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Mrs Winterson has grand plans for her adopted daughter, little Jeanette - she will be a missionary and save the world from sin.

Adapted for radio by Jeanette Winterson from her acclaimed novel.

A unique coming of age story and a darkly funny tale of religious excess and human obsession.

Mrs Winterson has grand plans for her adopted daughter. Having received Little Jeanette from the Lord she intends to give her back to the Lord - she'll be a Missionary and save the world from sin. But despite her strange and zealous upbringing Little Jeanette begins to question her future. Inspired by the legends of the Holy Grail, she may forge her own path - much to her mother's despair.

Piano performed by David Thomas

From the award winning novel by Jeanette Winterson
Dramatised for radio by Jeanette Winterson

Directed by Helen Perry
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel. Her subsequent novels, including Sexing the Cherry, The Passion, Written on the Body, and The PowerBook, have also gone on to receive great international acclaim and Jeanette Winterson's honours include England's Whitbread Prize, and the American Academy' s E. M. Forster Award, as well as the Prix d'argent at the Cannes Film Festival.

Lesley Sharp is an award-winning stage, film and television actress, particularly well known for her variety of British television roles including Clocking Off, Scott & Bailey, Bob & Rose and Afterlife.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 16 Apr 2016 21:00

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Role Contributor
Mrs Winterson Lesley Sharp
Little Jeanette Eleanor Worthington-Cox
Jeanette Katie West
Pastor Spratt Vincent Franklin
Miss Jewsbury Pauline Lynch
Mrs White Susan Jameson
May Adie Allen
Elsie Norris Angela Pleasance
Louie Claire Cage
Mrs Arkwright Vicky Licorish
Man Sam Rix
Author Jeanette Winterson
Adaptor Jeanette Winterson
Director Helen Perry


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