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Afternoon Play - Unseen Austen
By Judith French
Impertinent young Lydia Bennet discovers that it is her sister Elizabeth who is the heroine of Pride and Prejudice and that her own love life is all offstage. She sets about putting matters right.
Broadcast on: BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm Thursday 25th September 2008
Duration: 45 minutes
From BBC Radio 4 Publicity:
In this inventive Afternoon Play, Austen-mania is debunked as Austen fan and writer Judith French imagines the off-stage adventures of the impertinent and impulsive younger sister of Lizzie Bennett – Lydia.
Young Lydia Bennett, bubbly, bosomy and besotted with boys, drives her sister, Elizabeth, mad with her complaints about their dreary life in dull old Longbourn, where nothing ever happens. So she's thrilled to find out she's to be whisked off to Brighton for the summer with the regiment. But events don't go quite as planned. After eloping with her sister's beau, the dashing George Wickham, she's devastated to learn that he is the novel's villain, that she's only in a back story and that the real story is continuing in Longbourn, with Elizabeth as its heroine. Lydia sets about putting matters right.
Judith French wrote and starred in an acclaimed one-woman show on the life of Jane Austen, My Solitary Elegance. Her radio work also includes the Sony-nominated Look No More Backward, dramatisations of Richardson's Pamela and The Dutch Mariner and the biographical fantasies One Man On A Stage (based on the life of Jerome K Jerome) and A Clown On God's Stage (about the inspirational First World War preacher Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy).
Lydia Bennet ...... Jodie Whittaker
Elizabeth Bennet ...... Clare Corbett
Mr Darcy ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Kitty Bennet ...... Jill Cardo
George Wickham ...... Chris Pavlo
Mr Bennet ...... Stephen Critchlow
Mrs Bennet ...... Janice Acquah.
Director: Jonquil Panting
Written by: Judith French
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