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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

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.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 16 Feb 2012 02:00


Role Contributor
Anne ListerMaxine Peake
MariannaAnna Madeley
TibSusan Lynch
Ann WalkerChristine Bottomley
Aunt ListerGemma Jones
Uncle ListerAlan David
Mrs PriestleyRichenda Carey
Charles LawtonMichael Culkin
Christopher RawsonDean Lennox Kelly
Miss BrowneTina O'Brien
Mrs BrowneBelinda Lazenby
Rough ManTed Holden
Mrs RawsonTessa Peake-Jones
Lister MaidJemima Foxtrot
JewellerMartin Oldfield
BarmanMicky Dacks
FiddlerRob Taylor
PriestRobert Maxfield
DirectorJames Kent
ProducerMark Bentley
WriterJane English