Tale Of Two Cities, A [Drama]

Episodes

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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.

With Christopher Webster

Music by Lennert Busch

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.

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.

With Adam Billington and Christopher Webster

Music by Lennert Busch

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.

04The Grindstone2011122920130604Episode 4/5 - The Grindstone

Much 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.

With Adam Billington, Rikki Lawton, Christopher Webster

Music by Lennert Busch

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.

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.

Music by Lennert Busch

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.

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.

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, 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.

A Tale of Two Cities won the Bronze Sony Award for Best Drama last year.

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.

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.

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The cryptic note 'Recall to Life' is the first link in a chain of events binding London and Paris during the French Revolution.

A man 'recalled to life' connects London and Paris during the French Revolution.

Buried for 18 years, a man 'recalled to life' connects London and Paris during the French Revolution.

Stars Richard Pasco.

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...' It is 1775 and in Paris, an old man makes shoes in an attic.

A man recalled to life is the first link in a chain binding London and Paris during the French Revolution.

02Five Years Later20040417 (BBC7)
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Charles Darnay stands on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of treason.

Jerry Cruncher does not believe Charles can be saved.

The Manettes and Mr Lorry attend an Old Bailey treason trial.

Stars Charles Dance.

The Manettes and Mr Lorry attend an Old Bailey treason trial, where the accused is an old acquaintance.

London, The Manettes and Lorry attend a treason trial.

The accused is an old acquaintance.

03Promises20040424 (BBC7)
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An accident involving Monsieur Le Marquis inflames the growing anger of the residents of Paris.
04Beginnings20040501 (BBC7)
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Carton's associate, the self important Mr Striver, intends to marry Lucy and cannot see why she won't accept him.
05The Storm Gathers20040508 (BBC7)
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As the Bastille falls, the echoing footsteps of the mob are heard as far away as London.
06The Track Of A Storm20040515 (BBC7)
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Darney is in Paris and in great danger.
07 LASTThe Knitting Done20040522 (BBC7)
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Darney has been re-arrested and is now back in prison but Mr Carton plans to help with the ultimate sacrifice.