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The first drama of in the Emile Zola: Money season, inspired by literature's greatest ever whistle-blower and his epic saga of the Rougon Macquart families.
Adelaide Fouque (Dide) is 104 years old, trapped in her small room in the local asylum, but omniscient as she broods over her extended family. As a young woman, she gave birth to two dynasties that exemplified French society - one legitimate, rich, powerful, obsessive and corrupt; the other illegitimate, poor, vulnerable, weak and depraved. France is on the brink of a new Empire. Her family is a turbulent mix of the good, the bad and the misguided.
Damaged by a lifetime of seizures and her mind scarred by trauma but Dide cannot forget her family. "What did I bring into this world? Wolves... I have raised a family of Wolves... I have watched their years. I will tell their story. Crime by crime. Blood by blood."
The Rougon-Macquart saga, themed around Blood, Sex and Money, is a mash-up of Zola's 20 novels, drawing us into 19th century France and the tragic, farcical reign of Napoleon III, as it marches forward towards a modern, industrialised society.
In this final season, Dide engages in a desperate bid to stop daughter-in-law Félicité Rougon's unscrupulous plans to make the family the ultimate in wealth and politics in all of France.
Crash follows the meteoric rise and spectacular fall of Aristide Rougon, whose wild money making speculations in 19th century France are almost an exact mirror of the money markets of today. As he struggles with Bourse, Dide starts to hatch a plan to get out and reveal the truth about the Rougon Macquart evil deeds to the world.
Dan Rebellato is a Sony nominated writer and Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway.
Dramatised by Dan Rebellato
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore
Series Producer: Susan Roberts
Executive Producer: Melanie Harris
Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.
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: Season 3 Money
Massacre by Martin Jameson
In a radical re-imagining of Zola's classic novel Germinal, the powerful Rougon brothers - Eugene and Aristide - become embroiled in a volatile miners' strike in North East France, whilst their grandmother plots her escape from the asylum at Tulettes.
Director/Producer Gary Brown.
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Season 3 Money
Trapped by Martin Jameson
Continuing our radical re-imagining of Zola's classic novel Germinal, following the violent collapse of the Montsou miners' strike, Etienne Lantier heads back to work determined to find love where revolution has failed. As his great grandmother contemplates the true nature of struggle, Etienne faces a greater reckoning than he could ever have imagined.
Director/Producer Gary Brown.
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Swindle by Lavinia Murray
Return of the award winning series. Double Oscar winning actress Glenda Jackson, with Pippa Heywood and Matthew Horne lead this wonderfully wicked episode. Jackson stars as the 104 year old matriarch trapped in a lunatic asylum, whilst her relatives wreak havoc in their greedy endeavours to acquire and make money. Sidonie, takes in her orphaned niece, Pauline, and manages to siphon off her considerable fortune.
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris
Further info: A radical reimagining by writer Lavinia Murray, inspired largely from the novel The Joy of Life from Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Animals, the first episode from season one, Blood, in this epic series won the BBC Audio and Music Award for Best Drama.
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, Season 3 - Money
Inheritance by Lavinia Murray
Award winning drama series continues. Starring Glenda Jackson, David Schofield and Angela Griffin. First of a two part drama set in the depths of rural France where families fight over ownership of land, and the earth takes precedence over humanity. An unflinching and gritty account of rural life in 19th century France, inspired largely by Zola's novel The Earth.
Further info:- Animals from Season 1, Blood Series won BBC Audio and Music Award's Best Drama.
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Reap by Lavinia Murray
Award winning drama series continues. Starring Glenda Jackson, David Schofield and Angela Griffin. Concluding part of drama set in the depths of rural France where families fight over ownership of land, and the earth takes precedence over humanity. Francoise lies dying on her farm, after being attacked by her cousin and sister, husband and wife, Buteau and Lise. An unflinching and gritty account of rural life in 19th century France, inspired largely by Zola's novel The Earth.
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.
Samuel West makes his radio directorial debut with a new adaptation by Kate Clanchy of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's vibrant and good-hearted satirical comedy.
Part of the BBC Radio 3 Money Talks season.
The play was recorded on location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, the stately home of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, which he inherited in 1843 shortly after writing 'Money'.
Stars Roger Allam, Celia Imrie and Ian McDiarmid.
The music, specially recorded for the play, is performed by the Endellion String Quartet.
Kate Clanchy's adaptation re-fashions the action around one grand house, modernises the heroine, Clara, and sets the action just before the 1832 Reform Act to accentuate the political plot.
'Money' was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in 1840.
It was an instant success and the play's social commentary, genteel comedy and high romance still resonate and charm today.
Recorded on location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire.