The Forsyte Saga (Dramatised)

  • by John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by Dirk Bogarde, Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, Michael Williams, Amanda Redman
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The blockbuster BBC Radio 4 adaptation of John Galsworthy's classic family drama, featuring a star cast including Dirk Bogarde, Sir Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, Michael Williams, and Amanda Redman.
Galsworthy's epic story chronicles the decline and fall of the Forsytes through almost 50 years of material triumph, emotional disaster, and a terrible feud that splits them asunder. Beginning in 1886, The Man of Property starts with the family wealthy, successful, and united.
But the actions of the arrogant Soames Forsyte and his beautiful wife Irene are to have disastrous consequences. In Chancery has marital discord as its theme, as various members of the family find themselves dealing with domestic dramas, affairs and divorce. To Letsees the second generation experiencing both the pain and the promise of love, as the sins of the father are visited on the Forsyte children.
With an all-star cast of over 30 experienced actors, and enacted over the course of 23 episodes, this thrilling tale of sex, power, and money will enthral you from beginning to end.

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Haunting tale of destructive passion.

Much darker than the 60s drama. I wish I had read/listened to the book before I bought the drama series. The actors from the drama filled my imagination as oppose to embarking upon the story as a blank canvas. I found myself completely engrossed in this novel and the extreme stances that the characters took made more sense after absorbing the book as oppose to watching the drama. The TV series was watered down to suite the audience and the time. This book strongly recommended!
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- Alison St Pierre

British Drama at it's best

I remember, as a child, watching the Greek Tragedy of the Forsyte Saga unfold over many evenings. I didn't appreciate the complexities in those days. I've since watched both the original series and the newer one before deciding the read the books. This BBC radio rendition of the books is so true to the origin. I've laughed with George and Darty cried with Irene and brooded, menacingly with Soames. The deaths of old Jolyon, Balthazar, young Joly and young Jolyon affected me greatly. And through it all, Soames lurks, casting a shadow and destroying himself...
Well worth the listen. Highly recommended and worthy of five stars.
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- The Driver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited