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01Recalled To Life2011122620130514By Charles Dickens
Dramatised by Mike Walker
Episode 1/5: Recalled to Life
Robert Lindsay leads a cast which includes Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready and Karl Johnson in a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens's classic 'A Tale of Two Cities'. With original music by Lennert Busch.
From the echo of the first line 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' to the final 'It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done', Dickens's novel of the French revolution tells a story of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.
The first radio dramatisation of the book for over twenty years is to be broadcast as part of the BBC's celebration of the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens's birth.
Written and published in weekly instalments in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It shows the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the years immediately following. The story follows several characters through these events, notably Charles Darnay, a French former aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who tries to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.
Although the events covered in A Tale of Two Cities cover eight years, the plot develops and builds powerfully from the moment that the story opens, with the coded rumours of Dr Manette being 'restored to life' and Dickens orchestrates the wider political picture behind the story of Lucie, Darnay and Carton, with his customary brilliance.
Charles Dickens...Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry...Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross...Alison Steadman
Lucie Manette...Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette...Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay...Andrew Scott
Ernest Defarge...James Lailey
Therese Defarge...Tracy Wiles
Gaspard...Simon Bubb
Jerry Cruncher...Carl Prekopp
Joe...Rikki Lawton
With Adam Billington and Christopher Webster
Music by Lennert Busch
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer
This is the sixth Dickens novel that Mike Walker has dramatised for Radio 4. His dramatisation of Our Mutual Friend, also directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast in the Woman's Hour drama slot in 2009.
Lennert Busch recently graduated from the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom. Recent work includes commissions for BBC2, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera and Channel 4. In 2010 Lennert composed the score for The Origin of Creatures by Floris Kaayk which was selected as the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards of 2011 and won several awards.
An encounter on the Dover Road, and a message.
Robert Lindsay leads a cast which includes Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready and Karl Johnson in a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens's classic, with original music by Lennert Busch.
A Tale of Two Cities won the Bronze Sony Award for Best Drama last year.
02The Old Order2011122720130521Dramatised by Mike Walker
Episode 2/5: The Old Order
Lucie Manette is a witness at Charles Darnay's trial for treason at the Old Bailey, where his defence team includes the dissolute Sydney Carton. Meanwhile, an incident in a Paris street stirs revolutionary fervour.
Cast
Charles Dickens...Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry...Jonathan Coy
Lucie Manette...Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette...Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay...Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton...Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge...James Lailey
Therese Defarge...Tracy Wiles
Marquis St Evremonde...Clive Merrison
Stryver...Simon Bubb
Barsad...Gerard McDermott
Jerry Cruncher...Carl Prekopp
Mrs Cruncher...Adjoa Andoh
Natty Cruncher...Daniel Cooper
Gabelle...Adam Billington
Attorney General...Paul Moriarty
With Christopher Webster
Music by Lennert Busch
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.
Lucie Manette is a witness at Charles Darnay's trial for treason at the Old Bailey.
 
03Two Promises2011122820130528By Charles Dickens
Dramatised by Mike Walker
Episode 3/5 - Two Promises
In a Paris wine shop information is exchanged about the courtship of Lucie Manette and Charles Darnay, and indeed, in London, it appears that a wedding is indeed in the air.
Charles Dickens...Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry...Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross...Alison Steadman
Dr Alexandre Manette...Karl Johnson
Lucie Manette...Lydia Wilson
Charles Darnay...Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton. Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge...James Lailey
Therese Defarge...Tracy Wiles
Barsad...Gerard McDermott
Jerry Cruncher...Carl Prekopp
Natty Cruncher...Daniel Cooper
Prison Warder...Simon Bubb
With Adam Billington and Christopher Webster
Music by Lennert Busch
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.
In a Paris wine shop, information is exchanged about a courtship.
 
04The Grindstone2011122920130604Much against the wishes of his new wife, Charles Darnay is determined to travel to Paris to go to the aid of a family retainer who has been imprisoned by the revolutionary committee.
Cast
Charles Dickens...Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry...Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross...Alison Steadman
Dr Alexandre Manette...Karl Johnson
Lucie Manette...Lydia Wilson
Charles Darnay...Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton... Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge...James Lailey
Therese Defarge...Tracy Wiles
Jerry Cruncher...Carl Prekopp
Court President... Paul Moriarty
With Adam Billington, Rikki Lawton, Christopher Webster
Music by Lennert Busch
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.
Charles Darnay is determined to travel to Paris to go to the aid of the family retainer.
Episode 4/5 - The Grindstone
 
05 LASTThe Substance And The Shadow2011123020130611By Charles Dickens
Dramatised by Mike Walker
Episode 5/5 - The Substance and the Shadow
Sydney Carton is in Paris with Lucie and her father, determined to try and save Charles Darnay's life. An encounter in a Paris street with someone from the import-export trade may just provide the ghost of a chance.
Cast
Charles Dickens...Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry...Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross...Alison Steadman
Dr Alexandre Manette...Karl Johnson
Lucie Manette...Lydia Wilson
Charles Darnay...Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton... Paul Ready
Therese Defarge...Tracy Wiles
Jerry Cruncher...Carl Prekopp
Barsad... Gerard McDermott
Court President... Paul Moriarty
Young Manette... Christopher Webster
Young Evremonde... Adam Billington
With Rikki Lawton and Alex Rivers
Music by Lennert Busch
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.
Charles Darnay has been released. But his freedom is shortlived.
03Promises 20051019 (BBC7)
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Monsieur Le Marquis infuriates residents in Paris.
Lucie hears echoes of dark footsteps.
Monsieur Le Marquis infuriates residents in Paris, and in London Lucie hears echoes of dark footsteps.
Stars Charles Dance.
An accident involving Monsieur Le Marquis inflames the growing anger of the residents of Paris.
04Beginnings 20051020 (BBC7)
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Mr Carton confesses his feelings, but across the Channel an air of vengeance is simmering.
Mr Carton confesses his feelings, but across the Channel an air of vengeance and retribution is simmering.
Stars Charles Dance.
Revolution brews in France, and while Madame Defarge continues her knitting, Carton confesses his inner feelings.
Carton's associate, the self important Mr Striver, intends to marry Lucy and cannot see why she won't accept him.
05The Storm Gathers 20091106 (R7)
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Lucie's actions cause ructions, and France reverberates to the sound of marching mobs.
Stars Charles Dance and Maurice Denham.
06The Track Of A Storm 20051024 (BBC7)
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20091110 (R7)
With Darnay facing great danger in Paris, Lucie leads a rescue.
Stars Charles Dance.
Stars Charles Dance and Charlotte Attenborough.
Darnay is in Paris and in great danger.
Lucie and the others set out to rescue him.
Can the Defarges be trusted?
07 LASTThe Knitting Done 20051025 (BBC7)
20051026 (BBC7)
20070403 (BBC7)
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20091110 (R7)
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With Darnay re-arrested and back in prison, Carton makes plans for his release.
Stars Charles Dance and John Duttine.
Darnay has been re-arrested and is now back in prison.
Mr Carton plans to help, but he must make a huge sacrifice.
Mr Carton plans to help, but must make a huge sacrifice.

Duration

  • 45 Minutes

Genre

  • Genre: Legal & Courtroom, Drama
  • Classic & Period

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