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Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness & More

By: Joseph Conrad
Narrated by: Kris Marshall,Stephen Tompkinson,Ron Cook,Robert Glenister,David Calder,Bill Wallis,full cast
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Summary

Dramatisations of six of Conrad's finest novels, plus bonus material.

Polish-born author and mariner Joseph Conrad is widely regarded as one of the greatest English novelists. His 16 years in the merchant navy profoundly shaped his fiction, giving him transformative experiences of adventure and exotic places, and a unique insight into the human psyche. Included here are adaptations of six of his best works, brought together for the first time and collected in chronological order, plus one fascinating bonus programmes exploring his life and art.

Heart of Darkness - Ordered to sail up the Congo River in search of enigmatic ivory trader Mr Kurtz, Marlowe's journey takes him deep into an unknown continent.... David Calder, Bill Wallis and Kris Marshall star in this radio production of Conrad's controversial masterpiece.

Lord Jim - Faced with disaster, young first mate Jim abandons the sinking SS Patna. Wracked with guilt, he tries to start a new life - but can he ever escape his past? Starring Simon Treves and David March.

The Secret Agent - A terrorist bomb explodes in London, killing the bomber and threatening the authorities and anarchists alike.... Ron Cook and Robert Glenister star in a two-part dramatisation of Conrad's prescient black comedy.

Il Conde - An elderly aristocrat is traumatised by a terrifying encounter in Naples in this adaptation of Conrad's haunting short story, starring John Moffatt and John Woodvine.

The Secret Sharer - An inexperienced skipper gives sanctuary to a fugitive murderer who seems like his doppelganger, and faces his own subconscious fears. Michael Feast, Christopher Scott and Stephen Tompkinson star in this dramatisation of one of Joseph Conrad's most popular short tales.

Victory - Set in the Far East, this 1915 novel tells of one man's struggle towards self-realisation and redemption in a hostile world. Starring David March and Patrick Barr.

Meridian: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness - Onyekachi Wambu explores Conrad's most famous novel, inspired by the brutal imperialist exploitation of the Congo during the 1880s.

First published 1899 (Heart of Darkness), 1900 (Lord Jim), 1907 (The Secret Agent), 1908 ('Il Conde'), 1910 ('The Secret Sharer'), 1915 (Victory

Cast and credits:

Written by Joseph Conrad.

With thanks to Keith Wickham and the British Library.

Heart of Darkness

Adapted by Jeremy Howe. Produced by Jeremy Howe and Iain Hunter. Music by David Lord.

First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 13th July 2003.

Lord Jim

Dramatised by Keith Darvill. Directed by Martin Jenkins and Graham Gauld.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2nd July - 1st September 1985.

The Secret Agent

Dramatised by David Napthine. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1st - 8th October 2006.

Il Conde

Dramatised by Alun Owen. Directed by Enyd Williams.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2nd March 1994.

The Secret Sharer

Dramatised by Robert Forrest. Directed by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7th June 1989.

Victory

Other parts played by members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company.

Adapted by Helena Wood. Produced by Joe Burroughs.

First broadcast BBC Home Service Basic, 22nd November 1965.

Meridian: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Presented by Onyekachi Wambu.

With Adam Hochschild, Professor Allan H. Simmons, Michela Wrong.

First broadcast BBC World Service: 20th February 2002.

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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An interesting and eclectic collection of dramatisations from the BBC. As the summary explains, Joseph Conrad spent 16 years in the merchant navy travelling the world. I can't help but think some of the stories were probably derived on actual events or stories Conrad heard about during his merchant navy career. Although these stories are of the times of colonialism, with attitudes best left in the past, I found it first class writing from JC and brilliantly dramatised. I enjoyed this collection.
At the end of the collection is Meridian : Heart of Darkness, which explores this controversial book, and is both an informative and a thought provoking look back at human history.

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