King Solomon's Mines [H Rider Haggard]

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Extraordinary tales from the golden age of adventure.

Tim McInnerny stars as intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain in this classic Victorian story - the impossible quest for the fabled King Solomon's diamond mines, set in a mythical African interior. This gripping story is a treasure hunt, a mystery, a psychological drama, and a kaleidoscope of sound.

Hunter Allan Quatermain is asked by Sir Henry Curtis to join in the search for his brother George, who disappeared a year ago on a quest to find the legendary diamond mines of King Solomon, in an uncharted part of Africa. Quatermain regards this as a suicidal mission but, fatalistic and wishing to provide for his son Harry, he finally agrees to go and keeps a journal for his son of the trip from which he never expects to return. Quatermain, Sir Henry, his friend Captain John Good and their bearers set off into the unknown... on a challenging and near fatal journey, eventually encountering the fierce Kukuana tribe led by Chief Infadoos who agrees to take them to the town of Loo near the fabled King Solomon's Mines.

Sir Henry Curtis …. David Sturzaker
Officer …. Finlay Robertson
Silvestre …. Joe Ferrara
Infadoos …. Maynard Eziashi
Umbopa …. Sope Dirisu
Captain John Good …. Simon Ludders
Allan Quatermaine …. Tim McInnerny
Ventvogel …. Tonderaj Munyevu

Written by Rider Haggard

Dramatised by Chris Harrald

Directed by Liz Webb

Adapter Chris Harrald's previous adaptations for Radio 4 include M R James' ghost stories, four series of the Edwardian detective series The Rivals and several Classic Serials, including The Lost World and Three Men in a Boat.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.

Tim McInnerny stars in a classic adventure - the quest for the legendary diamond mines.

Adaptation of H Rider Haggard's classic tale.

022017040920201128 (BBC7)
20201129 (BBC7)
Extraordinary tales from the golden age of adventure

Tim McInnerny stars as intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain in the second episode of this classic Victorian story - the impossible quest for the fabled King Solomon's Mines, set in a mythical African interior. This gripping story is a treasure hunt, a mystery, a psychological drama, and a kaleidoscope of sound.

Allan Quatermain is writing a journal for his son Harry as he believes he will never return from accompanying Sir Henry Curtis on his mission to find the fabled King Solomon's Mines, in order to find out what has happened to Sir Henry's younger brother George who set out on the same quest the year before. Quatermain, Sir Henry, Captain Good and their bearer Umbopa are being escorted to the town of Loo by Chief Infadoos to meet the blood-thirsty King Twala of the Kukuana and his witch-finder Gagool. The adventurers watch the terrifying night of the great witch hunt when countless Kukuana perish. Their mysterious bearer Umbopa is not what he seems and may be their only hope of survival and of finally finding King Solomon's Mines.

Gagool …. Adjoa Andoh
Sir Henry Curtis …. David Sturzaker
Foulata …. Emmanuella Cole
Twala …. Femi Elufowoju
George …. Finlay Robertson
Infadoos …. Maynard Eziashi
Umbopa …. Sope Dirisu
Captain John Good …. Simon Ludders
Allan Quatermaine …. Tim McInnerny
Scragga …. Tonderaj Munyevu

Written by Rider Haggard

Dramatised by Chris Harrald

Directed by Liz Webb

Adapter Chris Harrald's previous adaptations for Radio 4 include M R James' ghost stories, four series of the Edwardian detective series The Rivals and several Classic Serials, including The Lost World and Three Men in a Boat.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.

Tim McInnerny stars in a classic adventure - the quest for the legendary diamond mines.

Adaptation of H Rider Haggard's classic tale.