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The Great Scott

Series 1


Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for 11 months

A gripping tale of love, war and divided loyalties with Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.

It's 1745 and 21-year-old Edward Waverley, a newly commissioned red-coat officer, is posted to Scotland on the eve of Bonnie Prince Charlie's violent bid for power. His father is a rising minister in the ruling Hanoverian state, but the beloved Uncle who brought him up is an old Jacobite, loyal to the exiled Stewart dynasty.

Waverley falls in love with two very different Scottish girls - the cautious, loyalist, lowlander Rose Bradwardine, and the fiery highland rebel Flora. He goes AWOL for Flora just as her brother Fergus is rallying their clan to fight for Charlie.

When Waverley is accused by his Commanding Officer of a treasonable flirtation with the enemy, he joins the uprising in a fit of pique and helps defeat an English army at the battle of Prestonpans.

When he finds out that he has caused the arrest of Uncle, he returns to London to try to clear his name.

Starring David Tennant.

A tale by Sir Walter Scott dramatised by Mike Hunt.

Walter Scott ...... David Tennant
Waverley ...... Rupert Evans
Gardiner ...... Christian Rodska
Flora ...... Alison McKenzie
Rose ...... Olivia Morgan
Fergus ...... Forbes Masson
Evan Dhu ...... Mark Bonnar
Charles Edward Stuart ...... Joe McFadden
Gilfillin ...... Robert Hudson

All other parts played by members of the cast.

Music composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve.

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2013. Show less


Rupert Evans
Mrs Bates:
Alison McKenzie
Evan Dhu:
Mark Bonnar
Charles Edward Stuart:
Joe McFadden
Robert Hudson
Walter Scott:
David Tennant
Clive Brill
Clive Brill
Ross Hughes
Esben Tjalve


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