The Odyssey

The Odyssey of Homer, dramatised by Simon Armitage.
As the Olympics come to an end in Greece, Radio 4 tells the great seafaring tale of Odysseus in 3 parts over the weekend.

Episodes

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0120040828

After 20 years away the Gods decide it is time for Odysseus, a Trojan hero, to return to Ithaca before his wife Penelope is forced to marry again. But the angry God Poseidon still wants revenge.
Odysseus....Tim McInnerny
Penelope....Amanda Redman
Telemachus....Benedict Cumberbatch
Athena....Janet McTeer
Zeus....John Wood
Eurycleia....Mary Wimbush
Hermes....Bertie Carvel
King Alcinous....Geoffrey Whitehead
Queen Arete....Cheryl Campbell
Princess Nausicaa....Alice Hart
Calypso....Adjoa Andoh
The Cyclops....Barrie Rutter
Antinous....Danny Webb
Eurymachus....Jonathan Keeble
Amphinomous....Chris Pavlo
Eurylochus....Ewan Bailey
Polites....John Rowe
Elpenus....Stephen Hogan
Eurybates....Philip Fox
Antiphus....Jon Glover
Music by Gary Yershon.
Musicians.: Keith Thompson, Martin Allen, Robin Jeffrey, Chris Lacey, Elspeth Cowey and Phil Hopkins.
Singer: Jon Glover.
Directed by Janet Whitaker

0220040828

Odysseus continues the story of his wanderings with his crew and their encounters with Circe the Enchantress, their descent into Hades, the Sirens, the Monster Scylla and the Whirlpool Charybdis before the final disaster on the Isle of the Sun God.

Odysseus....Tim McInnerny

Circe....Frances Barber

Hermes....Bertie Carvel

Eurylochus....Ewan Bailey

Polites....John Rowe

Shipmate....Jon Glover

Elpenus....Stephen Hogan

Eurybates....Philip Fox

King Alcinous....Geoffrey Whitehead

Queen Arete....Cheryl Campbell

Princess Nausicaa....Alice Hart

Ghost of Anticleia....Joanna McCallum

The Sirens....Elena Ferarri, Belinda Sykes, Harriet Williams.

Music by Gary Yershon.

Musicians: Keith Thompson, Martin Allen, Robin Jeffrey, Chris Lacey, Elspeth Cowey and Phil Hopkins.

Directed by Janet Whitaker

03 LASTHomecoming20040829

The homecoming of Odysseus, disguised as a beggar by Athena until he is ready for the final confrontation with the suitors and can be reunited with Penelope.

Odysseus....Tim McInnerny

Penelope....Amanda Redman

Telemachus....Benedict Cumberbatch

Athena....Janet McTeer

Zeus....John Wood

Eurycleia....Mary Wimbush

Antinous....Danny Webb

Eurymachus....Jonathan Keeble

Amphinomus....Chris Pavlo

Eumaeus....Ioan Meredith

Music by Gary Yershon

Musicians: Keith Thompson, Martin Allen, Robin Jeffrey, Chris Lacey, Elspeth Cowey and Phil Hopkins

Directed by Janet Whitaker