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Episode 1

Classic Serial, The Aeneid Episode 1 of 2

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 August 2013

1/2. Aeneas is a faithful husband, a loving father, and a devoted son. He's a good soldier too, and when the city of Troy is threatened, all he wants to do is to defend his home. For ten long years he fights against the invading Greeks. Then one day the ghost of a long-dead comrade appears to him on the battlefield, telling him to stop fighting and run. The future of the Trojan people lies elsewhere, and if Aeneas is to lead them, he must survive. So, with his frail father on his back, and his son in his arms, Aeneas abandons Troy and sets out on his quest. Caught between love, duty and fate, he'll travel across storm-tossed oceans, have a passionate but doomed affair, and suffer terrible personal loss, as he ventures to the very depths of Hell to discover his glorious destiny.

This brand new adaptation of Virgil's epic poem, by award-winning writer Hattie Naylor, uses Robert Fagles' translation.

The music was composed by Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner, and performed by the BBC Singers, conducted by Matthew Hamilton. The soloist is Cherith Milburn-Fryer. Percussion by Joby Burgess.

Production Coordinator: Scott Handcock
Sound design: Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, produced and directed by Kate McAll.

Credits

The Storyteller
Daniel Morden
Aeneas
Richard Harrington
Anchises
Robert Pugh
Creusa
Sara McGaughey
The Sibyl
Fiona Shaw
Aeolus
Matthew Gravelle
Achates
Matthew Gravelle
Ilioneus
Matthew Gravelle
Hector
Matthew Gravelle
Sinon
Matthew Gravelle
Laocoon
Ben Crowe
Mercury
Ben Crowe
Cyprian
Ben Crowe
King Priam
Ben Crowe
Panthus
Ben Crowe
Queen Hecuba
Eiry Thomas
Jove
Michael Bertenshaw
Laocoon
Michael Bertenshaw
Juno
Rachel Atkins
Venus
Annette Badland
Dido
Daphne Alexander
Anna
Amita Dhiri
Elissa
Ayesha Antoine
Director
Kate McAll
Producer
Kate McAll
Adaptor
Hattie Naylor
Author
Virgil

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