Texts and music on the theme of money, with readings by Sylvestra Le Touzel and Dan Stevens. Includes Dostoyevsky, Defoe and F Scott Fitzgerald, plus Beethoven, Puccini, Stravinsky.
Money makes the world go round. It also tends to bring out the worst in people, and a wealth of novels and poems have been written on and around the subject. The gentlemen in Jane Austen's novels usually have plenty of it, while the unfortunate Katerina Ivanovna in Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment certainly does not. Defoe's Moll Flanders and F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby are on the make, while characters in Dickens and E Nesbit are in a ruinous state through losing their money. And Martin Amis's John Self thinks he's making money, later to find that he's actually losing it too.
Sylvestra Le Touzel and Dan Stevens read poems and texts which show the impact money, or lack of money has on literary characters' lives, with music by Beethoven, Puccini, Stravinsky and Abba.
Producer - Ellie Mant.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Christopher Darlington Morley
Not Negotiable read by Dan Stevens
Pride and Prejudice read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
Money is Also a Kind of Music read by Dan Stevens
Moll Flanders read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
Robin Hood – To a Friend read by Dan Stevens
Cutting Off One’s Ear for Someone Else is Wrong read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
Bleak House read by Dan Stevens
Martial translated by JA Pott
Epigrams Book 9 – To Garricus read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
Money: A Suicide Note read by Dan Stevens
Biographies read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
Matthew 6:24 read by Dan Stevens
A Concert read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
The Merchant of Venice read by Dan Stevens
Crime and Punishment read by Sylvestra Le Touzel
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby read by Dan Stevens
Lord Finchley read by Sylvestra Le Touzel