The first adaptation of Wuthering Heights that I loved,
This review is from: Wuthering Heights : A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation (BBC Classic Collection) (Misc. Supplies)
It took me a long time to find this 1995 radio adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights since it is not available for sale on Amazon except in its marketplace and, if available, only sold in audiotapes. Luckily, I found a copy of the show in 2010 at the audiobook download vendor website "Spoken Network", which closed down in 2011, and very soon, I finally got the pleasure of listening to this production I was looking for months.
In this five episode adaptation, John Duttine and Amanda Root play Heathcliff and Catherine along with other actors among whom I recognised "Emily Watson" as Isabella Linton, a role she did before she became a renowned actress for her Bess McNeil performance in Breaking the Waves. I write "recognised" because alhough I knew from the Spoken Network website that she played a role in that adaptation, there were no info or details in the disc credits or on any other website that identified which roles the secondary actors did. Why, apart from the last episode, the people who compiled this adaptation on CD left out the actors credits for the first four episodes. I do not know if they also did this for the tape release, but I found it very sad because I never got to know for sure who did what in each episode. As such, it was only by listening to the voices of the characters that I recognised Emily Watson in Isabella's role. Then again, I wish that the people who compiled this adaptation of Wuthering Heights had left intact the credits for each episode. That way we could have known for sure each actor's roles. Not only that, I wish that the people who compiled this show had put chapters in each disc for it would have allowed everyone to appreciate the discs at my own pace for personnally, I love to take my time with a story even if it means that I have to take a few days in finishing it.
Back to the adaptation, I loved the tension that the director and producer created with their sound effects as the story evolves into the family tragedy that Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange suffer from Heathcliff's revenge. The wind effects, the doors banging and the fire crackling were all sound effects that made you feel that you were inside the two houses with the characters. About them, I think everyone in the cast gave tremendous performances that I found more closer to the feeling I had when reading Wuthering Heights, compared to some of the movies that played the story in an over-romantic perspective.
In the end, I recommend this adaptation to anybody who would want to uncover the pleasure of hearing a classical story under the radio narrative, something that is becoming rarer these days.