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Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised) Performance

Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised)

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Publisher's Summary

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series.

They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

In this adventure, Paul Temple is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Desmond baby, and the 'Sitter-In' Miss Millicent. When they visit Mary Desmond she is, understandably, very upset, it's already been a week since her eighteenth-month-old daughter vanished. The only clue is a telephone message left in Miss Millicent's handwriting: 'A Mr. Vandyke telephoned, he left no message'.

However, no one knows who this mysterious Mr Vandyke is.

This download edition also includes the BBC Radio 4 programme The Radio Detectives: 'Send for Paul Temple', an affectionate look at the indomitable husband and wife team, Paul and Steve Temple. It features an exclusive interview with the definitive Paul Temple, Peter Coke, and rediscovered vintage recordings.

© and (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.; © Estate of Francis Durbridge

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    Highlight 09/01/2015
    Highlight 09/01/2015 Member Since 2016

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

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    "❤️FANTASTIC NOSTALGIC CLASSICS"

    Paul Temple & his wife Steve are one of the best husband & wife teams of the 1950's & 60's classic detective stories full of whit & endless charm. Perfect for a cold lazy Sunday when you have over 3 to relax as they stalk blackmailers, robbers, murderer's. Pure joy & escapism. Full cast, excellent productions & sound tracks. I bought the full collection & have hour upon hour of listening fun. ❤️Love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna P. 03/02/2016
    Donna P. 03/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "dramatised"

    love the Paul temple books best way to relax on a winter day at home

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    Chris Slade 06/07/2015
    Chris Slade 06/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite The Best"

    With the Paul Temple series you know exactly what you will get: a good story, good acting, a good listen. Unbeatable.

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    Mark H Kilwinning, United Kingdom 27/02/2015
    Mark H Kilwinning, United Kingdom 27/02/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic UK radio detective series"

    This audio book is a radio dramatization of a Paul Temple detective series of the 1950’s. It captures an era where crime stories were rather less brutal than today, perhaps in similar manner to Agatha Christie, although there are plenty of deaths.

    The plot is complex, maybe overly so, and I do not think it is as well-crafted as a Christie novel. The main protagonists, Paul and his wife Steve, are well off and their lifestyle epitomizes the values of the time: expensive holidays, fast cars, glamourous clothes, cocktails, a servant to answer the door, make the tea, run a bath.

    What you get when you buy this book is a chance to listen to an actual radio play of the 1950’s. In the twenty-first century it stretches the suspension of disbelief to the limit, but perhaps no more than going to an actual play in a theatre. However, what it lacks in verisimilitude, it makes up for in charm. The characters are charming and their diction and delivery of the lines is impeccable. The sound effects are bold ‘cliché’s’ that add greatly to the atmosphere. This is a glimpse into bygone gentler days, where the strongest expletive you will hear is “…by Timothy!”.

    You will either love this or hate it, so listen to an excerpt before purchasing.
    A final bonus, if you are a fan of this radio series, is an extra documentary programme that is tagged onto the end of the story that gives insights into the making of the programme from those involved at the time.

    Personally, I really enjoyed this and will be buying more examples of Paul Temple radio drama’s.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    angeline birmingham, United Kingdom 13/11/2013
    angeline birmingham, United Kingdom 13/11/2013

    Tell us about yourself! I love my audiobooks, and listen to them all the time, at work and home. Crime dramas and British comedy are best.

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    "The Very Best of the Temple Radio Dramas"
    Would you listen to Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised) again? Why?

    Absolutely; the story, execution and acting are excellent, as is the sound quality


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised)?

    The denouement and expose of the master villain


    What about Peter Coke and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

    The quality of the production, the acting, the story and plot


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'More than a sleuth... Private Eye #1'


    Any additional comments?

    They're very much of their time and era, but they're excellent entertainment!

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    Duncan Blairgowrie, United Kingdom 10/09/2009
    Duncan Blairgowrie, United Kingdom 10/09/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic Paul Temple"

    Another classic Paul Temple tale. Impossible to turn off or put down, you'll not be disappointed - buy it!

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    Janey 21/05/2015
    Janey 21/05/2015

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    "Good story spoilt"

    Good story spoilt by the music and announcements at the beginning and the end of each "scene". And the last part of the previous one is repeated at the beginning of each one. I really think the information about the audio performance should state that it includes the above information. It is not very relaxing to have loud music and announcements about all the actors etc breaking up the story. I realise it was originally a radio series but it is not difficult to cut those bits out so the story is not constantly interrupted.

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    "The Golden Age of Radio"

    When I was very young, TV was just getting started and radio dramas were a main source of entertainment for our family. I've long been a fan of classic American radio shows. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this 1951 mystery from the BBC.

    This is a well produced, well acted full cast mystery. There are lots of characters, lots of plot twists, and many "red herrings." I had great fun listening to it. Considering the age of the recording, the sound quality is quite good.

    The audio book includes a BBC documentary about the history of this series. The series ran for 30 years in Britain. After listing to this episode, I can understand why.

    I will be looking for more Paul Temple mysteries!

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