Drake’s Venture is a 1980 film depicting Francis Drake’s voyage of circumnavigation.

Produced by Westward Television to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the event.

Filming took three months and used a full-scale authentic replica of the Golden Hind. The ocean scenes were filmed on the English Channel and the location shooting for San Julian was at Slapton Sands in Devon, UK.

The film starred John Thaw (best known for his roles playing Jack Regan in The Sweeney and Inspector Morse) as Francis Drake

Charlotte Cornwell played Elizabeth I of England Paul Darrow played Thomas Doughty.

Steve wrote the music for the film around his Renaissance flute. He also appeared on screen playing this flute as member of the ship’s crew. After production was completed John Thaw wrote to Steve personally thanking him for creating such appropriate music for the film.

Steve Jolliffe: Flemish Harpsichord, Renaissance Flute.

Janet Davey: Consort. Crumhorns, Piccolo Trumpet, Pedal Harp.

Christopher: Viols and Lute

Drake’s Ventures on IMDB