The Essex Serpent

Set at the end of the nineteenth century, The Essex Serpent is inspired by true events. Moving between Essex and London, myth and modernity, Cora Seaborne’s spirited search for the ‘Essex Serpent’ encourages all around her to test their allegiance to faith or reason in an age of rapid scientific advancement.

At the same time, The Essex Serpent explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the allegiances that we have to one another. The depth of feeling that the inhabitants of Aldwinter share are matched by their city counterparts as they strive to find the courage to express and understand their deepest desires, and strongest fears.

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 3rd-14th April 2017 at 22:45 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Sarah Perry
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Ruth Gemmell
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Lucinda Mason Brown
Producer: Rosalynd Ward
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Over The Hills And Far Away performed by Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera


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