Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Patrick O’Brian’s naval adventure is set in 1812, when Britain was at war with America and France. Featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin.

1/3. By Patrick O’Brian. In 1812 Britain is at war with America and France. When Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin are forced to abandon ship in the South Atlantic they are picked up by the Royal Navy frigate, Java, in pursuit of an American heavy frigate, Constitution. But when the ships exchange fire the enemy proves superior. Jack and Stephen are taken as prisoners-of-war to Boston – where Stephen’s former lover, Diana Villiers, has become the mistress of an American diplomat.

Dramatised by Roger Danes.

Captain Jack Aubrey........................................DAVID ROBB
Doctor Stephen Maturin....................RICHARD DILLANE
Diana Villiers..........................................CANDIDA BENSON
Killick...................................................................JON GLOVER
Bonden......................................................................SAM DALE
Johnson......................................................STRUAN RODGER
Pontet-Canet.......................................NICK UNDERWOOD
Clapier.......................................................STEPHEN HOGAN
Jaheel Brenton...............................GERARD MCDERMOTT
Lt. Babbington.......................................................DON GILET
Captain Lambert...........................................SEAN MURRAY
Chads................................................LIAM LAU FERNANDEZ
Other parts are played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young

57 minutes

Last on

Sat 24 Nov 2018 21:00

Broadcasts

Call 0800 082 82 84 to donate to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

Call 0800 082 82 84 to donate to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

This link will take you to the Christmas Appeal Charity donation page on St Martin's site

Audio Books - great readings

Audio Books - great readings

A selection of highlights available to download via the iPlayer Radio app

The Shakespeare Sessions

The Shakespeare Sessions

Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s world