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44 Scotland Street: Series 1-3

Full-cast radio adaptations of the much-loved novels
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved series of novels is the basis of this full-cast dramatisation about the inhabitants of an Edinburgh tenement building.

Anthropologist Domenica MacDonald observes the lives of her neighbours and the neighbourhood in Edinburgh's New Town. Pat, a new young tenant, arrives at 44 Scotland Street to flat share with Bruce. Bruce is a surveyor with more of an eye for the ladies than a sound property.

We're introduced to five-year-old Bertie, who is controlled by his pretentious and intellectual mother, Irene - he's learning the saxophone, speaks Italian, and is extremely knowledgeable about many subjects. And then there's Matthew, setting up the Something Special Gallery with little knowledge of artists or paintings!

44 Scotland Street began life as a serial in The Scotsman before becoming a best-selling series of novels and now a BBC Radio 4 serial.

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Superdoopa

If you know Edinburgh you can picture life in the New Town here lovingly described.

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Did not disappoint

Already being a fan of Alexander McCall Smith I was confident I would enjoy this. The performances are excellent but it's the sense of place that makes it; Edinburgh is the main protagonist in these stories and its atmosphere of faded gentility is all-pervasive. No great drama but gentle, affectionate observation of human nature in its many forms - or at least, those forms deemed acceptable in Edinburgh society. You won't forget Bertie, whose mother is determined to make him into something without having the least interest in whom he actually is; the bold yet proper Dominica who isn't afraid to take action when she senses an injustice, nor Cyril the dog, falsely accused and facing the ultimate sanction. The perfect coffee time escape from pressures of modern life.

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Fun listen great characters well acted

Great characters well cast. Fine fun leaving you wanting more. A must for all fun loving Scots

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  • Jamie S. Gibson
  • 15-05-19

Author's way with words LOST

I just wanted a good reader to read this book to me. The author's humor and his way with words were lost in this format. I will pay closer attention and not purchase another "performed" book. I didn't like it at all.

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  • Innkeeper
  • 05-07-18

Great Performance...

Enjoyed very much, but a little hard to listen to in auto. Have to crank up volume. That's only complaint about this type of performance.