The gripping first instalment of our beloved series, dramatized by Roger Danes. First broadcast on May 11, 1995, this BBC 4 radio performance features Michael Troughton as Captain Jack Aubrey and Nigel Anthony as Dr. Stephen Maturin.

It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon’s France. Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson’s navy, is promoted to command of H.M.S. Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

Episode 1 – September 1800, Rosia Bay, Gibraltar. Newly commissioned, Jack Aubrey nervously awaits the verdict in his Court Martial for the loss of his ship, the Sophie.

Episode 2 – Jack tests the Sophie under sail, and Stephen’s romantic notions of naval life are distinctly tarnished. With Michael Troughton and Nigel Anthony.

Episode 3 – The discipline of HMS Sophie’s crew is tested and found to be wanting. Stars Michael Troughton and Nigel Anthony.

Episode 4 – Money is shown to be the root of all evil, and Captain Jack Aubrey divides the men from the goats. Stars Michael Troughton and Nigel Anthony.

Episode 5 – A difficult decision for Jack Aubrey, as the life of a member of the crew is weighed against prize money. Stars Michael Troughton and Nigel Anthony.

Episode 6 – The events leading to the loss of the Sophie are revealed. Will Aubrey survive his court martial? Stars Michael Troughton and Nigel Anthony.

Jack Aubrey MICHAEL TROUGHTON
Stephen Maturin NIGEL ANTHONY
James Dillon CHARLES SIMPSON
Molly Harte FRANCES JEATER
Judge Advocate LLOYD JOHNSTON
Marshall NEVILLE JASON
Watt RUSSELL FLOYD
David Richards RICHARD PEARCE