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Christmas 1948, New York. Therese Belivet, a struggling young theatre designer, is about to have her life turned upside down by an encounter with a glamorous and married stranger.

A tender and unsettling love story about two women - one of them married, and the other nineteen - who risk everything to be together.

Written by Patricia Highsmith, who is best-known as one of the twentieth century's most accomplished thriller-writers - a role she assumed overnight when Alfred Hitchcock turned her sublimely disturbing first novel, Strangers On A Train, into a hit movie in 1951.

Written a year later, Carol broke all the rules for the portrayal of lesbians in American fiction. Despite warnings from her publisher and her agent that a lesbian novel would ruin her new-found reputation, the book became a major best-seller, with over a million sales when it was released in paperback - and Highsmith went on to write thirty more books before her death in 1995.

Carol is a genuinely groundbreaking classic - and a truly modern love story.

Episode 1:
A struggling, young theatre designer - nineteen-year old Therese Belivet - takes a temporary Christmas job in a New York store. A week before Christmas, a glamorous stranger comes into the toy department to buy a doll for her daughter - and suddenly Therese's life will never be the same again.

Written by Patricia Highsmith
Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett

Produced by David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

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Mon 1 Dec 2014 19:45

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Carol Miranda Richardson
Therese Andrea Deck
Mrs Robichek Beverley Klein
Miss Davis Liza Ross
Richard Gunnar Cauthery
Actor Barbara Barnes
Actor David Jarvis
Author Patricia Highsmith
Adaptor Neil Bartlett
Director Neil Bartlett

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