Tristram Shandy - A BBC Radio full cast drama

Laurence Sterne's comic masterpiece
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A full-cast dramatisation of this comic tale about an 18th-century gentleman who tries to tell his life story but continually finds that he must digress....

Featuring some of the best known and most well-loved characters in English literature, including Uncle Toby, Corporal Trim, Dr Slop and the Widow Wadman. Beginning (or attempting to begin) at the moment of his own conception, Tristram Shandy recounts his progress through the world and utterly fails to stick to the point.

Laurence Sterne's comic masterpiece is an extravagantly inventive work which was hugely popular when first published in 1759 and is now considered a landmark in the history of the novel. Its often bawdy humour and numerous digressions are combined with bold literary experiments, and 260 years after its publication it remains one of the most influential and widely admired books of the 18th century. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations.

Tristram...Neil Dudgeon
Mother...Julia Ford
Father...David Troughton
Uncle Toby...Adrian Scarborough
Corporal Trim...Paul Ritter
Dr Slop...Tony Rohr
Obadiah...Stephen Hogan
Susannah...Helen Longworth
Great-Grandmother/Bridget...Ndidi Del Fatti
Great-Grandfather/Pontificating Man/Death...Stuart Mcloughlin
Bishop Hall/Le Fever...Hugh Dickson
Widow Wadman...Deborah Findlay

Written by Laurence Sterne
Dramatised by Graham White
Directed by Mary Peate
First broadcast in 10 parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

  1. Beginnings (6.3Mb)
  2. Birth (6.3Mb)
  3. Dr Slop (6.3Mb)
  4. Uncle Toby (6.3Mb)
  5. Born at Last (6.3Mb)
  6. What's in a Name (6.3Mb)
  7. Another Misfortune (6.4Mb)
  8. An Act of Kindness (6.3Mb)
  9. Uncle Toby Falls in Love (6.3Mb)
  10. All Good Things Come to an End (6.2Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.