Full cast dramatisation.
A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of George Eliot's powerful novel starring Anna Chancellor as Gwendolen.
From the moment he sees her at the roulette table, the young and idealistic Daniel Deronda is drawn to Gwendolen Harleth, as she is to him.
But Gwendolen - outwardly alluring and vivacious, inwardly complex and unsettled - is forced by circumstance into an oppressive marriage with the harsh aristocrat Henleigh Grandcourt. Daniel becomes torn between her and Mirah Lapidoth, a young Jewish woman he saves from suicide, and, uncertain of his parentage, becomes also increasingly driven to discover who and what he is.
George Eliot's last novel, with its powerful themes of morality, provoked serious controversy on its publication. The darkness and complexity of Eliot's work are compellingly bound together in this enthralling dramatisation of one of literature's most emotionally intense masterpieces.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 05 / 2003
- 144 x 108mm