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.
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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|George Gissing||Christopher Douglas|
|Jasper Milvain||Henry Lloyd-Hughes|
|Edwin Reardon||Sam Alexander|
|Marian Yule||Olivia Hallinan|
|Alfred Yule||Jonathan Keeble|
|Dora Milvain||Victoria Brazier|