Claire Tomalin on Dora Jordan

The Essay, Georgian Portraits Episode 1 of 5
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To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian period, Radio 3 presents an eclectic mix of essays over the course of the week - all of which shed light on key figures of the Georgian era.

In the first essay of the week, biographer Claire Tomalin explores the life of Dora Jordan, the greatest comic actress of her day and renowned for being lover to the future king.

The rest of the week's essayists are the actor and writer Ian Kelly on actor, playwright, and theatre manager David Garrick; historian Amanda Vickery on Lancashire gentlewoman Elizabeth Parker Shackleton; writer and cartoonist Martin Rowson on Hogarth and historian Dan Cruikshank on architect Robert Adam.

Producer: Mohini Patel.

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Mon 28 Apr 2014 22:45
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