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Episode 3

When Hester takes her wayward cousin Edward back into the Vernon family bank, she reckons without the influence of his vapid wife Ellen. Stars Jasmine Hyde.

Penelope Wilton and Lyndsey Marshal star in this high Victorian tale of a woman who runs her own bank.

Sometimes called 'the feminist Trollope', Margaret Oliphant is an unjustly-neglected British writer of the nineteenth century, famed for her perceptive, ironic psychology, and her strong female characters. And Hester has a striking premise: a young woman in a nineteenth-century Cheshire town, having been snubbed and discarded in marriage, does something truly radical. When the family bank is in danger of a run, she pledges her whole private fortune to save it. But instead of merely underwriting it, in return she insists on running the bank herself, as a single woman, in defiance of all convention.

Using Oliphant's deliciously perceptive and sardonic narration, allied to a radical dramatisation by Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster, 'Hester' reveals a flawed and fascinating heroine, reborn for radio.

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By Margaret Oliphant
Dramatised by Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster

When Hester takes her wayward cousin Edward back into the Vernon family bank, she reckons without the influence of his vapid wife Ellen.

Producer/Director ..... Jonquil Panting.

15 minutes

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Role Contributor
Margaret Oliphant Penelope Wilton
Hester Vernon Lyndsey Marshal
Lady Ellen Vernon Jasmine Hyde
Catherine Vernon Lizzy Watts
Edward Vernon Joseph Kloska
Director Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonquil Panting
Adaptor Kate Clanchy
Adaptor Zena Forster
Author Margaret `Oliphant

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