D.H. Lawrence

Tainted Love
  • Tainted Love

    • D.H. Lawrence

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Cassie Bradley (Read by)

    • Katie Redford (Read by)

    Two bold, authentic dramas exploring D.H. Lawrence's extraordinarily modern view of sexuality

    Daring, transgressive and controversial, D.H. Lawrence scandalized the literary world with his frank descriptions of sex and desire. He was censored by his own publisher for being too explicit, and several of his most famous works were banned under the Obscene Publications Act. But for Lawrence, a self-described 'priest of love', passion was the stuff of life - and these two dynamic reimaginings celebrate him at his most fearless, pushing the boundaries of sexuality at the dawn of the 20th Century.

    The Rainbow is seen through the eyes of Ursula Brangwen, and spans three generations of her family from 1840 to 1905. Unsatisfied with the limited choices open to women, Ursula delves into the histories of her mother, Anna, and grandmother Lydia, in an attempt to find a path to follow as she grapples with the forces of passion and desire. From her first crush to an illicit same-sex love affair, we follow Ursula on her journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery.

    In Women in Love, Ursula's younger sister, Gudrun, comes into equal focus, as she and Ursula search for happiness and fulfilment in the Midlands mining town of Beldover. Gudrun, an artist, embarks on an affair with coalmine owner Gerald Crich; while schoolteacher Ursula falls in love with his friend, school inspector Rupert Birkin. But while Ursula and Rupert grow closer, Gudrun and Gerald's relationship is threatened by Gerald's inability to express his emotions - and his tangled feelings for Rupert...

    Cassie Bradley stars as Ursula and Katie Redford as Gudrun in these stunning linked dramas about the complexity of human love.

    Cast and credits
    Written by D.H. Lawrence

    The Rainbow
    Ursula - Cassie Bradley
    Tom - Karl Collins
    Lydia - Aneta Piotrowska
    Young Ursula - Florence Hunt
    Anna - Rosalie Craig
    Young Anna - Lauren Tanner
    Will - Lee Ingleby
    Anton - Nico Mirallegro
    Winifred - Tala Gouveia
    Harby - Graeme Hawley

    Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths
    Directed by Nadia Molinari
    A BBC Audio Drama North Production
    With thanks to the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20-27 June 2021

    Women in Love
    Ursula - Cassie Bradley
    Gudrun - Katie Redford
    Rupert - Alexander Arnold
    Gerald - James Cooney
    Hermione - Emily Pithon
    Diana/Pussum - Verity Henry
    Julius - Rupert Hill
    Hermione - Emily Pithon
    Loerke - Ashley Margolis

    Dramatised by Ian Kershaw
    Directed by Gary Brown
    A BBC Audio Drama North Production
    With thanks to the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4,4-11 July 2021

    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd.
    (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd.

Michael Rosen (Reader) Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world. He is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. In 2007 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a role which he held until 2009. While Laureate, he set up The Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He currently lives in London with his wife and children.

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