On the BBC’s HMS Surprise

For people, like myself, enchanted with the Age of Fighting Sail, the BBC is broadcasting online a radio dramatization of HMS Surprise, the second book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin series of novels, on Afternoon Play. It’s 1804, the Napoleonic Wars are in full swing, and Lucky Jack Aubrey is back at sea!

It’s a three-part production, running from Wednesday through Friday, and it’s available to listen to for a week. Aubrey is played by David Robb, and Maturin is played by Richard Dillane.

I’ve heard there was an adaptation of Master and Commander a few years ago that starring David Troughton as Aubrey, but I’ve decided that must be a rumor — I’ve never found any sort of independent confirmation, from airdates to reviews.

All of that said, if you’re interested, give HMS Surprise a listen! 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On the BBC’s HMS Surprise

  1. Hi,

    The David Troughton adaptation is not a rumour – there really was one. I even taped it at the time, but sadly I don’t have them any more. As i recall it was broadcast in four parts on consecutive evenings on Radio 4. Quite a while ago, though. I don’t remember much else about it; sorry.

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