Earthly Powers

Adapted from Anthony Burgess' novel.

By Michael Hastings.

In Burgess' epic novel his hero, a popular novelist in the Somerset Maugham mould, drifts blithely through the great events that shaped the 20th Century.

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01Carlo's Miracle2004062720040703

Adapted from Anthony Burgess' novel.

By Michael Hastings.

In Burgess' epic novel his hero, a popular novelist in the Somerset Maugham mould, drifts blithely through the great events that shaped the 20th Century.In episode one he bumps into Rudyard Kipling in The Strand, befriends an ambitious young cleric who will become pope, and unwittingly serves Himmler from an assassination attempt.

But will he find the elusive love he has been looking for?

  • ann....lia williams
  • archbishop....John Rowe
  • cardinal decon....Jon Glover
  • carlo....henry goodman
  • concetta....paola dionisotti
  • directed by - Peter Kavanagh
  • director Peter Kavanagh
  • domenico....vincenzo nicoli
  • geoffrey....Philip Fox
  • gruppenfuhrer....wolf kahler
  • hortense....Alice Hart
  • hortense....joanna mccallum
  • j toomey....Jon Glover
  • jimbo....walter lewis
  • kenneth....Kenneth Cranham
  • major de la warre....Struan Rodger
  • manning....colin stinton
  • matron....lorelei king
  • mussolini....Jon Glover
  • nurse....joanna mccallum
  • pa mahalingam....vincenzo nicoli
  • philip....andrew scott
  • porson....Philip Jackson
  • val....Carl Prekopp
  • woman....joanna mccallum
  • yusof....nitin ganatra

  • 02Love On The Ipoh Road2004070420040710

    >In Burgess's sweep through the 20th century, the Archbishop continues to press Kenneth for the identity of the boy whom Monsignor Carlo miraculously returned to life.

    But Kenneth only wants to talk about the great love of his life.

    03The Road To Berlin2004071120040717

    Continuing his stumble through the 20th century, popular novelist Kenneth Toomey finds that British Intelligence have turned his book-signing tour of war-time Berlin into a highly dangerous mission.

    Though it is tempting just to spend his time drinking champagne with Goebbles and Himmler.

    This episode was named by the BBC as "Tethered Love".

    04 LASTThe Big Always2004071820040724

    The mystery of the miracle which young Monsignor Carlo performed is at last explained.

    But it has the most terrible implications for the Vatican, and for the meaning of faith in the twentieth century.