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THE ODYSSEY dramatised by Simon Armitage
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The Odyssey
'Sing in me, muse, and through me tell the story ...'
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Saturday 28 August 1430-1600
Saturday 28 August 2100-2230
Sunday 29 August 1500-1600
Odysseus serene
As the Olympics come to an end in Greece, Radio 4 tells the great seafaring tale of Odysseus in 3 parts over the one weekend.
PART 1: After 20 years away the Gods decide it is time for Odysseus, a Trojan hero, to return to Ithaca before his wife Penelope is forced to marry again. But the angry God Poseidon still wants revenge. 

ODYSSEUS - Tim McInnery

PENELOPE - Amanda Redman

TELEMACHUS - Benedict Cumberbatch

ATHENA - Janet McTeer

ZEUS - John Wood

EURYCLEIA - Mary Wimbush

HERMES - Bertie Carvel

KING ALCINOUS - Geoffrey Whitehead

QUEEN ARETE - Cheryl Campbell

PRINCESS NAUSICAA - Alice Hart

CALYPSO - Adjoa Andoh

THE CYCLOPS -  Barrie Rutter

ANTINOUS - Danny Webb

EURYMACHUS - Jonathan Keeble

AMPHINOMUS - Chris Pavlo

EURYLOCHUS - Ewan Bailey

POLITES - John Rowe

ELPENUS - Stephen Hogan

EURYBATES - Philip Fox

ANTIPHUS - Jon Glover 

Music by Gary Yershon

MUSICIANS: Keith Thompson, Martin Allen, Robin Jeffrey, Chris Lacey, Elspeth Cowey and Phil Hopkins
SINGER: Jon Glover 

DIRECTED BY JANET WHITAKER

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