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The Pallisers

12 BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisations
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

A sweeping radio saga of political intrigue, love affairs, financial wrangles and murder, based on the books by Anthony Trollope, creator of The Barchester Chronicles.

This epic drama follows several generations of the Palliser dynasty as they navigate the twists and turns of political and high society in Victorian England.

Wealthy aristocrat and politician Plantagenet Palliser and beautiful, spirited Lady Glencora.embark on an arranged marriage, despite her passion for the dashing but debt-ridden Burgo Fitzgerald. As her husband rises through the ranks of government, she becomes a faithful wife and mother - but her children face the same fateful choice between love and duty. 

Meanwhile, young Irish barrister Phineas Finn is introduced to the temptations of London life when he wins a seat in Parliament. He catches the eye of several society ladies, but fails to win their hearts. Rumours about his love life threaten his political career - and worse trouble is in store for him....

Based on the six Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope, this captivating adaptation stars Ben Miles as Plantagenet, Sophie Thompson as Glencora, Conleth Hill as Phineas and David Troughton as the Narrator, with a star cast including Bertie Carvel, Juliet Stevenson, Greg Wise and Rachael Stirling. 

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Excellent

An excellent dramatisation. It was well written and beautifully acted and narrated. I highly recommend!!!

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11 Hours of Enjoyable Drama

A bundle of fun & intrigue once again as we go through over 11 hours of Trollope intrigue. Everything Victorian & Political is here with much more as you could want & expect from this great Victorian writer.

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Warning: highly addictive!

Obligatory for fans of the Chronicles of Barchester. Some characters from those stories reappear here in sublime tales of political ambition, unrequited love and social climbing.

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delightfully told tale

having different voices for each character made it easy to follow and I enjoyed every word of it

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Exquisite!<br />

Can listen to this story over and over again .
Beautifully acted and superbly narrated!

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Brilliant radio drama

Excellent story, acting and production I would definitely recommend this audio book, the full cast really brings it to life.
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A superb rendering of Trollope’s novels

Reaching the end of this sublime series was like losing a dear friend. Suspenseful, funny and heartbreaking, Trollope is truly one of England’s greatest storytellers. The quintessential guide to what it means to be English.

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I still love the Pallisers

After seeing the film I discovered the book. This audiobook does then both full justice

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Lovely escapist drama

Loved it. Beautifully acted especially by the narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed listening., well worth the money

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Excellent Production

This production of Trollope's sublime Pallisers series of books involving the politics and manners of the time. The exposure of the vagaries of human nature is excellently shown and highlights when Trollope is at his best. The excellent narrator and actors bring it to life and transport you there.

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  • Carolyn S. Lynch
  • 24-06-18

Wonderful story!

I enjoyed how this story weaved so many memorable characters into the plot of the story. as a listener, you grew to know them all. ambition, love and rejection, or duty, played such a role in the story. I was sorry it had to end!

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  • Elan Jane Litt
  • 30-06-20

love the pallisers

I had watched the original masterpiece TV program for years and never thought to read the books, but they were wonderful as a dramatic reading. time to find the a tual books .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-20

BBC dramatizations prove highly entertaining.

Most enjoyable version of Trollope's novel. The only criticism is that the voices became a little too soft during intimate conversations.