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Christopher Douglas, one of the creators of Radio 4's Ed Reardon, goes back to the source novel by Victorian novelist George Gissing.

New Grub Street by George Gissing. Dramatised by Christopher Douglas.
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Edwin Reardon is a serious novelist striving for recognition in a literary world that's dumbing rapidly down. His younger, confident friend Jasper Milvain believes the only purpose of writing is to make big bucks. Neither approach has brought them much success. Radio 4's Ed Reardon and Jaz Milvain are loosely based on characters from this Victorian novel. And in this satiric dramatisation George Gissing is played by Christopher Douglas.

Director/Producer Gary Brown

Free schooling, which followed the Education Act of 1807 helped to create a newly literate working class. This created a demand for popular fiction and sensational journalism. Thus a gulf opened up between 'Literature' and the mass market as embodied by writers Edwin Reardon and Jasper Milvain.

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Sat 3 Sep 2016 21:00

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Role Contributor
George Gissing Christopher Douglas
Jasper Milvain Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Edwin Reardon Sam Alexander
Amy Emily Pithon
Edith Emily Pithon
Marian Yule Olivia Hallinan
Alfred Yule Jonathan Keeble
Quarmby Jonathan Keeble
Dora Milvain Victoria Brazier
Maid Victoria Brazier
Director Gary Brown
Producer Gary Brown
Author George Gissing
Adaptor Christopher Douglas


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