Emile Zola’s masterpiece brought vividly to life, dramatised by Diana Griffiths.
Narrator …… David Bradley
Etienne …… Joe Absolom
Catherine …… Emily Chennery
Maheu …… Charles Dale
La Maheude …… Deborah McAndrew
Bonnemort …… Peter Armitage
Souvarine ……. Gary Lewis
Chaval …… Leigh Symonds
Paul Negrel ….. James Nickerson
La Mouquette …… Vicky Binns
Jeanlin …… Aidan Parsons
Lydie …… Daisy Jones.
Episode 1 of 3 (x 1 hour each): Set in 1860s France, a struggling mining community takes refuge in the revolutionary young outsider, Étienne.
2/3. Etienne has to live without the girl he loves – Catherine, who now lives with Chaval. The strike is on in many of the company’s pits and Etienne, now nurturing a growing ambition to fight for the proletariat, has become the respected leader of the comrades. But events spiral out of control after a secret midnight meeting in the forest.
3/3. The strike continues and the militia is now keeping guard over the mines. Etienne has been forced into hiding and the news leaks out that the mining company is recruiting workers from Belguim. Urgent action is needed.
Excellent production however nothing beats the intensity of the book.
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