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Daunt & Dervish

The Complete BBC Radio Crime Series
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

All four series of the jaunty crime drama featuring two ex-spies who set up a private detective agency

London,1953. Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish both worked for the Ministry of Defence during the Second World War, doing top-secret, highly dangerous espionage work. But in peacetime, they find themselves without a job and feeling useless. Determined to put their talents to good use, they decide to set up a detective agency, with the help of former private eye Bill Mackie.

From their Covent Garden office, they handle a steady flow of business. But the ladies’ lives really become exciting when they rescue a woman from drowning – only to discover that she’s not what she seems. Soon, the daring duo are caught up in all manner of challenging cases, including a sporting assignment involving a priest and an Olympic boxing hopeful, a request to bid on a Monet that takes them on a trail across the Channel, a commission to investigate film actress Belinda Lane and a theft at a fashion designer’s workshop that leads them into a world of Teddy boys, political machinations and murder....

Guy Meredith's light-hearted crime series stars Anna Massey as Josephine Daunt, while Imelda Staunton, Frances Barber and Sylvestra Le Touzel play Susan Dervish. Bill Paterson and Sean Scanlan co-star as Bill Mackie.

Written by Guy Meredith.

Format by Imelda Staunton and Anna Massey.

Series 1 produced by Cherry Cookson and directed by Janet Whitaker.

Series 2-4 produced and directed by Colin Guthrie.

Clarinet played by Julian Stringle (Series 3, Episode 1).

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Wonderful BBC Drama

What is the problem with Audible -why are they unable to list episode titles as opposed to meaningless chapter numbers This is not a book !!! This is a reoccurring issue with all BBC Drama and it makes listening very difficult -trying to manage episodes etc with just me meaningless chapter numbers -especially with long complex dramatisation such as war and peace and Vivat Rex .

It cannot be beyond your capability to sort this out Audible ???? It is extremely poor that you chose to never properly detail the contents of any dramatisations

Tried to explain the issue to customer service pointless . Please please please sort this out.

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Good stories despite the change of actors.

Good stories, mostly well acted.
But as with other ex radio shows would it kill the producers to list the episode name instead of just giving chapter numbers that mean nothing? Would make finding episodes much easier. Why is the last episode split into several tiny bits ? No possibility of splicing it all together? Some of these ex radio shows are very lazily produced given it costs members a credit.

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brilliant on all fronts.

Top quality acting by Anna Massey and co. believable plots with credible and thoroughly enjoyable sound effects and historical references across time with a lovely ending in which all loose ends are tied up.

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