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McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 Radio/TV Program

McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2

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Publisher's Summary

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.

  • Pilot episode: The detective's first adventure.
  • "For Unto Us": McLevy goes on the trail of an ingenious cat burglar.
  • "The Trophy Club": McLevy tries to solve the murder of a prostitute.
  • "The Second Shadow": The detective is distracted from his work by a woman.
  • "The Burning Question": An unsolved murder brings vigilantes onto the streets.
  • "A Good Walk Spoilt": A game of golf has desperate stakes.
  • "Wild Justice": A ghost from the past returns to haunt McLevy.
  • "The Wild Spark": A tobacco warehouse goes up in smoke.
  • "Stab in the Back": A hired killer roams Leith's dark alleys.
  • 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

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    J. D. Burnell 11/11/2015
    J. D. Burnell 11/11/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic components but assembled so very well"
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Taylor 22/07/2015
    Fiona Taylor 22/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent series set in Edinburgh"
    Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?

    Yes, excellent stories, interesting characters and the interplay between them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2?

    Jean Brash's dogs chasing McLevy


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Evokes the time and place, the Scottish accents help too!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mary arkwell 14/06/2015
    mary arkwell 14/06/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "my hero"

    love the stories, the characters,the performances and looking forward to the next series. altogether terrific.

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    N. A. Parry Wales 04/04/2016
    N. A. Parry Wales 04/04/2016 Member Since 2016

    parry the book

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    "Mclevy S1-2"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Highlight 03/12/2016
    Highlight 03/12/2016 Member Since 2016

    I Just ❤️ My Audiobooks 🌹Listen to them 24/7

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    "A WONDERFUL SERIES"

    I am biased because I have met Brian Cox on professional & friendly level & he's a lovely person, who's many works I admire.

    All the actors in this production are excellent, drawing you into the performance, when Listen on headphones it is almost as if you are there you can see the actors before your very eyes in full character.

    These shows are so atmospheric. I have the full 6 series & hooked for the full 34 hours. You keep on making them Brian & I will keep listening. G B Shaw Custodian xx


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    Stuart J Arnold 14/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent production"

    Great stories with a superb cast bringing them to life and transporting the listener to Victorian Edinburgh

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    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 21/06/2016
    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 21/06/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Fantastic BBC dramatisation"

    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.

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    Michael Donnellan 01/06/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "good listening"

    once started, difficult to stop.good characters,humour,and victorian Leith,criminality and policing of a bygone era v good.

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    Morgana 25/02/2016
    Morgana 25/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining Victorian crime drama"

    Great performances and a good mix of humour and Grand Guignol. Are there more tales?

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    "hardcore Mclevy who have a soft spot"
    Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?

    Yes.
    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Brash. She is the woman who walk in the grey area. She is her own master and act her own justice.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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