The Reef

By Edith Wharton, dramatised by Penny Leicester.

A dramatisation of Edith Wharton's neglected and currently out of print classic, The Reef, in which passion destroys the lives of those just beginning to discover it as a force within themselves.

Published in 1912, and set in FRANCE, Edith Wharton's home at the time, The Reef is a story of sexual awakening, betrayals and the bitter taste of jealousy, all within the refined and rigid conventions of the time.

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Anna is suspicious of diplomat George Darrow - while Sophie has a shock for Owen.

Stars Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

Edith Wharton's novel is dramatised by Penny Leicester.

With Ben Miles and Teresa Gallagher.

Episodes 6-10 of 10

Anna is suspicious of George, and Sophie has a shock for Owen.

With Jodhi May.

Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

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By Edith Wharton, dramatised by Penny Leicester.

A dramatisation of Edith Wharton's neglected and currently out of print classic, The Reef, in which passion destroys the lives of those just beginning to discover it as a force within themselves.

Published in 1912, and set in FRANCE, Edith Wharton's home at the time, The Reef is a story of sexual awakening, betrayals and the bitter taste of jealousy, all within the refined and rigid conventions of the time.

Edith Wharton's novel published in 1912 is dramatised by Penny Leicester.

An unexpected obstacle begins a beguiling adventure.

Darrow, an American diplomat, is en route to become betrothed to the woman he first loved 12 years ago in NEW YORK, Anna Leath, now widowed and living in a chateau in FRANCE.

A telegram asking him to postpone his coming coincides with a collision with a pretty young woman, Sophie Viner, fleeing her position as a companion to begin a precarious career on the stage.

  • adelaide....Debora Weston
  • anna....Teresa Gallagher
  • darrow....Ben Miles
  • laura....Debora Weston
  • narrator....Sian Thomas
  • nina....teresa gallagnna....Teresa Gallagher
  • owen....julian ovenden
  • sophie....jodhi may

    with jodhi may and Ben Miles.

    dramatisation of edith wharton's 1912 novel, with jodhi may and Ben Miles

    an unexpected obstacle sparks a beguiling adventure for diplomat george darrow.

    stars jodhi may, Sian Thomas and Ben Miles

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    Edith Wharton's lost classic about the potency of attraction and the power of betrayal.

    Darrow is determined to give Sophie a few days happiness in PARIS to compensate for her dreary prospects.

    George Darrow is determined to give Sophie a few days happiness in Paris.

    With Jodhi May.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May.

    Diplomat George Darrow is determined to give Sophie a few days happiness in Paris.

    Stars Jodhi May, Sian Thomas and Ben Miles.

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    A dramatisation of a novel by Edith Wharton.

    Darrow arrives at Givre to claim his love Anna.

    Paris in the springtime is a dangerous place.

    A Chateau in the October sunlight seems much safer.

    George Darrow arrives at Givre in his pursuit of Anna.

    With Jodhi May and Julian Ovenden.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Julian Ovenden.

    George Darrow arrives at Givre in his pursuit of Anna - but they are soon quibbling.

    George Darrow arrives at Givre in his pursuit of Anna - but they're soon quibbling.

    Stars Jodhi May and Julian Ovenden.

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    A dramatisation of a novel by Edith Wharton.

    At last Anna's life is about to begin, but an unexpected surprise for Darrow awaits.

    Product of old New York, subject of an arid marriage, Chatelaine of the gracious but stultifying Givre, at last Anna's life is about to begin, now Darrow has arrived to claim her.

    But an unexpected surprise awaits him.

    Just as Anna's life looks set to begin with George, a surprise awaits him.

    With Jodhi May.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May.

    Stars Jodhi May, Sian Thomas and Ben Miles.

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    Edith Wharton explores the consequences of momentary pleasure, in a dramatisation of one of her most accomplished novels.

    Episode 5 of 10.

    Darrow sets out to persuade Sophie to leave Givre, but discovers affairs are much more complicated than he had realised.

    George tries persuading Sophie to leave, but complications set in.

    With Jodhi May.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

    George Darrow tries persuading Sophie to leave Givre, but complications set in.

    Stars Jodhi May and Sian Thomas and Ben Miles.

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    Edith Wharton's 1912 novel, dramatised for radio.

    Anna begins to suspect George of something.

    Owen has a new paramour.

    Owen's engagement to Sophie is finally approved, but Sophie has a shock in store for him.

    Anna is suspicious of George, while Sophie has a shock for Owen.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

    Anna is suspicious of diplomat George Darrow - while Sophie has a shock for Owen.

    Stars Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

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    Edith Wharton's 1912 novel, dramatised for radio.

    George attempts to explain himself to Anna, but Sophie prompts a revelation.

    Turmoil and tension at Givre as more of the truth is laid bare for all four of the lovers.

    George tries to explain himself, while Sophie prompts a revelation.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Ben Miles.

    Diplomat George Darrow tries to explain himself, while Sophie prompts a revelation.

    Stars Jodhi May and Ben Miles.

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    Edith Wharton's 1912 novel, dramatised for radio.

    The crisis lurches from bad to worse.

    Will George go for good?

    The swirling waters threaten to engulf Anna as she tries to understand the truth about Darrow and Sophie.

    Anna struggles to understand the truth about Darrow and Sophie.

    Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

    Anna struggles to understand the truth about George Darrow's meeting with Sophie.

    Stars Jodhi May and Sian Thomas.

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    Edith Wharton's 1912 novel, dramatised for radio.

    Anna starts to regret hearing the truth.

    But can she trust George?

    Anna makes her decision, but can she find the resolve to hold to it?

    Anna makes a decision, but can she find the resolve to hold to it?

    Anna makes a decision, but can she find the resolve to hold to it? Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Ben Miles.

    After George's betrayal, Anna makes a decision - but has she the resolve to hold to it?

    After George's betrayal, Anna makes a decision - but can she muster the resolve to hold to it? Stars Sian Thomas and Ben Miles.

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    Anna has succumbed to desire, but can she ever know happiness? Edith Wharton dramatisation with Jodhi May and Teresa Gallagher.

    Anna has succumbed to desire, but can she ever know happiness?

    Edith Wharton's 1912 novel, dramatised for radio.

    Anna and George try to undo the harm.

    What will it take to keep them together?

    Anna has succumbed to desire, but can she ever know happiness? Stars Sian Thomas, Ben Miles and Teresa Gallagher.