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.
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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!
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.
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
"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.
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