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Episode 3

15 Minute Drama, David Golder Episode 3 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 31 March 2010

Irene Nemirovsky's classic novel of ruthlessness and ambition, love and money, translated by Sandra Smith and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.

David Golder is a remarkable portrait of a man who is something like a monster, but whose killer instinct in business is based not in self-interest but in the almost pathological desire to provide for a family he knows does not care for him.

Episode Three: Golder's health takes a turn for the worse and a doctor is called. But the diagnosis, when it comes, is far from welcome to anybody concerned.

David Suchet stars as Golder, with Anna Francolini (recently winner of the TMA/Stage award for the best stage performance of 2009) as Irene Nemirovsky. Elizabeth Bell plays Golder's rapacious wife Gloria, and Francesca Dymond his indulged daughter Joyce.

Nemirovsky was 26 when David Golder was published in 1929, and had made the same journey from a Ukrainian/Jewish background to France and wealth as her protagonist. The novel was a huge and immediate success .A film followed in 1930 but this is the first adaptation of the novel the Nemirovsky estate have allowed since. Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942. She was 39.

David Golder ..... David Suchet
Irene Nemirovsky ..... Anna Francolini
Gloria Golder ..... Elizabeth Bell
Joyce Golder ..... Francesca Dymond
Hoyos ..... Vernon Dobtcheff
Doctor Ghedalia ..... Max Digby

Directed by Peter Farago.


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