Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material.
When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.
'Send for Paul Temple' (1940) is an early remake of the now lost original 1938 BBC production. 'Paul Temple Intervenes' (1942) finds Paul and Steve investigating a series of celebrity murders whilst 'Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair' (the original 1950 production, presented here for the very first time) concerns the strange disappearance of the Desmond baby and her sitter.
Hugh Morton, Bernard Braden, Carl Bernard and Peter Coke play Paul in these episodes, with Bernadette Hodgson, Peggy Hassard and Marjorie Westbury as Steve. A bonus track features rare archive material from otherwise lost productions, including the final episodes of 'Send for Paul Temple' (1938) and 'Paul Temple and the Front Page Men' (1938).
Duration: 11 hours approx.
©2016 Francis Durbridge (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
I think that Audible could should have done a better job with this. There should have been audio markers betwean stories that identify the stories.
I enjoyed listening to this series it was however very dated but the By Timothys were a little bit over the top.
I have always enjoyed the later series of Paul Temple, so thought I would give this collection a try. It is excellent in parts (The Vandyke Affair is particularly good). However, there is a fair amount of musical padding and, at the end of the Vandyke Affair, the soundtrack mysteriously goes into episode 6 of The First Penguin. I had no idea what happened to episodes 1 to 5 of that series. It left me totally confused.
This collection is disorganised and confusing. At the end of The Vandyke Affair (10:05 into the soundtrack), episode 6 of The First Penguin starts. Why are episodes 1 to 5 not in sequence with this episode?
A great new version of Paul Temple audio. Audible really should update their audio and apps etc. to allow for better navigation in multi-story titles like this. Lack of this seems to have been the reason the previous reviewer have such a low score.
The plots are definitely dated now but that's part of the charm. Paul Temple is the best of the radio detectives and the stories are still as engrossing now as they were when first broadcast.
Fantastic value package compared to buying the individual CDs from the BBC. Roll on the remaining collections!
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