Charles Dickens. Pětidílná dramatizace románu. Příběh Londýna a Paříže před a během Francouzské revoluce. Dramatizace Mike Walker. Hudba Lennert Busch. Režie Jessica Dromgoole a Jeremy Mortimer.
Osoby a obsazení: Charles Dickens (Robert Lindsay), Jarvis Lorry (Jonathan Coy), Miss Pross (Alison Steadman), Lucie Manette (Lydia Wilson ), dr. Alexandre Manette (Karl Johnson), Charles Darnay (Andrew Scott), Ernest Defarge (James Lailey), Therese Defarge (Tracy Wiles), Gaspard (Simon Bubb), Jerry Cruncher (Carl Prekopp), Joe (Rikki Lawton), Sydney Carton (Paul Ready), Barsad (Gerard McDermott), Natty Cruncher (Daniel Cooper), vězeňský dozorce (Simon Bubb), předseda soudu (Paul Moriarty), mladá Manette (Christopher Webster), mladý Evremonde (Adam Billington). Dále účinkují Adam Billington, Christopher Webster, Rikki Lawton Alex Rivers a další.
Nastudovalo BBC v roce 2011. Premiéra 26. – 30 12. 2011 (BBC 4, 14:15 h.).
Obsah: 1. Recalled to Life – 2. The Old Older – 3. Two Promises – 4. The Grindstone – 5. The Substance and the Shadow.
Lit.: anonym: The Afternoon Drama – A Tale Of Two Cities. In web BBC 4, prosinec 2011 (anotace). – Cit.: Robert Lindsay leads a cast which includes Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready and Karl Johnson in a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens’s classic ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. With original music by Lennert Busch.
From the echo of the first line ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ to the final ‘It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done’, Dickens’s novel of the French revolution tells a story of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.
The first radio dramatisation of the book for over twenty years is to be broadcast as part of the BBC’s celebration of the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens’s birth.
Written and published in weekly instalments in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It shows the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the years immediately following. The story follows several characters through these events, notably Charles Darnay, a French former aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who tries to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay’s wife, Lucie Manette.
Although the events covered in A Tale of Two Cities cover eight years, the plot develops and builds powerfully from the moment that the story opens, with the coded rumours of Dr Manette being ‘restored to life’ and Dickens orchestrates the wider political picture behind the story of Lucie, Darnay and Carton, with his customary brilliance.
This is the sixth Dickens novel that Mike Walker has dramatised for Radio 4. His dramatisation of Our Mutual Friend, also directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Jessica Dromgoole, was broadcast in the Woman’s Hour drama slot in 2009.
Lennert Busch recently graduated from the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom. Recent work includes commissions for BBC2, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera and Channel 4. In 2010 Lennert composed the score for The Origin of Creatures by Floris Kaayk which was selected as the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards of 2011 and won several awards.