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Publisher's Summary

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

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Gritty

I enjoyed this production enormously.
Glenda Jackson and Robert Glenister gave magnificent performances and the cast in general were excellent - with one small performance being a bit weak in my taste.
It's gritty, hard to listen to in places and it reminds me very much of 'The Wednesday Play' series- Up The Junction, Cathy Come Home, Saturday night Sunday Morning.
High praise indeed but not altogether enjoyable for me. I had to take a break and listen to something else for a few days as it was too much all in one go.
Also, near the end it did turn into a murder mystery and I didn't enjoy that as much. It lost something, and that's why I only gave it 4 stars.
But overall a really excellent production and very welcome to see modern dramas covering topics like this again.
I am being very picky because it really was excellent and I'm extremely glad I discovered it.

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