HMS Surprise Radio Play


Naval battles, political intrigue and romantic rivalry in Roger Danes’s dramatization of Patrick O’Brian’s novel, set in 1804 in England, India and on the high seas.

To download, click the link; the download should begin immediately. The files are in .zip format and contain .mp3s; you’ll need a zip utility such as ZipIt or WinZip to open them, and an mp3 player such as iTunes to play them.

|Part One| Captain Jack Aubrey engages the Spanish at sea and the French on land, but falls victim to enemies at home.

|Part Two| Captain Jack Aubrey is ordered to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. But in Bombay Stephen meets Diana Villiers, the one woman that Jack would avoid at any cost.

|Part Three| Tragedy halts the ship’s journey to the East Indies. In Calcutta, Stephen makes a proposal of marriage and takes part in a duel.

Jack Aubrey …… David Robb
Stephen Maturin …… Richard Dillane

Lieutenant Nichols …… Dan Starkey
Lieutenant Pullings …… David Holt
Lieutenant Simmons …… Dan Starkey
Lieutenant Stourton …… Stephen Critchlow
Midshipman Babbington …… Chris Pavlo
Midshipman Callow …… Carl Prekopp

Miss Agatha …… Sarah Danes
Tobias Atkins …… Stephen Critchlow
Sir Joseph Blaine …… Struan Rodger
Barrett Bonden …… David Timson
Mr. Canning …… Chris Pavlo
Lady Forbes …… Lesley Nichol
Preserved Killick …… Jon Glover
Captain Muffit …… John Rowe
Arthur Stanhope …… David Timson
Diana Villiers …… Adjoa Andoh
Mrs Williams …… Lesley Nichols
Cecilia Williams …… Sarah Danes
Sophie Williams …… Liz Sutherland

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young.

Image:  A View of Part of the Tomb of the Emperor Akbar at Secundrii by William Hodges, 1783

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4 Comments on HMS Surprise Radio Play

  1. Jennifer // March 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm //

    Do you have the second and third parts anywhere? The links are broken.

  2. The Dear Knows // March 18, 2011 at 3:34 am //

    I am so sorry! Can you believe that has been up for almost a year with no one saying anything?! Should work now :)

  3. I’m still trying to find out what the music is? Does anyone know, please? I’ve tried asking the BBC – I got no reply.

  4. How familiar Mrs William’s voice was – and my guess was right, it’s ol’ Mrs Patmore from Downton Abbey!

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