John Fowles

John Fowles: The Collector, The Magus & The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • John Fowles: The Collector, The Magus & The French Lieutenant’s Woman

    • John Fowles

    • Judi Dench (Read by)

    • Nigel Anthony (Read by)

    • Tom Burke (Read by)

    • Charles Dance (Read by)

    • Hayley Atwell (Read by)

    • John Hurt (Read by)

    • Jonathan Firth (Read by)

    • Emily Bruni (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    Full-cast dramatisations of John Fowles' three best-known novels, with star casts

    John Fowles won international acclaim for his innovative, allusive novels The Collector, The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman. All were critical and commercial successes, translated into several languages and adapted as feature films. This collection brings together the BBC Radio adaptations of these three modern classics, with stellar casts including Judi Dench, Charles Dance and John Hurt.

    The Collector - When a lonely, obsessional office clerk wins a fortune on the football pools, he turns from collecting butterflies to 'collecting' a beautiful art student... This dark, disturbing dramatisation stars Judi Dench and Nigel Anthony.

    The Magus - Disillusioned young graduate Nick Urfe accepts a teaching post on an idyllic Greek island. There, he meets the mysterious Maurice Conchis, and becomes embroiled in a world of bizarre encounters and psychological tricks. As reality and illusion intertwine, what strange game is Conchis playing with Nick? Tom Burke, Charles Dance and Hayley Atwell star in this eerie, Lynchian drama.

    The French Lieutenant's Woman - Lyme Regis, 1867. Gentleman naturalist Charles Smithson is engaged to be married to the respectable Ernestina - but when he falls in love with notorious social outcast Sarah Woodruff, his complacent snobbery is shattered. Narrated by John Hurt, this multi-layered tale of forbidden passions in Victorian Dorset stars Jonathan Firth and Emily Bruni.

    Text copyright © John Fowles 1963 (The Collector), 1966, 1977 (The Magus), 1969 (The French Lieutenant's Woman)

    The Collector
    Miranda - Judi Dench
    Clegg - Nigel Anthony
    Other parts played by Douglas Blackwell, Martin Friend, Jane Knowles and John Rowe
    Adapted by David Parker
    Produced by Richard Wortley
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31 July 1972

    The Magus
    Nick - Tom Burke
    Conchis - Charles Dance
    Lily - Hayley Atwell
    Alison - Anna Skellern
    Margaret - Josie Taylor
    Mitford - David Seddon
    Meli - Chris Pavlo
    Rowena - Lynsey-Anne Moffat
    Anton - Maarten Dannenberg
    German Colonel - Bodo Friesecke
    Greek resistance fighter/Ticket seller - Andreas Karras
    Lily de Seitas - Beth Goddard
    Kemp - Rachel Atkins
    Briggs - Michael Shelford
    Mrs Marks - Elaine Claxton
    Benji - Rudi Goodman
    Adapted by Adrian Hodges
    Produced and directed by Heather Larmour
    Harpsichordist: Maggie Cole
    Recorder player: Martin Feinstein
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20 March-3 April 2016

    The French Lieutenant's Woman
    Narrator - John Hurt
    Charles - Jonathan Firth
    Sarah - Emily Bruni
    Ernestina - Kelly Reilly
    Mrs Tranter - Elizabeth Spriggs
    Dr Grogan - TP McKenna
    Mrs Poulteney/Mrs Endicott - Susan Jameson
    Sam - Nick Sayce
    Mary - Ella Smith
    Dairyman/Mr Freeman - Gerard McDermott
    Mrs Fairley/Mrs Rogers - Colleen Prendergast
    Ostler/Montague - Wayne Foskett
    Prostitute - Sophie Roberts
    Curate - John Cummins
    Dramatised by Graham White
    Produced by Peter Kavanagh
    First broadcast BBC World Service, 23-30 September 2006

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd.
    (p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

John Fowles was born in 1926. He won international recognition with The Collector, his first published title, in 1963. He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power, and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works: The Aristos, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, and A Maggot. John Fowles died in Lyme Regis in 2005. Two volumes of his Journals have recently been published; the first in 2003, the second in 2006.

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