Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo & The Lady of the Camellias
  • The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo & The Lady of the Camellias

    • Alexandre Dumas

    • Anton Lesser (Read by)

    • Dan Stevens (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Iain Glen (Read by)

    • Jamie Glover (Read by)

    • Jane Lapotaire (Read by)

    • Paul Rhys (Read by)

    • Robert Glenister (Read by)

    • Ruth Wilson (Read by)

    • Timothy Spall (Read by)

    • Toby Jones (Read by)

    A BBC Radio collection bringing together much-loved works by Alexandre Dumas and Alexandre Dumas fils, starring Timothy Spall, Anton Lesser, Iain Glen, Ruth Wilson and Dan Stevens.

    Alexandre Dumas père and fils are among the most popular and widely read authors in French literature, whose works have been adapted numerous times for stage, screen and radio. This BBC radio collection brings together three of their most famous tales of chivalry, heroism and romance.

    The Three Musketeers
    In this immortal tale of intrigue and derring-do, dashing young swordsman D’Artagnan and three members of King Louis XIII’s elite royal guard – Athos, Porthos and Aramis – embark on a series of adventures full of duelling, danger, courage and camaraderie.

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    Marseilles, 1815. Nineteen-year-old seaman Edmond Dantès is engaged to the beautiful Mercédès and about to be promoted to Captain. But his luck runs out when three acquaintances betray him, and he is condemned to fourteen years’ solitary confinement in the Chateau D'If. Escaping the notorious prison, Dantès plots his enemies’ destruction. His revenge will prove devastating…

    The Lady of the Camellias
    Written by Alexandre Dumas fils, this poignant tale of doomed love tells the story of Marguerite Gautier, a Parisian courtesan who goes on a journey through worldliness, romance, renunciation and atonement, thanks to a passionate affair with young Armand Duval.

    The Three Musketeers
    Written by Alexandre Dumas

    D'Artagnan – Jamie Glover
    Athos – Robert Glenister
    Porthos – Timothy Spall
    Aramis – Anton Lesser
    D'Artagnan’s father – James Taylor
    Jussac/Des Essarts – David Jarvis
    De Treville – Malcolm Ward
    King – Nicholas Boulton
    Planchet – Dominic Letts
    Bonacieux – Norman Bird
    Musketeer/Rochefort – Michael Onslow
    Narrator – John Rowe
    Madame Bonacieux – Helena Breck
    Duke of Buckingham – Michael Cochrane
    Queen – Teresa Gallagher
    Cardinal Richelieu – Julian Glover
    Magistrate – John Evitts
    Warder/Grimaud – Tom Bevan
    Bazin – David Rowan
    De Wardes – Kim Wall
    Milady de Winter – Imelda Staunton
    Lord de Winter – Gareth Armstrong
    Felton – Lyndam Gregory
    With Rachel Atkins, Nicholas Murchie, Peter Kenny, Frances Jeater and Stuart Organ
    Dramatised by James Saunders
    Produced and directed by Martin Jenkins

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    Written by Alexandre Dumas

    Edmond Dantes – Iain Glen
    Haydee – Jane Lapotaire
    Abbe Faria – Richard Johnson
    Monsieur Morrell/Operator – Robert Blythe
    Danglars – Toby Jones
    Fernand de Morcerf – Zubin Varla
    Caderousse – Ben Crowe
    Jacopo – Joe Sims
    Captain Patin – Patrick Brennan
    Albert de Morcerf/Antoine/Andrea Cavalcanti – Will Howard
    Claude/Coachman/Bertuccio/Banker – Paul Stonehouse
    Max Morrell – Adam Nagaitis
    Mathilde– Liza Sadovy
    Julie Morrell/Eugenie Danglars – Eleanor Crooks
    Younger Haydee – Amber Rose Revah
    Gerard de Villefort – Paul Rhys
    Mercédès de Morcerf – Josette Simon
    Heloise de Villefort – Kate Fleetwood
    General Noirtier – Karl Johnson
    Hermine Danglars – Stephanie Racine
    Valentine de Villefort – Lizzy Watts
    Madame Lascelles/Actor – Sarah Thom
    Edourd de Villefort – Finn Monteath
    Adapted for radio by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Produced and directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko
    Music by David Tobin and Jeff Meegan

    The Lady of the Camellias
    Written by Alexandre Dumas fils

    Marguerite – Ruth Wilson
    Duval – Dan Stevens
    Dumas – Joseph Kloska
    Marguerite's sister/Prudence/Maid – Manon Edwards
    Gravedigger/Ernest/Count – Dick Bradnum
    Gaston/Porter – Keiron Self
    Duval Senior – Steffan Rhodri
    Olympe – Lynne Seymour
    Adapted by Frances Byrnes
    Produced and directed by Polly Thomas

Alexandre Dumas was born on 24 July 1802 in Villers-Cotterêts near Paris.His father, who was the son of a French marquis and a former slave, died when Alexandre was three years old. He was brought up by his mother and later moved to Paris to work as a clerk. He wrote plays, travel books, children's stories and memoirs as well as novels and was a keen traveller and cook. His most famous works are The Three Musketeers (1844) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-5). Alexandre Dumas died on 5 December 1870. Victor Hugo was born on 26 February 1802 at Besançon, where his father, an officer under Napoleon, was stationed. After his parents separated in 1812, Hugo lived in Paris with his mother and brothers. At twenty he married Adele Foucher and published his first poetry collection. Hugo was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1841. The accidental death two years later of his eldest daughter and her husband devastated him and marked the end of his first literary period. By then politics had become central to his life. Though he was a Royalist in his youth, his views became increasingly liberal after the July revolution of 1830. He initially supported Louis Napoleon, but turned against him after being denied a role in government following the coup d'état of 1851 and was forced into exile in Brussels and Jersey. After the fall of the Second Empire in 1870, Hugo returned to France and was re-elected to the National Assembly, and then to the Senate. Hugo is celebrated as a politician, a social campaigner, a poet and a novelist. His most famous works include Notre Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables (1862). Victor Hugo died on 22 May 1885 and his state funeral was attended by thousands of mourners.