Michael Bakewell

East Lynne
  • East Lynne

    • Michael Bakewell

    • David Collings (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Moir Leslie (Read by)

    • Rosemary Leach (Read by)

    A seven-part BBC radio dramatisation of Mrs Henry Wood’s sensational Victorian bestseller, suffused with infidelity and double identities

    Lord Mount Severn's country seat, East Lynne, is magnificent – but its owner is penniless, and when the noble lord dies suddenly, his daughter is left destitute. To avoid misery and humiliation, Lady Isabel accepts a proposal of marriage from Mr Carlyle, the new owner of the estate. However, she soon finds herself battling with two strong emotions: her jealousy of her husband’s friend Barbara Hare, and her attraction to the handsome Captain Levison.

    Suspecting Carlyle of infidelity, she takes drastic action and leaves her husband and children to run away with Levison – only to realise he has no intention of marrying her. No sooner has Lady Isabel been betrayed by her wicked suitor than she is left unrecognisably disfigured by a terrible train crash. With her life in ruins, she adopts a new name and heads back to the place she once called home – East Lynne…

    Adapted by Michael Bakewell, this much-loved melodrama stars Rosemary Leach as Mrs Henry Wood, Moir Leslie as Lady Isabel, David Collings as Mr Carlyle and Anthony Edridge as Francis Levison.
    Written by Mrs Henry Wood
    Dramatised by Michael Bakewell
    Directed by Richard Johnson

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 14 June-26 July 1987

Michael Bakewell has spent most of his life in radio and television with occasional excursions into the theatre. After working as Head of Plays in BBC television in the 1960s, he left to become a freelance director of features and documentaries on an improbable range of subjects from Caspar David Friedrich to Housing the Elderly. His biography of Lewis Carroll was published in 1996. Melissa Bakewell has written and compiled a number of biographical features for BBC radio, including programmes on Celia Fiennes, Dickens, Leigh Hunt, Elizabeth David and Byron. Michael and Melissa Bakewell have been married for twenty-five years and live near Colchester.

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