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To Make the Plough Go before the Horse

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 30 June 2013

by Mike Walker. James I & VI. Charting the life and reign of the loneliest boy in the world, through his relationships, with his one love, Esme, his bullying tutor, Buchanan, his charming Queen, Anne, to his favourite, George Villiers.

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole & Sasha Yevtushenko
Sound design by Colin Guthrie

Production co-ordinator: Phil Hawkins
Studio managers: Martha Littlehailes, Anne Bunting, Alison Craig


Becoming King of England does not free James from the prison of his past or his nature; on the other hand it does allow him a vastly broader canvas on which both his virtues and his faults show clearly. He seeks to vindicate his mother's memory and attacks those who attacked her; he encourages learning and discourages foreign adventures, he supports brilliant men and women but, when convenient, or when bullied, allows them to be destroyed. At his death, will he leave as difficult an inheritance to his son as his mother did to him?


Mike Walker
King James I & VI
Bill Paterson
Young James
Stewart Campbell
George Buchanan
John Rowe
Esmé Stewart
David Dawson
Prince Charles
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Dominic Mafham
Bruce Alexander
Hannah Wood
Agnes Sampson
Amaka Okafor
Ben Crowe
Matthew Watson
Sean Murray
Jessica Dromgoole
Sasha Yevtushenko


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Pip Torrens and Jamie Parker

Find out more about the monarchs and the actors who play them in Radio 4's Stuarts Dramas.

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