Fault Lines: Money, Sex and Blood

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What to expect

Glenda Jackson stars in this compelling drama series inspired by Émile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series, highlighting different aspects of contemporary Britain

In 2015, double Oscar winner Glenda Jackson made a triumphant return to acting in Radio 4’s Blood, Sex and Money, a radical reimagining of Émile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart cycle. Now, she reprises her role as matriarch/narrator in this eclectic mix of dramas inspired by Zola’s novels, but set in modern Britain.

Constance is confined to her sick bed and dying of motor neurone disease. Her body is paralysed, but her mind runs free, seeking out stories from the extended family she has long refused to acknowledge. As she delves into their lives, she uncovers dark secrets, lies and deceit. Has bad blood seeped down through the generations to corrupt them all, or is there a chink of light in the familial fault lines, where love and hope can flourish?

In these three series, exploring British society through the lens of money, sex and blood, we meet the members of her flawed clan – from her son Miles, born into wealth and privilege, to her great-great-cousin Hannah and great-niece Natalie, struggling to survive in a world of zero-hours contracts, foodbanks and precarious social housing. Whether rich or poor, all have been shaped by the powerful driving forces of capitalism, desire and DNA…

Written by a host of top dramatists including the award-winning Christopher Reason, Roy Williams, Eve Steele and Michael Symmons Roberts, these intimate, immersive dramas are performed by a stellar cast including Robert Glenister, Gillian Kearney, Don Gilet, Siobhan Finneran, Eleanor Bron and Rudolph Walker.

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris and Gary Brown
Sound design by Steve Brooke, Sharon Hughes and Simon Highfield

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16-21 February 2020 (Money), 10-17 October 2020 (Sex), 18-26 January 2022 (Blood)

© 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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