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based on the novels of John Galsworthy
dramatised by Lin Coghlan

It's 1928 and, after her father's death, Fleur is determined to make a steady life with Michael. But when his young cousin Dinny - lively, determined, and 'not the marrying sort of woman' - struggles to help first a brother accused of war crimes and then a best friend in trouble, can Fleur be of use, as echoes of her own life reverberate?

Original music composed by Neil Brand

Written by John Galsworthy
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Director/Producer ..... Marion Nancarrow

Over the last 2 years, BBC Radio 4 has dramatised all 9 of John Galsworthy's Forsyte novels and this series "The Forsytes Concludes" brings us to the last 3 novels, which he wrote at the end of his life. This first 90' drama is based on "Maid in Waiting" and moves to Oxfordshire to introduce the Cherrell family and, in particular, Dinny Cherrell, who, aged 24 in 1928, is full of excitement for the life ahead of her. She is Michael & Fleur's cousin and, unbeknown to either of them, their lives are to have parallels neither could have predicted.
With her father Soames dead, Fleur has resolved to put her love for Jon behind her and live a good life with husband Michael and son Kit. But Dinny's brother is in trouble and as things escalate, both Fleur and Michael are pushed to try to find ways they can help the besieged brother and sister.
Joining Jessica Raine, Ben Lambert and Brian Protheroe from the original cast are Nina Sosanya, Allan Corduner, Jonathan Aris and Sarah Ridgeway in this episode, with Max Bennett, Chloe Pirrie and John Heffernan arriving later.
This 90' Saturday Drama is followed by 5 x 15' episodes to tell the story of "Flowering Wilderness" (which sees an unexpected return) and a Saturday and Sunday Drama at the end of the week conclude the story and all 9 novels.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 11 Jun 2017 04:00


Role Contributor
Fleur MontJessica Raine
Michael MontBen Lambert
Dinny CherrellSarah Ridgeway
Professor HallorsenAllan Corduner
Sir Lawrence MontBrian Protheroe
Lady MontGeorgie Glen
AdrianJonathan Aris
DianaNina Sosanya
HubertFinlay Robertson
FerseNicholas Murchie
Snubby SaxendenDavid Sterne
Alan TasburghDavid Sturzaker
Home SecretaryJohn Dougall
LottieSanchia McCormack
EdieMaeve Bluebell Wells
JudgeJohn Bowler
AuthorJohn Galsworthy
AdaptorLin Coghlan
DirectorMarion Nancarrow
ProducerMarion Nancarrow

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