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15 Minute Drama

Beatrice Hitchman - Petite Mort

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Honor Blackman, Shelley Conn, Mariah Gale and Samantha Spiro star in Beatrice Hitchman's thrilling debut, adapted by Miranda Davies. A 1914 silent film called Petite Mort holds the key to an infamous murder trial.

1967, Paris. A young journalist, Juliette Blanc (Shelley Conn) investigates the mystery of a missing section of film from a recently rediscovered silent film print from 1914 - Petite Mort. She is contacted by an elderly woman, Adele Roux (Honor Blackman), the star of that infamous film, who seems keen to tell her story.

1913, Paris. The young Adele Roux (Mariah Gale) arrives at the gates of the Pathe film studios, determined to fulfil her ambition to become a screen actress, like her heroine 'Terpsichore' - the beautiful actress, Luce Durand (Samantha Spiro). But her path to fame is not straightforward.

Produced and directed by Emma Harding. Show less

Contributors

Madame Adele Roux:
Honor Blackman
Juliette Blanc:
Shelley Conn
Adele Roux:
Mariah Gale
Andre Durand:
Marcus D'Amico
Luce Durand ("Terpsichore"):
Samantha Spiro
Camille Roux:
Georgie Fuller
Pere Simon:
David Seddon
Peyssac:
David Seddon
Feuillade:
John Norton
Paul LeClerc:
John Norton
Elodie Kernuac:
Priyanga Burford
Inspector Japy:
Michael Bertenshaw
Dr Langlois:
Sean Murray
Director:
Emma Harding
Producer:
Emma Harding

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