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Program Title
Drake's Venture

Based On
Historical fact

Adapted By
John N Burton

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This film tells the story of the start of Sir Francis Drake's historical circumnavigation of the world in the sixteenth century, and the growing alienation between himself and his life-long friend Thomas Doughty, which ended in an improvised court-martial in South America and the beheading of Doughty. Of the five ships that set sail from Plymouth, only the Golden Hinde under Drake went on through the Magellan Straits, up the coast to South America to a six week sojourn at what is now San Francisco and to complete the circumnavigation of the world in the autumn of 1580.

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Cast Characters
John Thaw Francis Drake
Paul Darrow Thomas Doughty
Charlotte Cornwell Elizabeth I
Michael Turner
David Ryall
Peter Cellier
Esmond Knight
Michael Stroud
Terence Budd John Drake
Alan Downer
Michael Irving
Roger Adamson
Paul Alexander
John Curless
Michael Goldie
Philip Trewinnard


Producer: Lawrence Gordon-Clark
Director: Lawrence Gordon-Clark

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