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The Grass is Singing is a radio serial by Tina Pepler, adapted from the novel by Doris Lessing. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000, as an installment of the Classic Serial.


A murder occurs in racially-charged Southern Rhodesia in the 1940's.


  • Mary - Alison Pettitt
  • Mary - Tracy-Ann Oberman
  • Charley Slatter - Miles Anderson
  • Pheobe Slatter - Estelle Gola
  • Dick - Andrew Wincott
  • Tony - Tom George
  • Denham - Don McCorkindale
  • Moses - Nicholas Beveney
  • Susan - Jenine Asa
  • Monica - Susannah Hamilton

Directed by Marion Nancarrow


Episode Number Broadcast Date Summary
Part 1 27 August 2000 Mary Turner is found murdered on the verandah of her farmstead, her houseboy having confessed to the crime. But he seems to have no motive.
Part 2 03 September 2000 In appointing Moses - the native Mary whipped - as their new houseboy, Dick is unknowingly sealing her fate.


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