Amanda Vickery

The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection
  • The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

    • Elizabeth Gaskell

    • Barry Campbell

    • Steve Wakelam

    • Amanda Vickery

    • Jenny Uglow

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Jodie Comer (Read by)

    • David Threlfall (Read by)

    • Emily Mortimer (Read by)

    • Sue Johnston (Read by)

    • Kenneth Cranham (Read by)

    • Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by)

    • Paul Copley (Read by)

    • Rebecca Front (Read by)

    A collection of BBC Radio dramatisations of Elizabeth Gaskell's well loved novels - plus bonus material

    Elizabeth Gaskell was one of Victorian England's pre-eminent female novelists. Admired by Charles Dickens, who described her as his 'dear Scheherazade', she mingled storytelling and social realism to superb effect in her highly acclaimed fiction.

    This comprehensive collection comprises dramas and readings of her finest works and some lesser-known pieces. Among the adaptations are her final, unfinished novel Wives and Daughters, her debut novel Mary Barton and her only historical novel, Sylvia's Lovers; as well as the 1851 novella Mr Harrison's Confession (a prequel to Cranford), and her great novel of industrialisation, female independence and identity, North and South. All feature star casts including Emerald O'Hanrahan, Sue Johnston, Jodie Comer, Emily Mortimer, Rod Hudd, David Threlfall, Julian Rhind-Tutt,

    Also included are readings of Mrs Gaskell's chilling supernatural tale 'The Old Nurse's Story', her much-loved novel of life in a small town and its female inhabitants, Cranford, and her festive short story 'Christmas Storms and Sunshine'.

    Based on true events, Stephen Wakelam's detective drama Death at the Bed End, starring Kenneth Cranham, explores the controversy surrounding Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte Brontë and the libel threat that followed its publication also included is Mrs Gaskell: Portrait of a Victorian Novelist by Barry Campbell, which is inspired by the author's letters. And in Great Lives: Elizabeth Gaskell, historian Amanda Vickery and biographer Jenny Uglow discuss Mrs Gaskell's life, work and achievements with presenter Francine Stock.


    Written by Elizabeth Gaskell
    Written by Stephen Wakelam

    Mary Barton
    Dramatised by Lavinia Murray. Produced and directed by Claire Grove and Tracey Neale
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 September-9 November 2001

    Mr Harrison's Confessions
    Adapted for radio by Jeremy Front. Produced and directed by Sally Avens.
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 27 June 1988

    The Old Nurse's Story
    Produced by Kay Patrick. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24-25 May 1984

    North and South
    Dramatised by Charlotte Keatley.
    Directed by Michael Fox.
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29 June 1997

    Sylvia's Lovers
    Dramatised by Ellen Dryden. Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6-13 March 2016

    Wives and Daughters
    Dramatised by Theresa Heskins. Produced and directed by Peter Leslie Wild
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29 November-10 December 2010

    Produced by Julian Wilkinson. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1 November 2019

    Christmas Storms and Sunshine
    Produced by Simon Richardson. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 21 December 2018

    Death at the Bed End
    Written by Stephen Wakelam. Directed by Janet Whitaker. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 December 2004

    Mrs Gaskell: Portrait of a Victorian Novelist
    Written by Barry Campbell based on "Elizabeth Gaskell: A Biography" by Winifred Gérin. Permission granted by Oxford Publishing Ltd (Academic), Oxford University Press (via PLSclear).Produced by James Runcie. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 21 August 1983

    Great Lives: Mrs Gaskell
    Presented by Francine Stock, Amanda Vickery and Jenny Uglow. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20 May 2005

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Amanda Vickery is the writer and presenter of BBC2's At Home with the Georgians based on her book Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (2009). Amanda is a Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. Her first book The Gentleman's Daughter (1998) won the Wolfson, the Whitfield and the Longman-History today prizes. Amanda Vickery is also the editor of Women, Privilege and Power: British Politics, 1750 to the Present (2001) and Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (2006). Among her radio credits are presenting the popular Radio 4 shows A History of Private Life and Voices from the Old Bailey.

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