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THE MAURITIUS COMMAND ....2011
Three episodes, classic serial. Apr 2011.

Patrick O'Brian's naval epic set in 1809, dramatised by Roger Danes. With David Robb as Captain Jack Aubrey and Richard Dillane as Doctor Stephen Maturin.

Jack has been promoted to Commodore to lead a squadron of English ships, charged with taking the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Réunion from the French. Jack faces superior odds at sea and on land (where Stephen's subversive skills are invaluable as ever). Yet, in his new role as Commodore, Jack needs subtlety and subterfuge to win over the crews and subordinate captains of his own fleet, including the courageous but brutal Captain Corbett.

The story is based on a naval campaign in 1809-10 when Britain and France were engaged in protecting their trade routes around the southern tip of Africa; the islands of Mauritius and Réunion (east of Madagascar) were strategic bases.

The Mauritius Command is the fourth novel in Patrick O'Brian's Nelsonic epic series and the sequel to HMS Surprise, dramatised for Radio 4 in 2008.

Captain Jack Aubrey ................... DAVID ROBB
Doctor Stephen Maturin .......... ...RICHARD DILLANE
Captain Corbett................. ....CHRISTIAN RODSKA
Governor Farquhar ..................... ..DAVID RINTOUL
Lt-Col Keating ............ ........THOMAS ARNOLD
Admiral Bertie.............................. SEAN BAKER
Lt Seymour ....................... ...MAX DOWLER
Lt Pullings ...................................DAVID HOLT
Lt Tullidge....................................LLOYD THOMAS
Major O'Neil................................ SAM DALE
Midshipman Johnson ....... ...........NYASHA HATENDI
Producer: Bruce Young.


HMS SURPRISE....2008 (rpt 2009)
Three episodes, classic serial. Adventure on the high seas in the very early 1800s. With David Robb as Captain Jack Aubrey and Richard Dillane as Doctor Stephen Maturin. In one of these episodes, the doctor takes out his own appendix. They bred 'em tough back then....


LETTERS TO EMILY....2005
Afternoon play 9 Nov 05. 45m. With Wayne Foskett, Helena Breck. I think this was about a young girl getting in touch with a writer, and the friendship which develops.


DARK TALES....1997
R4, 3 x 90min; ep. 1/3: The Beetle, 15 Mar 97. "Marsh's Gothic novel was first published in the same year as Bram Stoker's DRACULA, which it outsold six times over. MP Paul Lessingham, a handsome man of wealth, talent and ambition, has a strange and disturbing past which threatens to destroy him." Written by Richard Marsh; dramatised by Roger Danes.


BALDI (several series), ....c1995 onwards
I think Roger Danes adapted some of these episodes. A Franciscan priest unsure of his vocation turns detective.


THE FLYING DUTCHMAN....1994
19 nov 94 SNT, 19.11.1994, Owen Teale/Elaine Claxton, rpt. 16.12.1995. Superb nautical tale where a descendant of the original 'Flying Dutchman' undergoes an adventure at sea. With Owen Teale as William Van der Dekken, with Elaine Claxton (not sure about the spelling; had to get names from the recording). Producer Adrian Bean.


SCARLET ON BLACK....1992
8 Feb 92, Saturday Play, 2.30 pm.

In Roger Danes' fast-moving thriller set in 1990s Paris in July, a prison official by the name of Yvette Lalande is kidnapped on her way to work by the notorious Lenoir terrorist group. She has been taken hostage by the group to exchange for Martine, one of their members in prison. Michel Corbillard, an ambitious, high civil servant of the Ministry of Justice, who is a promising candidate for the right-wing Patriotic Front, is not happy when the Police Controller calls in Commissaire Grosset back from the start of his vacation to investigate the matter.

There are indications that the kidnapping of Yvette Lalande and the death of a restaurant owner are related to Corbillard's past in the Algeria war.

Cast: David Calder [Commissaire Marcel Grosset], Peter Jeffrey [Michel Corbillard], Alex Jennings [Jean Lenoir], Charles Kay [De Beaugence, the Police Controller (Marcel's Boss)], Natasha Pyne [Inspector Danielle Lesueur], Patti Holloway [Yvette Lalande], Gudrun Ure [Jeanne Lalande, Yvette's Mother], Nicholas Murchie [Didier], Jonathan Tafler [Pierre], Theresa Streatfeild [Ducrot], Ronald Herdman [Colonel Pierre-Marie Davant, DST], Siriol Jenkins [Marianne], Jonathan Adams [Laverdure], Eric Allan [Tomasini], Matthew Sim [Charles Lalande, Yvette's Brother], Mark Straker [Bernard], Peter Gunn [Mariol], and Melanie Hudson [Martine Giresse].

Directed by Glyn Dearman.

Rpt Mon 5 Jul 93, 2:02 p.m. 90 min.

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