Thursday 4th August 2011
The BBC Radio 4 show, Woman’s Hour is soon going to be featuring a drama based on Samuel Pepys’ diary. There will be five 15 minute episodes, broadcast at 10.45am (UK time) from Monday 15th to Friday 19th August. Here’s the press release from this page:
Samuel Pepys was 26 in January 1660, when he decided to record his daily life and innermost thoughts. Kris Marshall stars in this new adaptation of his diaries by Hattie Naylor.
Two years after a life-threatening operation to remove a bladder stone Pepys is feeling pretty well – despite having a lot on his mind.
He’s behind with his rent, he goes out too often, and drinks too much. He lies awake worrying about work and, despite being happily married, can’t keep his hands off other women.
For the next 10 years, in his secret diary, Samuel Pepys faithfully records the day’s events, and confesses his innermost thoughts.
He reveals what people in the 17th century ate, wore, did for fun and what they expected of marriage and of love affairs.
Hattie Naylor’s new adaptation features Katharine Jakeways as Samuel Pepys’s wife, Elizabeth.
Producer/Kate McAll for the BBC
I expect it will be available after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer but I imagine this will only be for UK listeners.