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W.M Thackeray: A BBC Radio drama collection
  • W.M Thackeray: A BBC Radio drama collection

    • William Makepeace Thackeray

    • Stephen Fry (Read by)

    • Emma Fielding (Read by)

    • Toby Jones (Read by)

    • Andrew Scott (Read by)

    • Sheila Hancock (Read by)

    • Adam Buxton (Read by)

    • Prunella Scales (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Maureen Lipman (Read by)

    • Roger Allam (Read by)

    Six BBC Radio adaptations of the works of William Makepeace Thackeray - plus bonus features

    Best known today for his comic masterpiece, Vanity Fair, W. M. Thackeray was regarded in his time as the only rival to his contemporary, Charles Dickens. This collection includes a selection of his finest satirical fiction, as well as two fascinating programmes exploring his life and writings.

    Vanity Fair - Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Thackeray's deliciously ironic tale of passion and ambition follows the fortunes of penniless, social-climbing Becky Sharp and her wealthy, sweet-natured best friend, Amelia Sedley. Starring Stephen Fry as the Narrator, with Emma Fielding as Becky and Katy Cavanagh as Amelia and Toby Jones as Jos.

    Barry Lyndon - Forced to leave his native Ireland after an unfortunate duel, young Redmond Barry embarks on a series of adventures that take him from the battlefields of the Seven Years War to the highest courts of Europe and the drawing rooms of English society. Gerard McSorley and Andrew Scott star in Thackeray's picaresque classic alongside Shelia Hancock and Kenneth Cranham

    The Rose and the Ring- Unable to find any Christmas entertainment for the children in his charge, Thackeray invents his own fireside pantomime - a story of kings, princesses, lions and battles... Starring Roger Allam as Thackeray, with Prunella Scales, Maureen Lipman and Charles Edwards.

    The Yellowplush Papers- Adam Buxton stars in these five comic tales about the rise and fall of canny Regency footman Charles Yellowplush.

    Pendennis - Thackeray's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale charts the youthful exploits of handsome, impoverished Arthur Pendennis as he leaves his home in the country to make his way in London society. Dominic Guard stars as Arthur, with Hugh Dickson as The Writer.

    The Newcomes- Featuring characters from Vanity Fair and narrated by Arthur Pendennis, this epic saga tells the story of several generations of a respectable English family, centring around Colonel Thomas Newcombe and his artist son, Clive. Starring Simon Lack, Carleton Hobbs and Nigel Grahame.

    Al Murray on Thackeray - Comedian Al Murray talks about his great-great-great-grandfather, William Makepeace Thackeray, and why he thinks Vanity Fair is still relevant today.

    Andrew Davies/William Thackeray - James Naughtie and a group of readers chat to Andrew Davies about Thackeray's classic novel, Vanity Fair, which he adapted for BBC TV in 1998.

    NB: Due to the age and nature of some of the recordings, the sound quality may vary

    First published 1837 (The Yellowplush Papers), 1844 (The Luck of Barry Lyndon), 1848 (Vanity Fair), 1849-50 (Pendennis), 1855 (The Rose and the Ring, The Newcomes)

    Cast and credits
    Written by W. M. Thackeray
    With thanks to Keith Wickham

    Contents List
    Vanity Fair
    Barry Lyndon
    The Rose and the Ring
    The Yellowplush Papers
    The Newcomes
    Al Murray on Thackeray
    Andrew Davies on William Thackeray

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

RELEASED 29/09/2022

Stephen Fry (Reader) Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as General Melchett in Blackadder. He has hosted over 180 episodes of QI, and has narrated all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the audiobook recordings. He is the bestselling author of four novels - The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus and The Liar - as well as three volumes of autobiography - Moab is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me. Mythos and Heroes, his retelling of the Greek myths, are both Sunday Times bestsellers.

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