Lovelace finds Clarissa hiding in lodgings and, in disguise, tricks the landlady into revealing Clarissa. Introducing her to his "Aunt Betty" and "cousin", Charlotte, Lovelace tricks Clarissa and takes her back to Mrs Mrs Sinclair's where he completes his revenge and her degradation by raping her.
Words and Music - Symphony of the City (BBC Radio 3)
Sunday 12th September, 2010, 10.45 pm - 11.45 pm, GMT
Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox read poetry and prose from Swift, Dickens and Wordsworth, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and William Carlos Williams on the theme of a 'Symphony of a City'. This episode, which uses the music of Gershwin, Varese, Byrd, Steve Reich and Charles Ives, is drawn from the silent 'city symphony' documentaries of the 1920s, from Walter Ruttmann's 'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City' to Dziga Vertov's 'The Man with a Movie Camera'.
"These were among the first documentaries to take the city as both character and subject, highlighting the inherent musicality of the heterogeneous mass of the modernist city. The rhythms of daily city life are evoked not just in the subject matter of this poetry and prose but in the very rhythms of their performance. And yet, we also see that the study of these daily movements of city life does not just belong to the modernists. The beauty, the energy, and the strange terror of city life, are evoked here by poets and authors across time".
Lords of the North is the third in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Chronicle series set in the time of Alfred the Great. The series tells the story of Uhtred of Bebbenburg, a Saxon warrior brought up by Danes. Lords of the North follows Uhtred on his journey to avenge the death of his foster-father five years before at the hands of a Danish warlord, Kjartan the Cruel. On his journey, spanning nearly three years, Uhtred rescues an enslaved king, falls in love, battles enemy Danes, and is himself enslaved. The audiobook is 12 hours and Richard Armitage performs all 32 main characters as well as several sundry characters, with voices including those of Danes, Irish, women, children, and men. In February 2008, the audio book was No. 3 in the Audio Times Top Ten Ratings.
As part of Remembrance Day celebrations in 2007, Sarah Lancashire presented poetry and songs of those who stayed behind in England, fighting their own kind of war in a BBC 2 radio program, A War Less Ordinary, on November 10th.
In 2009, to complement Series 3 of Robin Hood, Big Finish Productions produced six audiobooks of original stories drawing on episodes of the series. Two, "Witchfinders" and "The Siege" are performed by Richard Armitage.
In Witchfinders, Guy is troubled by dreams and haunted by Marian while Robin must rescue Kate, arrested for witchcraft.
Witchfinders download and audiobook may be purchased at Big Finish Productions.
In July 2009, Naxos released an abridged cd audiobook of Sylvester, a novel written by Georgette Heyer, considered to be the doyenne of historical romantic fiction, and performed by Richard Armitage.
Sylvester, Duke of Salford, travels to Winchester to look over a prospective bride, Phoebe Marlowe - the goddaughter of his mother's old friend. Phoebe, having encountered Sylvester during a brief stay in London, is by no means happy about the idea and, escorted by a childhood friend, runs away to her godmother in London.
(The Siege, Robin Hood 3 audiobook interview)
The Siege is the second of the Robin Hood audiobooks produced by Big Finish in 2009 and read by Richard Armitage.
Robin and Guy are together hiding from Isabella's mercenaries in a now deserted castle where Robin spent his childhood.
The Siege audiobook and download may be purchased at Big Finish Productions.
THE CONVENIENT MARRIAGE (audiobook)
The Convenient Marriage is the sixteenth novel written by Georgette Heyer and the third in the Naxos series to be read by Richard Armitage. Published first in 1934 by Heinemann Press, it is the story of the young and very dashing, Horatia Winwood, who, having married the Earl of Rule for his money in order to save her family's fortune, becomes ensared in the vengeful plans of her husband's rival, Lord Lethbridge.
Venetia was first published in 1958 and is the 46th novel written by Georgette Heyer; it is the second Naxos audiobook to be read by Richard Armitage. It is the abridged audio version of the novel and was released in 2010. The audiobook may be ordered through Naxos, the Book Depository (free international postage), as well as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk and Audible Books.
Richard Armitage took the leading role in BBC Radio 4's production of Samuel Richardson's novel, Clarissa. The production has been dramatised by Hattie Naylor and directed by Marilyn Imrie and was produced by Catherine Bailey Productions.
The rake, Robert Lovelace (Richard Armitage) courts young and beautiful Clarissa (Zoe Waites). Having tricked her, he carries her off to London and rapes her. "Clarissa then falls into decline. Lovelace becomes involved in an avenging duel with Clarissa's cousin, and Clarissa's family and friends must live with the guilt and shame of their own neglect and betrayal of her."
Clarissa aired weekly from March 14th to April 4th 2010.
Robert Lovelace - Richard Armitage
Clarissa Howe - Zoe Waites
Also in the cast are Alison Steadman; Deborah Findlay; Miriam Margolyes; Oliver Milburn; John Rowe; Julian Rhind-Tutt; Adrian Scarborough; Stephen Critchlow; Cathy Sara; Sophie Thompson; Ellie Beaven; Lisa Hammond; and Linda Broughton.
In this first episode we are introduced to Clarissa, her family and Robert Lovelace. Clarissa, the youngest daughter has inherited a fortune from her grandfather. Her sister, Bella, and her brother, James, are resentful and when Clarissa attracts the attentions of the known libertine, Robert Lovelace, they try to bully her into marriage with a wealthy neighbour. Lovelace tricks Clarissa into running away with him.
In Part II, Lovelace has taken Clarissa to London to a house of some friends where he hopes to either convince her, or trick her, into marriage.
Clarissa's tragic tale draws to its close. Having found refuge with Mrs and Mr Smith, and with Jack Belford, now her friend and supporter, and her cousin, Colonel Morden at her bedside, Clarissa dies having forgiven Lovelace. Lovelace seeks a duel with Colonel Morden and is mortally wounded. A few days later he dies, crying "Let this expiate!".
Music is really important to me … I think music hits a certain different part of the body and I think it’s to do with the vibration of sound …, so I use music a lot with acting. I almost create a sound track to anything I’m doing even … sitting down to read, there’s almost an imaginary sound track happening in your head … I do think that there’s a resonance in music which is also the same in words; and … you can see the progression from the spoken word into the sung word is fascinating because as a character becomes more animated, so the vibration in their speech grows and eventually you go into song. …