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Episode 1

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 November 2012

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'.

Credits

Abbe Faria
Richard Johnson
Monsieur Morrell
Robert Blythe
Danglars
Toby Jones
Fernand
Zubin Varla
Caderousse
Ben Crowe
Jacopo
Joe Sims
Captain Patin
Patrick Brennan
Albert de Morcerf
Will Howard
Antoine
Will Howard
Claude
Paul Stonehouse
Mathilde
Liza Sadovy
Writer
Sebastian Baczkiewicz
Director
Sasha Yevtushenko

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