The Citadel (1983 miniseries)

The Citadel is a 1983 BBC television adaptation written by Don Shaw from A. J. Cronin's novel The Citadel, which was originally published in 1937. It was produced by Ken Riddington. The miniseries was directed by Peter Jefferies and Mike Vardy.[1]

The Citadel
Directed byPeter Jefferies
Mike Vardy
StarringBen Cross
Clare Higgins
Tenniel Evans
Gareth Thomas
Music byMichael Stuckey
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes10
Running time50 min. (per episode)
Original networkBBC1
Original release20 January 
24 March 1983

The BBC dramatisation stars Ben Cross as Dr. Andrew Manson and Clare Higgins as Christine Manson. It was broadcast in the US from November 1983 until January 1984 by PBS television as part of Masterpiece Theatre.



Writing for The New York Times, John J. O'Connor noted "Manson is played to grim but winning perfection by Ben Cross", and wrote the series "holds up remarkably well as a story and drama."[2]


The program was partly filmed on location in Tredegar, Wales, where A. J. Cronin practised as a doctor with the Tredegar Medical Aid Society prior to writing the novel, as well as in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and Prague. His experience with the Tredegar Medical Aid Society shaped the "Aberalaw" section of the novel.[3]


  1. "The Citadel". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. O'Connor, John J. (18 November 1983). "'Citadel' from Britain". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. Autobiographical fragment by AJ Cronin, edited by J Meek and published in the Gwent Gazette in 1998

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