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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

A dramatic adaptation of the journals of Anne Lister, a 19th-century Yorkshire landowner and industrialist who lived a secret life with her female lover.

Bold and passionate drama telling the story of Anne Lister, 1791-1840, a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian, who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.

Anne kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest 4,000,000-word journal. A sizeable portion was written in code, and the recent deciphering of the diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain's first modern lesbian.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 16 Feb 2012 02:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Anne Lister Maxine Peake
Marianna Anna Madeley
Tib Susan Lynch
Ann Walker Christine Bottomley
Aunt Lister Gemma Jones
Uncle Lister Alan David
Mrs Priestley Richenda Carey
Charles Lawton Michael Culkin
Christopher Rawson Dean Lennox Kelly
Miss Browne Tina O'Brien
Mrs Browne Belinda Lazenby
Rough Man Ted Holden
Mrs Rawson Tessa Peake-Jones
Lister Maid Jemima Foxtrot
Jeweller Martin Oldfield
Barman Micky Dacks
Fiddler Rob Taylor
Priest Robert Maxfield
Director James Kent
Producer Mark Bentley
Writer Jane English

Broadcasts

  • Mon 31 May 2010 21:00
  • Tue 21 Sep 2010 23:30
  • Thu 16 Feb 2012 02:00