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Part 1a: On the Martello Tower

20 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 June 2012

'Stately plump' Buck Mulligan calls Stephen Dedalus to the top of the Martello tower overlooking Dublin Bay - and so begins James Joyce's celebrated account of the 16th June 1904. The combined stories of Stephen and Leopold Bloom as they meander through the city. In a landmark project a new dramatisation of Ulysses is broadcast across one day - morning, afternoon and evening. With live commentary from Mark Lawson, broadcasting from Dublin. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Narrator...Stephen Rea
Stephen Dedalus...Andrew Scott
Malachi 'Buck' Mulligan...Kevin Trainor
Haines...Harry Livingstone
Mary Dedalus...Janet Moran
Young Man...Ronan Raftery
Singer Daire Halpin
Pianist Colin Guthrie
Produced and Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
Executive Producer Claire Grove

(Ulysses chapter 'Telemachus').


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