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Episode 2

Dramatised by Judith Adams with original music by Nico Muhly.

Michael Maloney, Barbara Flynn. Joseph Millson and Clare Corbett star in this story of an old Hanseatic merchant family fighting to keep their commercial supremacy in the changing world of 1840s Europe.

Four generations of Buddenbrooks try to sustain their inheritance - a once highly successful trading company in the port of Lubeck on the Baltic Sea - in a world where the old ways no longer seem to work. It's 1848, and the revolutionary tide running through Europe has finally reached Lubeck. Will the old merchant families hold on to power? Of the Buddenbrook children, only Tom remains to learn the business. Toni is in Hamburg married to Herr Grunlich, and Christian has gone to England but would rather be in Valparaiso.

Harmonium and Flute by Rick Juckes
Technical Presentation by David Fleming Williams

Directed by Chris Wallis
An Autolycus production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Fri 13 May 2016 03:00


Role Contributor
NarratorPip Carter
Jean BuddenbrookMichael Maloney
Elizabet BuddenbrookBarbara Flynn
Thomas BuddenbrookJoseph Millson
Toni BuddenbrookClare Corbett
Christian BuddenbrookCarl Prekopp
Clara BuddenbrookRosa Calcraft
Clara BuddenbrookMillie Binks
Gerda BuddenbrookColleen Prendergast
Gotthold BuddenbrookShaun Prendergast
TrinaJane Purcell
AntonAndrew Cullimore
Herr GrunlichBen Crowe
Herr KesselmeyerStephen Critchlow
Pilot SchwarzkopfPeter Marinker
Herr GoschGerard McDermott
Ida JungmannAlison Pettit
WriterThomas Mann
ProducerChris Wallis

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