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Episode 4

15 Minute Drama, Hester Episode 4 of 5

Penelope Wilton and Lyndsey Marshal star in this high Victorian tale of a woman who runs her own bank.

Sometimes called 'the feminist Trollope', Margaret Oliphant is an unjustly-neglected British writer of the nineteenth century, famed for her perceptive, ironic psychology, and her strong female characters. And Hester has a striking premise: a young woman in a nineteenth-century Cheshire town, having been snubbed and discarded in marriage, does something truly radical. When the family bank is in danger of a run, she pledges her whole private fortune to save it. But instead of merely underwriting it, in return she insists on running the bank herself, as a single woman, in defiance of all convention.

Using Oliphant's deliciously perceptive and sardonic narration, allied to a radical dramatisation by Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster, 'Hester' reveals a flawed and fascinating heroine, reborn for radio.

4/5
By Margaret Oliphant
Dramatised by Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster

Hester doesn't want to see it. But here it is, swinging round slowly. The reverse of the medal - the other side of Edward's picture.

Producer/Director ..... Jonquil Panting.

15 minutes

Last on

Thu 2 Jan 2014 19:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Margaret OliphantPenelope Wilton
Hester VernonLyndsey Marshal
Edward VernonJoseph Kloska
Mr RulePhilip Jackson
Miss HalifaxStephanie Racine
Miss LetitiaSarah Thom
Miss LetitiaLiza Sadovy
ClerkAdam Nagaitis
ClerkPatrick Brennan
Despatch RiderJoe Sims
Old MerridewRobert Blythe
DirectorJonquil Panting
ProducerJonquil Panting
AdaptorKate Clanchy
AdaptorZena Forster
AuthorMargaret Oliphant