Dramatisation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, set in the Deep South in the interwar years.
From The Radio Times
When incomes to discussing subjects like lesbian relationships, domestic violence and incest Woman's Hour has always been there, asking the questions that others felt too uncomfortable to raise. It is entirely fitting that the first ever UK production of Alice Walker's hard-hitting novel should be in the Woman's Hour drama slot. Nadine Marshall's portrayal of Celie, the central female character, is powerful, poignant and inspiring. The story begins with Celie as a teenager being raped by the man she presumes is her father but ends with a strong, contented woman having taken control of her own destiny. The journey to be reunited with her family is one full of betrayal, loss and cruelty, but Walker never permits Celie to be crushed - even at her lowest ebb she seizes what chance she has to get through. You won't need a tissue to get through this, you'll need a whole box.
1/10 Celie is a young black girl born into a world of poverty and segregation.
2/10 Celie is at the mercy of Mister, her cruel husband. Harpo, Mister's son, meets and marries the feisty and formidable Sofia.
3/10 Celie falls in love with Mister's lover, the glamorous singer Shug Avery.
4/10 Sofia is beaten by the police and thrown in jail.
5/10 Shug and Celie discover a terrible secret - Mister has been hiding Nettie's letters.
6/10 Celie's sister, Nettie, is in Africa and Celie discovers the truth about the man she knows as Pa.
7/10 Celie leaves Mister to live with Shug in Memphis.
8/10 Celie's stepfather dies and she inherits more than she ever imagined. But Celie's happiness is short-lived.
9/10 Celie has returned home and she and Mister become friends.
10/10 Shug is back, and Celie is finally reunited with her sister Nettie and her children Olivia and Adam.
Type : mpeg 1 layer III
Bitrate : 128
Mode : joint stereo
Frequency : 44100 Hz
Length : 02:88:14
Encoder : FhG
Source : BBC iPlayer
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