The Cruel Sea

Monday 25 February to Tuesday 26 February



Winner of this year’s BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama, this is a full-cast dramatization of Nicholas Monsarrat’s 1951 bestselling book adapted for radio by John Fletcher.

The sound engineers, who won the award, were Caleb Knightly, Mike Etherden and Alison Craig. Starring Jonathan Coy and based on Monsarrat’s own naval career, it tells the story of the crew of a Navy war boat during the war in the Atlantic.

Judges of this category, Kevin Brew, Jon Hardy and Jane Thynne said this of the winner: “an astonishing effort, faithfully recreating in sound the physical and psychological horrors of naval warfare ... the near-silence where the protagonist learns of the death of his fiancée is as shocking as any of the battle scenes.”

BBC Radio 4 Extra Publicity