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Gregor, master of the palace guard, is charged by Sultan Al-Ghuri with the task of rooting out the insurgence and crushing it.

In the first episode of this epic saga inspired by the Mamluk slave-dynasty of Egypt, Gregor (Rufus Wright) - Master of the Palace Guard - is charged by Sultan Al-Ghuri (Raad Rawi) with the task of rooting out an insurgence and crushing it.

Tumanbay, the beating heart of a vast empire, is threatened by a rebellion in a far-off province and a mysterious force devouring the city from within.

Music - Sacha Puttnam
Sound Design - Steve Bond, Jon Ouin
Editors - Ania Przygoda, James Morgan
Producers - Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan, John Dryden

Written and Directed by John Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4.

44 minutes

Last on

Wed 2 Dec 2015 14:15

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Role Contributor
Gregor Rufus Wright
The Girl on the Ship Olivia Popica
Her Mother Nathalie Armin
The Slave Merchant Nabil Elouahabi
Cadali Matthew Marsh
Frog Deeivya Meir
Frog's Mother Sirine Saba
Basim Alexander Siddig
Sarah Nina Yndis
Envoy Nadir Khan
Shajar Sarah Beck Mather
Madu Danny Ashok
Sultan Al-Ghuri Raad Rawi
General Qulan Christopher Fulford
Physician Vivek Madan
Daniel Gareth Kennerley
Maid Laure Stockley
Ship Captain Albert Welling
Actor Christian Hillborg
Actor Stefano Braschi
Actor Alec Utgoff
Writer John Dryden
Director John Dryden
Producer Emma Hearn
Producer Nadir Khan
Producer John Dryden


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