BBC Radio Three and Dion Boucicault’s ‘The Octoroon’ (1859)

By Ian Higgins (University of Leicester) A few week’s ago Victorian melodrama was (briefly) revived on the airwaves in a one-off production of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 play The Octoroon, which forms part of a series of plays curated by Mark Ravenhill for BBC Radio 3’s Drama on 3. The play was recorded for radio in front of a live audience at the Victorian-era Theatre Royal Stratford East, which hosted a production of the same play in 1885. It was a

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Review of the BBC Radio 4’s adaption of George Moore’s ‘Esther Waters’ (1894)

Guy Woolnough (Keele University) Esther Waters (George Moore, 1894) is an interesting choice for the BBC Radio 4 Sunday afternoon serial. [1] It is a novel that I have used it as a historical quarry (rather like Gissing’s Nether World), as a source of references of a particular type, but is not a work that I should ever have chosen to read for entertainment. Like Gissing’s work, Esther Waters belongs to the miserablist genre. It is a narrative of adversity and setback for

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