The Quest Of Donal Q. Image shows from L to R: Donal (Billy Connolly), Sandy (Brian Cox). Copyright: BBC.

The Quest Of Donal Q

BBC Radio Scotland comedy drama. 1 episode in 2011. Stars Billy Connolly, Brian Cox, John Kielty, Sandy McDade, Forbes Masson, Lindy Whiteford, Helen Mackay and others.

The Quest Of Donal Q

Billy Connolly and Brian Cox star as two brothers embarking on a desperate quest to rescue a childhood sweetheart

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio Scotland
Billy Connolly, Brian Cox, John Kielty, Sandy McDade, Forbes Masson, Lindy Whiteford, Helen Mackay, Tracy Wiles and others
David Ashton
David Ian Neville
David Ian Neville

Based on the template of Don Quixote, The Quest Of Donal Q is the story of two rival brothers who journey through Scotland in search of a childhood sweetheart.

Donal and Sandy have been separated as kids in an orphanage - Donal adopted by a rich couple and taken off to grow up in sunny California, Sandy was never chosen and left to live all his life in not quite so sunny Dundee.

It is 10 years since the brothers last met and at that time they had a fierce falling out. Now Donal is back - turning up out of the blue at Sandy's tobacconist shop, Paterson's Inferno, to demand that his brother drop everything and travel on an urgent mission.

'The Quest' is to find a girl they were both in love with at the orphanage - Jeanette, red haired, fair skinned and beautiful and an ideal princess. Donal claims she has written to say that she's in dire straits and needs a knight in shining armour to come to her rescue.

And so begins a journey - a journey that will make or break both brothers as conflict breaks out between past, present and future.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 25th December 2011 on BBC Radio Scotland at 2pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Monday 24th October 2016 at 4:00am on Radio 4 Extra