James Joyce's Ulysses

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
01Part 1a: On The Martello Tower20120616

'Stately plump' Buck Mulligan calls Stephen Dedalus to the top of the Martello tower overlooking Dublin Bay - and so begins James Joyce's celebrated account of the 16th June 1904. The combined stories of Stephen and Leopold Bloom as they meander through the city. In a landmark project a new dramatisation of Ulysses is broadcast across one day - morning, afternoon and evening. With live commentary from Mark Lawson, broadcasting from Dublin. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott

Malachi 'Buck' Mulligan...Kevin Trainor

Haines...Harry Livingstone

Mary Dedalus...Janet Moran

Young Man...Ronan Raftery

Singer Daire Halpin

Pianist Colin Guthrie

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

Executive Producer Claire Grove

(Ulysses chapter 'Telemachus').

02Part 1b: The Martello Tower20120616

8.15 am and Stephen Dedalus breakfasts with Mulligan and the Englishman Haines before walking out along the strand to the swimming place at Forty Foot hole. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott

Malachi Mulligan...Kevin Trainor

Haines...Harry Livingstone

Young Man...Ronan Raftery

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapter 'Telemachus').

03Part 1c: At School20120616

Stephen Dedalus collects his wages from Headmaster Deasy, who wants Stephen to deliver a letter about the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease to the editor of the Evening Telegraph. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Stephen Dedalus... Andrew Scott

Mr Deasy...Jim Norton

Sargent...Joshua Ellershaw

Usher...Aidan Dunlop

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapter 'Nestor').

04Part 2: From Bloom's House, Through The Morning Streets, To A Funeral20120616

7 Eccles Street, Dublin. The home of Leopold and Marion (Molly) Bloom. Bloom, we are told, 'eats with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls' and cooks himself a pork kidney for breakfast. While Molly receives a letter from her concert promoter Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan who has arranged to visit her later in the day. Bloom prepares to attend Paddy Dignam's funeral at Glasnevin cemetery. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Leopold Bloom...Henry Goodman

Molly Bloom...Niamh Cusack

Milly Bloom...Grainne Keenan

Martin Cunningham...Stephen Hogan

Simon Dedalus...Des McAleer

Martha Clifford... Christine Absalom

With Pip Donaghy, Jonathan Forbes, Peter Hamilton Dyer

Gerard McDermott, John Rogan

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapters 'Calypso' 'Lotus Eaters', and 'Hades').

05Part 3: From The Beach, To A Newspaper Office, Into Davy Byrne's Pub20120616

11.00 am Stephen walks on Sandymount Strand before visiting the offices of the Evening Telegraph, where he catches a glimpse of advertising salesman Leopold Bloom. Stephen takes the Editor out for a drink, while Bloom slips into Davy Byrne's pub for a cheese sandwich. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Leopold Bloom...Henry Goodman

Molly Bloom...Niamh Cusack

Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott

Simon Dedalus...Des McAleer

Miles Crawford...Jonathan Forbes

Dilly Dedalus...Bronagh Taggart

Blazes Boylan...Sean Campion

Josie Breen...Grainne Keenan

Bantam Lyons...John Rogan

With Christine Absalom, Pip Donaghy, Aidan Dunlop, Peter Hamilton Dyer,

Stephen Hogan, Gerard McDermott, Ronan Raftery

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapters 'Proteus' 'Aeolus' and 'Lestrygonians').

06Part 4: The Library, Through The Lunchtime Streets, To The Ormond Hotel20120616

Stephen tries to get commissioned for an article at the National Library, while Leopold Bloom takes lunch at the Ormond Hotel and listens to Simon Dedalus and Benjamin Dollard sing at the piano. It is mid-afternoon and Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan is on his way to his adulterous assignation with Molly Bloom in Eccles Street. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Leopold Bloom...Henry Goodman

Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott

Molly Bloom...Niamh Cusack

Simon Dedalus...Des McAleer

Richard Best...John Rogan

John Eglinton...Peter Hamilton Dyer

Malachi Mulligan...Kevin Trainor

Patrick Dignam...Joshua Ellershaw

Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan...Sean Campion

Lenehan...Lorcan Cranitch

Benjamin Dollard...Gerard McDermott

Martin Cunningham...Stephen Hogan

Miss Kennedy...Denise Gough

Miss Douce...Bronagh Taggart

With Aidan Dunlop, Peter Hamilton Dyer,

Jonathan Forbes, Grainne Keenan,

Harry Livingstone

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapters 'Scylla and Charybdis', 'Wandering Rocks' and 'The Sirens').

07Part 5: In Barney Kiernan's Pub20120616

Bloom gets into an argument with the 'Citizen' which climaxes in mock-heroic battle, when Bloom makes a dignified retreat and his opponent flings a biscuit tin after him. This episode is narrated by an anonymous crony of the 'Citizen', an anti-Semitic Nationalist bigot. Repulsive as he is, he provides an opportunity for Bloom to show his true heroism by arguing against prejudice and preaching a doctrine of love and understanding. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Leopold Bloom...Henry Goodman

Citizen...Pip Donaghy

Unnamed Narrator...Jim Norton

Joe Hynes...John Rogan

Terry O'Ryan, Martin Cunningham...Stephen Hogan

Alf Bergan...Ronan Raftery

Lenehan...Lorcan Cranitch

Directed by Jonquil Panting

Produced by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapter 'Cyclops').

08Part 6: From Sandymount Beach At Evening, To The Maternity Hospital, And Into Nighttown20120616

Bloom cannot go home. For he knows that Molly has an adulterous appointment with Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan. So he stands on the beach at nightfall watching Gerty MacDowell enjoy the fireworks. Meanwhile, at the maternity hospital in Holles Street, Mina Purefoy is still struggling - after three days - to give birth. Near the ward, Stephen Dedalus joins a raucous group of medical students and Bloom joins the party, which then moves off to Bella Cohen's brothel. Dramatised by Robin Brooks. Contains strong language.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Leopold Bloom...Henry Goodman

Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott

Molly Bloom...Niamh Cusack

Bella Cohen...Frances Barber

Gerty MacDowell...Denise Gough

Cissy Caffrey, Nurse Callan...Bronagh Taggart

Edy Boardman...Grainne Keenan

Tommy...Aidan Dunlop

Lenehan...Lorcan Cranitch

Malachi Mulligan...Kevin Trainor

Private Compton...Peter Hamilton Dyer

Private Carr...Ronan Raftery

Rudolph Bloom... Pip Donaghy

Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan... Sean Campion

Zoe... Susie Riddell

With Christine Absalom, Aidan Dunlop,

Jonathan Forbes, Stephen Hogan

John Rogan, Harry Livingstone,

Gerard McDermott, Janet Moran

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Jonquil Panting

Produced by Jeremy Mortimer

(Ulysses chapters 'Nausicaa', The Oxen of the Sun', 'Circe', 'Eumaeus').

09Part 7: From A Cabman's Shelter, To Eccles Street And Home20120616

Bloom takes Stephen home, and gives him a cup of cocoa. They talk, relieve themselves in the garden, and go their separate ways. Bloom joins Molly in bed, home at last. In her bed, Molly Bloom lies and muses, reliving the afternoon's sexual encounter with Blazes Boylan, and winding up all the threads and themes of the day. Dramatised by Robin Brooks. Contains very strong language.

Narrator...Stephen Rea

Leopold Bloom...Henry Goodman

Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott

Molly Bloom...Niamh Cusack

Dilly Dedalus...Bronagh Taggart

Sinbad...Pip Donaghy

With Peter Hamilton Dyer, Stephen Hogan

Gerard McDermott, Ronan Raftery

Singer Daire Halpin

Pianist Colin Guthrie

Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

Executive Producer Claire Grove

(Ulysses chapters 'Eumaeus', 'Ithaca', and 'Penelope').

BBC70120140215

16th June 1904: Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom's Dublin days unwind. With Henry Goodman, Andrew Scott and Stephen Rea.

8am: 'Stately plump' Buck Mulligan calls Stephen Dedalus to the top of the Martello tower overlooking Dublin Bay - and so begins James Joyce's celebrated account of the 16th June 1904. The combined stories of Stephen and Leopold Bloom as they meander through the city. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

8.15am: Stephen Dedalus breakfasts with Mulligan and the Englishman Haines before walking out along the strand to the swimming place at Forty Foot Hole.

10am: Stephen Dedalus collects his wages from Headmaster Deasy, who wants Stephen to deliver a letter about the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease to the editor of the Evening Telegraph.

8am: 7 Eccles Street, Dublin. The home of Leopold and Marion (Molly) Bloom. Bloom, we are told, 'eats with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls' and cooks himself a pork kidney for breakfast. While Molly receives a letter from concert promoter Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan who has arranged to visit her later in the day, Bloom prepares to attend Paddy Dignam's funeral at Glasnevin cemetery.

11am: Stephen walks on Sandymount Strand before visiting the offices of the Evening Telegraph, where he catches a glimpse of advertising salesman Leopold Bloom. Stephen takes the Editor out for a drink, while Bloom slips into Davy Byrne's pub for a cheese sandwich.

BBC70220140215

16th June 1904: Stephen explains his theory of Hamlet, then Bloom argues with the bigoted 'Citizen'. With Henry Goodman and Andrew Scott.

2pm: Stephen tries to get commissioned for an article at the National Library, while Leopold Bloom takes lunch at the Ormond Hotel and listens to Simon Dedalus and Benjamin Dollard sing at the piano.

Mid-afternoon: Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan is on his way to his adulterous assignation with Molly Bloom in Eccles Street.

5pm: Bloom gets into an argument with the 'Citizen' which climaxes in mock-heroic battle. Bloom makes a dignified retreat and his opponent flings a biscuit tin after him.

This episode is narrated by an anonymous crony of the 'Citizen', an anti-semitic Nationalist bigot. Repulsive as he is, he provides an opportunity for Bloom to show his true heroism by arguing against prejudice and preaching a doctrine of love and understanding.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

BBC70320140215

8pm, 16th June 1904: Bloom spies on Gerty, then rescues Stephen from a brawl outside a brothel. With Henry Goodman and Frances Barber.

Bloom cannot go home, for he knows that Molly has an adulterous appointment with Hugh 'Blazes' Boylan. So he stands on the beach at nightfall watching Gerty MacDowell enjoy the fireworks.

Meanwhile, at the maternity hospital in Holles Street, Mina Purefoy is still struggling - after three days - to give birth. Nearby, Stephen Dedalus joins a raucous group of medical students and Bloom also joins the party, which then moves off to Bella Cohen's brothel.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

BBC704 LAST20140215

After midnight: Bloom takes Stephen home and gives him cocoa. Molly muses on her afternoon with Boylan. With Niamh Cusack.

Bloom takes Stephen home, and gives him a cup of cocoa. They talk, relieve themselves in the garden and go their separate ways. Bloom thinks on Molly's sexual encounter with Blazes Boylan. He joins her in bed. He sleeps. Then Molly also muses on Boylan, re-living the afternoon's activity and winding up all the threads and themes of the day.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.