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The Moonstone

Episode 3

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Eleanor Bron as Lady Verinder, Bill Paterson as Mr Bruff, and Marcia Warren as Miss Clack star in Episode Three of Doug Lucie's dramatisation of Wilkie Collins' detective masterpiece.

Sergeant Cuff has failed to find either the Moonstone or who stole it as the story moves to London. There, Miss Clack, a poor relation of Lady Verinder takes up the story of the missing diamond.

Miss Clack, played by Marcia Warren, is one of Wilkie Collins' best comic characters as her determination to save souls irritates everyone whom she tries to give her tracts to on subjects such as 'Satan in the Hairbrush'.

This is light relief from the intensity of the search for the thief of the Moonstone in Yorkshire. The diamond is now thought to have been put in pledge to a money lender in London who has deposited it for a year in the bank, although no one knows how it got there, Sergeant Cuff having been called off the case. Heartbroken, Franklin Blake has gone abroad. Meanwhile Rachel is still refusing to say anything about what happened that night and throws herself into an engagement but is it out of despair?

Miss Clack ..... Marcia Warren
Lady Verinder ..... Eleanor Bron
Rachel Verinder ..... Jasmine Hyde
Godfrey Ablewhite ..... Mark Straker
Mr Bruff ..... Bill Paterson
Ablewhite Snr .....Geoffrey Whitehead
Penelope ..... Clare Corbett
Mr Murthwaite ..... Paul Bhattacharjee
Indian..... Narinder Samra
Aunt Ablewhite ..... Carolyn Pickles

Recorded on location by Lucinda Mason Brown
Original Music by David Chilton
Dramatised by Doug Lucie

Produced by Janet Whitaker
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