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A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Audio Theater Dramatization (with music) of Johanna Spyri's endearing Swiss classic
When Heidi, a lively orphan girl, goes to live with her grandfather in a little hut high in the Alps, she soon learns to live in perfect harmony with her surroundings, leading a carefree life with her constant companion, Peter, a young goatherd.
But her happiness is short-lived when she is sent to stay with a rich city family as a companion for the sick Clara. Although she becomes fond of the older girl, Heidi is terribly homesick.
Will she ever be able to return to the Alps and the happiness she once knew with her friends?
Johanna Spyri's touching story of the adventures of a young Swiss girl is one of the most popular children's stories ever written. Heidi's pleasure in the beauty of the Swiss mountains and her rich relationships with her friends and family are perfectly evoked in this warm and lively full-cast radio dramatization.
Heidi: Ciara Janson / Grandfather: Richard Johnson / Fraulein Rottenmeier: Rosalind Knight / Frau Sesemann: Michael N. Harbour / Clara: Kirsty Adams / Peter: Mark Burrows / Dete: Debbie Arnold / Grandmother: Zulema Dene / Brigitta: Patience Tomlinson / Herr Tutor: Christopher Good / Herr Doctor: Neville Jason / Pastor: James Greene / Tinette: Sandra James Young / Sebasitan: Mark Straker / Hurdy Gurdy Boy: Paul Bailey / Clock Tower Keeper: David Collings / Hurdy Gurdy Player: Michael Muskett / Directed by Janet Whitaker / Music composed by David Chiton and Nick Russell-Pavier
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Johanna Spyri was born in Switzerland in 1827. At fourteen, she went to Zurich to study modern languages and piano. When she returned home to help raise her younger sisters, the family spent several summers in the pastoral area around Chur, where she would later set Heidi. She married in 1852, and her first story was published in 1871.Review:
''Well cast . . . Original music enhances the production, as do realistic sound effects.'' --AudioFile
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