Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard introduces 12 dramatised stories, featuring detectives whose abilities rival that of the great Sherlock Holmes.
Dramatised for radio by Chris Harrald, these 12 stories are written by masters of the crime and thriller genre, all contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle.
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I generally like most of these 12 plays for what they are; just common 'o' garden old style themed detective stories. Not bad storylines, well acted by most of the actors apart from Paul Rhys who as usual is too tight never seems to open up or let himself go into the psychology of any of his characters; too dull. Tim Pigott-Smith is good as usual and stands apart from all the rest of the actors as do Anton and Honeysuckle who all bring their own special panash. This said; unfortunately some of the story's are let down by the actors, giving the air of being at an amateur dramatics evening.
The writing is good but absolutely NO patch on Sherlock Holmes, they come no-where near. If you forget that these are supposedly trying to get one up on rival 'Sherlock' then these plays will appeal to anyone who likes a nice old fashioned detective drama. Nothing special but nice to relax to on a Sunday afternoon when you have already listened to all your Holmes & Watson's.
The storylines are good. The writing is good and over all I have given the full 5 stars simply for having a style of their own that represents the era they were meant for. Would have been much better NOT to Mention Sherlock Holmes as this only makes these look like they are 'USING' Holmes name too much to bring the plays to public attention. Take away the 'Sherlock Holmes Rival' and the stories do not stand alone.
Don't be put off by the sinister opening minutes, as I nearly was! These are enjoyable, sometimes slightly silly conundrums - not always involving murder (much like the Sherlock Holmes stories).
They are based on the lesser known crime writers from around the same times as Conan-Doyle, Sayers and Christie.
The character of Inspector Lestrade is the link between each story, and they manage to insert him into the plots quite easily. He's played by two different actors depending on the episode, which threw me somewhat at first, but it obviously didn't put me off as I've listened to this twice already!
Definitely worth a listen by anyone struggling to find decent dramatisations of old classics!
I like the short story / dramatized format and the twist on the Sherlock Holmes story, by being told from the point of view of Inspector Lestrade and the other Private Detectives he worked with.
The full cast and sound effects were excellent. The stories were very good.
"Good detective stories with Lestrade"
If your looking for stories with only Lestrade in them. These are for you starts out with an reporter wanting stories on Sherlock Holmes but he ends up giving them stories of other detectives he worked with. Later on becomes his memoirs telling about his life as an detective. Would have like them to remain with the report coming and asking for more stories.
"BRITISH QUICK PACING & SUBTLE HUMOUR,"
I am not in agreement with the other reviewers who gave negatives. Here we find a kind, inquisitive, sometimes humble and even cultured Lestrade, nothing like Sir Conan Doyle's description, as far as I can see. These 12 enacted, not read,episodes are each unique, with different actors for each one, and different mysteries and milieux. The humor is subtle when present, but makes for lightheartedness, a nice feeling amidst occasional gruesomeness, which thankfully does not last long. For me, it was like a box of good quality chocolates with only your favorites, missing the ones you don't like!
"Overly Cutsey and Lacking Suspense"
I like ham... but with a side of grits and greens.
The concept was good, bridging the stories using Inspector Lestrade but the execution was less then engaging and in fact the result is a total lack of sympathy for Lestrade as a character and much more appreciation for Sherlock Holmes!
The performances were ok but the direction did not treat the material with respect going for campy humor instead.
Inspector Lestrade, as portrayed, could have been featured less and only as a way to introduce the next story.
Great idea, audio production was professional, but needed better direction.
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