A classic BBC Radio adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novels of adventure and romance

First published in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s rollicking historical novel Kidnapped was an instant bestseller. It was followed by an 1893 sequel, Catriona, which Stevenson regarded as his ‘high water mark’, declaring that he would ‘never do a better book’. Included here is the epic 10-part BBC radio dramatisation of both action-packed tales.

Narrated by the central character, David Balfour, this riveting retelling sees him looking back over his eventful life and recalling his escapades as a young man. It begins in 1751, with Scotland in turmoil in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion. Newly orphaned, 17-year-old David sets out for Edinburgh and the House of Shaws, to meet his rich Uncle Ebenezer. Betrayed by his scheming relative and kidnapped, he finds himself aboard the brig Covenant, to be sold into slavery in America – but the ship has a castaway on board, a certain Alan Breck…

Though David is a Lowlander and Alan a Highland Jacobite, the two become fast friends. Together they face danger on the high seas and in the Scottish wilderness, as they head south to confront the treacherous Ebenezer and claim David’s fortune. But even with his inheritance secured, our hero’s adventures are not over. He must find safe passage to France for Alan, endeavour to prove a man’s innocence – and win the heart of Catriona, the feisty granddaughter of infamous outlaw Rob Roy McGregor.

David Rintoul stars as David Balfour, with Paul Young as Alan Breck and Gerda Stevenson as Catriona. Among the distinguished cast are Rikki Fulton, Sandy Neilson, Rose McBain, Iain Cuthbertson and Siobhan Redmond.