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SERIES 2 PROGRAMME 9 BEYOND THE UPPER SEA by MORIS FARHI.
Another favourite of mine as we see James relaxed and willing to pay some
attention to Anne. James (or Peter Gilmore) is also allowed to show some
Albert shows off his steam pinnace to Sulleman – a Turkish minister – who
invites him to go to Turkey to inspect a steam engine well in advance of its
time. Albert persuades James that the trip would help him to redesign their
developing steamer, the Golden Nugget and James agrees to take him in return
for a cargo of Turkish tobacco. Elizabeth refuses to go but Anne sets sail.
Anne is amused by Baines' over enticing description of the Turkish maidens
and their `silky pantaloons' vividly portrayed to the rest of the crew and
James attention is drawn to it.
At home, Emma Callon is feeling `rushed' into marriage but Elizabeth's
opinion is that she appears frightened of men.
Albert, James and Anne are welcomed to the hospitality of the Turks by
Sulleman and Sir Charles – the representative of the British government.
Handmaidens are allocated to see to the needs of all but when Anne enters to
find James being undressed for his bath by a group of females she dismisses
them and James insists she see to her wifely duties by preparing him.
Albert becomes besotted with one of the girls – Leyla but Sulleman confesses
that there is no revolutionary steam engine for Albert to see but he wishes
him to stay and develop steam ships for the Turkish navy. Religious
fundamentalists are plotting against the Sultan and Sulleman's western views
but Albert, enticed by Leyla, tells James he is going to stay in Turkey. Sir
Charles warns James that the religious fanatics are showing displeasure at
Albert's appointment and that a strong Turkish navy could threaten British
trade and naval interests.
Whilst aboard ship James, Anne and Baines have a visitor from the past –
Fletcher – one of Jessop's seamen's council that had been imprisoned. He
tells them of the eruption of the volcano on Santorin which had now
interrupted the supply of pumice, used to waterproof the cement used for the
Suez Canal. A large amount of money would be made by any captain willing to
sail to the island and he knew how to get there and where a steamship could
be acquired. He would act as guide – for a cut of the profits. James agrees.
Anne and James call in to see Albert before they sail and James tries to
persuade him to return with them `Have you considered Elizabeth?' Elizabeth
has written to say that she will not join Albert and he says (almost
prophecying what is going to happen) `You, Anne, you'd follow James through
hell and high water. You'd die for him and so would he for you but
Elizabeth, well she will always do what is best for Elizabeth'.
James and Anne head for Santorin by steamship whilst Baines is left to load
the cargo of tobacco on the Charlotte Rhodes. Both are fascinated by the
ship's steam engine but James is not entirely enamoured `What happens if yer
engine breaks down? Wait for a sailing ship to come by?' – they soon get the
chance to see as silence descends aboard and James says to Anne in
exasperation `I can see us drifting for ever. Never seeing land again.
Meanwhile Sulleman is murdered by the religious fanatics with a plot to
blame Albert but
Leyla has him drugged and smuggled aboard the Charlotte Rhodes with orders
Baines to sail immediately.
Santorin erupts as James waits for a load of pumice and he has to sail away
for their safety but they leave Fletcher on the island, injured and crawling
into the sea.
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