Primo Levi's The Periodic Table

Primo Levi's The Periodic Table

United Kingdom

Major dramatisation of Primo Levi's element-themed stories about life, work and matter.

Episodes

Carbon  

Henry Goodman stars as Primo Levi in a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements. Introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Carbon: Levi imagines the incredible, centuries-long journey of a single atom of carbon.

Vanadium, Part 2  

Janet Suzman introduces a major new dramatization of Primo Levi's short stories about life, work and matter. Starring Henry Goodman, Akbar Kurtha, Erich Redman and Juliet Aubrey. Dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Vanadium Part 2: In the course of his work as a chemist in a paint factory in the 1960s, Primo Levi has received a letter from one of the factory's German clients, Doktor Muller. The same Doktor Muller who had overseen Levi's work as a prisoner in the lab at Auschwitz. And now Muller wants to meet. Produced and directed by Marc Beeby and Emma Harding.

Arsenic and Silver  

Henry Goodman stars as Primo Levi in a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements. Introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Arsenic and Silver: At his retirement party, Primo recounts amusing stories from a professional chemist's life. Produced and directed by Emma Harding and Marc Beeby.

Cerium  

Henry Goodman and Akbar Kurtha star as older and younger Primo Levi in a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements. Introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Cerium: Primo's training as a chemist helps him to survive the terrible conditions of Auschwitz. Produced and directed by Emma Harding and Marc Beeby.

Gold  

Henry Goodman and Akbar Kurtha star as older and younger Primo Levi in a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements. Introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Gold: The Nazis invade Italy and Primo's friends are forced to scatter. Primo and Vanda head into the mountains in order to join the partisans. Produced and directed by Emma Harding and Marc Beeby.

Iron  

Akbar Kurtha and Henry Goodman star as the younger and older Primo Levi in a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements. Introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Iron: The story of Primo Levi's early life as a chemist in Mussolini's Italy, from his student days, his early crushes and his first experiences as a professional chemist, at a time when it was increasingly hard for Jewish Italians to find work. Produced and directed by Marc Beeby and Emma Harding.

Mercury  

Janet Suzman introduces a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about the elements, dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. 1820s - an English captain and his wife live on a remote Atlantic island, with strange chemical properties. Produced and directed by Marc Beeby and Emma Harding.

Lead  

Janet Suzman introduces a major new dramatization of Primo Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements - a book the Royal Institution of Great Britain named 'the best science book ever'. Dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. In 'Lead', set in the ancient world, a prospector travels from northern to southern Europe in search of the valuable, but toxic, lead rock. Read by Paul Copley. Produced and directed by Marc Beeby and Emma Harding.

Sulphur and Titanium  

Janet Suzman introduces a major new dramatization of Primo Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements - a book the Royal Institution of Great Britain named 'the best science book ever'. Dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. 1) Sulphur - Ben Crowe plays a boilerman who saves Primo's factory from disaster. 2) Titanium - Evie Killip reads this short story about a little girl who is fascinated by a man painting with white paint Produced and directed by Marc Beeby and Emma Harding.

Argon  

Henry Goodman stars as Primo Levi in a major new dramatization of Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements that make up our universe. Introduced by Janet Suzman and dramatised by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Argon: Primo imagines a fantasy meeting with his Piedmontese ancestors, who share a number of characteristics with the noble, rare and inert gases, such as Argon. Produced and directed by Emma Harding and Marc Beeby.

Vanadium, Part 1  

Janet Suzman introduces a major new dramatization of Primo Levi's short stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements that make up our universe - a book the Royal Institution of Great Britain named 'the best science book ever'. Starring Henry Goodman, Akbar Kurtha, Erich Redman and Juliet Aubrey. Dramatized by Graham White from the translation by Raymond Rosenthal. Vanadium Part 1: In the course of his work as a chemist in a paint factory in the 1960s, Primo Levi receives a letter from one of the factory's German clients, signed by a Doktor Muller. Could this be the Doktor Muller who had overseen Levi's work as a prisoner in the lab at Auschwitz? Produced and directed by Marc Beeby and Emma Harding.

An Introduction  

Janet Suzman introduces a major new dramatization of Primo Levi's stories about our human relationship with the chemical elements that make up our universe - a book the Royal Institution of Great Britain named 'the best science book ever'. She begins with a short feature about Levi's life and writing, featuring archive interviews with Levi himself.

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