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Celebrating the centenary year of his birth, a dramatization of Dahl's autobiographical adventures beginning as he sets sail for Africa, aged 22. Narrated by Patrick Malahide.

To celebrate the centenary year of his birth, a full dramatization of Roald Dahl's gripping autobiographical overseas adventure.

Beginning aboard the SS Mantola, Dahl sets sail for Africa at the tender age of 22. He experiences the remnants of colonial British life, filled with eccentric characters, and is thrown into a world as bizarre and surprising as any you will find in his fiction.

"Life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones."

Stationed in Tanzania, Dahl is faced with the excitement of the wild; lions carrying off women in their mouths; fatal green mambas captured by snake men. But his savannah-sun-drenched life is interrupted when World War II erupts. Dahl is ordered to round up the German inhabitants of Dar es Salaam and experiences first-hand the horror of war.

Patrick Malahide provides the voice of Dahl in a colourful adaptation by Lucy Catherine.

Dramatised by Lucy Catherine

Directed by Helen Perry
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 16 Sep 2016 13:00

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Role Contributor
Roald Dahl Patrick Malahide
Young Dahl John Heffernan
Mother Joanna Van Kampen
Mdisho Eric Abrefa
Major Griffiths Brian Protheroe
Mrs Griffiths Clare Perkins
Miss Trefusis Elizabeth Bennett
Sandford Nick Underwood
Savory James Lailey
Parkinson Tom Forrister
Mackintosh Sam Rix
Snakeman Sean Baker
Sergeant Jason Barnett
Adaptor Lucy Catherine
Author Roald Dahl
Director Helen Perry


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