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198A01Learning19980107

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's book.

1: `Learning'.

November 1939, and in just three months a group of civilians need to become a crew sailing HMS Compass Rose in her vital job of protecting convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Starring Philip Madoc, Paul Rhys, Danny Webb, Tony Selby, Bernard Gallagher, Jack Davenport, Michael Maloney, Dominic Rickards and Rupert Holliday-Evans.

198A01Learning19980107

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's book.

1: `Learning'.

November 1939, and in just three months a group of civilians need to become a crew sailing HMS Compass Rose in her vital job of protecting convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Starring Philip Madoc, Paul Rhys, Danny Webb, Tony Selby, Bernard Gallagher, Jack Davenport, Michael Maloney, Dominic Rickards and Rupert Holliday-Evans.

198A02Leave19980114

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's book.

2: `Leave'.

Winter 1940.

Convoy duty in the storms of the North Atlantic has seen the Compass Rose in the thick of terrifying combat.

Starring Philip Madoc, Helen Baxendale, Emma Cuniffe, Paul Rhys, Tony Selby, Bernard Gallagher, Jack Davenport, Michael Maloney, Dominic Rickards, Louise Germaine, Jane Whittenshaw, John Webb and David Antrobus.

198A03The Worst Convoy Ever19980121

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's book.

3: `The Worst Convoy Ever'.

Ericson faces the toughest test of his command.

With Philip Madoc, Paul Rhys, Helen Baxendale, Emma Cuniffe, Henry Naylor, Michael Maloney, Tony Selby, Bernard Gallagher, John Webb, David Holt, Dominic Rickards, Tom Hillier, David Timson, Rupert Holliday-Evans, Don McCorkindale and Vincent Brimble.

198A04Fighting.19980128

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's book.

4: `Fighting.' HMS 'Compass Rose' floats motionless in the North Atlantic, engines stopped and silent.

With Philip Madoc, Paul Rhys, Helen Baxendale, Bernard Gallagher, Henry Naylor, Michael Maloney, Tony Selby, John Webb, David Holt, Dominic Rickards, Tom Hillier, David Timson, Don McCorkindale, Rupert Holliday-Evans and Vincent Brimble.

198A05Open Boats19980204

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's novel.

5: `Open Boats'.

HMS `Compass Rose' is sinking, trapping many of her crew below decks.

With Philip Madoc, Paul Rhys, Helen Baxendale, Emma Cunniffe, Bernard Gallagher, Henry Naylor, Michael Maloney, Tony Selby, John Webb, David Holt, Dominic Rickards, Tom Hillier, David Timson, Don McCorkindale, Rupert Holliday-Evans and Vincent Brimble.

198A06The Final Cruelty19980211

Sir Donald Sinden narrates a six-part adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's book.

6: `The Final Cruelty'.

Ericson and Lockhart join their new ship still mourning their lost comrades on `Compass Rose'.

With Philip Madoc, Paul Rhys, Helen Baxendale, Spencer Banks, Henry Naylor, David Timson, Deborah BERLIN and Vincent Brimble.

CS0120120226

Dramatised by John Fletcher.

1 of 2.

The first part of Nicholas Monsarrat's searing classic novel about the men and ships who fought who fought in the North Atlantic during the 2nd World War.

Lockhart....Gwilym Lee

Ericson....Jonathan Coy

Ferraby....Carl Prekopp

Wainwright....David Seddon

Phillips....Peter Hamilton-Dyer

Gregg....Harry Livingstone

Mavis....Tracy Wiles

Coxswain....James Lailey

Donnelly....Adam Billington

Sound by Caleb Knightley

Directed by Marc Beeby

The Cruel Sea is the story of the crew of a newly commissioned corvette, Compass Rose, a ship that forms part of the escort to merchant convoys during World War II. The crew are mostly inexperienced men from non-naval backgrounds and the story focuses on their differing reactions to the horrifying experiences they have as German U-boats attack their convoys with increasing success. Some will survive the war, and some won't - but all of them will be changed by their experiences.

But this isn't just a war story. In a surprisingly subtle way, The Cruel Sea also chronicles the often abrasive process by which classes, previously unknown to each other, were thrown together onboard ship and had to learn to rub along - and how the earned respect, in the long term, led to the future Welfare State and the social equity and cooperation of the 50's and 60's.

The novel, published in 1951, was an immediate success and it has never been out of print since. It brings home the realities of the longest battle in the second world war, the Battle for the Atlantic, but it does so not through harrowing depiction of the horrors involved, but through its detailed depiction the people involved, people we come to care about, to admire, and to mourn.

Dramatisation of Nicholas Monsarrat's World War II novel.

CS012012022620120303

Dramatised by John Fletcher.

1 of 2.

The first part of Nicholas Monsarrat's searing classic novel about the men and ships who fought who fought in the North Atlantic during the 2nd World War.

Lockhart....Gwilym Lee

Ericson....Jonathan Coy

Ferraby....Carl Prekopp

Wainwright....David Seddon

Phillips....Peter Hamilton-Dyer

Gregg....Harry Livingstone

Mavis....Tracy Wiles

Coxswain....James Lailey

Donnelly....Adam Billington

Sound by Caleb Knightley

Directed by Marc Beeby

The Cruel Sea is the story of the crew of a newly commissioned corvette, Compass Rose, a ship that forms part of the escort to merchant convoys during World War II. The crew are mostly inexperienced men from non-naval backgrounds and the story focuses on their differing reactions to the horrifying experiences they have as German U-boats attack their convoys with increasing success. Some will survive the war, and some won't - but all of them will be changed by their experiences.

But this isn't just a war story. In a surprisingly subtle way, The Cruel Sea also chronicles the often abrasive process by which classes, previously unknown to each other, were thrown together onboard ship and had to learn to rub along - and how the earned respect, in the long term, led to the future Welfare State and the social equity and cooperation of the 50's and 60's.

The novel, published in 1951, was an immediate success and it has never been out of print since. It brings home the realities of the longest battle in the second world war, the Battle for the Atlantic, but it does so not through harrowing depiction of the horrors involved, but through its detailed depiction the people involved, people we come to care about, to admire, and to mourn.

Dramatisation of Nicholas Monsarrat's World War II novel.

CS0120120303
CS02 LAST20120304

Dramatised by John Fletcher.

2 of 2.

The second part of Nicholas Monsarrat's searing classic novel about the war in the North Atlantic.

Lockhart....Gwilym Lee

Ericson....Jonathan Coy

Hallam....Tracy Wiles

Wainwright....David Seddon

Raikes....Gerard McDermott

Phillips....Peter Hamilton-Dyer

Ferraby....Carl Prekopp

Gregg....Harry Livingstone

The Operator....Adam Billington

Coxswain....James Lailey

Sound by Caleb Knightley

Directed by Marc Beeby.

Dramatisation of Nicholas Monsarrat's World War II novel.

CS02 LAST20120304

Dramatised by John Fletcher.

2 of 2.

The second part of Nicholas Monsarrat's searing classic novel about the war in the North Atlantic.

Lockhart....Gwilym Lee

Ericson....Jonathan Coy

Hallam....Tracy Wiles

Wainwright....David Seddon

Raikes....Gerard McDermott

Phillips....Peter Hamilton-Dyer

Ferraby....Carl Prekopp

Gregg....Harry Livingstone

The Operator....Adam Billington

Coxswain....James Lailey

Sound by Caleb Knightley

Directed by Marc Beeby.

Dramatisation of Nicholas Monsarrat's World War II novel.

CS02 LAST20120310
SNT1980a9a27

By: Nicholas Monsarrat

Starring: Richard Pasco/Michael N. Harbour

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By: Nicholas Monsarrat

Starring: Richard Pasco/Michael N.

Harbour.