*SPOILERS* The gripping first installment of our beloved series, dramatised by Roger Danes. First broadcast on May 11, 1995, this BBC 4 radio performance features Michael Troughton as Captain Jack Aubrey and Nigel Anthony as Dr. Stephen Maturin.
It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon’s France. Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson’s navy, is promoted to command of H.M.S. Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.
Jack Aubrey …… MICHAEL TROUGHTON
Stephen Maturin …… NIGEL ANTHONY
James Dillon …… CHARLES SIMPSON
Molly Harte …… FRANCES JEATER
Judge Advocate …… LLOYD JOHNSTON
Marshall …… NEVILLE JASON
Watt …… RUSSELL FLOYD
David Richards …… RICHARD PEARCE
Director: Adrian Bean
Also featuring Kristin Milward, Peter Whitman, Dominic Letts, Danny Kanaber and Gavin Muir.
Courtesy of the BBC and J. Skinner.
Image: A Third-Rate Enterting Port Mahon by Charles Martin Powell. Courtesy of the NMM.