Leila Aboulela - The Lion of Chechnya
BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3
Broadcast: Sunday 26th June 2005 @ 8:00 p.m.
In the 19th century, the warrior Imam Shamyl united the tribes of the Caucasus to fight Russian colonial expansion. Shamyl became a
legendary figure and attracted the support of Queen Victoria who feared Russia's increasing power would threaten Britain's interests in
India. After an early military defeat, Shamyl was forced to hand over his eight-year-old son Jamal to the Russians. Jamal grew up
devoted to Russia and the Tsar. Years later, in an attempt to win the release of his son, Shamyl kidnapped a Georgian princess.
With Raad Rawi [Shamyl], Katherine Igoe [Princess Anna], Jordan Waller [Alexander], Matthew Pidgeon [Prince David], Caroline
Loncq [Madame Drancy], Shiv Grewal [Jamal], Ben Onwukwe [Khazi], Abigail Thaw [Chouanette], Sarah Ozeke [Ameena], Nina Wadia
[Zaidette], Renu Setna [Jamaluddin], Michael Cochrane [The Tsar], Harry Myers [Lezgin], and Richard Katz [The Cousin / The
Sergeant / Russian General].
Other parts were played by the cast.
Directed by Bruce Young.
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