by Ronald Popperwell
Lecturer in Norwegian
In the University of Cambridge
Charles XII of Sweden was the last Viking to lead his men out of the North, sword in hand, but the roles of hero and politician were incompatible.
A radio play by Martin Shuttleworth
'Each man and girl would mount a candle on a cactus leaf, light it, and launch it out under the moon across the black Mediterranean Sea; and one by one the little waves would gut and lap them out, but always one boat would sail on till distance, not water, had made it disappear ... and that boat was the Spain in which we all believed.' with Rodney Bewes , Edgar Norfolk and Sheila Raynor
Produced by David Thomson
About this project
This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed
in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC
programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.
We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC
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