Belgrano - Part One

Belgrano - Part One

By BBC Radio 4

Drama of the Week

Friday, 6 May

By Richard Monks A two-part drama for Radio 4 Forty years on from the Falklands War we revisit the true story of Clive Ponting, a top civil servant, who leaked documents about the sinking of the Argentinian Cruiser, General Belgrano. Ponting was put on trial but sensationally acquitted by the jury despite his breach of the Official Secrets Act. The drama examines what drove Ponting to turn his back on Whitehall and why he walked free from court despite the judge directing the jury to convict him. The writer, Richard Monks, drew on Government Papers, newspaper reports, interviews and court transcripts as well as Ponting’s own account for the drama. The drama includes some imagined scenes and characters. Clive Ponting ..... John Heffernan Sally Ponting .... Ruth Everett Richard Mottram ..... Geoffrey Streatfeild Ffion ..... Dorothea Myer-Bennett Tam Dayell/Michael Heseltine/Inspector Hughes ..... Ewan Bailey Peter Blaker/Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse ..... Neil McCaul Wreford-Brown/John Stanley ..... Michael Begley John Nott/Inspector Broome ..... Matthew Durkan Jerry Wiggin/Second Officer ..... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong Cleaner/P.A. ..... Rebecca Crankshaw Directed by Sally Avens
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