Patricia Highsmith - Carol (Omnibus)
A tender, unsettling love story of two very different women who risk everything to be together. Stars Miranda Richardson.
A tender and unsettling love story about two women - one of them married, and the other 19 - who risk everything to be together.
Written by Patricia Highsmith, who's best-known as one of the 20th-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.
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.
Mrs Robichek....Beverley Klein
Miss Davis........Liza Ross
With Barbara Barnes and David Jarvis
Omnibus adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett
Producer: David Blount
A Pier production first broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014.