The Dig - by John Preston - BBC Radio Drama - cheops
In the long hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war.
But on a riverside farm in Suffolk, there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Petty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear though that this is no ordinary find...And pretty soon the discovery leads to all kinds of jealousies and tensions.
John Preston's recreation of the Sutton Hoo dig - the greatest Anglo-Saxon discovery ever in Britain - brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.
This is a wonderful,evocative book. From his simple tale of dirt, Preston has produced the finest gold ( Observer )
The drama of the excavation itself is described with care; Preston keeps us hooked on its painstaking progress, with neat and direct prose ( Spectator )
Five episodes of approximately fifteen minutes each - episode summaries witheld to avoid spoiling the plot.
Peggy Piggott ...... Anna Madeley
Stuart Piggott ...... Bertie Carvel
Rory Lomax ...... Alex Wyndham
Charles Phillips ...... Stephen Critchlow
Robert Pretty ...... Ryan Watson
Edith Pretty ...... Joan Walker
Basil Brown ...... Sam Dale
Reid Moir ...... Nyasha Hatendi
Will/Grately/Vuilamy ...... Dan Starkey
Director Jeremy Mortimer.
First broadcast from 15th - 19th September 2008 on BBC Radio 4.
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