NEW ON RADIO: David Tennant Stars In The Antiquary On BBC Radio 4 On 9th August
The second episode of series three of BBC Radio 4's The Great Scott is revealed as The Antiquary, based on the 1816 novel by Sir Walter Scott. David Tennant stars as Scott in the dramatised adaptations of some of the classic Scottish writer's finest works, part of BBC Radio's Drama strand. The new radio adaptation also reunites David with comic actor Richard Wilson in whose award-winning radio sitcom Believe It! he is a regular guest star.
The novel is about an amateur historian and collector of items of dubious antiquity. He also provides the focal point around which the other characters undergo their personal journeys and change, often providing a sardonic commentary. This is Scott's gothic novel, redolent with family secrets, stories of hidden treasure and hopeless love, with a mysterious, handsome, young man, benighted aristocracy and a night-time funeral procession to a ruined abbey. The romance and mystery is counterpoised by some of Scott's more down-to-earth characters, and grittily unromantic events.
The Antiquary will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 3pm BST on Sunday 9th August. The programme can be heard worldwide via this link.
Richard Wilson stars as The Antiquary, a man who hordes secrets as well as treasures. Will his knowledge allow Lovel to marry his secret love?
David Tennant - Sir Walter Scott
Richard Wilson - Oldbuck
Alexander Morton - Edie
Stuart McGugan - Sir Arthur
Melody Grove - Isabel
Dominic Rye - Lovel
Christian Rodska - Geraldin
Charles Davies - Tafril
John Wark - Hector
David Haydn - Caxon/Sweepclean/Lesley
Beth Tuckey - Macleuchar/Elspeth/Maggie
The Antiquary has been produced and directed by Clive Brill of Brill Productions for BBC Radio 4
The first production in the new series is The Heart Of Midlothian, airing this Sunday, 2nd August at 3pm.
David has played Sir Walter Scott in 2 previous series of The Great Scott: Waverley, Rob Rob and The Fair Maid Of Perth in 2013 and The Bride Of Lammermoor, Redgauntlet and Ivanhoe in 2014. You can listen again to those productions here.