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from the novels of John Galsworthy

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

Of all his beautiful possessions, wealthy solicitor Soames Forsyte considers his wife, Irene, the most beautiful.

Why then does she want separate bedrooms?

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

We begin today with a 90 minute drama which introduces us to the family in 1886 and in particular to the cautious, meticulous Soames Forsyte, of whom Galsworthy says "he would not have gone without a bath for worlds". As the family gathers in their huge London houses around the Green Park and at what's known as "Forsyte Exchange", they can establish the precise stock of any family member, "who's up, who's down and who might be heading for a fall". But little do they realise in their comfortable, complacent lives how the old world order is changing. Young June Forsyte has fallen in love with the dashing and unorthodox architect, Philip Bosinney. But when she introduces him to her sister-in-law - Soames's wife Irene - scandal is waiting just around the corner.

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper behind the Edwardian façade to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Jericho) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.

This first 90' drama comprises most of the first novel "The Man of Property".

The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins.

And you can hear the next 2 novels in the Saga - "The Forsytes Continue" - in April.

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Soames Forsyte prepares to face his wife's lover in court.

John Galsworthy's epic novels of sex, money and power in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

As Soames Forsyte prepares to face his wife's lover in court, an unidentified body lies in the city morgue.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play concludes the first novel "The Man of Property". It's the day after Irene Forsyte's lover, the architect, Philip Bosinney, was struck down in the fog by a hansom cab. Irene waits in his lodgings for his return.

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper behind the Edwardian façade to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Jericho) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.

The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins.

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An unexpected encounter reawakens long-forgotten emotions in Old Jolyon.

John Galsworthy's epic novels of sex, money and power in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

An idyllic summer in 1892 and an unexpected encounter reawakens long-forgotten emotions in Old Jolyon

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play is from the interlude "Indian Summer of a Forsyte". Five years have passed since the scandal of Irene and Soames split the Forstye family apart. Old Jolyon has turned his back on Soames's side of the family and contemplates a move to the country.

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper behind the Edwardian façade to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Jericho) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.

The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins.

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It has been 12 years since the breakdown of his marriage, and Soames Forsyte wants a son.

John Galsworthy's epic novels of sex, money and power in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

Past scandals come back to haunt the present. It's been 12 years since the breakdown of his marriage and Soames Forsyte wants a son.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play marks the start of the second novel, "In Chancery".

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper behind the Edwardian façade to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Jericho) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.

The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins.

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Soames Forsyte prepares to meet his estranged wife Irene for the first time in 12 years.

John Galsworthy's epic novels of sex, money and power in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

With divorce on his mind, Soames Forsyte prepares to meet his estranged wife Irene for the first time in 12 years.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play is from the second novel, "In Chancery".

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper behind the Edwardian façade to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Jericho) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.

The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins

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Soames is determined to win back his estranged wife Irene.

John Galsworthy's epic novels of sex, money and power in an upper class family.

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

Soames is determined to win back his estranged wife Irene. His relentless pursuit of her brings him into conflict with his cousin Jo, threatening a new family rift.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Today's play is from the second novel, "In Chancery".

The story continues every day this week in the 15 Minute Drama slot and concludes in the Saturday Drama at 1430.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising the complete novels and Interludes and have taken a new approach to the books - delving deeper behind the Edwardian façade to bring more of Galsworthy's wonderful insight, wit and observation from the page. Although focussed on the period in which they were written - in the first 20 years of the 20th century - the novels feel remarkably contemporary and have much to reveal of our own world and inner lives.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Jericho) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.

The Producers are Marion Nancarrow and Gemma Jenkins

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from the novels of John Galsworthy

Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna

Irene has fled to Paris to escape her husband, Soames, who now has a private detective watching her every move.

But even Soames cannot control the secrets and changes which are rolling towards the Forsytes.

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

This Saturday Drama concludes "In Chancery", the second book of "The Forsytes". We pick up the story again in April.

(Over the next 2 years, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new dramatisation of all 9 books of John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga. An epic tale of sex, money and power in the lives of an upper middle-class family in London, it spans 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

Award-winning writers Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan are dramatising 2 novels each and the adaptation looks behind the Edwardian façade and brings more of Galsworthy's wonderful insights and observations from the page.

Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) takes a central role as narrator, with Juliet Aubrey playing Irene and Joseph Millson, Soames. Later in the series they are joined by Jonathan Bailey, Max Bennett and Ben Lambert.).