Featuring some of the best-known and well-loved characters in English literature, including Uncle Toby, Corporal Trim, Dr Slop and the Widow Wadman. Beginning (or attempting to begin) at the moment of his own conception, Tristram Shandy recounts his progress through the world and utterly fails to stick to the point.
Sterne's comic masterpiece is an extravagantly inventive work which was hugely popular when first published in 1759, and is now considered a landmark in the history of the novel. Its often bawdy humour and numerous digressions are combined with bold literary experiments, and 260 years after its publication it remains one of the most influential and widely-admired books of the 18th century. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations.
Also included in this release is a bonus programme - In Our Time: Tristram Shandy - in which Melvyn Bragg discusses the comic masterpiece with Professor Judith Hawley (University of London), Professor John Mullan (UCL) and Dr Mary Newbould (University of Cambridge).
Uncle Toby...Adrian Scarborough
Corporal Trim...Paul Ritter
Dr Slop...Tony Rohr
Great-Grandmother/Bridget...Ndidi Del Fatti
Great-Grandfather/Pontificating Man/Death...Stuart Mcloughlin
Bishop Hall/Le Fever...Hugh Dickson
Widow Wadman...Deborah Findlay
Dramatised by Graham White
Directed and produced by Mary Peate
A BBC Studios production