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BBC Dramatisations - Crime & Thrillers

 
  • A Certain Justice: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, Book 10 (Dramatised)
    by P.D. James
    Narrated by Philip Franks, Full Cast
    3.90 (19 ratings)
    Venetia Aldridge QC is a distinguished criminal lawyer. When she secures the acquittal of a young man, Garry Ashe, from the charge of murdering his aunt, a series of bizarre events is set in motion, starting with her own murder. Adam Dalgliesh, the poet Scotland Yard commander, uncovers the reason for Venetia's death, and its connection with the subsequent murder of her office cleaner.
  • A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by Simon Brett
    Narrated by Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon
    4.60 (118 ratings)
    Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris with Martine McCutcheon as Jodie Ricks in this BBC Radio 4 comedy detective drama. Charles finds himself uncharacteristically employed in a film, having landed the part of Szabec, a middle management vampire in 'The Wreathing'. His co-star is swimwear model turned actress Jodie Ricks and before long, Jodie is using Charles as a confidant.
  • A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes): Charles Paris Mysteries, Episode 1
    by Simon Brett
    Narrated by Bill Nighy
    4.70 (114 ratings)
    Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.
  • A Study in Scarlet (Dramatised)
    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Narrated by Clive Merrison, Michael Williams, Full Cast
    4.70 (45 ratings)
    This is the story in which Conan Doyle first unleashed the most famous partnership in the history of criminal detection.
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  • A Taste For Death: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, Book 7 (Dramatised)
    by P.D. James
    Narrated by Richard Derrington, Deborah McAndrew
    4.00 (36 ratings)
    When two men are discovered with their throats cut in the vestry of St Matthew's Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge. For one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic. For Commander Adam Dalgliesh the case is particularly affecting - he had known Berowne, and the minister had asked for his help regarding an anonymous letter shortly before his resignation.
  • A Time of Day
    by Francis Durbridge
    Narrated by Greg Wise
    3.90 (13 ratings)
    From the creator of popular radio detective Paul Temple comes this exciting novelisation of the classic TV serial A Time of Day, read by Greg Wise. The six-part series A Time of Day entertained and intrigued TV audiences in 1957, who knew that a Francis Durbridge serial was a guarantee of twists, turns, and dramatic surprises. All these and more can be found in this thrilling tale of a mysterious disappearance and a race against time....
  • A Tokyo Murder
    by John Dryden, Miriam Smith
    Narrated by full cast
    3.20 (9 ratings)
    Three dramas surrounding the murder of a young teacher in Japan. PART 1 - THE PARENTS Jennifer and Peter Whitelock arrive in Japan to help find their daughter’s murderer. Frustrated with the progress of the police investigation, Peter puts his trust in TV producer Norio Ito, who promises to champion their cause on his popular ‘news and entertainment’ show, while Jennifer tries to discover what her daughter’s life in Tokyo was like… Then she starts getting calls from a man claiming to be the killer.
  • Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate (Unabridged)
    by M.C. Beaton
    Narrated by Penelope Keith
    4.40 (107 ratings)
    Amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin is going through a man-hating phase, and so, is unmoved by news of a captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off her feet ... along with every other female in the village. She is positively ecstatic when he invites her to dine with him, but the next day Agatha is left with a hangover from hell and someone has done for the curate in the night.
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  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Unabridged)
    by M. C. Beaton
    Narrated by Penelope Keith
    4.50 (133 ratings)
    Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha's life is never dull… The morning of Agatha's longed-for marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. It's all too much for James, who breaks off the engagement.
  • Agatha Raisin: Potted Gardener and The Walkers of Dembley (Dramatisation)
    by M. C. Beaton
    Narrated by Penelope Keith
    4.50 (91 ratings)
    Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin in two more full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas. Agatha Raisin, the Columbo of the Cotswolds, is back in two more full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M. C. Beaton.
  • Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death and the Vicious Vet (Dramatisation)
    by M. C. Beaton
    Narrated by Penelope Keith
    4.40 (136 ratings)
    After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village. Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin, Miss Marple with attitude, in two full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M. C. Beaton.
  • Agatha Raisin: The Terrible Tourist and Fairies of Frylam (Dramatisation)
    by M. C. Beaton
    Narrated by Penelope Keith
    4.40 (95 ratings)
    Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin in two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas. After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village. Penelope Keith stars again as Agatha Raisin - Miss Marple with attitude - in the fourth volume of full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M.C. Beaton.
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  • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
    by P. D. James, Nevill Teller
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.30 (21 ratings)
    Judi Bowker and Anna Massey star in this gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation featuring young detective Cordelia Gray. Mark Calendar, 21 years old and in his final year at Cambridge, leaves university without warning and takes a job as a gardener. Eighteen days later he is found hanging in the cottage where he lived. The verdict at the inquest is suicide.
  • Baldi: Series 1
    by AudioGO Ltd
    Narrated by David Threfall
    4.70 (81 ratings)
    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In this first series, Father Paolo Baldi and his accomplice Tina investigate a string of mysterious crimes, including a murder at an Italian chip shop, the killing of a leading academic and a girl who falls victim to a devil-worshipping cult.
  • Baldi: Series 2
    by Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    Narrated by David Threlfall
    4.70 (72 ratings)
    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In his second series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo follows a killing in a castle at a celebrity wedding, a high-profile case of a police officer’s murder and enters the world of romantic poetry to solve a suspected suicide.
  • Baldi: Series 3
    by Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    Narrated by David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
    4.80 (55 ratings)
    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. Returning for his third series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo discovers foul-play among a group of horticultural experts, a murder at a classical music concert and bad sportsmanship at a charity cricket match.
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  • Baldi: Series 4
    by Simon Brett, Bill Murphy, Andrew Martin, Martin Meenan, John Murphy, Francis Turnly
    Narrated by David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
    4.70 (55 ratings)
    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In Father Baldi’s fourth series, Paolo investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo looks into the case of a crossword-related murder, the killing of a politically-incorrect figurehead and finds that the death of a homeless man is not as simple as it appears.
  • Baldi: Series 5
    by Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    Narrated by David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
    4.80 (48 ratings)
    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. Returning for his fifth series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo uncovers the truth behind the killings of several rockabilly band members, as well as delving into the highly competitive world of celebrity chefs and exposing a rift in a community of environmental activists.
  • Baldi: Three in One & Twilight of a God
    by Simon Brett, Mark Holloway
    Narrated by David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T. P. McKenna
    4.80 (6 ratings)
    Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In Three in One, a trip to the races for Baldi and Mrs Reid proves to have an unexpected link with a contract killing on the mean streets of Dublin’s Northside. Twilight of a God sees Paolo and Tina visiting a remote castle off the Irish coast to attend a celebrity wedding between a country girl and a world-famous opera conductor.
  • Beach Combing
    by Rachel Crofts
    Narrated by Simon Shepherd
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    When Alan and Mika's summer explorations are cut short by a grisly discovery, they can't understand why their parents seem so upset. Will their beach ever be just a playground again?
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  • Fox Fur
    by Kirsty Jansen
    Narrated by Finty Williams
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A homeless girl living in a junk shop collects stories about the people she meets. Who is she? How did she get there? And what secrets is she hiding about her past?
  • BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic
    by Simon Brett, Jeremy Front (adaptation)
    Narrated by Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green
    4.70 (151 ratings)
    Actor and reluctant sleuth Charles Paris is facing chaos on the domestic front. He’s lodging with his ex-wife Frances, and now their pregnant daughter has moved in as well. It’s all a bit much.... So he is over the moon when he lands a job on the BBC Radio Rep - but the ink is barely dry on his contract when a murder takes place in Broadcasting House. A young female studio manager is found dead in an editing suite, and Charles steps in to investigate....
  • BBC Radio Crimes: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery: Killing Orders
    by Sara Paretsky
    Narrated by Kathleen Turner, Martin Shaw, Adjoa Andoh, Lorelei King
    4.40 (43 ratings)
    Feisty Chicago private eye Vic ‘V.I.’ Warshawski is used to getting mixed up in complicated cases. But when three million dollars in share certificates are stolen from a Dominican priory, she really doesn’t want to get involved. Because agreeing to investigate would mean doing a favour for Aunt Rosa, the priory’s treasurer, and Vic has never forgiven Rosa for something she did a long time ago. Against her better judgement, Vic gets drawn in, only to be suddenly called off the case.
  • BBC Radio Crimes: The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Miss Lonelyhearts & The Emerald Style
    by Barry Devlin
    Narrated by David Threlfall
    4.20 (18 ratings)
    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In 'Miss Lonelyhearts', Paolo and DI Tina Mahon investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the tragic death of a nurse at an old people’s home, and uncover an unlikely case of voyeurism.
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  • BBC Radio Crimes: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead & A Surfeit of Lampreys
    by Ngaio Marsh
    Narrated by Jeremy Clyde
    4.20 (53 ratings)
    A game of ‘murders’ at Sir Hubert Handesley’s country house party becomes far too realistic for anyone’s liking. First a guest arrives with a dangerously lethal dagger and then, when the gong sounds to announce the start of the game, the victim plays dead in a very convincing manner. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn believes the unusual dagger is a vital clue to the real-life murder, and soon he’s on the trail of a Russian secret society.
  • BBC Radio Crimes: The Inspector McLevy Mysteries: The Second Shadow & The Burning Question
    by David Ashton
    Narrated by Brian Cox, Siobhan Redmond
    4.40 (19 ratings)
    Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. Counterfeiters are at work in the city in The Second Shadow, and McLevy is under pressure to secure rapid convictions. But his mind is more on the deliciously immoral Jean Brash - is he becoming jealous of the male company she keeps?
  • BBC Radio Crimes: The Saint: Saint Overboard & The Saint Plays with Fire
    by Leslie Charteris
    Narrated by Paul Rhys, Patsy Kensit
    4.20 (22 ratings)
    Leslie Charteris’ square-jawed, blue-eyed hero loved, fought and stole his way through Europe in the 1930s, endlessly pursuing blondes, baddies and boodle. Adored by women and feared by his foes, he was known as ‘The Saint’ after the calling card he left at the scenes of his crimes - a sketch of a stick figure with a halo. In 'Saint Overboard', a villain plans to steal a shipment of sunken treasure. Simon Templar will go to any lengths to stop him - even under the sea....
  • Bonecrack (Dramatised)
    by Dick Francis
    Narrated by Mark Colleano, Caroline Blakiston, Francis Matthews
    4.50 (17 ratings)
    Neil Griffon is abducted by two men who demand that he destroy his father's horses and racing stable - or die. Here's a BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Dick Francis' thriller novel, starring Frances Matthews, Caroline Blakison, and Mark Colleano.
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  • Brother Cadfael Mysteries: Dead Man's Ransom (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by Ellis Peters
    Narrated by Philip Madoc, Michael KItchen, Susannah York
    4.30 (51 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Ellis Peters' thrilling mystery featuring medieval monk Brother Cadfael. It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud between King Stephen and Maud shows no sign of abating. Cadfael, safe within the peaceful walls of the Abbey, does not expect to be drawn on to the battlefield - but when a Welsh prisoner of war is brought to him for treatment of a sword-wound, he finds himself embroiled in the conflict.
  • Busman's Honeymoon (Dramatised)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Narrated by Ian Carmichael, Sarah Badel, Peter Jones, Rosemary Leach, Peter Vaughan
    4.60 (85 ratings)
    Lord Peter Wimsey has married at last, having finally succeeded in his ardent pursuit of the lovely mystery novelist Harriet Vane. The two depart for a tranquil honeymoon in a country farmhouse but find, instead of a well-prepared love nest, the place left in a shambles by the previous owner. His sudden appearance, dead from a broken skull in the cellar, only prompts more questions. Why would anyone have wanted to kill old Mr Noakes? What dark secrets had he to hide?
  • Busman’s Honeymoon (Unabridged)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Narrated by Ian Carmichael
    4.40 (171 ratings)
    Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon. It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the mis-spelled ‘notise’ to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man: there wasn’t any blood on his smashed skull and he had six hundred pounds in his wallet.
  • Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by Ellis Peters
    Narrated by Philip Madoc
    4.80 (40 ratings)
    Shrewsbury, 1139. The bloody civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud has swept through the country towards the rural security of Brother Cadfael’s monastery. The citizens of Worcester have fled, among them two orphaned children of noble stock, together with their tutor, a young nun. A Benedictine monk in whose care Lady Ermina and her brother Ives were left, comes to the Abbey to ask if the children have been seen.
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  • Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised): BBC Radio Crimes
    by Simon Brett
    Narrated by Bill Nighy
    4.60 (110 ratings)
    Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic crime novel An Amateur Corpse. Charles is out of work again, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay and he's no way of escaping her. So when he's offered some voiceover work by old friend, Hugo, he's delighted to get out of the house. But Hugo's marriage is in trouble: his much younger wife, Ellie, spends all her time at her Amateur Dramatic Group, and Hugo is drinking too much.
  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by Simon Brett
    Narrated by Bill Nighy
    4.50 (118 ratings)
    Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.
  • Clouds of Witness (Dramatised)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.40 (99 ratings)
    In a shocking scandal, the likes of which has not been seen in the English aristocracy since the 18th century, the Duke of Denver stands accused of the foul murder or his sister's fiance, shot through the heart on a cold, lonely night at Riddlesdale Hall in Yorkshire. The Duke's brother, Lord Peter Wimsey, attempts to prove Denver's innocence, but why is the Duke refusing to co-operate? And what does his sister, Lady Mary, know about the affair?
  • Devices and Desires: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, Book 8 (Dramatised)
    by P.D. James
    Narrated by Robin Ellis, Full Cast
    3.90 (29 ratings)
    When Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh takes a well-deserved break, in his newly inherited cottage on the Norfolk Coast, relaxation is the last thing he can expect.
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  • Dick Barton and the Affair of the Black Panther
    by Geoffrey Webb
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.40 (16 ratings)
    Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey originally ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the series was essential listening for an entire generation; Whilst diving for treasure in the Pacific Ocean, Dick discovers a secret Nazi organisation on the nearby Black Panther Island. Can he defeat the sinister Carl Von Reinitz?
  • Dick Barton and the Cabatolin Diamonds
    by Geoffrey Webb
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.20 (17 ratings)
    Douglas Kelly stars as 'Dick Barton - Special Agent' in another thrilling adventure for radio's greatest hero. Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey, were essential listening for an entire generation. Originally starring Noel Johnson, Duncan Carse and Gordon Davies, in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, it ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951.
  • Dick Barton and the Case of Conrad Ruda
    by Basil Dawson
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.40 (12 ratings)
    Douglas Kelly stars in another thrilling adventure for radio's greatest hero. Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey originally ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Very few of the BBC's original recordings still survive, however, in 1949 some were re-recorded for transmission overseas. Starring Douglas Kelly, these re-stagings found new audiences in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. !
  • Dick Barton and the Li-Chang Adventure
    by Edward J. Mason
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.80 (17 ratings)
    Douglas Kelly stars in another adventure for radio's greatest hero. Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of Dick Barton, Jock and Snowey originally ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Very few of the BBC's original recordings still survive; however, in 1949 some were re-recorded for transmission overseas. Starring Douglas Kelly, these re-staging’s found new audiences in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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  • Dick Barton and the Paris Adventure
    by Edward J. Mason
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.10 (21 ratings)
    Douglas Kelly stars as ‘Dick Barton - Special Agent’ in another thrilling adventure for radio's greatest hero.Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey were essential listening for an entire generation. Originally starring Noel Johnson, Duncan Carse and Gordon Davies, in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, it ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951.
  • Dick Barton and the Smash and Grab Raiders
    by Ronnie Colley, Arthur Colley
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.70 (23 ratings)
    Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends, Jock and Snowey, originally ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the series was essential listening for an entire generation.Sadly very few of the BBC’s original recordings still survive. However, in 1949 a number of early Barton tales were re-recorded for transmission overseas.
  • Dick Barton and the Tibetan Adventure
    by Geoffrey Webb
    Narrated by Douglas Kelly
    4.50 (16 ratings)
    Over 300 of these ‘international’ recordings were rediscovered in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2009 and allow listeners finally to relive the escapades of the great Dick Barton.When a consignment of gold is stolen, Dick and his friends are dispatched deep into the foothills of Tibet to recover it. What awaits them in the lair of Foo-dow, the brigand? Will they recover the missing bullion? Find out in this next exciting instalment of ‘Dick Barton – Special Agent!’
  • Dick Barton and the Vulture
    by Edward J. Mason
    Narrated by Douglas & Cast Kelly
    4.80 (14 ratings)
    Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey originally ran on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the series was essential listening for an entire generation. In the first story of the second radio series, Barton is on the trail of Tony Patelli, a criminal mastermind who has stolen a lorry-load of gold bullion.
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  • Dick Barton Live
    by B.D. Chapman
    Narrated by Tim Bentinck, Dick Barton, Terry Molloy
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    After 40 years, Dick Barton is back, in a special live recording! On Sunday, 16th June, special agent Dick Barton returned for a one-off show at Leicester's Y Theatre. The production used original radio scripts from 1951 and period equipment in order to present a faithful recreation of a vintage studio recording. This exciting adventure stars Tim Bentinck (David Archer in The Archers) as Dick Barton and Terry Molloy (Mike Tucker in The Archers and Davros in Doctor Who) as Snowey White.
  • Dick Barton: Still a Special Agent
    by John Hosken
    Narrated by Noel Johnson
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    An affectionate profile of Dick Barton - Special Agent, presented by John Hosken, including interviews with Noel Johnson, star of the Dick Barton radio series. Dick Barton is the radio character who refuses to lie down. Although it is over fifty years since the daily serial was dropped to make way for The Archers, fans still talk about their hero’s battles with the bad guys as if they were happening today.
  • Dick Barton: The Mystery of the Missing Formula
    by Mike Dorrell
    Narrated by Toby Stephens
    3.90 (12 ratings)
    Where has scientist George Cameron disappeared to? What deadly formula has he discovered? Why is his daughter Lucy in such terrible danger? And why was the meek chemist Tibbs so ruthlessly killed? The fate of the country lies in the hands of one man - Dick Barton - Special Agent! An abridged reading of a classic Dick Barton adventure, written by Mike Dorrell and read by Toby Stephens.
  • Easy Rawlins: Black Betty (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by Walter Mosley
    Narrated by Clarke Peters, John Guerrasio, Alibe Parsons
    4.50 (4 ratings)
    On the shady side of LA in 1961, African-American private eye Easy Rawlins can go places a white detective cannot. So when Saul Lynx needs a missing woman found, he hires Easy to do his dirty work. Elizabeth Eady - ‘Black Betty’ - is as dark as midnight and just as beautiful. An old acquaintance of Easy’s when he was a child back in Texas, she had been working for a rich white woman in Beverley Hills, but left her job with no forwarding address.
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  • Enquiry (Dramatised)
    by Dick Francis
    Narrated by William Nighy, Philip Voss, Selina Cadell, Tony Osoba
    4.30 (23 ratings)
    No jockey likes being labelled a cheat. Least of all by a Stewards' Enquiry. Kelly Hughes career looks doomed. He knows he's been framed, but finding the reason could prove dangerous. Especially with a killer on his tail... Hughes' own enquiry uncovers dynamite that could blow the racing world to smithereens. Only a few powerful - and violent - men know the sordid secret. And they'll go to extraordinary lengths to keep it that way. Murder is just one option...
  • Father Brown: Series 1
    by G. K. Chesterton
    Narrated by Andrew Sachs
    4.50 (20 ratings)
    Andrew Sachs stars as the famous clerical sleuth in Series 1 of The Father Brown Stories, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. With his black hat, huge umbrella, unwordly simplicity and ‘beaming but breathless geniality’, Father Brown is one of fiction’s best-loved amateur detectives.
  • Father Brown: Series 2
    by G. K. Chesterton
    Narrated by Andrew Sachs
    4.80 (9 ratings)
    Andrew Sachs stars as the famous clerical sleuth in Series 2 of The Father Brown Stories, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. With his black hat, huge umbrella, unwordly simplicity and ‘beaming but breathless geniality’, Father Brown is one of fiction’s best-loved amateur detectives. Short and tatty, but with the wisdom and insight to unravel the most wayward of criminal minds, he has entertained generations.
  • Father Brown: The Blue Cross and Other Stories (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by G. K. Chesterton
    Narrated by Andrew Sachs
    4.30 (6 ratings)
    With his black hat, huge umbrella, unworldly simplicity and ‘beaming but breathless geniality’, Father Brown is one of fiction’s best-loved amateur detectives. Short and tatty, but with the wisdom and insight to unravel the most wayward of criminal minds, he has entertained generations. Here, the High Priest of detection becomes involved in four intriguing cases that will tax even his mental powers to the limit...
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  • Fatherland (Dramatised)
    by Robert Harris
    Narrated by Anton Lesser, Full Cast
    4.20 (103 ratings)
    The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with.
  • Five Red Herrings (Dramatised)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Narrated by Ian Carmichael
    4.30 (96 ratings)
    When Sandy Campbell's body is found at the foot of a cliff near the small town of Kircdubright, the local constabulary are convinced that the argumentative painter is a victim of a tragic accident. But when Lord Peter Wimsey turns up, the hunt begins for an ingenious killer. Faced with six men, all of whom have a motive for murder, the aristocratic amateur sleuth must deduce which are the five red herrings and which has blood on his hands.
  • Have His Carcase (Dramatised)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Narrated by Ian Carmichael, Maria Aitken
    4.50 (100 ratings)
    Two years after the trial for the murder of her lover, the blaze of publicity surrounding mystery writer Harriet Vane has begun to die away and Harriet decides it's time for a break. But the peace of a North Devon walking tour is rudely shattered when she discovers the body of a man on the beach, his throat slit from ear to ear. The moment the story breaks Harriet’s old friend Lord Peter Wimsey is on the scene to lend his powers of detection. Can the two of them discover who the murderer is?
  • I, Regress (Complete Series)
    by Matt Berry, Tara Flynn
    Narrated by Matt Berry, Katherine Parkinson, Morgana Robinson, Simon Greenall, Jack Klaff, Alex Lowe, Derek Griffiths
    4.30 (46 ratings)
    Matt Berry plays a corrupt and bizarre hypnotherapist taking unsuspecting clients on twisted, misleading journeys through their subconscious. Each episode sees the doctor dealing with a different client who has come to him for a different problem (quitting smoking, fear of water, etc).
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  • Inspector Steine (Dramatised)
    by Lynne Truss
    Narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens, Jan Ravens
    4.10 (51 ratings)
    The first series of Lynne Truss’s hugely popular BBC Radio 4 comedy thriller set in 1950s Brighton. A place of knickerbocker glories, end-of-the pier shows... and an enormous amount of unsolved crime. Step forward Inspector Steine. Naive and innocent, he believes that he wiped out all the villains at a single stroke in the Middle Street Massacre when seventeen local hoodlums gunned each other to death. Fortunately, long-suffering Sergeant Brunswick is at hand to help Steine with his enquiries.
  • Kate Brannigan: Clean Break (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by Val McDermid
    Narrated by Charlotte Coleman
    3.70 (20 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Val McDermid's best-selling Kate Brannigan mystery Clean Break, starring Charlotte Coleman. Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan is not amused when thieves steal a Monet from a stately home where she had arranged the security. She sets off on a chase that takes her across Europe bringing her head to head with organised crime.
  • Maigret and the Minister and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Georges Simenon
    Narrated by Maurice Denham
    4.40 (25 ratings)
    Four full-cast dramatisations starring Maurice Denham as Inspector Maigret and Michael Gough as his creator Georges Simenon. Simenon and his masterful inspector, Jules Maigret, look back together over four of their greatest cases… Where is the vital report that holds the key to the fate of the French government? What is the secret behind the mysterious suicide in Bremen? Who is responsible for the sudden disappearance of one of Paris’s best known solicitors? And will the demented double murderer strike again?
  • Maigret Hesitates and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Georges Simenon
    Narrated by Maurice Denham, Michael Gough
    4.50 (23 ratings)
    Four gripping dramatisations starring Maurice Denham as Maigret and Michael Gough as his creator Georges SimenonMaigret Goes to School/Maigret and the Old Lady/Maigret Hesitates/The Patience of MaigretThe world’s best-known French detective, Jules Maigret, talks to his creator Georges Simenon about four intriguing cases in these full-cast dramatisations that have been specially adapted for radio from the original novels.
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  • Maigret Sets a Trap and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Georges Simenon
    Narrated by Maurice Denham, Michael Gough
    4.10 (21 ratings)
    Four gripping dramatisations starring Maurice Denham as Maigret and Michael Gough as his creator Georges Simenon. The world’s best-known French detective, Jules Maigret, talks to his creator Georges Simenon about four intriguing cases in these full-cast dramatisations that have been specially adapted for radio from the original novels.
  • Maigret: A Man's Head and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Georges Simenon
    Narrated by Nicholas Le Prevost
    4.60 (18 ratings)
    Nicholas Le Prevost stars as the French detective in four new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatizationsThese new adaptations of classic stories find Maigret recreating four memorable cases for his creator Georges Simenon.In ‘Maigret: A Man’s Head’, a convicted man is allowed to escape, then followed by police investigating a double murder.
  • Maigret's Little Joke and Other Stories (Dramatised)
    by Georges Simenon
    Narrated by Nicholas Le Prevost
    4.50 (21 ratings)
    The Yellow Dog’ sees Maigret upsetting the citizens of Concarneau as he begins his murder investigation. But there is poison in the Pernod, a howling yellow dog and, it seems, a madman on the loose... In ‘Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife’, "Sad Freddie" is committing a burglary when he discovers the body of a dead woman, holding a telephone in her hand. Can Maigret believe the burglar’s wife in the face of other evidence?
  • Martin Beck: Cop Killer
    by Maj Sjöwall
    Narrated by Neil Pearson
    4.80 (20 ratings)
    In the ninth book in the series, a woman is brutally murdered and left buried in a swamp. On a quiet suburban street a midnight shootout takes place between three cops and two teenage boys... Detective Inspector Martin Beck and his partner Lennart Kollberg are called in on both cases. In the unfamiliar small-town setting, they encounter figures from their earlier cases.
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  • Martin Beck: Roseanna (Dramatised)
    by Maj Sjowall, Lois Roth (translator)
    Narrated by Neil Pearson
    4.20 (32 ratings)
    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatization of Roseanna. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working alongside his colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society.
  • Martin Beck: The Locked Room
    by Maj Sjöwall
    Narrated by Neil Pearson, Steven Mackintosh
    4.70 (17 ratings)
    The eighth book in the classic Martin Beck detective series. The Martin Beck series has inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo. In one part of town, a woman robs a bank. In another, a corpse is found shot through the heart in a room locked from within, with no firearm in sight... Starring Steven Mackintosh and Neil Pearson.
  • Martin Beck: The Terrorists
    by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    Narrated by Steven Mackintosh, Neil Pearson, Katie Hims
    4.70 (25 ratings)
    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Terrorists. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.
  • McLevy: Behind the Curtain & A Voice from the Grave (BBC Radio Crimes)
    by David Ashton
    Narrated by Brian Cox, Siobhán Redmond, Michael Perceval-Maxwell
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. In Behind the Curtain, a death threat written in blood is found pinned to the wall of the leading lady’s dressing room at the Parade Theatre. A Voice from the Grave sees McLevy feeling the heat - and not just from the scorching Scottish sunshine.
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  • Murder at the Savoy: A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    by Maj Sjöwall
    Narrated by Neil Pearson
    3.90 (31 ratings)
    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as his friend and colleague Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Murder at the Savoy. The Martin Beck books, written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.
  • Murder Must Advertise (Dramatised)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Narrated by Ian Carmichael, Full Cast
    4.50 (94 ratings)
    When copywriter Victor Dean falls to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, everyone assumes it was an unfortunate accident. His replacement doesn't think so and begins asking a lot of questions. The new man is something of a mystery to his colleagues, and he certainly dresses well considering his meagre writer's salary.
  • Opening Night & When in Rome (Dramatised)
    by Ngaio Marsh
    Narrated by Michael Cochrane, David Swift, Nick Waring, Full Cast
    4.30 (19 ratings)
    Jeremy Clyde Stars as Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn in two BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatizations.
  • Poseidon's Gold: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 5 (Dramatised)
    by Lyndsey Davis
    Narrated by Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Trevor Peacock
    4.60 (101 ratings)
    Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back.
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  • Radio Crimes: Cadfael: Monk's Hood [Dramatised]
    by Ellis Peters
    Narrated by Philip Madoc
    4.60 (48 ratings)
    After the violence of civil war in the spring, Shrewsbury has enjoyed a quiet summer and a good harvest. But, as Cadfael reflects ruefully, such a peaceful state of affairs cannot be expected to last. He's right. The trouble begins when Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor, proposes to sign all his property over to the Abbey. A welcome gift, but when Bonel is found poisoned, foul play is suspected somewhere along the line.
  • Radio Crimes: Charles Paris: A Series of Murders
    by Simon Brett
    Narrated by Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden
    4.60 (97 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Drama starring Bill Nighy as Charles Paris and featuring Suzanne Burden as his estranged wife, Frances.

    On a TV detective series, members of the cast and crew begin to meet mysterious ends. Actor cum amateur sleuth Charles Paris invistigates.

  • Radio Crimes: Dick Barton - Special Agent! (Dramatised)
    by Edward J. Mason
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.30 (18 ratings)
    In 1972, as part of the BBC's Golden Jubilee celebrations, the team came together once more to re-record the very first adventure. The episodes were not stored in the BBC Archives but, thanks to private tapes, these 'lost' recordings can be heard once more. And here they are, in this fast-moving story about a stolen secret weapon, complete with dark caves, deadly spiders, lifts with no floors and - most intriguingly - a tall and mysterious man in a black Homburg.
  • Radio Crimes: Philip Marlowe: Farewell My Lovely [Dramatised]
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Edward Bishop, Robert Beatty, Don Fellows
    4.60 (8 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation, starring Edward Bishop and featuring Robert Beatty and Don Fellows. As six feet five, Moose Malloy was as inconspicuous as a tarantula on angel food and about as dangerous. But Marlowe never was the kind of guy to walk away from trouble when it slapped him in the face, and Moose's girl had disappeared, a mere eight years ago. All Marlowe had to do was find her.
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  • Radio Crimes: The Maltese Falcon [Dramatised]
    by Dashiell Hammett
    Narrated by Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan, Nickolas Grace
    4.40 (17 ratings)
    It's San Francisco, 1928, and Sam Spade is a wisecracking, womanising Private Investigator. Missing husbands and unfaithful wives are his usual stock-in-trade, but when the beautifully distressed Miss Wonderley calls he gets involved in a dangerous caper most people would run a mile from. Miss Wonderley asks Sam's partner, Miles Archer, to shadow Floyd Thursby, whom she maintains has kidnapped her sister. But then Archer is shot dead, and Miss Wonderley's story turns out to be a lie.
  • Rapture Frequency (The Wire)
    by Abbie Spallen
    Narrated by Abbie Spallen, Richard Dormer, Esther Hall, Shaun Dooley, Philip Jackson, Marty Maguire, Richard Howard, Paul Kennedy, Susie Kelly, Laura Conway
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    The Wire is BBC Radio 3's showcase for works that push the boundaries of drama and narrative. In "Rapture Frequency", analyst Michael Shorthall is listening to the black-box recording of an ill-fated transatlantic flight when he stumbles across an unexpected sound. Interference, white noise, or could it possibly be proof of something more celestial? A story of obsession and one man's extraordinary quest.
  • Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Toby Stephens, Richard Ridings, Madeline Potter, Patt Starr, Jude Akuwudike, Sean Baker, Joanna Munro, Lloyd Thomas, Iain Batchelor, Sam Dale, Adeel Akhtar
    4.30 (27 ratings)
    Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe mystery.Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.In ‘Farewell My Lovely’, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian’s nightclub.
  • Raymond Chandler: Playback (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Toby Stephens, Sarah Goldberg, Iain Batchelor, Sean Baker, Claire Harry, Sam Dale
    4.30 (30 ratings)
    Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s final completed Philip Marlowe mystery.Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.In ‘Playback’, Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer.
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  • Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler, Robert B Parker
    Narrated by Toby Stephens, Lorelei King, Stephen Campbell Moore, Laurel Lefkow, Peter Polycarpou, Sasha Pick, Gerard McDermott, James Lailey, Alun Raglan, Sean Baker, Carl Prekopp, Simon Bubb
    4.30 (29 ratings)
    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is now married, living in the resort town of Poodle Springs. Once again, he sets himself up as an investigator and soon finds himself in the middle of blackmail and murder....
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Toby Stephens, Kelly Burke, Barbara Barnes, Madeleine Potter, Leah Brotherhood, Sam Dale, Sean Baker, Iain Batchelor, Henry Devas, Jude Akuwudike
    4.30 (40 ratings)
    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away.
  • Raymond Chandler: The High Window (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Ed Bishop, Toby Stephens, Judy Parfitt, Jessica Raine, Patrick Kennedy, Joe Montana, Stuart Milligan, Susie Riddell, Peter Polycarpou, Gerard McDermott
    4.20 (29 ratings)
    Philip Marlowe’s on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband’s collection. That’s the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead.
  • Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Toby Stephens, Sam Dale, Barbara Barnes, Steve Toussaint, Bathan Osgood, Claire Harry, Lloyd Thomas, Sean Baker
    4.40 (28 ratings)
    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Derace Kingsley’s wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear.
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  • Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised)
    by Raymond Chandler
    Narrated by Toby Stephens, Trevor White, Saskia Reeves, Peter Polycarpou, James Lailey, Simon Bubb, Alun Raglan
    4.50 (23 ratings)
    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He’s willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA’s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?
  • Reading Between The Lines: From Page to Production
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by Lynne Truss, Rula Lenska, Lorelei King, Derek Derek Jacobi
    3.60 (23 ratings)
    Bath-based BBC Audiobooks hosted a sell-out event for the Bath Literature Festival. Reading Between the Lines: From Page to Production featured Rula Lenska, Lynne Truss, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Lorelei King in an entertaining and lively discussion about the art of the audiobook. They were joined by Sunday Times audio critic Karen Robinson, BBC Audiobooks' Publishing Director Jan Paterson, and Senior Producer Kate Thomas.
  • Rebus: Strip Jack - Saturday Drama, Complete (Dramatised)
    by Ian Rankin, Chris Nolan (adaptation)
    Narrated by Ron Donachie
    4.30 (30 ratings)
    Ron Donachie stars in this two-part dramatisation of Ian Rankin's crime thriller set in Edinburgh and the Highlands in 1992. Inspector Rebus is investigating the death of an MP's wife when an Edinburgh man confesses to the murder of two women. Rebus, however, is not convinced. Much to his superior's dismay, Rebus ignores the confession and disappears north to investigate a wild party deep in the Scottish countryside.
  • Resurrection Men: Inspector Rebus, Book 13 (Dramatised)
    by Ian Rankin
    Narrated by full cast
    4.30 (24 ratings)
    A few days into a murder inquiry following the brutal death of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at his superior, DCS Gill Templer, and is ordered to attend the Scottish Police College for "retraining". In other words, it's his Last Chance Saloon.
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  • Rio Story (Dramatised)
    by Chris Thorpe
    Narrated by Charles Paraventi
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    Set in one of Rio de Janeiro's most crowded favelas, this ambitious drama is part love-story and part thriller revolving around a single day in the lives of a couple of thieves, a crooked policeman, a charity worker, a priest, a blind revolutionary and a pregnant street-kid.
  • Ripley Under Water
    by Patricia Highsmith
    Narrated by Ian Hart
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    Tom Ripley detests murder unless it is absolutely necessary. He prefers someone else to do the dirty work. But if he's called on to act there is no one more cool, calculating and clever. In the last Ripley story, Ripley Under Water, strange new neighbours show an overdeveloped interest in Ripley's past. Will Tom's shady dealings finally be exposed?
  • Ripley Underground
    by Patricia Highsmith
    Narrated by Ian Hart
    3.60 (5 ratings)
    Tom Ripley detests murder unless it is absolutely necessary. He prefers someone else to do the dirty work. But if he's called on to act there is no one more cool, calculating and clever. A few years after the death of Dickie Greenleaf, Ripley Under Grounds find Tom living in luxury in a French chateau with his beautiful wife Heloise - but the clever art forgery which funds Tom's expensive tastes is about to be uncovered.
  • Ripley's Game
    by Patricia Highsmith
    Narrated by Ian Hart
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Tom Ripley detests murder unless it is absolutely necessary. He prefers someone else to do the dirty work. But if he's called on to act there is no one more cool, calculating and clever. In Ripley's Game, Tom sets up a man he dislikes to carry out two perfect murders. Tense, thrilling and atmospheric, the third of five dramatisations that are perfect evocations of Highsmith's unique, complex and brilliantly twisted crime novels.
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  • Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Dramatised)
    by John Mortimer
    Narrated by Timothy West, Prunella Scales
    4.60 (47 ratings)
    Horace Rumpole, the Wordsworth loving, Shakespeare quoting, claret imbibing barrister returns in these hugely enjoyable stories of legal chicanery and criminal derring-do.
  • Sapper's Bulldog Drummond: A BBC Radio 4 Extra reading
    by Cyril McNeile
    Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Sapper's thrilling adventures of private detective Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond, as heard on BBC Radio. In these six episodes, the demobbed officer offers his services to any client offering adventure. This leads him into danger and dashing escapades, as he finds himself grappling a gorilla; trying to save the realm from dreadful peril; protecting a Duchess's pearls and battling to foil the evil Peterson, who is planning to overthrow the Government...
  • Scumdog Millionaires: Complete Series
    by Mike Walker
    Narrated by David Tse Ka-Shing
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    When disgraced City trader Tim Ng is offered immunity from prosecution by the FSA, he is alarmed to discover what it is they want in return. Although offered immunity from prosecution, he is by no means out of the woods, and he soon finds his life in danger....
  • Severed Threads
    by John Dryden
    Narrated by Brian d'Arcy James, Ameet Chana, Hugo Docking
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    Three lives on three continents connected by one event… A young British schoolboy obsessed with school massacres, a radio journalist in India on the trail of a scoop for the BBC and the boss of an American church-owned clothing firm are the threads that run through this intricate, suspenseful three-part thriller from award-winning writer-director John Dryden.
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  • Sexton Blake: Lilies for the Ladies and Other Stories
    by Donald Stuart
    Narrated by William Franklyn, Arthur Wontner
    4.50 (14 ratings)
    William Franklyn stars as paperback hero Sexton Blake, with David Gregory as his assistant Tinker, in four original BBC Radio dramatisations from 1967. Lost from the BBC archives for over 40 years, these rediscovered episodes are presented for the very first time. ‘Lilies for the Ladies’: In the first episode of the series, Blake investigates the unexplained murders of four wealthy society women. ‘The Sin-Eater’: An old friend of Blake’s receives a series of cryptic messages written on playing cards.
  • Sexton Blake: The Vampire Moon and Other Stories
    by Donald Stuart
    Narrated by William Franklyn
    4.60 (13 ratings)
    William Franklyn stars as paperback hero Sexton Blake, with David Gregory as his assistant Tinker, in four original BBC Radio dramatisations from 1967. Lost from the BBC archives for over 40 years, these rediscovered episodes are presented for the very first time. Plus a special bonus episode - ‘Murder on the Portsmouth Road’. In one of Britain’s earliest surviving drama recordings (from 1930), Arthur Wontner stars as Sexton Blake, tracking down a killer on a stormy night.
  • Shadows in Bronze: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 2 (Dramatised)
    by Lindsey Davis
    Narrated by Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Full Cast
    4.60 (140 ratings)
    Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii.
  • Stone: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
    by Danny Brocklehurst
    Narrated by Hugo Speer
    4.60 (28 ratings)
    Series 3 of the intelligent detective drama tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. In these four episodes, Stone and his team search for a missing toddler, investigate a fatal stabbing in a Manchester street, try to find out who is behind a spate of attacks on Eastern European businesses and demand justice when a police officer is found critically injured.