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Monday 29 June
7:45pm - 8:00pm
BBC Radio 4
"If I am to be buried alive, I want to see the shape of my coffin," rages young Serafina, played by Natalie Dormer. She's the daughter of a nobleman in 16th-century Italy who has been sent to a convent because her father can't afford her dowry. Sarah Dunant's beautifully crafted new novel, dramatised over the next two weeks, sees the teenager transform from one who howls at her fate to a girl seemingly silenced by the faith of the Sisters around her. None of the characters are quite that simple, though. The Abbess (played by Eileen Atkins) sticks to the rules - but are they those of God or the local politicians? Zuana, the convent's healer, played by Geraldine James, looks out for Serafina - but is this just a way of changing her own experience of being "buried alive"?
Radio Times reviewer - Jane Anderson
Dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Dunant, set in a convent in Renaissance Italy, where a young woman has been placed against her will.
Serafina is locked in the convent of Santa Caterina. Her family declare she has a beautiful voice but she vows that she will never sing.
Abbess ...... Eileen Atkins
Zuana ...... Geraldine James
Serafina ...... Natalie Dormer
Umiliana ...... Sian Thomas
Appolonia ...... Hannah Waddingham
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