10 x 30 minute episodes
MPEG-1 Layer 3
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn
Rufus Sewell reads the swashbuckling 18th-century pirate adventure
Christopher Syn, a brilliant young scholar, is a Doctor of Divinity at Oxford, but his eventual decision to throw away the Bible for the sword in a mad quest for vengeance will influence the rest of his life.
Russell Thorndike's Kent-based adventure featuring pirates, smuggling, highwaymen, duels, wicked squires and beautiful Spanish ladies. Based on the first two novels (published 1935 and 1936) in the seven-title sequence, 'Doctor Syn on the High Seas' and 'Doctor Syn Returns'. Abridged by Doreen Estall.
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 1 of 10
18th Century swashbuckling scholar, Doctor Syn finds love - and encounters a dastardly squire.
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 2 of 10
The wicked Squire's kidnap plot sparks the swashbuckler's daring rescue attempt - and nephew Nicholas appears.
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 3 of 10
The swashbuckling daredevil pursues his enemy over to America - and falls in with pirates
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 4 of 10
Dubbed Captain Clegg, the swashbuckling hero wins renown as the most feared of pirates
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 5 of 10
The swashbuckling daredevil returns to Kent - but makes a new enemy.
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When Mipps re-appears on the scene, daring smuggling runs soon follow
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 7 of 10
The swashbuckling adventurer becomes the Scarecrow - leader of the smuggling Night Riders.
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 8 of 10
Charlotte tries to discover the identity of The Scarecrow as an old foe of Christopher's arrives in Kent
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 9 of 10
The Dragoons attempt to foil the swashbuckling smugglers' plan - but tragedy lies ahead.
Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn Episode 10 of 10
The devastated daredevil sets out to take revenge on his enemies - one by one.
Writer Russell Thorndike (1885-1972) is less well-known than his sister, the actress Dame Sybil Thorndike, but his Doctor Syn novels hold a special place in the affection of lovers of atmospheric, swashbuckling storytelling everywhere. His novels have been filmed with actors as diverse as George Arliss, Peter Cushing and Patrick McGoohan in the role of Syn, and the Kent village of Dymchurch holds an official 'Day of Syn' every other year, to commemorate a home-grown literary folk hero.
Producer: Lawrence Jackson
Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Northern Ireland
First broadcast in 2006.