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A PAIR OF BLUE EYES
By Thomas Hardy dramatised for radio in three parts by Jane Beeson
The autobiographical nature of this early novel caused much intrigue when it was first published. Set on the wild Cornish coast; where Hardy courted his first wife, it tells the story of Elfride, the beautiful dau
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A PAIR OF BLUE EYES
By Thomas Hardy dramatised for radio in three parts by Jane Beeson
The autobiographical nature of this early novel caused much intrigue when it was first published. Set on the wild Cornish coast; where Hardy courted his first wife, it tells the story of Elfride, the beautiful daughter of a local parson, whose fate it is to be loved by two very different men. Her first suitor is a young architect working on her father's church, but a mystery surrounds his past which when revealed is to cause her much anguish.
Sunday
17 January 
1982
21.02
A Pair of Blue Eyes
1: Her first suitor is a young architect working on her father's church, but a mystery surrounds his past which when revealed is to cause her much anguish.
Elfride Swancourt: Janet Maw
Stephen Smith: Michael Maloney
Parson Swancourt: Nigel Stock
John Smith: Alan Dudley
Mrs Smith: Katherine Parr
Martin/Driver: Sean Arnold
Postman/Guard: Michael Tudor-Barnes
Polly: Patience Tomlinson
Kate: Jill Lidstone
Pianist: Stuart Hutchinson
Sunday
24 January 
1982
21.02
A Pair of Blue Eyes
2: After their unsuccessful attempt to elope and marry in London, Elfride and Stephen part with the hope that when he is rich and successful her father will agree to the match. Elfride brokenly returns to her home only to discover that her father has secretly remarried. Her life with her new stepmother brings her into contact with Stephen's mentor, Henry Knight. Unable to talk to him about the past, she finds herself falling in love with this esteemed man of letters.
Henry Knight: Jeremy Irons
Elfride: Janet Maw
Stephen: Michael Maloney
Parson Swancourt: Nigel Stock
Mrs Swancourt: Vivian Pickles
Mrs Jethway: Anna Wing
Lord Luxellian: Christopher Scott
Unity: Sheila Grant
John Smith: Alan Dudley
Sunday
31 August 
1997
14.00
A Pair of Blue Eyes
3: Since their accidental encounter with her old love Stephen in the church, Elfride is painfully resolved to tell Henry Knight the truth about her past. Yet she cannot bring herself to do so - frightened by what she expects his reaction to be and desperate for just one more day's happiness. But her procrastination is to be her downfall....
Henry Knight: Jeremy Irons
Elfride: Janet Maw
Stephen Smith: Michael Maloney
Parson Swancourt: Nigel Stock
Mrs Swancourt: Vivian Pickles
Unity: Sheila Grant
Lord Luxellian: Christopher Scott
Mrs Jethway: Anna Wing
Jack: John Livesey
Blacksmith: George Parsons
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