National Velvet

Enid Bagnold's classic tale, dramatised in two parts by Michelene Wandor.

With Kate Maberly, Sorcha Cussack, Jason Merrells and Struan Rodger.

Directed by Celia De Wolff.

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0120131225

Fourteen year old Velvet is mad about horses. She knows 'there are pleasures earlier than love. Earlier than love, nearer heaven' in the form of horses.

When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she recognises he's something special. He can easily clear five-foot fences, and he'll do anything for her. Soon, she and butcher's assistant Mi have their sights set on the biggest race in England. But how can a girl in 1930s England get near Aintree?

Peter Flannery rescues National Velvet from Hollywood, returning 14 year old Velvet to her Sussex butcher's family in the 1930s. A welcome return for Enid Bagnold's strange, inventive fairytale about a young amateur girl rider who takes an untrained horse over the stiffest course in the world and wins.

Sound design: Eloise Whitmore

Author: Enid Bagnold

Dramatised by Peter Flannery

Director/Producer: Melanie Harris

Executive Producer: Polly Thomas

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

02 LAST20131226

Fourteen year old Velvet is mad about horses. She knows 'there are pleasures earlier than love. Earlier than love, nearer heaven' in the form of horses.

When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she recognises he's something special. He can easily clear five-foot fences, and he'll do anything for her. Soon, she and butcher's assistant Mi have their sights set on the biggest race in England. But how can a girl in 1930s England get near Aintree?

Peter Flannery rescues National Velvet from Hollywood, returning 14 year old Velvet to her Sussex butcher's family in the 1930s. A welcome return for Enid Bagnold's strange, inventive fairytale about a young amateur girl rider who takes an untrained horse over the stiffest course in the world and wins.

Author: Enid Bagnold

Dramatised by Peter Flannery

Director/Producer: Melanie Harris

Executive Producer: Polly Thomas

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

01The Dream20010828

Enid Bagnold's classic tale, dramatised in two parts by Michelene Wandor.

With Kate Maberly, Sorcha Cussack, Jason Merrells and Struan Rodger.

Directed by Celia De Wolff.Velvet Brown wins a piebald pony in a raffle.

Although the horse is reputed to be untamable, Velvet and her friend Mi are convinced it is a very special beast.

02 LASTThe Race20010829

Velvet and Mi enter the piebald for the Grand National and, although women jockeys are banned, Velvet has a plan.