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.

6 Comments

Mary   Link to this

I've just heard a 'trail' snatch of this production on Radio4.

Hmmm. Not for the purist, I think.

GrahamT   Link to this

When I saw that Kris Marshall was playing Pepys, I was worried, but I see that the Historical Consultant is Liza Picard, author of Restoration London, (http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2431/#c1...) so I have set my DVR to record the series from Freeview.
It is on Radio4 at 10:45 repeated at 19:45 BST (= GMT + 1) for 15 minutes each Monday for 5 weeks. With 10 years of diary condensed into 1 hour 15 minutes, I am not expecting too much.

Grahamt   Link to this

Correction: it is a daily serial not weekly, so finishes on Friday.

Douglas Robertson   Link to this

The series is available on the iPlayer in the U.S. I am writing from there and have just listened to the first two episdoes.

Jem Stone   Link to this

Hi Phil. Hope you're well. For info. All BBC radio (barring sports right) is available either via live streaming or then via iPlayer is available worldwide. Including the Pepys drama http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0135qsk
Only 2 days left to listen to Episode 1 though...

Kate   Link to this

I loved this - it may not be entirely faithful, but it was a pleasure to listen to. Kris Marshall did an excellent job. I want to buy it on cd, but sadly the beeb don't seem to be planning to release it.

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