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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 April 2013

Waverley by Walter Scott
Adapted by Mike Harris

A gripping tale of love, war and divided loyalties with Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.

It's 1745 and 21year old Edward Waverley, a newly commissioned red-coat officer, is posted to Scotland on the eve of Bonnie Prince Charlie's violent bid for power. His father is a rising minister in the ruling Hanoverian state, but the beloved Uncle who brought him up is an old Jacobite, loyal to the exiled Stewart dynasty.

Waverley falls in love with two very different Scottish girls - the cautious, loyalist, lowlander Rose Bradwardine, and the fiery highland rebel Flora. He goes AWOL for Flora just as her brother Fergus is rallying their clan to fight for Charlie.

When Waverley is accused by his Commanding Officer of a treasonable flirtation with the enemy, he joins the uprising in a fit of pique and helps defeat an English army at the battle of Prestonpans.

When he finds out that he has caused the arrest of Uncle, he returns to London to try to clear his name.

With David Tennant as Walter Scott.

All other parts are played by members of the cast.

The music is composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve.

Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.


Mike Harris
Rupert Evans
Christian Rodska
Alison McKenzie
Mrs Bates
Alison McKenzie
Olivia Morgan
Forbes Masson
Evan Dhu
Mark Bonnar
Walter Scott
David Tennant
Clive Brill
Clive Brill
Ross Hughes
Esben Tjalve


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