The Radetzky March

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by Joseph Roth.

Dramatised by Gregory Evans

A dramatisation of Joseph Roth's most celebrated novel. The end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as seen through the lives of three generations of the Trotta family. Part 1 of 2.

Piano and Trupet played by Peter Ringrose

Directed by Marc Beeby

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Literary critic Harold Blom described Joseph Roth's The Radetzky March as "One of the most readable, poignant and superb novels in twentieth century German".

This is the story of the Trottas, a family of Slovenian peasants ennobled when Lieutenant Joseph Trotta saves Emperor Franz Joseph's life at the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Most of the action, however, is set in the early years of the twentieth century and con-cerns the next two generations of Trottas, a bureaucrat and a soldier: the Baron - stiff, guarded, but secretly loving - and his son, the feckless, disaster-prone Carl Joseph.

The Radetzky March is a novel about the ending of things: love affairs, friendships, individual lives, dynasties, an empire, a world.

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At his posting near the Russian border, Carl's life is about to take a turn for the worse.

by Joseph Roth.

Dramatised by Gregory Evans

Part 2 of 2.

Carl Joseph has been posted to a remote outpost of the Austro-Hungarian near the Russian border where his life, and the life of the Empire, is about to take a turn for the worse. A dramatisation of Joseph Roth's most celebrated novel.

Piano and Trumpet played by Peter Ringrose

Directed by Marc Beeby.

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By Joseph Roth.

Adapted by Mike Walker from the English translation of the novel by Michael Hofmann.

The story of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is told through the men of the Trotta family, three generations of servants loyal to their emperor.

The story starts at the second half of the 19th century when a Trotta saves the life of Franz Joseph on the battlefield, to the beginning of the 20th when world war and old age wipes the Trottas and their Empire from the map, but not the memory, of Europe.

Joseph Roth....Bill Wallis

Emperor Franz Joseph....John Woodvine

Joseph Trotta/Chojnicki/Postman....Brian Pettifer

Franz Trotta....Richard Bremmer

Carl Joseph Trotta....Elliot Levey

Moser/Wagner....Nicky Henson

Jacques/Dr Skvoronnek....Clive Swift

Frau Slama/Valli von Taussig....Eleanor Tremain

With Paul Nicolson, Paul Dodgson, David Collins and Chris Garner.

Music arranged and performed by Alexander Balanescu.

Director Tim Dee

The story of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, told through three generations of loyal servants to the Emperor - the men of the Trotta family.

From the second half of the 19th Century when a Trotta saves the life of Franz Joseph on the battlefield, to the beginning of the 20th Century when world war and old age wipe the Trottas and their Empire from the map of Europe.

Directed by Tim Dee