Earthsea [Ursula K Le Guin]

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0101Shadow2015042720161231 (BBC7)
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Ged tampers with long-held secrets to release a terrible shadow into the world.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons. Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Based on the novels A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams.

Hungry for power and knowledge, the young wizard Ged tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. Meanwhile, Tenar is taken away from her home and family to become Arha, the guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan.

Published between 1968 and 1972, the first three books of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore) are re-told across six intertwined episodes. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who releases a terrible shadow into the world and must risk everything in order to restore the balance. Tenar, a girl from the island of Atuan, is taken from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar encounter one another and seek a way of bringing peace to the troubled archipelago.

Ged.... James McArdle
Tenar.... Aysha Kala
Young Ged.... Kasper Hilton-Hille
Young Tenar.... Nishi Malde
Ogion.... Paul Hilton
Manan.... Zubin Varla
Thar.... Souad Faress
Father.... David Hounslow
Boy.... Adam Thomas-Wright
Oarsman.... Mark Edel-Hunt
Witch.... Jessica Turner
Serret.... Lucy Hutchinson
Shipmaster.... Stephen Critchlow

Original music by Jon Nicholls.
Sound design by Caleb Knightley.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

0102Schooling2015042820170107 (BBC7)
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Sent to Roke island's school for wizards, Ged's pride and recklessness prove fatal.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons.

Based on the novels A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams.

The young mage Ged is sent to the school for wizards on Roke Island but his pride and recklessness prove fatal. Meanwhile on Atuan, Tenar struggles to understand her role as guardian of the ominous Tombs. Her first official task will fill her with horror.

Published between 1968 and 1972, the first three books of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore) are re-told here across six intertwined episodes. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who releases a terrible shadow into the world and must risk everything in order to restore the balance. Tenar, a girl from the island of Atuan, is taken from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar encounter one another and discover a way of bringing peace to the troubled archipelago.

Ged.... James McArdle
Tenar.... Aysha Kala
Young Ged.... Kasper Hilton-Hillie
Young Tenar.... Nishi Malde
Manan.... Zubin Varla
Kossil.... Souad Faress
Doorkeeper.... Stephen Critchlow
Nemmerle.... Sam Dale
Raven.... Ayesha Antoine
Jasper.... Richard Linnell
Vetch.... Jack Kane
Hand.... David Acton
Herbal.... Mark Edel-Hunt
Gensher.... David Hounslow
Dragon.... Jessica Turner

Original music by Jon Nicholls

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

0103Lookfar2015042920170114 (BBC7)
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The terrible shadow he has released hunts Ged wherever he goes, so he must make a choice.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons.

Based on the novels A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams.

At Roke School, Ged released a terrible shadow into the world when he recklessly cast a spell for summoning the dead. It nearly cost him his life then and now it hunts him wherever he goes. He must make a choice: keep running or turn around and become hunter himself.

Ged.... James McArdle
Tenar.... Aysha Kala
Ogion.... Paul Hilton
Vetch.... Will Howard
Dragon.... Jessica Turner
Pechvarry.... Mark Edel-Hunt
Ship's Master.... Sam Dale
2nd Ship's Master.... Stephen Critchlow
Raven.... Syesha Antoine
Skiorh.... David Hounslow
Jessel.... Chris Pavlo

Original music by Jon Nicholls

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

0104The Ring2015043020170121 (BBC7)
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Tenar encounters Ged, a wizard come to steal their greatest treasure.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons.

Based on the novel The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams.

When Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken from her - home, family, even her name. She is now known only as Arha, the Eaten One, and guards the shadowy, labyrinthine Tombs of Atuan. Then Ged comes to steal the Tombs' greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth-Akbe. Tenar's duty is to protect the Ring, but Ged possesses the light of magic and tales of a world that Tenar has never known. Will she risk everything to escape from the darkness that has become her domain?

Ged.... James McArdle
Tenar.... Sysha Kala
Manan.... Zubin Varla
Kossil.... Souad Faress
Willow.... Jessica Turner
Penthe.... Ayesha Antoine

Original music by Jon Nicholls

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

0105Dragonfly2015050420170128 (BBC7)
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Twenty years on, the magic had gone out of Earthsea. Ged seeks the source of the darkness.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons.

Based on the novel The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams.

It's now over 20 years since the action of The Tombs of Atuan, and magic has gone out of Earthsea. Mages have forgotten their spells and the springs of wizardry have running dry. Ged, Dragonlord and now Archmage of Earthsea, sets out with a young prince to seek the source of the darkness.

Ged.... Shaun Dooley
Tenar.... Vineeta Rishi
Arren.... Will Featherstone
Sailor.... Jude Akudwudike
Doorkeeper.... Stephen Critchlow
Summoner.... Sam Dale
Sopli.... Chris Pavlo
Hare.... David Acton
Woman.... Syesha Antoine
Egre.... David Hounslow
Woman.... Jessica Turner

Original music by Jon Nicholls

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

0106 LASTThe Other Earthsea2015050520170204 (BBC7)
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Earthsea is in danger. The springs of wizardry are drying up.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons.

Based on the novel The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams.

A strange plague is spreading over Earthsea and the springs of wizardry are drying up. Driven to seek out the source of the trouble, Archmage Ged has embarked on a perilous journey with young prince Arren. Their travels have taken them to a land cursed with a strange soul sickness, as they seek the man behind this darkness.

Ged.... Shaun Dooley
Tenar.... Vineeta Rishi
Arren.... Will Featherstone
Cob.... Toby Jones
Nilgu.... Noma Dumezweni
Orm Ember.... Ayesha Antoine

Original music by Jon Nicholls

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

0201A Bad Thing2018101520200731 (BBC7)On the island of Gont, Tenar saves a remarkable young girl from certain death. She also makes a dangerous enemy.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across 12 episodes. In the first series, the first three novels were re-told, and series two takes in Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly.

As a girl, Tenar, was taken from her home and family on the island of Atuan to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar met and became unlikely allies, escaped from Atuan, and brought peace to the troubled archipelago. Now in her late middle age, widowed and with grown up children, Tenar runs a farm on the island of Gont. She has not seen Ged for many years.

Ged was born on Gont, with innate magical talent and a reckless nature. He trained in wizardry on the island Roke, where he released a terrible shadow into the world and then risked his life to restore the balance. He grew to become Archmage on Roke and the greatest wizard on all of Earthsea. When the evil wizard Cob attempted to cheat death and live forever, Ged found him and closed the breach between life and death. In doing so, he lost his powers of magic.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tenar... Nina Wadia
Ogion... Michael Bertenshaw
Tehanu...Laura Elphinstone
Therru... Rosie Boore
Moss... Elizabeth Counsell
Aspen... John Lightbody
Handy... Ryan Early
Therru's father... Stephen Hogan
Clearbrook... Sean Murray
Kalessin... Emma Handy
Senini... Lauren Cornelius
Apple... Kerry Gooderson
Fisherman... Ryan Whittle

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set in a magical world rich with wizards & dragons.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across 12 episodes. In the first series, the first three novels were re-told, and series two takes in Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly.

0202Tenar2018101620200803 (BBC7)Ged returns to the island of Gont on the back of a dragon. Meanwhile, the curse afflicting Tenar gathers force.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tenar... Nina Wadia
Ged... Robert Glenister
Therru... Rosie Boore
Moss... Elizabeth Counsell
Aspen... John Lightbody
Fan... Sean Murray
Courtier... Ryan Whittle
Courtier... Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set in a magical world rich with wizards & dragons.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

0203Tehanu2018101720200804 (BBC7)On the run, Tenar and Therru find shelter on the royal ship. But it will take a dragon to finally rid them of their foes.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tenar... Nina Wadia
Ged... Robert Glenister
Tehanu... Laura Elphinstone
Therru... Rosie Boore
King Lebannen... Steven Robertson
Moss... Elizabeth Counsell
Aspen... John Lightbody
Kalessin... Emma Handy
Handy... Ryan Early
Therru's father... Stephen Hogan
Apple... Kerry Gooderson
Sailor... Sean Murray
Spark... Joseph Ayre

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set in a magical world rich with wizards & dragons.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

0204The Mender2018101820200805 (BBC7)Alder, a man tormented by his dreams, seeks out the reclusive Archmage on the island of Gont.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tehanu... Laura Elphinstone
Ged... Robert Glenister
Azver... Narinder Samra
Alder... Tom Vanson
Thorion... Sam Dale
Woman... Elizabeth Counsell
Sailor... Ryan Early
Fishwife... Emma Handy
Lily... Lauren Cornelius
Doorkeeper... Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set in a magical world rich with wizards & dragons.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Alder seeks out the reclusive Archmage on the island of Gont.

0205The Princess2018101920200806 (BBC7)Dragons threaten the Inner Isles. Tenar and Tehanu have arrived on Havnor to give counsel to the King. The threat is far greater than they first thought.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tehanu... Laura Elphinstone
Tenar... Nina Wadia
Azver... Narinder Samra
King Lebannen... Steven Robertson
Alder... Tom Vanson
Seserekh... Sabrina Sandhu
Tesla... Sean Murray
Kalessin... Emma Handy
Oak... Stephen Hogan
Lady Iyesa... Lauren Cornelius
Sailor... Ryan Early

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set in a magical world rich with wizards & dragons.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

0206Children Of Fire And Earth2018102220200807 (BBC7)Kalessin, the eldest of dragons, brings a message to the people of Havnor. At last, the King and his council know what they must do: travel to the beating heart of all of Earthsea.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

As a girl, Tenar, was taken from her home and family on the island of Atuan to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar met and became unlikely allies, escaped from Atuan, and brought peace to the troubled archipelago. Now in her late middle age, widowed and with grown up children, Tenar runs a farm on the island of Gont. She is reunited with Ged when he is brought back to the island of his birth on the back of a dragon.

Ged (also known as Sparrowhawk or Hawk) was born on Gont, with innate magical talent and a reckless nature. He trained in wizardry on the island Roke, where he released a terrible shadow into the world and then risked his life to restore the balance. He grew to become Archmage on Roke and the greatest wizard on all of Earthsea. When the evil wizard Cob attempted to cheat death and live forever, Ged found him and closed the breach between life and death. In doing so, he lost his powers of magic. While Tenar has traveled to Havnor, he has stayed at on Gont to mind the house.

Tehanu... Laura Elphinstone
Tenar... Nina Wadia
Azver... Narinder Samra
King Lebannen... Steven Robertson
Alder... Tom Vanson
Ged... Robert Glenister
Seserekh... Sabrina Sandhu
Thorion... Sam Dale
Tesla... Sean Murray
Doorkeeper... Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga set in a magical world rich with wizards & dragons.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.

0206 LASTChildren Of Fire And Earth20181022Kalessin, the eldest of dragons, brings a message to the people of Havnor. At last, the King and his council know what they must do: travel to the beating heart of all of Earthsea.

Ursula K Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

As a girl, Tenar, was taken from her home and family on the island of Atuan to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar met and became unlikely allies, escaped from Atuan, and brought peace to the troubled archipelago. Now in her late middle age, widowed and with grown up children, Tenar runs a farm on the island of Gont. She is reunited with Ged when he is brought back to the island of his birth on the back of a dragon.

Ged (also known as Sparrowhawk or Hawk) was born on Gont, with innate magical talent and a reckless nature. He trained in wizardry on the island Roke, where he released a terrible shadow into the world and then risked his life to restore the balance. He grew to become Archmage on Roke and the greatest wizard on all of Earthsea. When the evil wizard Cob attempted to cheat death and live forever, Ged found him and closed the breach between life and death. In doing so, he lost his powers of magic. While Tenar has traveled to Havnor, he has stayed at on Gont to mind the house.

Tehanu... Laura Elphinstone
Tenar... Nina Wadia
Azver... Narinder Samra
King Lebannen... Steven Robertson
Alder... Tom Vanson
Ged... Robert Glenister
Seserekh... Sabrina Sandhu
Thorion... Sam Dale
Tesla... Sean Murray
Doorkeeper... Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Tales of wizards, dragons and magic by Ursula K Le Guin.