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The West Pier

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Michael Sheen stars in The West Pier, a BBC Radio 4 drama based on the novel by Patrick Hamilton, broadcast in two parts in 1998. On a summer holiday in Brighton with two fellow school-leavers, Ryan and Bell, the inscrutable Ernest Ralph Gorse, played by Michael, is irresistibly drawn to the lovely but gullible Esther Downes. Realizing that she and Ryan are strongly attracted to each other, he at first relishes the simple challenge of stealing her from his rival; but after the discovery that Esther possesses a reasonable sum of money, he sets in motion a plan that is ruthlessly calculated to destroy her.

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Part 1: The Handbag (14 June 1998)

Part 2: The Car (21 June 1998)