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There are some novels that always feature on curriculums from GCSE to degree level and watching film adaptations or listening to radio dramatisations can have many benefits for students– from a discussion point of view or as a way ‘into’ a novel.

Comparing different film versions of novels is also important from a Film Studies perspective and novels such as Pride and Prejudice have been adapted many times on both film and television.

Here is a selection of some of the classic novels currently available on radio and television.


Pride and Prejudice, Channel 4, 30 May 4.15pm

Joe Wright’s 2005 Oscar nominated version of the much loved Jane Austen classic, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.



Brideshead Revisited, BBC Radio Player and Radio 4 Extra, 29 May 3pm

Adaptation of the classic Evelyn Waugh novel exploring themes of faith, love and war and starring Ben Miles.  4 episodes remain available on BBC Radio Player, 2 episodes remaining to be broadcast.



Great Expectations, available on iPlayer until 22 June.

With an impressive cast including Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, this lavish adaptation was shown as part of the BBC Collection celebrating 25 years of BBC Films.



The Last Tycoon, BBC Radio 4, 30 May 2.30pm

A feature length adaptation of F Scot Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel about Hollywood, starring Aiden Gillen as film executive Monroe Stahr.



The Woman in Black,  Channel 4 30 May 9pm

This Susan Hill novel features on a number of GSCE reading lists and this well received adaptation was made in 2011, starring Daniel Radcliffe.



The Last Chronicle of Barset, Radio 4 31 May 3pm

The last part of Radio 4’s epic dramatization of the Anthony Trollope’s “The Barchester Chronicles”, broadcast in four episodes.