Fortune Of War, The [Drama]

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032018120220181208 (R4)

3/3/ Dramatisation of Patrick O’Brian's novel and its sequel, The Surgeon’s Mate.
Diana is pregnant. Stephen offers to marry her but she refuses because it’s not his child. Jack is given a fresh command, HMS Ariel, with a mission to subvert the Catalan garrison of Grimsholm island, guarding the passage between Denmark and Sweden. But on the voyage home the Ariel is shipwrecked off the coast of Brittany. Jack and Stephen are taken prisoner by the French and transported to Paris for interrogation – where Stephen is accused of being a spy.

Dramatised by Roger Danes.

Captain Jack Aubrey....DAVID ROBB
Doctor Stephen Maturin....RICHARD DILLANE
Diana Villiers....CANDIDA BENSON
Lt. Jagiello....TOM CAWTE
Lt. Cornelius Hyde....CARL PREKOPP
Sir Joseph Blaine....STRUAN RODGER
Killick....JON GLOVER
Bonden....SAM DALE
Major Clapier....STEPHEN HOGAN
Admiral Dommet....TONY TURNER
Captain Babbington....DON GILET
Sophie Aubrey....JEANETTE PERCIVAL
Amanda Smith....EMMA HANDY
Rowbotham....LIAM LAU FERNANDEZ
Other parts are played by the cast.

Producer/director Bruce Young

3/3. Diana is pregnant. Stephen offers to marry her but she refuses.

Radio 4 drama

022018112520181201 (R4)

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

Jack, Stephen and Diana escape from Boston in a rowing boat.

Radio 4 drama