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Ship of the Dead

Episode 2 of 10

Slave merchant Ibn waits for his family to arrive in Tumanbay. Sarah the slave-girl is recruited by Gregor, master of the palace guard, to spy on the chief wife Shajar.

In the second episode of this epic saga inspired by the Mamluk slave-dynasty of Egypt, another threat is making its way by sea. As slave merchant Ibn (Nabil Elouahabi) awaits for his family to arrive in Tumanbay, sickness has broken out on the ship carrying them.

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. Gregor (Rufus Wright), Master of the Palace Guard, is charged by Sultan Al-Ghuri (Raad Rawi) with the task of rooting out the spies.

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 9 Dec 2015 14:15


Role Contributor
Gregor Rufus Wright
The Girl on the Ship Olivia Popica
Her Mother Nathalie Armin
Ship Captain Albert Welling
Cadali Matthew Marsh
Sarah Nina Yndis
Ibn Nabil Elouahabi
Shajar Sarah Beck Mather
Madu Danny Ashok
Sultan Al-Ghuri Raad Rawi
The Hafiz Antony Bunsee
General Qulan Christopher Fulford
Head Eunuch John Sessions
Slave Akin Gazi
Physician Vivek Madan
Daniel Gareth Kennerley
Actor Christian Hillborg
Actor Alec Utgoff
Actor Stefano Braschi
Actor Albert Welling
Producer Emma Hearn
Producer Nadir Khan
Producer John Dryden
Writer John Dryden
Director John Dryden


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