Classic Serial Armadale by Wilkie Collins


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CREDIT GOES TO DEARLEUK Classic Serial - Armadale Dramatisation by Robin Brooks of the 1866 mystery novel by Wilkie Collins. The machinations of the flame-haired temptress Lydia Gwilt are derailed by the workings of fate and her own lusts and longings. From The Radio Times It's hard to imagine the author of The Waste Land slipping a blockbuster into his beach bag, but of all Wilkie Collins's novels, this was TS Eliot's favourite. And it's easy to see why. Written between The Woman in White and The Moonstone, Armadale is a tale of poison and passion, secret pasts and concealed identities that follows the beautiful flame-haired Lydia Gwilt as she plots to ensnare the young heir to one of the finest houses in Norfolk, the good-hearted but light-headed Allan Armadale. Her intentions are strictly dishonourable: "There's only one man I care two straws about," she confides to her foster mother and partner in crime, Mrs Oldershaw. "He was laid in the grave many years ago under the name of Beethoven." Indeed, the Moonlight sonata provides the musical backdrop to the first episode of this three-parter, though one suspects the Appassionata would have been more to the taste of the fascinating Lydia Gwilt.  -- Laurence Joyce 1/3 By unexpectedly inheriting a substantial estate in Norfolk, callow Allan Armadale comes to the attention of the beautiful and dangerous fortune hunter Lydia Gwilt. She plans to seduce and marry him, but there are obstacles in her way in the shape of Allan's pretty young neighbour and his mysterious friend Midwinter. Lydia ........................................ Lucy Robinson Allan Armadale .............................. Alex Robertson Midwinter ....................................... Ray Fearon Neelie ....................................... Perdita Avery Maria ....................................... Carol Macready Susan ........................................ Rebecca Saire Major ........................................... Sean Baker  Bashwood .................................... Richard Durden Pedgift Jnr ................................ Grant Gillespie 2/3 Lydia Gwilt's plan to marry Allan Armadale and secure his fortune has run into difficulties and her own passions, as well as those around her, are starting to interfere with her schemes. She is increasingly attracted to Allan's companion Midwinter, and he to her. Lydia ........................................ Lucy Robinson Allan ....................................... Alex Robertson Midwinter ....................................... Ray Fearon Neelie ....................................... Perdita Avery Pedgift Snr ............................. Geoffrey Whitehead  Bashwood .................................... Richard Durden Mrs Benson .................................. Rebeccea Saire John .......................................... Robin Brooks 3/3 Lydia Gwilt has found a new and more violent way to secure Allan Armadale's fortune, by impersonating his widow. Her plans now include murder, but will her passion for Allan's companion Midwinter help or hinder her? Lydia ........................................ Lucy Robinson Allan ....................................... Alex Robertson Midwinter ....................................... Ray Fearon Neelie ....................................... Perdita Avery Bashwood .................................... Richard Durden Downward ................................ Geoffrey Whitehead  Jemmy ...................................... Grant Gillespie Vincent ....................................... Robin Brooks Girl ........................................ Rebeccea Saire

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

Chapters

01 Armdale 56:28
02 Armdale 56:48
03 Armdale 56:59