his true identity. But when his memory returns, the young man is forced to question the very nature of his identity and a battle for his soul ensues.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

06Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160512

06Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160512

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 2 - Sex

The second season of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower - Emile Zola. Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old and matriarch to the Rougon-Macquart family.

Jealousy by Martin Jameson inspired by Zola's A Love Episode. Recently widowed, Helene lives a claustrophobic and reclusive life struggling to look after her fragile, sickly daughter Jeanne. But when handsome Doctor Henri Deberle comes to her aid, it seems as if life for both mother and daughter might take a new turn - but Helene soon finds her heart pulled in two irreconcilable directions.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

06Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160512

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 2 - Sex

The second season of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower - Emile Zola. Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old and matriarch to the Rougon-Macquart family.

Jealousy by Martin Jameson inspired by Zola's A Love Episode. Recently widowed, Helene lives a claustrophobic and reclusive life struggling to look after her fragile, sickly daughter Jeanne. But when handsome Doctor Henri Deberle comes to her aid, it seems as if life for both mother and daughter might take a new turn - but Helene soon finds her heart pulled in two irreconcilable directions.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

07Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160513

07Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160513

Blood Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 2 - Sex

Affairs by Lavinia Murray

Double Oscar winning actress Glenda Jackson, and Alison Steadman lead this gloriously mischievous episode. Unusual for Zola, this is comedic and fun. Dide follows her great-grand-son as he journeys to Paris to find his fortune. Octave Mouret, ambitious and a ladies man, moves into an apartment block where there are female delights, it seems, on each floor.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

07Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160513

Blood Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 2 - Sex

Affairs by Lavinia Murray

Double Oscar winning actress Glenda Jackson, and Alison Steadman lead this gloriously mischievous episode. Unusual for Zola, this is comedic and fun. Dide follows her great-grand-son as he journeys to Paris to find his fortune. Octave Mouret, ambitious and a ladies man, moves into an apartment block where there are female delights, it seems, on each floor.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

08Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160514

08Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160514

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 2. Sex. Episode 8. Lust

A story of quenchless desire dramatised by Lavinia Murray.

Octave Mouret runs The Ladies Paradise - the greatest shop in Paris. But no matter its success, he's never satisfied.

Glenda Jackson stars as Dide the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon- Macquarts.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

08Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160514

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 2. Sex. Episode 8. Lust

A story of quenchless desire dramatised by Lavinia Murray.

Octave Mouret runs The Ladies Paradise - the greatest shop in Paris. But no matter its success, he's never satisfied.

Glenda Jackson stars as Dide the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon- Macquarts.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

09Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160515

09Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160515

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 2. Sex. Episode 9. Flesh.

Love and sex part company in the season finale dramatised by Lavinia Murray.

When Nana - Paris' most famous courtesan returns to the city, she finds herself living in a derelict building with her oldest friend.

Glenda Jackson stars as Dide the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon- Macquarts.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

09Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola20160515

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 2. Sex. Episode 9. Flesh.

Love and sex part company in the season finale dramatised by Lavinia Murray.

When Nana - Paris' most famous courtesan returns to the city, she finds herself living in a derelict building with her oldest friend.

Glenda Jackson stars as Dide the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon- Macquarts.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.