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Episode 1

Adapted by Judith Adams

Science fiction with incredible humanity from a brilliant feminist writer. This is the first dramatisation of Ursula Le Guin's 1969 novel which is as groundbreaking in its approach to gender as when it was first published over 45 years ago.

In a snow-changed city in the middle of an Ice Age on an alien world, one young man prepares for the biggest mission of his life. Alone and unarmed, Genly Ai has been sent from Earth to persuade the world of Gethen to join The Ekumen, a union of planets. But it's a task fraught with danger. Genly is shocking to the natives. This is a world in which humans are ambigendered - everyone can be a mother, and everyone can be a father.

First Minister Estraven is the only person who champions Genly's cause, but their relationship is deeply incomprehensible and troubling. Genly's life is at risk and he must decide who to trust.

Director: Allegra McIlroy.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Apr 2015 21:00


Role Contributor
Genly AiKobna Holdbrook-Smith
EstravenLesley Sharp
ArgavenToby Jones
TibeLouise Brealey
FaxeNoma Dumezweni
AsheRuth Gemmell
Ong TotAdjoa Andoh
ShusgisStephen Critchlow
ObsleDavid Acton
DriverDavid Hounslow
GuardRhiannon Neads
AuthorUrsula Le Guin
AdaptorJudith Adams
DirectorAllegra McIlroy

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