Alun Armstrong reads Nathaniel Philbrick's real-life tale of the whaling disaster that inspired Herman Melville's `Moby Dick'.
In 1821 the Essex was sunk in the Pacific by an enraged sperm whale.
Its 20-man crew drifted for three months.
Only eight lived, deranged and near death, having survived on the flesh of their dead companions.
Abridged in five parts by Keith Darvill.
The ill-fated journey of a Nantucket whaling ship, the Essex, continues as the crew makes its first kill.
The Essex is attacked and sunk by an enraged sperm whale.
The crew of the Essex takes to the boats and begins the nightmare journey adrift on the Pacific.
The surviving crew members of the Essex reach the limit of their endurance before they are finally rescued.