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Orphaned William Crimsworth is a young man with nothing. As he sets out to make his way in the world he doesn't want to be indebted to anyone. But running parallel with this need for self-control is the desperate need to love - and be loved in return.

Dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's novel starring Paul Venables as William Crimsworth, Jonathan Keeble as Edward Crimsworth, Gerard McDermott as Lord Tynedale and Ruth Sillers as Mrs Crimsworth.

Dramatised by Rachel Joyce.

Director: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

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15 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Aug 2016 02:30