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Episode 1

By Alexandre Dumas, adapted for radio by Sebastian Baczkiewicz.
At the age of nineteen, seaman Edmond Dantès has a charmed life - about to be promoted to Captain, and engaged to the beautiful Mercédès. But Marseilles in 1815 is a dangerous place, and three of Dantes' acquaintances set in train a chain of events that will lead Edmond to fourteen years of solitary confinement in the notorious Chateau D'If.

Alexandre Dumas was born in 1802. His father, the illegitimate son of a marquis, was a general in the revolutionary armies, but died when Alexandre was four years old. His most successful novels were The Count of Monte Cristo (serialised between 1844-5) and the Three Musketeers, published in 1844.

To coincide with the broadcast of The Count of Monte Cristo, the Book of the Week is Tom Reiss's account of the life of Alexandre Dumas's father - General Alex Dumas, 'The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo'.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 1 Dec 2012 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Abbe FariaRichard Johnson
Monsieur MorrellRobert Blythe
DanglarsToby Jones
FernandZubin Varla
CaderousseBen Crowe
JacopoJoe Sims
Captain PatinPatrick Brennan
Albert de MorcerfWill Howard
AntoineWill Howard
ClaudePaul Stonehouse
MathildeLiza Sadovy
WriterSebastian Baczkiewicz
DirectorSasha Yevtushenko

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