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The Trial of Joseph Knight

Duration: 44 minutes

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

May Sumbwanyambe's play is based on real historical events. In the late 18th century much of Scotland's mercantile wealth is built on slavery. Plantation owner, Sir John Wedderburn, returns to Perthshire from the West Indies, bringing with him an African slave, Joseph Knight. Wedderburn educates Knight and makes him a domestic servant. But when Knight runs away his escape and recapture help to pave the way for the abolition of slavery in Britain.

Producer/director: Bruce Young
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Joseph Knight:
Nana Amoo-Gottfried
Sir John Wedderburn:
Ron Donachie
Annie Thomson:
Anita Vettesse
Margaret Wedderburn:
Helen Mackay
Sheriff Swinton:
John Buick
Bruce Young
Bruce Young




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