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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

Two BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

The highly-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Milton's epic poem telling the story of the fall of man and also its sequel, Paradise Regained.

Out of chaos shall come order and out of darkness shall come light. Paradise is lost - and then regained.

John Milton's epic, biblically-inspired poems are wonderfully dramatised for BBC Radio starring Denis Quilley as Milton, Ian McDiarmid as Satan and Robert Glenister as Christ, enhanced by specially composed music.

First published in 1667, Paradise Lost describes Satan's plot to ruin God's new and most favoured creation, Mankind, and recounts the temptation of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden.

Paradise Regained, published in 1671, tells of the temptation of Christ by Satan as he wanders in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.

Full cast:

  • Milton: Denis Quilley
  • Satan: Ian McDiarmid
  • Christ: Robert Glenister
  • Raphael: John Rowe
  • God: Godfrey Kenton
  • Adam: Linus Roache
  • Michael: Mark Straker
  • Abdiel/Andrew: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Nisroc: John Church
  • Simon/Angel: Matthew Morgan
  • Belial: Steve Hodson
  • Angel: David Thorpe

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Beautifully performed...

...but you can't listen to this for long stretches. It was originally 50 radio episodes, so every 13 minutes there's an introduction and cast list, which completely breaks the flow. I wish this version was available without these interruptions, as it would be 5* without them. However, if you listen in bite-sized portions, you can still appreciate this great production.

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