The Heart of Midlothian: Gerda Stevenson's dramatisation of Walter Scott's classic.
Part One: A mob storms the Tolbooth Prison where young Effie Deans awaits trial for murder. Part 2: While her sister awaits execution, Jeanie decides to walk to London to plead for her life.
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Set against the Porteous Riots of eighteenth century Edinburgh, Heart of Midlothian is the story of a values-led woman, Jeannie Deans who would not perjure herself to save her condemned sister from the gallows and yet did the 'right thing' by walking and taking a coach to London to petition Queen Caroline to help save her sister from the gallows. It is in my opinion one of the most moving scenes in all western literature.
I remember Gerda Stevenson in the 1980s in a BBC production of Bride of Lammermuir. And I once saw her on stage in Jamie the Saxt. To me she became the character. Her diction is excellent.
Pity about the poor editing from the BBC - eg a news broadcast in the middle on other Radio 4 guff at the end. It would be good to have the Bride of Lammermoor made available, as well.
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