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The Barchester Chronicles

Six BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
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Six lavish BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's much-loved novels.

Anthony Trollope’s series of witty and gently satirical stories of provincial life are set in the fictional town of Barchester and its surrounding county of Barsetshire. The canvas is broad and colourful, with a set of iconic characters in whose lives we become intimately involved as they grow up, grow old, and fall in or out of love and friendship, across the years.

'The Warden': The gentle Mr Harding finds his peaceful life disrupted, when his would-be son-in-law calls into question the large income he receives as warden of Barchester alms house.

'Barchester Towers': The cathedral town is changing again, with the arrival of a new Bishop, his wife and his Chaplain from London throwing all Barchester into disarray.

'Dr Thorne': When young heir Frank Gresham expresses his desire to marry Mary, her uncle Dr Thorne realises that a secret he has concealed for so long can no longer stay secret.

'Framley Parsonage': Mark Robarts, the young vicar of Framley, cannot resist the lure of celebrity beyond his own village. But his ambitious pursuits will lead him to risk his devoted wife and children, as well as his sister's happiness.

'The Small House at Allington': The Arrival of the handsome Adolphus Crosbie causes quite a stir at Allington. There is concern for Lily Dale in her fight against scarlet fever, and Dr Crofts is a frequent visitor to the Small House.

'The Last Chronicle of Barset': Henry Grantley has fallen in love again, Lily's past returns to haunt her, and Mr Crawley must reckon with an angry butcher. Johnny traverses Europe trying to save Mr Crawley, and meets an unexpected new friend.

Audio has been updated as of September 2018.

©2017 Anthony Trollope (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Rich in character detail, beautifully cast and absorbing." (Moira Petty, The Stage)

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Delightful dramatization

Trollope always entertaining & the entire Barchester Chronicles no exception. The full cast radio dramatization is absolutely delightful, with many recognizable voices. Loved it.

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  • Debbie
  • 23-05-2019

Stories and narration are great!!

These stories are clean, interesting, well-played, and very well narrated. Never a question who is talking and never lose interest, but pay close attention because they move fast ;-) I wish there were more of them, they were very enjoyable.

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  • Teresa J. Kendall
  • 11-04-2020

Good read

Loved all of the characters in the books. The narrative was excellent. Would recommend to any who loved the PBS series.

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  • Artista
  • 03-02-2020

Wonderful Production!

High quality production of Anthony Trollope's popular chronicles. Maggie Steed is absolutely delightful as the narrator Mrs. Baxter. While there are similarities among the stories, they are all enjoyable in their own way. No violence or graphic material. Focus on relationships, particularly the difficulties of making a good marriage with or without money.

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  • Lee
  • 20-10-2017

Part Missing!!!

I love BBC radio dramatizations, they bring the stories to life. However, i'm really annoyed the last part of Framley Parsonage is missing.

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  • Nigel
  • 06-10-2017

Warning - currently missing an episode :(


Period TV dramas are a little dull, though transfer the format to audio and I find them captivating. Time travelling for the mind. And these Barchester Chronicles are beautifully written and masterly dramatised by the BBC - loved every minute.

The stories revolve around the fictional town of Barchester and focus on local clergy and rural gentry. Perfect to sit and listen with a cup of tea.

Sounds lovely doesn’t it, though currently there’s an episode missing:

Framley Parsonage, Episode 3: ‘A Gift of Fire’.

So not sure how that story ends, thanks BBC for your lackadaisical QC. Their quality control has recently been slipping as ‘The Museum of Curiosity: Series 5-8’ is also incomplete.

Why didn’t I check before listening you may ask. Well the stories are broken into 302 chapters, is it too much to ask for just 1 chapter per episode?

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These were originally broadcast during 2014-15, though the BBC also previously dramatised the Barchester Chronicle stories in 1995-98 (also available on Audible). Hopefully someone will have listened to both and leave a review on how they compare with each other, I’d be interested to know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2018

Episode still missing!

Having read the reviews which mention the missing episode I checked with Audible who told me that the missing episode had now been added. But it hasn't the last episode of Framley Parsonage is missing.

This is a huge disappointment as the BBC dramatisation is fantastic. I do hope that someone at either the BBC or Audible can sort this out.

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  • Svenja O'Donnell
  • 27-04-2018

Large chunk of book missing!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Part of Framley Parsonage is missing (about the final third of the book, which is the fourth in the series), which seems really sloppy. It should really not be offered for sale as it's incomplete. The performances otherwise are very good.

Any additional comments?

could you please fix this??

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  • Carmen McCaffrey
  • 18-12-2018

Missing an episode! But lovely otherwise.

Loved it and finished it quickly. Too bad there is an episode missing in one of the main books, Framley Parsonage!

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  • Terri Trask
  • 07-12-2018

Last part of Framley Parsonage missing

The last part of Framley Parsonage is still missing. Hugely disappointing considering the cost. Please sort this out Audible.

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  • MABS
  • 01-08-2018

Brilliant but parts are missing!

Come on Audible, get your act together! This is a wonderful dramatisation but it spoiled by chunks missing which interrupts the story and is confusing.

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  • JerOli
  • 08-01-2019

End of Framley Parsonage is still missing!!!

Great production and wonderful performances just such a shame that, as already noted, the end of Framley Parsonage is still missing. Please Audible remedy and update your customers copies!

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  • Maggie Stoker
  • 03-05-2018

Missing last part Framley Parsonage

Great production, excellent acting and adaptation. Really spoiled when I found third and final part of Book 4, Framley Parsonage, was missing. What a shame!

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  • Mrs. J. A. Palfree
  • 18-11-2018

STILL last part of 'Framley Parsonage' missing!

This is a really excellent dramatisation, Maggie Steed as narrator was an inspiration. The bad thing is that the last part of 'Framley Parsonage' is still missing even though many have reported and commented on the fault many months ago.

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