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Episode 1

Beautiful Emma meets and marries Doctor Charles Bovary. He's happy for the first time in his life - unlike Emma, who's distraught that her marriage lacks the passion and excitement of her fantasies.

A French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness; the first great novel of adultery.

Starring John Hurt as the narrator, Conrad Nelson as Charles, Sarah Smart as Emma and Brigit Forsyth as Madame Bovary Snr.

Gustave Flaubert's novel is dramatised by Diana Griffiths from a translation by Margaret Mauldon.

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

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15 minutes

Last on

Tue 17 Jan 2017 02:30