Shaun McKenna

Eleanor Rising
  • Eleanor Rising

    • Shaun McKenna

    • Cecilia Appiah (Read by)

    • Rose Basista (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Joel McCormack (Read by)

    • Elinor Coleman (Read by)

    • Tony Turner (Read by)

    A thrilling dramatic account of one of Europe's most extraordinary women, Eleanor of Aquitaine, based on historical fact, legend - and rumour

    Wife and mother to a dynasty of kings, crusader, prisoner and formidable political operator, Eleanor of Aquitaine is a thoroughly modern woman, despite living almost 900 years ago. Intelligent, witty and independent, she is tough enough to forge her own destiny - and subtle enough to shape the world to her will.

    We first meet her at 15, when she has one ambition: to become Duchess and ruler of the Aquitaine, the richest province in France. But the men around her have other ideas. A young woman with so much power is too great a threat, so she is quickly married off to the heir to the throne, the devout, sexually repressed Dauphin Louis.

    The wedding feast is barely over before she finds herself facing an imminent attack, a kidnap attempt and a midnight escape on horseback. Surviving to become Queen of France, she moulds her young husband into a fit King - but in wielding her influence, she makes powerful enemies who are determined to bring her down.

    Yet somehow she manages to stay one step ahead, even as she embarks on a scandalous Crusade and risks everything to try and secure her future...

    Written by award-winning dramatist Shaun McKenna, this epic drama stars Rose Basista as Eleanor, Cecilia Appiah and Elinor Coleman as Petronilla, Joel McCormack as Louis and Tony Turner as Raymond of Antioch.

    Written by Shaun McKenna
    Directed and produced by Marc Beeby and Gemma Jenkins

    Eleanor - Rose Basista
    Petronilla - Cecilia Appiah/Elinor Coleman
    Duke William - John Lightbody
    Archbishop Laroux/Theobald - Roger Ringrose
    Pierre - Luke Nunn
    The Dauphin, Louis - Joel McCormack
    Abbot Suger - Carl Prekopp/Nicholas Murchie
    Cardinal Yves - Carl Prekopp
    Geoffrey of Anjou - David Sturzaker
    Papal Legate - Tony Turner
    Geoffrey de Rançon - Stewart Campbell
    Empress Irene - Jane Slavin
    German soldier/Ralph de Vermandois - Nicholas Murchie
    Raymond of Antioch - Tony Turner

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9-13 November 2020 (Series 1), 5-9 April 2021 (Series 2)

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

Katie Hims (Author) Katie Hims is a British writer who works extensively in radio drama. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she began her career by writing theatre plays were were produced in Manchester, Bristol, and London. She was the BBC writer in residence from 2001-2002 and has also written several episodes of the TV series Casualty. Her first radio play The Earthquake Girl won the Richard Imison Memorial Award in 1998. The Gunshot Wedding won the Writers Guild Award for Best Radio Drama in 2009, and The Year My Mother Went Missing won a BBC Audio Drama Award in 2012 for Best Audio Drama. Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Author) Sebastian Baczkiewicz is an English writer. Bacziewicz trained as an actor at The Drama Centre in London. He was the BBC's first writer in residence in 2000. [Wikipedia] Lucy Catherine (Author) Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including her adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov (2015), which won the BBC 'Best Audio Drama (Adapted)' Award; her adaptation of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN (2012); and her half hour 'Gothic Horror' original LOOTED.

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