Going Solo

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  • Two-part BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • Originally aired on July 3 and July 10, 2016
  • What Dahl Did: wrote the original book Going Solo
  • Dramatised by Lucy Catherine
  • Directed by Helen Perry
  • BBC Cymru/Wales Production
  • Cast:
    • Roald Dahl – Patrick Malahide
    • Young Dahl – John Heffernan
    • Mother – Joanna Van Kampen
    • Mdisho – Eric Abrefa
    • Major Griffiths – Brian Protheroe
    • Mrs Griffiths – Clare Perkins
    • Miss Trefusis – Elizabeth Bennett
    • Sandford – Nick Underwood
    • Savory – James Lailey
    • Parkinson – Tom Forrister
    • Mackintosh – Sam Rix
    • Snakeman – Sean Baker
    • Sergeant – Jason Barnett
    • David – Stuart McLoughlin
    • Sister – Kirsty Oswald
    • Squadron Leader – James Lailey
    • Fitter – Nick Underwood
    • Medical Examiner – Tom Forrister
    • Commodore – Sean Baker
    • Carter – Jason Barnett
    • Pat Pattle – Brian Protheroe
    • Operator – Clare Perkins


To celebrate the centenary year of his birth, a full dramatisation of Roald Dahl’s gripping autobiographical overseas adventure.

Beginning aboard the SS Mantola, Dahl sets sail for Africa at the tender age of 22. He experiences the remnants of colonial British life, filled with eccentric characters, and is thrown into a world as bizarre and surprising as any you will find in his fiction.

“Life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.”

Stationed in Tanzania, Dahl is faced with the excitement of the wild; lions carrying off women in their mouths; fatal green mambas captured by snake men. But his savannah-sun-drenched life is interrupted when World War II erupts. Dahl is ordered to round up the German inhabitants of Dar es Salaam and experiences first-hand the horror of war.