Jonathan Holloway The Double

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Dangerous Visions The Double First broadcast: Sun 10th Jun 2018, 15:00 on BBC Radio 4 FM   Jonathan Holloway's reimagining of Dostoyevsky's nightmare vision of a lonely civil servant driven to madness when his life is stolen by a doppelganger. Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins Jonathan Holloway has taken Dostoyevksy's tale of the lonely civil servant on the verge of a nervous breakdown and relocated it to a steampunk version of 19th Century St Petersburg, substituting the labyrinthine Tsarist bureaucracy of the original with the advanced computer systems office of the Russian Federation's Intelligence Services. To win his superiors' admiration the story's hero, Golyadkin, starts working on perfecting a new cyber-weapon only to find that a new arrival in the office who looks remarkably like him is taking all the credit for his work. In this new adaptation the 21st century begins to intrude - samovars bubble, dances mix trance with live string quartets, electric taxis whine on the highways while horses clatter by and computers are gas-fuelled. In Golyadkin's fractured mind he's lost all sense of where he exists in time and what we're experiencing is his dream of the future. Dostoyevsky's themes of grinding bureaucracy, societal pressures inducing feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness are given a bleakly modern twist.   The Double: Joseph Millson Andrei Filippovich Olsufy: Sean Murray Dr Rutenspitz: Elizabeth Counsell Klara Olsufyevna: Kerry Gooderson Needles: Kerry Gooderson Marmeladov: Lauren Cornelius Raskolnikov: Joseph Ayre Fatboy: Ryan Whittle Maitre D’: Ryan Early Duration: 57 minutes

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.