These are extraordinarily brilliant pieces of Radio drama.
N.B. These episodes are ONLY available online for 7 days from broadcast.
It starts with an excellent script, crafted to suit the medium, engaging, witty, memorable, dramatic.
Spot on casting too, I really warm to the characters.
I find the orginal diaries (translated from Pepys’s code) are unreadable.
Truly. I have spent my life reading diaries and memories, blogging and reading blogs.
They are, unedited, like an excerpt from a phone directory. I have read collections and critiques on the diaries too and get put off by the postgraduate PhD scholarly nature of it all.
These radio dramas extract the drama and give it a serialised, ‘soap’ like quality.
A precursor to a TV Series?
Samuel Pepys ….. Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ….. Katherine Jakeways
Captain Ferrers ….. Ewan Bailey
Mrs Sarah ….. Eiry Thomas
Man with writ ….. Lee Mengo
Lord Sandwich ….. Blake Ritson
Sir William Batten ….. Richard Mitchley
Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes.
Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.
Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis
Adapted by Hattie Naylor
A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Nigel Lewis and produced by Kate McAll.