Two-part dramatisation by Diana Griffiths of the novel by Emile Zola, set in mid-19th century Paris. Therese is forced by her aunt to marry her sickly son, Camille. However, upon moving to Paris, she and her lover Laurent conspire to murder Camille so that they may love freely.
Part 2: Therese and Laurent have murdered Camille and are free to marry. Their wedding night is not joyous - it is a night of terror, and each night is the same as they feel the ghost of Camille infiltrate their every thought and action. Starring Charlotte Riley and full cast. Music consultancy: Philip Tagney. Directed by Pauline Harris.
A good Victorian plot set in a claustrophobic atmosphere of a little shop somewhere in a small town in France.
Love betrayal murder along with a suffocating mother who dominates her mummies boy is all wrapped up in lust and ... well I do not want to spoil it for you ... a typical french fancy that I like to listen to every few years and I like it as much as the first time.
Nicely acted and an enjoyable play but latter half of the play got a bit predictable and silly. In some ways this is down to the story but minus the literary delivery of Zola it came across as a little rushed and melodramatic
A good listen and a good play to enjoy on a lazy afternoon but overall three stars - good/ok
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