Wives & Daughters Radio Dramatization

BBC Radio 4 is currently presenting a dramatization of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives & Daughters, adapted by Theresa Heskin who

…previously adapted Lady Audley’s Secret for the Woman’s Hour serial, and has adapted Bleak House and Great Expectations for the New Vic Theatre, North Staffordshire, where she is Artistic Director.

Wives and Daughters was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in Society. Elizabeth Gaskell left it unfinished, so any dramatiser of the novel is faced with guessing the intended outcome of the story.

It’s available to listen to online.

Produced and directed by Peter Leslie Wild

Lily Gaskell . . . . . Deborah McAndrew
Molly Gibson . . . . . Emerald O’Hanrahan
Dr Gibson . . . . . Jamie Newall
Hyacinth Kirkpatrick . . . . . Julia Hills
Lady Cumnor . . . . . Claire Neilson
Dorothy Browning . . . . . Marian Kemmer
Phoebe Browning . . . . . Susan Jeffrey
Mrs Goodenough . . . . . Kate Layden
Coxe . . . . . Henry Devas
Wynne . . . . Iain Batchelor
Bethia/Miss Rose . . . . . Toni Midlane
Squire Hamley . . . . . Paul Greenwood
Mrs Hamley . . . . . Jilly Bond
Roger Hamley . . . . . Gunnar Cauthery
Cynthia . . . . . Maya Barcot

You may recognize the theme music from the BBC’s 1997 production of Tom Jones.

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