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Nancy Mitford: Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate & More
- A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Drama Collection
- Narrated by: full cast, Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Jane Knowles, Amanda Root, Teresa Gallagher, Pauline Letts, Edward de Souza, Elizabeth Proud
- Series: Radlett and Montdore
- Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
- Categories: Literature & Fiction, Classics
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BBC Radio adaptations of Nancy Mitford's most famous novels and acclaimed biography of Madame de Pompadour plus bonus programmes.
The eldest of the notorious Mitford sisters, Nancy Mitford was renowned for her comic novels of upper-class life. An aristocrat and socialite, she mingled with the 'Bright Young Things' in interwar London, and went on to satirise their foibles in razor-sharp, wickedly funny prose. Collected here are adaptations of her two best sellers, the semi-autobiographical The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, her delightful biography of Louis XV's chief mistress, and a pair of fascinating programmes exploring her own unconventional life.
The Pursuit of Love
This bittersweet tale follows the fortunes of Fanny Logan and her eccentric aristocratic cousins, the Radletts, as they embark on disastrous love affairs and misconceived marriages while searching for Mr Right.
Lord Radlett - Rolf Lefebvre
Lady Radlett - Joan Matheson
Fanny - Susan Maudslay
Linda - Jane Knowles
Matt - Brian Hewlett
Captain Davey Warbeck - Godfrey Kenton
Emily - Joan Hart
Tony Kroesig - Michael Spice
Lord Merlin - John Rye
Bessie - Olwen Griffiths
Mrs Fletcher - Barbara Mitchell
The Bolter - Cecile Chevreau
Other parts played by Sion Probert, George Raistrick, Alan Rowe and William Sleigh.
Adapted by Alan Melville. Produced by Norman Wright.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23rd February 1974.
Love in a Cold Climate
A glamorous invitation to a grand party at Hampton—home of the fantastically rich Montdores and their beautiful daughter Polly—brings Fanny into the world of 1920s high society: and in and out of love when the temperature drops.... Amanda Root stars in this sparkling sequel to The Pursuit of Love.
Fanny - Amanda Root
Lady Montdore - Barbara Jefford
Polly - Teresa Gallagher
Veronica - Jenny Howe
Uncle Davey - Jon Strickland
Aunt Emily - Patience Tomlinson
Aunt Sadie - Tessa Worsley
Uncle Matthew - Ioan Meredith
Boy Dougdale - Stephen Critchlow
Jassy - Sarah-Jane Holm
Victoria - Tilly Gaunt
Cedric - William Hope
Alfred - Tom Beard
Dramatised by Claire Luckham. Directed by Marion Nancarrow.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 3rd May 1999.
The King's Favourite
Based on Mitford's Madame de Pompadour, this three-part drama vividly evokes the colourful atmosphere of 18th-century Versailles, and Louis XV's tempestuous relationship with his adored mistress, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour.
Narrator - Alan Melville
Duc d'Orléans - Patrick Tull
Madame de Ventadour - Katherine Parr
Infanta Maria of Spain - Elizabeth Proud
Louis XV (as a youth) - Nigel Anthony
Duc de Bourbon - James Thomason
The Queen - Pauline Letts
Louis XV - Edward de Souza
Lebel, concierge - Robin Browne
Marquise de la Ferté - Margot Boyd
Monsieur Poisson - Harold Kasket
Madame d'Etioles - Moira Lister
Monsieur d'Etioles - John Gabriel
Lasmartre, a huntsman - David Timson
Lady of the Court - Olwen Griffiths
Produced by Norman Wright.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 10th - 24th December 1971.
Dearest Evelyn, Darling Nancy
Adapted from the witty correspondence of lifelong literary friends Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, this entertaining, gossipy 'conversation in letters' stars Timothy West and Prunella Scales.
Evelyn Waugh - Timothy West
Nancy Mitford - Prunella Scales
Adapted by Alan Bell. Produced by Pete Atkin.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 30th December 1993.
Greatest Lives - Nancy Mitford
Grace Dent loves Nancy Mitford for her wit, and for the way in which she showed women that it was possible to live your life fully and unconventionally. Matthew Parris asks what it is about Nancy that so inspires Grace, with the aid of Mitford biographer Lisa Hilton.
Produced by Beth O'Dea.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22nd January 2013.
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- Anonymous User
Brilliant and witty.
First class in every respect! Writing, acting and humor! As relevant today as when first published.
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- Book Lover
Hopefully at some point Audible will listen to the feedback that listeners repeatedly ask for chapter headings, rather than expecting us to randomly stab around to find where each section starts! Will update review when I’ve had the time to work out what’s what!
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- Stephen Bentley
BBC radio recordings. I had high expectations, they weren't really fulfilled. Performances pretty lacklustre.