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Mildred Pierce is a radio play by John Fletcher, a dramatization of the novel by James M. Cain. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 26 June 1993, as an installment of the Radio Noir series for Saturday Night Theatre[1]. The running time is 90 minutes[2].

A recording is available at the British Library Sound Archive


Classic noir based on the novel Mildred Pierce.

"1931. I lost my job, my home, my husband. But I've got a daughter." "1941. I've got a dazzling career, mansion, new husband - but I've lost the love of my daughter."


  • Mildred Pierce - Shelley Thompson
  • Monte Beragon - Martin Jarvis
  • Veda Pierce -Siriol Jenkins
  • Bert Pierce - Ed Bishop
  • Ray Pierce - Angela Shaftoe
  • Lucy Gessner - Geraldine Fitzgerald
  • Wally Burgin - James Telfer
  • Letty - Eugenia Warren
  • Treviso - John Baddeley
  • Ida - Catherine Nix
  • Doctor - Dominic Letts
  • Levinson - Dominic Holt

Directed by Andy Jordan

Critical Reception[]

“In its third foray into film noir, R4 again stands up well to any comparisons with the original. And Shelley Thompson is great as Mildred.” (Sid Smith, Time Out)[3]