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The Fair Maid of Perth


A beautiful glover's daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot-headed clansman and a bumbling bonnet-maker in lawless 14th century Scotland.

In Walter Scott's The Fair Maid of Perth, feeble King Robert III is failing to stop his beloved country being torn apart by warring clans and pillaging nobles - chaos reigns supreme. When our heroine, Catharine Glover, suffers heartbreak and tragedy at the hands of the vengeful Earl of March, a terrible dilemma presents itself.

Should she follow the dictates of her heart by marrying the man she loves - or should she obey her father's wish and shun a world of 'hard iron and barbaric cruelties' by betrothing herself to Christ?

Adapted for Radio by Scott Cherry

With David Tennant as Walter Scott

All other parts are played by members of the cast.

Ruth Wall sings and plays Gaelic Harp.

Music composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve.

Produced and directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 20 Apr 2013 21:00


Role Contributor
Catherine GloverMorven Christie
Her fatherHugh Ross
The Earl of MarchKenneth Cranham
Oliver ProudfootForbes Masson
Louise the MinstrelOlivia Morgan
Walter ScottDavid Tennant
ProducerClive Brill
DirectorClive Brill

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