Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. 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.
Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these nine BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.
©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide
At its heart, McLevy is a very standard police procedural. The characters are the stereotypes we've seen a hundred times before: the brilliant detective who doesn't play by the rules but always gets results; his long-suffering boss; his unimaginative but doughty sidekick, and the whore-with-a-heart-of-gold who he flirts with.
Where it manages to go beyond all these is in the way it's put together. The Victorian Edinburgh setting is unusual enough, and beautifully-realised, but what really makes it stand out is the writing and the performances. Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond work beautifully together (and apart) and together with the rest of the cast have managed to keep me listening to this and its sequel for nearly twelve hours across the past couple of weeks. It's never dragged once, and the whole experience has been a delight.
Yes, excellent stories, interesting characters and the interplay between them.
Jean Brash's dogs chasing McLevy
Evokes the time and place, the Scottish accents help too!
parry the book
Who better than McLevy and Mullholland to keep you safe in Victorian Leith. The stories have kept me listening for hours over the last weeks . The glimpse into the world at that time and the punishments meted out are a revelation. I have been listening to McLevy on the radio for years, but hearing it on audible allows me to hear all the subtle humour that is this twosome's banter. Love the the books and the programmes. I can't t wait for the most recent one to be available. This is a masterclass in both writing and acting. Think I am a little in love with this character
Where to start, it was all so good...excellent storylines, excellent performances...brought old Edinburgh to life through crime and hardships of the not too distant past....very enjoyable indeed....well done the BBC R4 for bringing this imaginative police drama to our ears.
Having been an radio 4fan I'm amazed I hadn't heard these before. First class characters. Dry police humour that defies its setting. Stories you can hear over and over. Can't wait to download more.
I L❤️ve My Audio Drama Books 🌹📙📕
Absolutely love the entire 12 episodes of this fantastic funny
Victorian police series set in Scotland based on the real life Police Officer McLevy. Brilliantly produced, you sink into the stories as if you were there with McLevy played brilliantly by the great actor, Brian Cox who was made to play this epic character.
Nearly 35 hours of great entertainment in the full 12 episodes and like hundreds of listeners, we still WANT MORE. I know Brian Cox and he loves playing McLevy & I have been in touch with the writer of McLevy David Ashton who also plays the Chief Inspector and he says the BBC have no plans for further McLevy shows. THIS IS TRAVESTY and absolute waste as this is a fantastic show with so much potential for more material as the real McLevy left the world his diaries of his life and a log of his police work.
So hopefully the BBC will change their minds and see sense and give the people what they want, after all the BBC is supposed to be OURS. This is a lovely show well worth the credits as you will be well entertained over & over.
McLevy is a fantastic radio drama. McLevy is brilliantly played by Brian Cox. The supporting cast are also fantastic too. And so onto the next instalment.
"hardcore Mclevy who have a soft spot"
Even though it is hard to get into the story at first ( for someone who is so used to Sherlock Holmes), it gets more entertaining later on.
Instead of being so accurate at pin point the criminal, one gets more storylines in the main characters.
Jean Brash. She is the woman who walk in the grey area. She is her own master and act her own justice.
This is a radio drama, so have ing different professional narrators or actors to perform this drama can give the listener more straight forward idea of the characters. In books, the readers would have to pick up the characteristics through hints that weaving in the writer's words.
"Rich Storytelling at Its Finest"
I happened upon this series entirely by accident, and it was pure serendipity! Everything about these radio dramas is superlative....the acting is excellent, each character as carefully portrayed as in a stage play. The voices conjured up such vivid images in my imagination that I could give you a physical description of each character. Best of all, these fine actors have an equally excellent script with which to work. This is some of the best writing I have had the pleasure of experiencing in a long, long time. David Ashton (who also gives voice to the character of Lieutenant Roache) obviously loves words, and crafts intricate and engrossing plots for each story. The humor, by which I was taken by surprise, at times made me laugh out loud! I highly recommend the entire series to any lover of mystery. Great, somewhat gothic, classics!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.