9 episodes of varying lengths
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Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola
Groundbreaking drama serialisation of all 20 novels in Zola's epic Rougon-Macquart family saga.
Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola
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Animals by Dan Rebellato
The first season of 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower - Emile Zola. Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old and matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon-Macquart's.
France is on the brink of a new Empire. This episode is a compelling combination of biting humour and tragedy, as Pierre, Dide's son siphons off her money and steals his illegitimate sibling's inheritance. By stark contrast, Dide strikes up a caring and loving relationship with her great grand-son, Silvere, whose friendship and love for Miette is heartbreaking as they run off to join the Republican uprising.
Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris
Damaged by a lifetime of seizures and her mind scarred by trauma but Dide cannot forget her family. "What did I bring into this world? Wolves... I have raised a family of Wolves... I have watched their years. I will tell their story. Crime by crime. Blood by blood." Dide (GLENDA JACKSON) marries Rougon, and gives birth to Pierre Rougon (ROBERT LINDSAY). After Rougon's death, Dide has an affair with the smuggler Macquart and gives birth to Antione Macquart (IAN HART) and Ursule (Kate Coogan) and the Rougon-Macquart dynasty is born.
LesRougon-Macquart themed around Blood, Sex And Money, the series is a mash-up of the 20 novels, that draws us into 19th century France and the tragic, farcical reign of Napoleon III, as it marches forward towards a modern, industrialised society.
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This episode, Fire, focuses on Francois and Martha who are happily married, living a quiet, bourgeois life. Abbe Faujas, a charismatic, sinister priest, arrives on their doorstep and announces he has come to live in their spare room. Black comedy and tension ensue as his scheming drives a wedge between the couple, uncovering the darker side of this sleepy provincial town.
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Lisa Macquart's brother-in-law turns up on her doorstep and her entire future seems threatened.
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Eugene Rougon was once at the heart of government. Now he's just another member of the public, and it's killing him.
When his cousin, Lisa Macquart turns up with proof that her brother-in-law is embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Emperor, a game of political chess begins.
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Gervaise Macquart has spent her life chasing happiness. Now, as she sits across the table from a bottle of brandy and a quiet, handsome man, she realises just how priceless that feeling is.
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Dide secretly set aside money to support her great-grandson, Claude Lantier, in his pursuit of becoming a great artist. She's hopeful that the bad blood in the family line won't taint his talent. Claude, as one of the pioneers of impressionist art, is determined to paint the truth around him, contrary to popular fashion. At the same time he's desperate to be accepted by the national salon, but when this happens, it's devastating.
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Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old, the matriarch to a family of wolves. Only she had high hopes for Claude. Dide has invested her only last bit of money in her great-grandson, hopeful that his talent as an artist will pull him out of the dregs of 'bad blood' that have cursed the family. Claude suffered a terrible humiliation when his painting was exhibited in the National Salon gallery. He and Christine now have a son and he feels rejuvenated, but his obsession to create 'the' masterpiece wreaks havoc.
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Dide follows her great-grandson Jacques, a train driver. Jacques loves his train more than any woman he's ever met. But Dide is aware of the terrifying, murderous desires that Jacques harbours within.
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Jacques has finally fallen in love but his murderous desires resurface, with terrible consequences. Dramatised by Dan Rebellato, inspired by literature's greatest whistle blower - Emile Zola.
Glenda Jackson stars as Dide, 104 years old, the matriarch to a family of wolves - the Rougon-Macquarts - in this final drama of the series.
As society changes around her, Dide is still trapped in her small room in the local asylum, but omniscient when it comes to her extended family. As a young woman, she gave birth to two dynasties that exemplified French society. One legitimate - rich, powerful, obsessive and corrupt. The other illegitimate - poor, vulnerable, weak and depraved.
France is on the brink of a new Empire. Her family is a turbulent mix of the good, the bad and the misguided.
The brand new railway system was a powerful force. Dide's great-grandson Jacques, a train driver, has fallen in love with Sevrine, the first time a woman has come close to challenging his love of trains. As her marriage collapses under the weight of the murderous secret she and her husband share, she seeks her freedom to be with her new love. The pressure on Jacques becomes unbearable.
Dan Rebellato is a Sony nominated writer and Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway.
Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Melanie Harris
Series Producer: Susan Roberts
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.