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Jack, Stephen and Diana escape from Boston in a rowing boat with a cache of American intelligence papers and stolen diamonds.

2/3. Dramatisation of Patrick O’Brian's novel and its sequel, The Surgeon’s Mate. Jack, Stephen and Diana escape from Boston in a rowing boat with a cache of American intelligence papers and stolen diamonds. A Royal Navy frigate, HMS Shannon, on blockade duty outside the harbour, takes the fugitives on board. In the climactic naval battle of the War of 1812 HMS Shannon defeats the USS Chesapeake but at a heavy cost. At a ball in Nova Scotia to celebrate the great victory Jack has a dalliance with the amorous Amanda Smith before our heroes board a mail packet bound for London. But they are pursued by two American ships intent on recovering Diana, the papers and the priceless jewels.

Dramatised by Roger Danes.

Captain Jack Aubrey........................................DAVID ROBB
Doctor Stephen Maturin.....................RICHARD DILLANE
Diana Villiers.........................................CANDIDA BENSON
Captain Philip Broke...................................PETER FORBES
Pontet-Canet........................................NICK UNDERWOOD
Johnson.....................................................STRUAN RODGER
Amanda Smith...............................................EMMA HANDY
Major Beck.............................................................DON GILET
Admiral Colpoys...........................................TONY TURNER
Lt. Falkiner..........................................CAMERON PERCIVAL
Bartholomew......................................................LEWIS BRAY
Other parts are played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young

57 minutes

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