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Tom Jones - BBC Radio
Henry Fielding’s most renowned work is unquestionably ‘The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling’, which was published in 1749.
The story tells of a gentleman named Allworthy who has a large fortune and is a healthy and decent man. One night he steps into bed and finds to his surprise a infant wrapped in linen between his sheets and with the help of his beloved sister Bridget sorts out the boy’s future. A maidservant, Jenny Jones, has said that it is her child and the boy is given the name Tom Jones. Bridget marries a Captain Brifil and they agree at Allworthy’s request to bring up the child.
After troubled years, Tom grows to a young man but seems doomed to be hanged since he has already been convicted various offences. His weaknesses are his spirit of animal instinct and his lusty nature, though he is also cursed with ill luck. Tom falls in love with the daughter of Western, an ignorant and unpleasant individual. The boy’s life is made more difficult still by his enemies Thwackum and Square, and he ends up a wanderer.
The story centres upon these wandering times, and follows him as he ends up seduced by his own mother although it turns out that his true mother was another woman entirely. Such are the tribulations faced by our eponymous hero.
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 over 6 weeks 06.12.81 - 10.01.82
File Names: BBC Drama - Tom Jones - n of 6 (Original Broadcast date) - Episode name
Total File Size: 340,881,408 bytes
Duration: 6 x 55 mins (aprox )
Tom Jones - Anton Lesser
Sophia Western - Catherine Holbury
Squire Western - Peter Jefferies
Squire Allworthy - Clifford Rose
The Author - Martin Jarvis
Adapted for radio by Hallam Tennyson (great-grandson of Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Episode 1 - Gentleman, Foundling And Bastard
Episode 2 - A Touch Of The Seagrims
Episode 3 - Cold Buttock And Carrots
Episode 4 - Masques And Milestones
Episode 5 - A Right Honourable Rape
Episode 6 - The Happy Bitches
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