Eight episodes of the popular BBC Radio 4 Victorian detective drama, starring Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond.
Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, this gripping series sees James McLevy prowling the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland and Lieutenant Roach.
'A Dangerous Remedy': McLevy investigates a series of street attacks on clients of the Just Land.
'No Looking Back': the inspector discovers that a murdered man was last seen in the Just Land.
'A Pearl in the Oyster': a young prostitute dies on the steps of the Just Land.
'The Cross-Roads': McLevy is kidnapped by a grieving father seeking revenge for his son's death.
'A Different Path': A turf war breaks out between rival factions in the Leith underworld.
'The Cat's Claw': McLevy investigates as derelicts in Leith are attacked and killed in the street.
'A Sore Convulsion': an expansion of the docks threatens to change Leith forever.
'A Secret Life': Riots break out in Leith - and McLevy's relationship with Jean Brash intensifies.
Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond star as Inspector McLevy and Jean Brash, with Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland and David Ashton as Lieutenant Roach.
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Let me start by saying that I am usually a fan of McLevy, but these episodes are poor. The writer has resorted to padding them out instead of thinking up new ideas.
Every episode contains the same padding...he is always talking about making coffee, and then proceeds to slurp it very close to the microphone...not a pleasant experience for the listener. The 'bawdy hoose' is always present, hardly a paragraph goes by without it or it's owner being mentioned, he now shares a bed with her which makes it even worse.
I suppose if there was a week in between episodes, it wouldn't be so noticeable but when they are listened to every night it becomes unbearable , so much so I had to stop listening .
Didn't get there!
Brian Cox is great, he just needs to stop slurping!
Stretched out poorly by whoever edited the story for radio.
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I own the full 6 series all at least 6 & half hours each of excellent entertainment. Each and every one these series follow on from the last program and all are fun atmospheric and draw you into the story so you feel you are right there back in Victorian Edinburgh with McLevy as he and Mulholland bring the criminals to justice.
Taken from the recorded crimes from the real life Inspector James McLevy. 6 series are not enough. PLEASE can we have more, much much more of the fun lovable coffee soaking McLevy.
This really is radio drama at its best, a wonderful cast with Brian Cox truly outstanding as Mclevy I have listened to all the series and I can thoroughly recommend it.
I have loved all the series. Perfect combination of Cox and Redmond. Looking forward to the new series with Jean Brash.
"I can't get enough..."
Make as many of these as you can! I will pay ANY price to continue to enjoy the saga of James McLevy, Jean Brash, Lt Roach and Mulholland. If ever there was the perfect storm of script & casting, this is it. Sadly listening to the entire series, over and over again, waiting for new episodes. Get back into the studio!
"Mystery and Romance in Victorian Edinburgh"
I have enjoyed every story in every series over and over. All the characters have maintained consistent and defined personalities, while the stories are anything but predictable. The humor continues to delight me, particularly because it's so unexpected. Just love this series!
Absolutely would recommend this audiobook to a friend. Love, love, love McLevy.
I love the characters and characterizations. The stories progress and so do the characters. Insight into Victorian Scotland is a treat.
I love Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond's voice charaterizations. Already familiar with Brian Cox's work in films--Glimmer Man and the Austrialian Broadcasting Co. show where he plays the kingpin of a drug selling family. His gravelly voice is just perfect for the picture I have in my head re: McLevy. Siobhan's voice is a perfect warm, playful counterpart to McLevy. The other actors portraying Muhollad and the Lt. Roach are fabulous as well. The story lines are progressive and interesting. I'm riveted and now I've gotten my hubby hooked too.
I'm delighted that McLevy and Jean Brash finally got "together." I was afraid that it would never happen. They're in love despite their circumstances in life and now I'm afraid for them. Possibly, Muholland suspects their secret. What's going to happen when it finally comes to light? Absolutely, everyone close to them sees how they are about each other, but their situation seems impossible. She has intimated that she'd be willing to move elsewhere, but he's a cop and that's all he knows. His patch.
Keep the stories coming as fast as you can. I'm anxiously awaiting the next thrilling installment. Also, the full-cast productions are marvelous. Much more interesting than single narrators.
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