The classic BBC radio version of the classic children’s book and historical novel by Rosemary Sutcliff was broadcast in 1957 on Children’s Hour on the Home Service (now Radio 4). Adapted by Felix Felton, it was advertised as ‘for older children’. Marius Goring played Marcus and Esca was played by Martin Starkie. ‘Pines of the Appian Way’ was part of the soundtrack. David Davis was the producer and the transmissions were:
1. The Attack On The Fort: 27 February 1957
2. The Saturnalia Games: 6 March 1957
3. Marching Orders: 13 March 1957
4. Across The Frontier: 20 March 1957
5. In Enemy Country: 27 March 1957
6. Tradui’s Gift: 3 April 1957
The cast was
The serial was edited into a 90-minute play, also broadcast on the Home Service in the Saturday Night Theatre slot on Saturday 8 June 1963.
If anyone know or finds out any more, and especially if anyone knows of a recording, do let me know! Apparently it is not in the BBC Archives.
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