David Golder

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0101 *20100329

The rich, ruthless financier David Golder receives a visit from an old friend in trouble.

1/5 Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode One: 1929, France.

David Golder, a self-made businessman of 68, is rich and ruthless- and woe betide anyone who tries to cross him.

Even if that person is his oldest friend and associate, Simeon Marcus.

But on this occasion Golder's implacability in his business dealings has unforeseen and tragic results.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David Golder....David Suchet

Nemirovsky....Anna Francolini

Marcus....Robin Harvey Edwards

Mme Marcus....Julia Swift

Directed by Peter Farago.

0101 *20100329

The rich, ruthless financier David Golder receives a visit from an old friend in trouble.

1/5 Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode One: 1929, France.

David Golder, a self-made businessman of 68, is rich and ruthless- and woe betide anyone who tries to cross him.

Even if that person is his oldest friend and associate, Simeon Marcus.

But on this occasion Golder's implacability in his business dealings has unforeseen and tragic results.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David Golder....David Suchet

Nemirovsky....Anna Francolini

Marcus....Robin Harvey Edwards

Mme Marcus....Julia Swift

Directed by Peter Farago.

02*20100330

Golder's attempt to recuperate in Biarritz proves anything but relaxing.

2/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Two: Following the shattering conclusion of the Marcus affair, Golder travels to Biarritz to recuperate.

But with his wife and daughter entertaining a seemingly endless parade of charming hangers-on and gigolos, Golder finds himself far from relaxed.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David Golder....David Suchet

Irene Nemirovsky....Anna Francolini

Gloria Golder....Elizabeth Bell

Joyce Golder....Francesca Dymond

Hoyos....Vernon Dobtcheff

Fischl....Stewart Permutt

Directed by Peter Farago.

02*20100330

Golder's attempt to recuperate in Biarritz proves anything but relaxing.

2/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Two: Following the shattering conclusion of the Marcus affair, Golder travels to Biarritz to recuperate.

But with his wife and daughter entertaining a seemingly endless parade of charming hangers-on and gigolos, Golder finds himself far from relaxed.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David Golder....David Suchet

Irene Nemirovsky....Anna Francolini

Gloria Golder....Elizabeth Bell

Joyce Golder....Francesca Dymond

Hoyos....Vernon Dobtcheff

Fischl....Stewart Permutt

Directed by Peter Farago.

03*20100331

Golder's health takes a turn for the worse, and the doctor's diagnosis is unwelcome.

3/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Three: Golder's health takes a turn for the worse and a doctor is called.

But the diagnosis, when it comes, is far from welcome to anybody concerned.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David GolderDavid Suchet

Irene NemirovskyAnna Francolini

Gloria GolderElizabeth Bell

Joyce GolderFrancesca Dymond

HoyosVernon Dobtcheff

DoctorGhedaliaMax Digby

Directed by Peter Farago.

03*20100331

Golder's health takes a turn for the worse, and the doctor's diagnosis is unwelcome.

3/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Three: Golder's health takes a turn for the worse and a doctor is called.

But the diagnosis, when it comes, is far from welcome to anybody concerned.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David GolderDavid Suchet

Irene NemirovskyAnna Francolini

Gloria GolderElizabeth Bell

Joyce GolderFrancesca Dymond

HoyosVernon Dobtcheff

DoctorGhedaliaMax Digby

Directed by Peter Farago.

04*20100401

Gloria has a shattering surprise for her husband.

4/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Four: Following disturbing news from the financial markets, Golder makes plans to return to Paris to negotiate a deal, which will save him from the impending catastrophe.

But before he goes, Gloria has a shattering surprise for her husband.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David GolderDavid Suchet

Irene NemirovskyAnna Francolini

Gloria GolderElizabeth Bell

HoyosVernon Dobtcheff

LoeweDavid Gant

Directed by Peter Farago.

04*20100401

Gloria has a shattering surprise for her husband.

4/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Four: Following disturbing news from the financial markets, Golder makes plans to return to Paris to negotiate a deal, which will save him from the impending catastrophe.

But before he goes, Gloria has a shattering surprise for her husband.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David GolderDavid Suchet

Irene NemirovskyAnna Francolini

Gloria GolderElizabeth Bell

HoyosVernon Dobtcheff

LoeweDavid Gant

Directed by Peter Farago.

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05 LAST20100402

With Golder's fortunes all but wiped out, he has to negotiate one last deal.

5/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Five: Living alone in Paris, Golder's career as a financier looks to be all but over.

But an unexpected visit makes it necessary to force himself into one last deal- whatever the cost.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David GolderDavid Suchet

Irene NemirovskyAnna Francolini

Gloria GolderElizabeth Bell

Joyce GolderFrancesca Dymond

DelegateRobin Harvey Edwards

Russian BoyRichard Galazka

Directed by Peter Farago.

05 LAST20100402

With Golder's fortunes all but wiped out, he has to negotiate one last deal.

5/5

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Five: Living alone in Paris, Golder's career as a financier looks to be all but over.

But an unexpected visit makes it necessary to force himself into one last deal- whatever the cost.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky.

Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist.

The novel was a huge and immediate success.A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since.

Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.

She was 39.

David GolderDavid Suchet

Irene NemirovskyAnna Francolini

Gloria GolderElizabeth Bell

Joyce GolderFrancesca Dymond

DelegateRobin Harvey Edwards

Russian BoyRichard Galazka

Directed by Peter Farago.