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Three lively retellings of Daniel Defoe’s classic novels, plus two bonus programmes about his extraordinary life and far-reaching influence.
Robinson Crusoe and His Farther Adventures
An imaginative blend of the famous castaway tale and its lesser-known sequel, this thrilling drama sees Crusoe setting sail for the far north. Facing danger in the Siberian wastes, he keeps terror at bay by telling his companions campfire tales of his many adventures on his beloved island. Starring Tim McInnerney as Crusoe.
When Daniel Defoe meets Elizabeth Atkins in Newgate jail, she recounts her stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches life that took her from prostitution to prosperity - but culminated in destitution. Inspired, Defoe mixes fact and fiction to reinvent her as one of his most engaging characters: Moll Flanders. Starring Ben Miles as Defoe and Jessica Hynes as Elizabeth Atkins.
A Journal of the Plague Year
Writing a fictional journal of the Great Plague of 1665, Defoe soon comes to be haunted by the characters he is conjuring. Starring Ben Miles as Defoe.
This exciting new collection of reinvented tales also includes two bonus programmes about Daniel Defoe himself:
Defoe: Merchant, Writer, Convict, Spy by Philip Palmer. A biographical drama about Defoe’s life, starring Ben Miles as Defoe and Niamh Cusack as his wife, Mary.
Defoe: The Facts and Fictions. A documentary by Mark Lawson exploring the far-reaching influence of the pioneering author.
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- Mr. P. G. Harris
A well dramatised insight into three of Defoe's most popular novels plus a short biography of the man. Good narration, sound effects and a sprinkling of realistic humour make for a very pleasing listen.
- Anonymous User
Really enjoyed it. Great performance! If you don't know Defoe it's a great way to get familiar with his work
An interesting and entertaining contemporary adaptation of Daniel Defoe's most famous novels. Brilliantly brought to life through first class narration and dramatisation.
Moll Flanders is excellent, but Robinson Crusoe and His Farther Adventures, is not as great. A Journal of the Plague Year is quite interesting and grim. Overall, a good collection of stories.