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“How do you deal with guilt? With the knowledge that you have done something too terrible to confess? In this original solo performance based upon Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Jonathan Curry plays a Raskolnikovof the here and now, tormented by the reality of his actions, his sanity torn to shreds. Can there be any escape from facing up to his responsibility? Can he prove that he has the right to rise above law and morality? Or must he resign himself to his own inescapable humanity.”
Dostoevsky in BBC TV & Radio
” Among the work of other Russian writers, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishmentwas dramatised by Jack Pulman in three episodes in 1979, starring John Hurt. It had first been broadcast as a television play in 1953, with Kenneth Griffith in the lead, and the most recent television production was aired in 2002, with John Simm as Raskolnikov. Radio versions were broadcast on Radio 3 in 1975 in the World Drama strand, and in 2000. A different take on the story was presented in the David Farr play Crime and Punishmentin Dalston in 2002 on Radio 3.
Crime and Punishment : 2002 Transmission Date: 12/02/2002 Annotation: Picture shows: John Simm in Crime and Punishment Personalities: Simm, John Location: GB Photographer: Stephen Morley / Alex Bailey Genre: Costume Drama Ref Number: 5794457
Crime and Punishment : 1979 Transmission Date: 22/05/1979 Annotation: picture shows – John Hurt as Raskolnikov . Raskolnikov (John HURT), a poor and isolated student, is sure of only one thing: all great men are above the law in all ways. Deeply in debt he puts his theory to the ultimate test: murder. DOSTOEVSKYs famous story. Personalities: l-r : Hurt, John Location: GB Genre: Costume Drama Ref Number: 14832687
Origin Date: 1953-01-01 Annotation: Picture shows Marmeladoffs death scene from a 1953 BBC adaptatino fo Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. (Foreground): Frances Hyland as Sonia and Kenneth Hyde as Marmeladoff. (Background): Eugene Leachy as Coachman, Kenneth Griffin as Raskolnikoff, Ternece Greenidge, Dodd Mehan and Peter Augustine as the three men who brought Marmeladoff back and Sylvia Coleridge as an old woman. Personalities: Hyland, Frances; Hyde, Kenneth; Leahy, Eugene; Griffith, Kenneth; Greenidge, Terence; Mehan, Dodd; Augustine, Peter; Coleridge, Sylvia Location: GB Ref Number: 1438399
The Possessed Transmission Date: 25/01/1969 Annotation: Picture shows – Anne Stallybrass as Asha and James Caffrey as Shatov in the six-part dramatisation of ‘The Possessed’ by Frydor Dostoevsky, to be shown on BBC2 on Saturday 25th January 1969. Personalities: (l-r) Stallybrass, Anne ; Caffrey, James Location: GB Genre: Drama Ref Number: 2870449
Radio 4 : The Idiot Transmission Date: 02/11/2002 Annotation: Picture shows David Swift as General Yepachin, Alex Jennings as Ganya, Lia Williams as Nataysa, unidenfied man and Paul Rhys as The Prince. A new four part dramatisation of Dostoevskys most personal and remarkable novel. Personalities: Swift, David; Jennings, Alex; Williams, Lia and Rhys, Paul Location: GB Photographer: English, Nikki Genre: Drama Ref Number: 1676004
Crime and Punishment (Radio 3) Transmission Date: 25/02/1975 Annotation: picture shows – Ronald Pickup as Rodian Raskolnikov. Personalities: Pickup, Ronald Location: GB Photographer: Green, John Genre: Drama Ref Number: 3343440
Crime and Punishment : 2002 Transmission Date: 12/02/2002 Annotation: Picture shows: Valerie Lilley as the Pawnbroker and John Simm in Crime and Punishment Personalities: Lilley, Valerie ; Simm, John Location: GB Photographer: Stephen Morley / Alex Bailey Genre: Costume Drama Ref Number: 5794452
Everyman : The Dream Transmission Date: 29/03/1991 Annotation: Picture Shows Jeremy Irons.Everyman Special wth Jeremy IRONS in a one-man drama,adapted frm a DOSTOEVSKY short story “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” by Murray WATTS. In his dream, the Man visits an unspoilt Garden of Eden. Personalities: Irons, Jeremy Location: GB Genre: Features Ref Number: 14849900
The Brothers Karamazov, another of Dostoevsky’s novels, was the subject of an early BBC2 serial in 1965, in the days when many of such productions were made in the BBC’s Glasgow studios. Ironically they could not be seen in Scotland, as BBC2 did not start transmitting there until 11 June 1966. This production sadly no longer exists, apart from a clip which was used in a feature on Dostoevsky in the BBC2 arts series Review in 1971. Two different dramatisations of the novel were heard on Radio 4 in 1989 and 2006.
Dostoevsky’s The Idiot was also produced for BBC2 in Glasgow, and was shown in early 1966; it was also adapted for Radio 4 in 1978 and 2002. His story The Gambler was adapted in a two-part version by John Hopkins, in an early colour production on BBC2 in February 1968. Another version was made for the Open University in 1980.”
Dostoevsky and the music of Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow. As the skies darken over The Scoop, so does our story. Published in 1866 Dostoeksky’s Crime and Punishment is one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature. When an idealistic student kills a ruthless money lender, who terrorises the poor of St. Petersburg, the novel challenges us to ask if murder is ever justified.
Rock music works as the perfect medium to express the energy, rebellion and passion of the story. Fittingly this new musical production, adapted and directed by Phil Willmott, will feature specially written songs and favourite tracks by British rock legend, Toyah Willcox and her song-writing partner Simon Darlow.