The Glass Bead Game

Dramatisation of Hermann Hesse's classic novel set in a futuristic, utopian society.

Starring Derek Jacobi.

Joseph Knecht is a rising star in the Castalian Order, a band of elite intellectuals who live a closeted life of study and Glass Bead Game playing.

But Joseph's elevation to one of the highest and most respected ranks of the Order coincides with a crisis of conscience, as his ever deepening doubts about this idealistic and sanitised society threaten to topple its very foundations.

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Dramatisation of Hermann Hesse's classic novel set in a futuristic, utopian society.

Starring Derek Jacobi.

Joseph Knecht is a rising star in the Castalian Order, a band of elite intellectuals who live a closeted life of study and Glass Bead Game playing.

But Joseph's elevation to one of the highest and most respected ranks of the Order coincides with a crisis of conscience, as his ever deepening doubts about this idealistic and sanitised society threaten to topple its very foundations.

Joseph Knecht is singled out from an early age as one of the Castalian elite.

As his education progresses, Joseph quickly proves himself as a gifted Glass Bead Game player and a promising candidate for the higher echelons of the exclusive Castalian Order.

Biographer...Derek Jacobi

Joseph Knecht...Tom Ferguson

Young Joseph...Aidan Parsons

Music Master....Malcolm Raeburn

Teacher/Van Der Trave...Terence Mann

Plinio...David Seddon

Fritz...Toby Hadoke

Father Jacobus...David Fleeshman

Elder Brother/Bertram...Jonathan Keeble

String Player...Kevin Flynn

Dramatised by Lavinia Greenlaw

Producer: Charlotte Riches

Director: Susan Roberts.

Hermann Hesse's novel set in a futuristic, utopian society dramatised by Lavinia Greenlaw

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Dramatisation of Hermann Hesse's classic novel set in a futuristic, utopian society.

Starring Derek Jacobi.

Joseph Knecht is a rising star in the Castalian Order, a band of elite intellectuals who live a closeted life of study and Glass Bead Game playing.

But Joseph's elevation to one of the highest and most respected ranks of the Order coincides with a crisis of conscience, as his ever deepening doubts about this idealistic and sanitised society threaten to topple its very foundations.

As Magister Ludi, Joseph Knecht begins to plan for the forthcoming Glass Bead Game.

As excitement mounts, Joseph's doubts about the Castalian way of life are compounded by his newly acquired position.

Biographer...Derek Jacobi

Joseph Knecht...Tom Ferguson

Fritz...Toby Hadoke

Music Master...Malcolm Raeburn

Plinio...David Seddon

Helena...Olwen May

Tito...Oliver Gomm

Dramatised by Lavinia Greenlaw

Producer: Charlotte Riches

Director: Susan Roberts.

Joseph's doubts about the Castalian way of life are compounded by his new position.