P.G.Duggan - Pleas and Directions
BBC Radio 4: Friday Play
Broadcast: Friday 4th October 2002 @ 9:00 p.m.
P. G. Duggan (pen name of actor Patrick Malahide) has written a powerful radio play based on the true story of Alexandra Sablatnig, an
Austrian tourist who was brutally raped one evening by a gang of eight youths on the banks of the Regent's Canal in London in September
1996. After the 45 minute ordeal, the youths asked her if she could swim. When she answered "no", they threw her into the canal, leaving
her to drown. But Alexandra is an excellent swimmer and managed to reach the other side of the canal to get help.
PC Ted Grimwood, a rape counselling specialist, investigates the case and, after verifying her ordeal, attempts to bring her attackers to
With Emma Fielding [Alexandra Sablatnig], Kenneth Cranham [PC Ted Grimwood], Eleanor Bron [WPC Joyce], Patrick Malahide [The
Treasury Counsel], Joanna Monro [The Defence Counsel], Adjoa Andoh [Jackie, the Forensic Medical Examiner], and Ian Masters [The
Music composed by David Dorward and played by Shinobu Miki (clarinet); her husband, Hector Scott (violin); and Claire Morton (cello).
Produced by Patrick Rayner.
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