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Rites of Passage
Three-part BBC dramatisation of the William Golding story

Adapted for radio in three parts by Don Taylor

01 In the cramped cabins and small saloon of an 1812 man-of-war on the long journey to Australia, young aristocrat Edmund Talbot begins a journal.
With Kenneth Haig, Barnaby Kay, Roger May, Struan Rodger, John Grillo, George Murcell, Lucy Tregear, Alison Skilbeck, Max Digby, Charles Edwards, Thomas Maher and Julian Morris

02 Talbot's initial dislike of the ingratiating Parson Colley turns to disgust after an astonishing evening's entertainment. But the new information revealed by a tragedy forces him to revise his judgment.
With Bamaby Kay, Roger May, Struan Rodger, John Grillo, George Murcell, Lucy Tregear, Alison Skilbeck, Max Digby, Charles Edwards, Julian Morris and Richard Laing

03 The journal found after Colley's death reveals the shocking truth behind his behaviour, and Talbot finds himself at the centre of a quest for justice.
With Roger May, Struan Rodger, Alison Skilbeck, Max Digby, Richard Laing, Julian Morris and Charles Edwards
Director Don Taylor
1998 CS


To the Ends of the Earth is a Sea Trilogy of novels by William Golding, consisting of Rites of Passage (1980), Close Quarters (1987), and Fire Down Below (1989).


"Rites of Passage is written as though a journal by a young man, Edmund Talbot, embarking on a long journey by sea to take up a position as a civil servant in the southern hemisphere. The man writes to his Godfather, who has requested details about the journey, and who is clearly a major benefactor.


Our narrators tone is supercilious, and he has the annoying arrogance of youth - to such an extent that I wasn't sure for a while how old he was supposed to be.. . ."

STARRING:
Talbot: Samuel West
Colley: Simon Russell Beale
Captain: Kenneth Haigh

  1. Part One (65Mb)
  2. Part Two (65Mb)
  3. Part Three (65.2Mb)

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