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The Riddle Of The Sands - BBC Radio
First broadcast 08.01.1994 on BBC Radio 4
Adapted by Rodderick Graham from Erskine Childers' famous 1903 novel ‘The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service.’
The story is of a yachting expedition by two young men along the German coast at the start of the 1900s. During this trip they uncover secret German preparations for an invasion of the Britain.
In August 1910, inspired by the book, two British amateur yachtsmen, Captain Bernard Trench RM and Lieutenant Vivian Brandon RN, undertook a sailing holiday along the Frisian coast, during which they collected information about German naval installations. The two men joined "Room 40", the intelligence and decoding section of the British Admiralty, on the outbreak of war.
The book enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I and was extremely influential. Winston Churchill later credited it as a major reason that the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.
Carruthers Laurence Kennedy
Davies Charles Simpson
Directed by Jane Morgan
File Names: BBC Drama - (1994-01-08) The Riddle Of The Sands (Erskine Childers)
Total File Size: 42,610,688 bytes
Duration: 129 mins (approx)
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