A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation by Martyn Wade of Anthony Trollope’s classic novel.
Orley Farm, described as a “[B]rilliantly choreographed legal thriller” (Mail on Sunday), centres on the pathos of the main character, Lady Mason. Youthful marriage choices, middle-aged marital crisis, love and loss revolve around the legal action and the complex portrayal of Lady Mason, who is both sympathetic and wily. The novel proposes a standard of morality higher than that embodied in the practice of an English court of law. With its concern for social issues and its extensive coverage of middle-class and landed life, Orley Farm is a novel that demands attention in the rich field of 19th century fiction. Trollope wrote in his autobiography that his friends considered this "the best I have written".
With Tim Pigott-Smith as Anthony Trollope and Samantha Bond as Lady Mason, this production also stars Ronald Pickup, Dan Stevens, Amanda Root, Jonathan Christie, and Lydia Leonard. Directed by Tracey Neale.
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A Victorian Drama
I'd recommend it to those who like 19th-century literature.
The story concerns a wrangle over who should get a piece of property. I ordinarily don't care for this type of thing, but Trollope knows how to peak your interest because you get to know the characters and feel sympathy for them.
I know Mr. Piggott-Smith is a fine actor and the BBC generally uses fine actors when producing radio dramas.
Not particularly, but I did get another dramatization of The Barcetshire Chronicles also put on by the BBC.
I like the drama although I find Victorian stories tending toward the sentimental, especially Trollope. All in all, I don't regret getting it and listening to it.
- Kim Friedman