Micah Clarke [Arthur Conan Doyle]

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01The Messenger From The Lowlands1985033120200706 (BBC7)
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1685. England is once again threatened by Civil War.

Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel set in 1685.

In 1685 England is once again threatened by Civil War as rumours fly that the Protestant Duke of Monmouth will land any day and try by whatever means possible to usurp the throne of his Catholic uncle, James II.

Innocent of these turbulent times, young Micah Clarke and his friend, Reuben, go fishing off Spithead and find themselves drawn into the very centre of a conflict that is to tear the country apart.

Starring Martyn Read, Patrick Troughton and James Bryce.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel dramatised in five parts by Constance Cox.

Micah Clarke.... Martyn Read
Decimus Saxon.... Patrick Troughton
Reuben Lockarby.... James Bryce
Joseph Clarke.... Lockwood West
Mrs Clarke.... Gwen Cherrell
Zachary Palmer.... John Webb
Major Ogilvy.... Gregory de Polnay
Cornet Horsford.... Christopher Douglas
Man.... Colin Starkey
Rider.... Robin Summers

Director: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1985.

02The Perilous Journey1985040720200707 (BBC7)
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Micah and Reuben set off to join Saxon - but they're not the only ones on his trail.

Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel set in 1685.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s historical drama, set to the backdrop of the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

Following a dramatic encounter with Colonel Decimus Saxon, Micah and Reuben find themselves drawn into the Civil War between the Protestant usurper the Duke of Monmouth and the Catholic King James II, and set off on the dangerous journey to join the Duke and his forces at Taunton.

CAST:

Micah Clarke …. Martyn Read
Decimus Saxon …. Patrick Troughton
Reuben Lockarby …. James Bryce
The Duke of Monmouth …. Simon Ward
Sir Gervas Jerome.... Mark Straker
Sir Jacob Clancing.... Lockwood West
Dame Hobson.... Mia Soteriou
Mayor Timewell.... William Eedle
Ruth Timewel.... Jenny Funnell
John Derrick.... William Hope
Dr Ferguson.... Harry Stamper
Lord Grey.... David Sinclair
Captain Buyse.... Geoffrey Collins
Master Wade.... Steve Hodson
Master Tetheridge.... Stephen Thorne

Dramatised for radio in five parts by Constance Cox.

Director: by David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1985.

03King Monmouth1985041420200708 (BBC7)
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Micah and Reuben make a dangerous journey to join Monmouth's rebel forces.

Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel set in 1685.

Micah Clarke
by Arthur Conan Doyle
dramatised for radio in 5 parts by Constance Cox

with Martyn Read as Micah Clarke
Patrick Troughton as Decimus Saxon
James Bryce as Reuben Lockarby
and featuring Simon Ward as The Duke of Monmouth

3: King Monmouth
Having set off on the dangerous ride to Taunton to join Monmouth's rebel forces, Micah and his friend Reuben have had many extraordinary encounters. First with Sir Jacob Clancing who sends an enigmatic and ominous message to the Duke; then with the deceptively foppish Sir Gervas who joins their cause; and then with Mayor Timewell whose pretty daughter catches Reuben's eye. Finally they come face to face with the great Monmouth himself.

CAST:
Sir Gervas Jerome... Mark Straker
Lord Grey... David Sinclair
Duke of Beaufort.... John Rye
Mayor Timewell.... Willlam Eedle
Captain Buyse.... Geoffrey Collins
Dr Ferguson.... Henry Stamper
Major Ogilvy.... Gregory de Polnay
Captain Murgatroyd.... Jack McKenzie
Captain Sinclair.... Michael Jayes
Farmer Brown... Peter Tuddenham
Silas.... John Forbes-Robertson
Long John.... Clive Panto

Directed by David Johnston

04The Battle For The Crown1985042120200709 (BBC7)
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Micah is full of foreboding as he marches in the Duke of Monmouth's rebel army.

Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel set in 1685.

Micah Clarke
by Arthur Conan Doyle
dramatised for radio in 5 parts by Constance Cox

with Martyn Read as Micah Clarke
Patrick Troughton as Decimus Saxon
James Bryce as Reuben Lockarby
and featuring Simon Ward as The Duke of Monmouth

4: The Battle for the Crown
Micah twice narrowly escaped death. Firstly at the hands of smugglers on his ride to Badminton to enlist the Duke of Beaufort to Monmouth's cause; and secondly at the hands of the choleric Duke himself! But by strange circumstances he found himself freed to rejoin the Duke's army and march on the cathedral city of Wells - with a heart heavy with foreboding.

CAST:
Sir Gervas Jerome.... Mark Straker
Lord Grey... David Sinclair
Colonel Buyse.... Geoffrey Collins
Master Wade... Steve Hodson
Major Ogilvy.... Gregory de Polnay
Major Timewell... William Eedle
Childe Rosemary... Melissa Katsoulis
John Derrick... William Hope
Preacher... Peter Acre
Verger... Brian Smith
Trooper... Trevor Nichols
Man from Dumbarton's regiment... Colin Starkey
Lieutenant Horsford.... Christopher Douglas

Directed by David Johnston

05The End Of It All1985042820200710 (BBC7)
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After disaster for Monmouth's rebel army, Micah must find a new path.

Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel set in 1685.

Micah Clarke
by Arthur Conan Doyle
dramatised for radio in 5 parts by Constance Cox

with Martyn Read as Micah Clarke
Patrick Troughton as Decimus Saxon
James Bryce as Reuben Lockarby

5: The End of it All
Thanks to the treachery of their guide and the eventual flight of their leader, the Duke of Monmouth's forces were routed at Sedgemoor. Sir Gervas slain, Reuben wounded and captive, Micah left the field and turned his horse's head away from the west.

Micah: Martyn Read
Decimus Saxon.... Patrick Troughton
Reuben Lockarby.... James Bryce
Judge Jeffreys... John Gabriel
Master Helstrop.... Peter Wickham
Master Tetheridge... Stephen Thorne
Major Ogilvy.... Gregory de Polnay
Captain Steele... William Hope
Captain John... Edward Cast
Captain Pogram... Robin Summers
Joseph Clarke.... Nicholas Courtney
Mrs Clarke.... Gwen Cherrell
Sgt Greddar... Peter Acre
Hangman Broderick... Colin Starkey
Clerk of the Court... Brian Smith
Foreman of the Jury... Christopher Douglas
Jem... David Sinclair
Old man... David Garth
Guard... William Eedle
Ruth... Jenny Funnell

Directed by David Johnston