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Hemlock and After by Angus Wlson
Dramatized by Michelene Wandor
Directed by Chris Wallace
BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial
Episode 1 - 08/11/1998
Episode 2 - 15/11/1998
Length 2 x 60mins

Angus Wilson's 1952 novel dramatized in two parts.

Plot

Bernard Sands, “Grand Old Man of Letters”, is, at the start of the novel, enjoying his triumph over Civil Service bureaucracy: he has finally managed to establish a home for young writers at a nearby stately home, Vardon Hall. Although jubilant at this victory, all is not well at the Sands home: Ella, Bernard's wife, has long suffered from an isolating depression, daughter Elizabeth cynically uses her mindless job at a woman's magazine to conceal her sense of emptiness, Sands's son, James, is a right wing, social-climbing Tory candidate. Bernard himself is struggling to negotiate the demands of his lately discovered homosexuality.
Episode 1 - Bernard's triumph at setting up a writers' centre is soon clouded by difficulties in his personal life. Episode 2 - Bernard's heart attack causes a reevaluation of his life which has interesting consequences at the grand opening.

Cast

  • Brenard Sands........................Derek Jacobi
  • Ella Sands...........................Anna Massey
  • Hubert Rose..........................John Roe
  • Mrs Curry............................June Watson
  • Terence Lambeth......................Paul Rees
  • Elizabeth Sands......................Emily Raymond
  • Isobel Sands.........................Irene Sutcliffe
  • Eric Craddock........................David Tennant
  • Celia Craddock.......................Francis Jeater
  • James Sands..........................Jonathon Keeble
  • Sonia Sands..........................Liz Whiting
  • Bill Pendlebury......................Rod Arthur
  • Sherman..............................Hugh Frazer
  • Ron Wrigley..........................Nicholas Boulton
  • Mrs Wrigley..........................Stella Tanner
  • Leo..................................Harry Myers
  • Reporter.............................Ben Crowe

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