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Episode 3

Neil Dudgeon and Tim McInnerny star in this epic tale of money, passion and defiance, inspired by the novels of Arnold Bennett. Sophia’s joy at escaping from Bursley is shortlived.

Inspired by the novels of Arnold Bennett, an epic tale of money, passion and defiance set in the Staffordshire potteries. Dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna and Lin Coghlan.

It’s the 19th Century and the Industrial Revolution is at full throttle. Only the ruthless thrive in this uncompromising world. Tellwright schemes to rid the Five Towns of unwanted elements while Sophia’s joy at escaping her home town is shortlived.

Ephraim Tellwright . . . Neil Dudgeon
Darius Clayhanger . . . Tim McInnerny
Edwin . . . Cameron Percival
Sophia . . . Alexandra Constantinidi
Gerald Scales . . . Christopher Harper
Chirac . . . Charlie Anson
Janet . . . Saffron Coomber
Hilda Lessways . . . Lucy Doyle
Miss Gailey . . . Clare Corbett
Mr Cannon . . . Gunnar Cauthery
Big James . . . Ian Conningham
Cassie . . . Jeanette Percival
Mr Orgreave . . . Tony Turner
Charlie Orgreave . . . Joseph Ayre
Elliott . . . Paul Bown
Shushions . . . Michael Bertenshaw

Incidental music arranged by Colin Guthrie and performed by Colin Guthrie, Peter Ringrose and Ian Conningham.

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

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57 minutes

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Sat 23 Feb 2019 14:30

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