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The Moonstone (miniseries)

The Moonstone is a daytime drama series produced by King Bert Productions for BBC 1 Daytime. It is an adaptation of the Wilkie Collins novel described by T.S. Eliot as the first and greatest of English detective novels. It stars Joshua Silver and John Thomson.[1][2]

The Moonstone
series title over a Victorian theatre stage curtain
GenreDrama
Based onThe Moonstone novel by Wilkie Collins
Written byRachael Flowerday
Sasha Hails
Starring
Composer(s)Patrick Neil Doyle
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jo Sargent
  • John Yorke
  • Dan McGolpin
Producer(s)Joanna Hanley
CinematographyStephen Murphy
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)King Bert Productions
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release31 October (2016-10-31) – 4 November 2016 (2016-11-04)
External links
BBC website

Contents

PlotEdit

Rachel Verinder, a young English woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt British army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. Rachel's eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party, at which the guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night, the diamond is stolen from Rachel's bedroom, and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill-luck ensues in a complex plot to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it.

Cast and charactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
1"Episode 1"Lisa MulcahyRachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails31 October 2016 (2016-10-31)N/A
Franklin Blake returns to England for his father's funeral and to solve the theft of The Moonstone stolen the year before on his cousin Rachel's 18th birthday. In love with Rachel she disowns her own feeling for him when his lies over his debts come to light. He seeks out the Verinder family butler, Gabriel Betteredge to relate the events up to the night the Moonstone went missing. A night Dr Candy gave him a sleeping draught.
2"Episode 2"Lisa MulcahyRachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)N/A
Sergeant Cuff returns to relate his investigation to Blake. He reports on Rachael Verinder's unwillingness to co-operate with the police; her maid Roseanna Spearman known to him as a thief with access to a jewel broker in London. A clue of smeared paint on a nightgown. How his investigation falls apart as first Godfrey Ablewhite leaves for London followed by the uncooperative Rachel. Blake unable to placate Rachel leaves for the continent. How he and Gabriel search for Spearman near quicksands and fail to find her.
3"Episode 3"Lisa MulcahyRachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails2 November 2016 (2016-11-02)N/A
Miss Clack arrives in Yorkshire to relate events following the theft of the Moonstone. How Godfrey Ablewhite after meeting jewel broker Septimus Luker that they were both kidnapped by Indian men. How Rachel knew who stole the Moonstone and her regret on her mother's deathbed that she had kept the secret from her. How Rachel vindicated Godfrey and accepting his proposal of marriage despite not loving him. Franklin is told Godfrey, before his proposal had seen Rachel's mother's will and is determined to stop the marriage. A secret letter of Roseanna Spearman comes to light revealing the whereabouts of a casket hidden in the quicksands.
4"Episode 4"Lisa MulcahyRachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails3 November 2016 (2016-11-03)N/A
Recovering the casket the contents of which was Franklin's nightgown smeared with paint and a letter professing her love for him. Mr Bruff, Franklin's solicitor, informs Rachel of Godfrey Ablewhite's motives and she deceives Godfrey into breaking their engagement. Bruff engineers a meeting between Franklin and Rachel, at which she tells him she saw him enter her bedroom and take the Moonstone and only her love for him prevented her exposing him. Shocked at this revelation Franklin departs.
5"Episode 5"Lisa MulcahyRachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails4 November 2016 (2016-11-04)N/A
Accused of theft by the woman he loves, Franklin returns to Yorkshire to recreate the events of a year ago. Dr Candy is dead and his assistant Dr Ezra Jennings reveals he was given laudanum as a sleeping draught; a drug that he himself is addicted to. The re-enactment proved Franklin took the Moonstone but passed the diamond on. Returning to London a watch is kept on jewel broker Septimus Luker which leads to a number of suspects each of whom is followed. Godfrey Abelwhite is found dead smothered on the bed, the Moonstone gone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dowell, Ben. "First look at the cast of new BBC period drama The Moonstone". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ "The Moonstone: A diamond goes missing after a party at an English country house, and numerous suspects have a motive for its disappearance". BBC Media Centre. 7 October 2016.

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