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McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 Radio/TV Program

McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2

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Publisher's Summary

Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

  • Pilot episode: The detective’s first adventure.
  • "For Unto Us": McLevy goes on the trail of an ingenious cat burglar.
  • "The Trophy Club": McLevy tries to solve the murder of a prostitute.
  • "The Second Shadow": The detective is distracted from his work by a woman.
  • "The Burning Question": An unsolved murder brings vigilantes onto the streets.
  • "A Good Walk Spoilt": A game of golf has desperate stakes.
  • "Wild Justice": A ghost from the past returns to haunt McLevy.
  • "The Wild Spark": A tobacco warehouse goes up in smoke.
  • "Stab in the Back": A hired killer roams Leith’s dark alleys.
  • Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these nine BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.

    ©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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    J. D. Burnell 11/11/2015
    J. D. Burnell 11/11/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic components but assembled so very well"
    Any additional comments?

    At its heart, McLevy is a very standard police procedural. The characters are the stereotypes we've seen a hundred times before: the brilliant detective who doesn't play by the rules but always gets results; his long-suffering boss; his unimaginative but doughty sidekick, and the whore-with-a-heart-of-gold who he flirts with.

    Where it manages to go beyond all these is in the way it's put together. The Victorian Edinburgh setting is unusual enough, and beautifully-realised, but what really makes it stand out is the writing and the performances. Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond work beautifully together (and apart) and together with the rest of the cast have managed to keep me listening to this and its sequel for nearly twelve hours across the past couple of weeks. It's never dragged once, and the whole experience has been a delight.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Taylor 22/07/2015
    Fiona Taylor 22/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent series set in Edinburgh"
    Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?

    Yes, excellent stories, interesting characters and the interplay between them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2?

    Jean Brash's dogs chasing McLevy


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Evokes the time and place, the Scottish accents help too!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Wales 04/04/2016
    Kindle Customer Wales 04/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Mclevy S1-2"

    Who better than McLevy and Mullholland to keep you safe in Victorian Leith. The stories have kept me listening for hours over the last weeks . The glimpse into the world at that time and the punishments meted out are a revelation. I have been listening to McLevy on the radio for years, but hearing it on audible allows me to hear all the subtle humour that is this twosome's banter. Love the the books and the programmes. I can't t wait for the most recent one to be available. This is a masterclass in both writing and acting. Think I am a little in love with this character

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary arkwell 14/06/2015
    mary arkwell 14/06/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "my hero"

    love the stories, the characters,the performances and looking forward to the next series. altogether terrific.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K UK 02/08/2017
    K UK 02/08/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Cracking!"

    Having listened and latterly returned the McLevy novels only because of the ponderous narration by the author, I was really hoping that these radio plays would convey the intriguing story through a more successful medium. My hopes were not disappointed. This was great.

    The writing is slick: amusing and yet gritty with sophisticated plot lines, flawless attention to period detail and vivid characterisation.

    The cast were perfectly chosen and couldn't have done a better job - a fantastic ensemble performance. And, thanks to them, will probably give a longer life to these stories than the narrated novels will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. D. F. Sills Yorkshire 11/05/2017
    Mr. D. F. Sills Yorkshire 11/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "First class production"

    Great stories and atmosphere. Brilliant cast. Brian Cox as a voice of pure joy and the writing so descriptive and witty. I'll be purchasing the complete series.

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    twitheadtwitting 14/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Crimes are afoot !"

    Where to start, it was all so good...excellent storylines, excellent performances...brought old Edinburgh to life through crime and hardships of the not too distant past....very enjoyable indeed....well done the BBC R4 for bringing this imaginative police drama to our ears.

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    Phil United Kingdom 04/03/2017
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    "Excellent radio "

    Great characters, plots and plenty of humour. Highly recommended
    I was new to radio plays and McLevy but will be getting the next series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GMac Northampton,England 12/01/2017
    GMac Northampton,England 12/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Period Crime Drama "

    Superbly written with absorbing characters , first heard Inspector McLevy a few years ago on Radio 4. These audible books do not dissapoint.

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    Kindle Customer 07/12/2016
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    "Hidden gem"

    Having been an radio 4fan I'm amazed I hadn't heard these before. First class characters. Dry police humour that defies its setting. Stories you can hear over and over. Can't wait to download more.

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    "Rich Storytelling at Its Finest"

    I happened upon this series entirely by accident, and it was pure serendipity! Everything about these radio dramas is superlative....the acting is excellent, each character as carefully portrayed as in a stage play. The voices conjured up such vivid images in my imagination that I could give you a physical description of each character. Best of all, these fine actors have an equally excellent script with which to work. This is some of the best writing I have had the pleasure of experiencing in a long, long time. David Ashton (who also gives voice to the character of Lieutenant Roache) obviously loves words, and crafts intricate and engrossing plots for each story. The humor, by which I was taken by surprise, at times made me laugh out loud! I highly recommend the entire series to any lover of mystery. Great, somewhat gothic, classics!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christina Chen
    02/02/16
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    "hardcore Mclevy who have a soft spot"
    Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?

    Yes.
    Even though it is hard to get into the story at first ( for someone who is so used to Sherlock Holmes), it gets more entertaining later on.
    Instead of being so accurate at pin point the criminal, one gets more storylines in the main characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Brash. She is the woman who walk in the grey area. She is her own master and act her own justice.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is a radio drama, so have ing different professional narrators or actors to perform this drama can give the listener more straight forward idea of the characters. In books, the readers would have to pick up the characteristics through hints that weaving in the writer's words.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Graham
    17/11/17
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    "Inspector McLevy (Parts 1 and 2)"

    Terrific acting performances by very talented individuals, wonderful world class sound effects, good plot, captivating storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Very well done"

    Story great, interesting plots, settings, well developed characters, really good acting. I heard some of these on BBC4 xtra, and really enjoyed them. Very pleased I broke down and bought them. I'm going to buy more now. Great for my long drives to work.

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  • verlit
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    17/07/17
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    "Boooring story."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Victorian crime story set in London is something that always catches my eye.


    What was most disappointing about David Ashton’s story?

    This particular story has been really flat, though. For most of the book we are taken from one location to another, endure lengthy and not very interesting description of the said location...and then go somewhere else to start over again.
    Is is a shame, since the first chapter and the characters were promising. The promise was not exploited, though. We are supposed to be intrigued by the mysterious detective figure (forgot his name, sorry) but he is not engaging enough to inspire such interest and his assistent, Llewelyn, has thin backstory and is left with little to do. Instead of bringing to life dark and dirty Victorian London, it reminds me more of one of those long and boring pamflets, written by 19th century scholars.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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