Dougray Scott reads Wilkie Collins’ celebrated novel “The Woman In White”, in this abridged eight part version originally broadcast by BBC Radio 2.
The life of art teacher Walter Hartright changes forever following his midnight encounter with the spectral ‘Woman In White’ on a lonely moonlit road. The meeting unleashes a chain of startling events that encompasses espionage, fraud, conflagration, body-swapping, drugs, forgery and murder – quite a heady cocktail of vices for its mid-Victorian audience.
Described as the first detective novel in the English language, the book was a best-seller from the moment of its publication in 1860 – a popularity which continues to the present day in the form of the recent Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation which opened in London with Michael Crawford taking the role of the corpulent villain, Count Fosco.
“The Woman In White” has lost none of its power to shock, startle and entertain after almost 150 years.