Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation


A full-cast BBC Radio dramatisation of Arundhati Roy's Booker Prize-winning novel - plus bonus interview with the author

Arundhati Roy's debut novel The God of Small Things took the literary world by storm, winning the Booker Prize in 1997. It went on to sell over six million copies in 40 languages, and was named as one of the BBC's 100 'Novels That Shaped Our World' in 2019.

Set in Kerala in both the present and 1969, it tells the compelling tale of fraternal twins Rahel and Estha, whose lives are shattered by the 'Love Laws' that dictate 'who should be loved, and how. And how much'. As children, they are inseparable: so close, they think of themselves as one person. But when they are just seven, everything changes. A terrible tragedy occurs, and, drawn into its devastating repercussions, they are forced apart.

Twenty-three years later, Rahel has moved to America and made a new life. But when she hears that Estha has been 're-returned', she travels to Ayemenem to be with her long-lost, broken brother. As painful memories come flooding back, the heartbreaking events of the twins' childhood gradually unfold, and through flashbacks and flash-forwards, the secrets of their desperately dysfunctional family are revealed...

A powerful story of forbidden cross-caste love and what a community will do to protect the old ways, this enthralling, atmospheric drama stars Yasmin Wilde, Richard Sumitro and Shaheen Khan, and features a haunting soundtrack by internationally-renowned musician Nitin Sawhney. Also included is a bonus episode of Radio 4's Bookclub from 2011, in which Arundhati Roy talks to James Naughtie about what was then her only work of fiction. Taking questions from the audience, she discusses the novel's themes and symbolism, and reveals how her training as an architect helped her plan its complex, multi-layered structure.

Production credits
Written by Arundhati Roy
Adapted by Tanika Gupta
Original music by Nitin Sawhney
Produced by Nadia Molinari

Rahel - Yasmin Wilde
Estha - Richard Sumitro
Young Rahel - Jatlnder Purewal
Young Estha - Shakeel Ahmed
Ammu - Thushani Weerasekera
Velutha - Paul Bhattacharjee
Sophie Mol - Poppy Rush
Chacko - Vincent Ebrahim
Baby Kochamma - Josephine Welcome
Mammachi - Shaheen Khan
Inspector - Matthew Raadrawl
Vellya - Badi Uzzaman
Kochu - Adlyn Ross
Margaret - Slobhan Finneran

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 12-23 July 2004

Bookclub: Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
With James Naughtie and Arundhati Roy
Produced by Dymphna Flynn
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2 October 2011

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