Ian Serraillier

The Silver Sword
  • The Silver Sword

    • Ian Serraillier

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Hester Cox (Read by)

    • Sarah McDonald Hughes (Read by)

    • Stephen Hoyle (Read by)

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Ian Serraillier’s classic wartime story.

    When the Germans march into Poland in 1941, the Balickis’ happy family life is shattered. With their parents taken away by Nazis, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are forced to fend for themselves in the dangerous, war-ravaged city of Warsaw.

    When Edek is captured too, the girls are desperate. Then they meet orphaned street urchin Jan, who carries with him a talisman of hope: a silver sword paperknife that they recognise as having belonged to their mother.

    Realising that their parents may still be alive, Ruth and Bronia set off on an epic journey to Switzerland to search for them. With Jan by their side, they are determined to reunite the family – and their first step is to find Edek. But the road ahead is full of danger and hardship, and they will facemany challenges along the way...

    This moving story of friendship, courage and solidarity brings to life the reality of a Europe laid waste by war.

    Ruth - Sarah McDonald Hughes
    Edek - Stephen Hoyle
    Bronia - Hester Cox
    Jan - Aqib Khan
    Margaret/Irka/Mrs Wolff - Maggie Fox
    Joseph/German 1/Mr Wolff - Malcolm Raeburn
    Ivan - David Fleeshman
    Soldier/American GI - Andrew Blake
    Doctor - Lloyd Peters
    Cook/Mrs Borowicz - Szilvi Naray Davey
    The Burgomaster/Captain Malinowski - Jonathan Keeble

    Adapted by Chris Wallis.
    Produced and directed by Charlotte Riches.

Ian Serraillier (September 24, 1912 - November 28, 1994), was a British novelist and poet. Serraillier was best known for his children's books, especially the Silver Sword (Novel) (1956), a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971. Born in London, Serraillier was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He became an English teacher, first at World War II. It was during this period that his first published work appeared, in the form of poetry for both adults and children. In 1946 his first children's novel was published. It was followed by several more adventure stories of treasure and spies. His best known work, The Silver Sword, was published in 1956 and has become a classic, bringing to life the story of four refugee children and their search for their parents in the chaos of Europe immediately after World War II. As well as children's novels and poetry, Serrailler produced his own retellings of classic tales, in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and Greek myth. Together with his wife Anne he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories. He continued as co-editor of the series until the onset of Alzheimer's disease

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