June 13, 2021
In the Galápagos Islands we consider wildlife, mating rituals and gobstoppers. Stephen gets angry with Jack, and they learn that skipping a night of music can have disastrous results. Jack and Stephen become part of a new crew, and contemplate some wizened, purse-like objects. Meanwhile, we talk to Clare Hunt of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Ch 7.
June 6, 2021
Jack and the Surprise find an accommodating island, the sun comes out and things start to look a little better before the trouble starts - especially if your last name starts with an “H.” We have a couple of chases, some unearthly wailing and learn that Paradise might be closer than we know. Ch 6.
May 30, 2021
There's time ashore for Maturin and Martin, but the owl-faced night ape takes its toll, and South America offers addictive new possibilities. As the repaired Surprise races to catch the Norfolk, there are complications, a prize in view and the Horn to weather. Ch 5.
May 23, 2021
Trouble and foreboding aboard the Surprise - adultery threatens the equanimity of the ship, and Jack would rather heave-to and paint than cross the Line. Terrible puns are his only relief, sadly. Ch 4.
May 16, 2021
Out at sea, the new crew of the Surprise is getting to know each other better. Blood letting is just around the corner, but not in the way that you'd think. To top it all, there's a troublesome goat, so grab a dish of tea and enjoy the episode. Ch 3
May 9, 2021
Jack is getting ready for sea, and Stephen is birding at the top of Gibraltar rock, but what is the port admiral up to? What's going on among the warrant officers? And who is that uncommonly handsome young woman? Ch 2.
May 2, 2021
We're starting a new book, beginning in Gibraltar and all seems suddenly right with the world - the Fieldings reunited, Stephen's message to Diana on its way, and the Surprise on a new mission to The Far Side Of The World. We learn about the art of spin doctoring, and the fallacious nature of Black Swans. What could possibly go wrong? Ch 1.
April 25, 2021
The end of Treason's Harbour should also be the end of the line for Wray, Harte, the Surprise and the Dey of Mascara - but how will that work out in the end? Meanwhile, it's a whole new year for the Lubber's Hole! Ch 10
April 18, 2021
The action and tension are building, at sea and back in Valetta - a 'most romantic frame' is aboard the Nymphe, and almost takes us by Surprise. And there's a Derry Girls connection, so there is. Ch 9,10
April 11, 2021
Wray and Maturin play for high stakes, but Killick saves the chelengk. We return to Kutali, meet old friends, hear Jack fumbling with Greek and Italian, and have a brush with Bogart and Bergman. Ch 9,10