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The Reserve Rope - Episode 2

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The Matterhorn was conquered on 14th July 1865 by Edward Whymper. But four men died on the descent. Damian Lewis stars as Whymper, forever tormented by the tragedy.

The Matterhorn was conquered on 14th July 1865 by Edward Whymper. But four men died on the descent. Damian Lewis stars as Whymper, forever tormented by the tragedy.

Jonathan Myerson's drama speculates on what went wrong and why. The climbing team were roped together on the way down but at least two were inexperienced and - for reasons never fully explained - attached together with rope that was unsuitable for holding the weight of a man.

A swift inquest was held and Whymper was exonerated. But some people never forgave him - especially the 8th Marquess of Queensbury, father to Douglas Hadow, one of the dead.

Cast:
Edward Whymper...................Damian Lewis
Zipporah.................................Olivia Darnley
Douglas / Guide......................Jacob Fortune Lloyd
Queensbury / Pession /
Taugwalder / McCormick.........Joseph Kloska
Josiah / Club man 3 /
Favre / Seiler..........................Christian Rodska
Hudson / Meynet.....................Dominic Rye
Wills / Croz / Robertson /
Tyndall / Club man 2 /
Macdonald..............................Tom Gordon
Hadow....................................Sean Delaney
Carrel / Peter..........................Gabriel Lo Guidice

Produced and directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

44 minutes

Last on

Sat 6 Mar 2021 21:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Edward Whymper Damian Lewis
Zipporah Olivia Darnley
Douglas Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
Guide Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
Queensbury Joseph Kloska
Pession Joseph Kloska
Taugwalder Joseph Kloska
McCormick Joseph Kloska
Josiah Christian Rodska
Club Man 3 Christian Rodska
Favre Christian Rodska
Seiler Christian Rodska
Hudson Dominic Rye
Meynet Dominic Rye
Wills Tom Gordon
Croz Tom Gordon
Robertson Tom Gordon
Tyndall Tom Gordon
Club Man 2 Tom Gordon
Macdonald Tom Gordon
Hadow Sean Delaney
Carrel Gabriel Lo Giudice
Peter Gabriel Lo Giudice
Director Clive Brill
Producer Clive Brill
Writer Jonathan Myerson

Broadcasts

  • Thu 10 Mar 2016 14:15
  • Sat 6 Mar 2021 21:00

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