The Mauritius Command Radio Play

*SPOILERS* Patrick O'Brian's naval epic set in 1809, dramatised by Roger Danes. Starring David Robb as Captain Jack Aubrey and Richard Dillane as Doctor Stephen Maturin.

Jack Aubrey is promoted (temporarily) to Commodore to lead a squadron of English ships, charged with taking the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Réunion from the French. Jack must succeed against superior odds at sea and on land (where Stephen’s subversive skills are invaluable as ever). Yet, in his new role as Commodore, Jack needs subtlety and subterfuge to win over the crews and subordinate captains of his own fleet, including the flamboyant but erratic Lord Clonfert.

The story is based on a naval campaign in 1809-10 when Britain and France were bitterly engaged in protecting their trade routes around the southern tip of Africa – and the islands of Mauritius and Réunion (east of Madagascar) were viewed as strategic bases.

The Mauritius Command is the fourth novel in Patrick O’Brian’s Nelsonic epic series and the sequel to HMS Surprise which was dramatised for Radio 4 in 2008.

|Part One| |Part Two| |Part Three|

Captain Jack Aubrey …… DAVID ROBB
Doctor Stephen Maturin …… RICHARD DILLANE

Lord Clonfert …… SAM DALE
Lt-Col Keating …… THOMAS ARNOLD
Governor Farquhar …… DAVID RINTOUL
Captain Corbett …… CHRISTIAN RODSKA
Captain Pym …… BRIAN BOWLES
Lt Webber …… PIP CARTER
Lt Seymour …… MAX DOWLER
Midshipman Cotton …… LLOYD THOMAS

Producer/director: Bruce Young

Courtesy of the BBC, Roman Z. and Adrian N.
Image: Combat de Grand Port by Pierre-Julien Gilbert

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8 Comments on The Mauritius Command Radio Play

  1. Matt Stanley // April 19, 2011 at 7:05 am //

    I really love The Surprise adaptation and even though I live in the UK and enjoy Radio 4, I completely missed this.

    Thanks so much for posting.

  2. Hilary Wilkie // April 21, 2011 at 9:10 am //

    Please does anyone know what the music is? I mean the music played at the beginning and end of each episode.

  3. Was anyone else disappointed in listening to this? I’d re-read the book not long before so the story was fresh in my mind, I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for the talents (particularly) of Director Bruce Young and main actor David Robb, but… it felt like a misfire to me.

    The constant theme throughout all the books is that Jack Aubrey is an open, jovial, good natured fellow – but not in this adaptation. I know he starts off the book a bit hipped – too long on shore, married life not quite what he was expecting, but it doesn’t take him two seconds once he knows he has a ship to regain his joy – here however consistently grumpy and more than a bit dour was nearer the mark, alas. It felt as though the adapters did not really know their subject, which is disappointing.

  4. sossij // May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am //

    Hello there,

    The links don’t appear to be working – I get a 404 error :(

    • The Dear Knows // August 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm //

      I’m so sorry about this! They’re fixed now, but I hope you found them somewhere else since it took me so long to get to it :(

  5. Sir Joseph // June 8, 2011 at 9:19 am //

    The files seem to be offline. What a pity. Any chance for a re-up? Thank you very much in advance!

    • The Dear Knows // August 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm //

      I am so sorry about this, and about the amount of time it’s taken me to fix it! I hope you were able to find it elsewhere, but if not I hope you enjoy them from this page now :)

  6. Matt Stanley // August 6, 2011 at 8:10 am //

    Thank you so much for fixing the link to this.

    Working over the weekend and I can’t wait to listen as I drive home.

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