Afternoon Play – A Tale of Two Cities

Ep 1/5

Monday 26 December to Friday 30 December



Robert Lindsay leads a cast which includes Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready and Karl Johnson in a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens's classic A Tale of Two Cities, with original music by Lennert Busch.

A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It shows the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the years immediately following.

The story follows several characters through these events, notably Charles Darnay, a French former aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who tries to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

Dramatised by Mike Walker, Robert Lindsay plays the author.

Producers/Jeremy Mortimer and Jessica Dromgoole for the BBC

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