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Episode 2

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 December 2013

Fourteen year old Velvet is mad about horses. She knows 'there are pleasures earlier than love. Earlier than love, nearer heaven' in the form of horses.

When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she recognises he's something special. He can easily clear five-foot fences, and he'll do anything for her. Soon, she and butcher's assistant Mi have their sights set on the biggest race in England. But how can a girl in 1930s England get near Aintree?

Peter Flannery rescues National Velvet from Hollywood, returning 14 year old Velvet to her Sussex butcher's family in the 1930s. A welcome return for Enid Bagnold's strange, inventive fairytale about a young amateur girl rider who takes an untrained horse over the stiffest course in the world and wins.

Author: Enid Bagnold
Dramatised by Peter Flannery

Director/Producer: Melanie Harris
Executive Producer: Polly Thomas
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.


Sophie Rundle
Mi Donald
John Sessions
Mrs Brown
Alison Steadman
Mr Brown
Jonathan Keeble
Young Donald
Dylan Issberner
Tamsin Topolski
Charity Wakefield
Charity Wakefield
Sam Lupton
Sam Lupton
Sam Lupton
Melanie Harris
Melanie Harris
Peter Flannery
Enid Bagnold


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