Programme Index

Discover 9,872,155 listings and 220,974 playable programmes from the BBC

In Our Time

Middlemarch

Duration: 52 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what Virginia Woolf called 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'. It was written by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-80), published in 8 parts in 1871-72, and was originally two separate stories which became woven together. One, 'Middlemarch', focused on a doctor, Tertius Lydgate and the other, 'Miss Brooke', on Dorothea Brooke who became the central figure in the finished work. The events are set in a small town in the Midlands, surrounded by farmland, leading up to the Reform Act 1832, and the novel explores the potential to change in matters of religion, social status, marriage and politics, and is particularly concerned with the opportunities available to women to lead fulfilling lives.

The image above shows Rufus Sewell and Juliet Aubrey in the BBC adaptation, from 1994

With

Rosemary Ashton
Emeritus Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London

Kathryn Hughes
Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia

And

John Bowen
Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of York

Producer: Simon Tillotson. Show less

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Rosemary Ashton
Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
John Bowen

About this data

This data is drawn from the data stream that informs BBC's iPlayer and Sounds. The information shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was/is subject to change and may not be accurate. More