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Summary

Brian Cox stars as the Victorian detective in a further nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

'Behind the Curtain': A theatrical landlady receives a chilling death threat.
'A Voice from the Grave': Summertime, and the heat is on as McLevy tracks a brutal killer.
'The Dark Shadow': A jewel theft brings an infamous criminal within McLevy's grasp.
'Servant of the Crown': The detective joins Her Majesty's protection squad to hunt an assassin.
'A Piece of Cake': A top chef is the toast of the city - but burglary and murder are on the menu.
'The Sea Change': There's something fishy about the Fair's star attraction, the lovely Little Mermaid.
'Sins of the Fathers': A runaway bridegroom and a blackmailer spell double trouble for McLevy.
'The Devil's Disguise': The devil comes a-calling for the detective on Halloween.
'Christmas Special': McLevy stalks a supernatural thief who is haunting the streets of Edinburgh.

Written by David Ashton, these atmospheric radio dramas costar Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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McLevy does well

One of the best series on the exploits of chief thief taker Inspector James McLevy and his trusty Constable around the streets of Edinburgh. Written with humour and skill, these are not exacting but pass an hour or so admirably. I love the ongoing relationship between McLevy and Miss Jean Brash, Mistress of the best bawdy hoose in Leith, so romantic, yet pragmatic. A good listen for most of the family.

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Victorian Crime Soap Opera

Love the chemistry between McLevy and Jean Brash. Each story is like a glistening gem

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  • 02-08-17

Keeping me entertained.

I'm growing addicted to this radio play series.

As I've said before, I was led to these plays because of my disappointing experience with the narration of the McLevy novels and the cast here do a much better job than Ashton on the novels.

Great plot lines, humour and characterisation - the stories have it all. I shall certainly continue with the series.

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  • 19-06-16

love this series

brilliant as usual, beautifully performed by all parties only quibble it should be father Christmas

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McLean and company at their best.

A highly enjoyable drama, with excellent characterisation. I shall look forward to the next instalment.

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Another excellent series

Superb acting, writing, and direction. Best start on series 1 & 2 to see how it starts.

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Great cast, Fantastic listening

Very entertaining, good story & script filled with every day humour, intrigue & delivered well by cast

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riveting good listen

loved it. character are bought to life by the actors. and the stories are engaging

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Something to dip into

This is my second purchase of this series and an excellent series of detective radio plays it is too. Set in nineteenth century Leith and performed by highly professional actors and with wonderful background sound effects that made it sound as if you were there.

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Fantastic performances from a great cast. The inter-relationships between the main characters grows and matures with every episode. I always judge something by how many time I'm happy to re-read or re-listen to it. This is a series you will keep coming back to as I have, sometimes just to hear the lovely Scottish expressions

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  • 13-11-20

Absolutely the best with the whole cast.

Having to write 15 words minimum is incredibly stupid, and will keep me from doing it again. Your loss.

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  • Jeremy
  • 27-08-18

Entertaining

Worth the listen. The stories are formulaic but entertaining. It is all period set and I enjoy the accents.

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  • Andrea Fisher
  • 19-12-16

Victorian Gothic Mysteries at Their Very Best

I can only refer to my review of Series 1 & 2...simply excellent writing, fine storytelling, and fabulous actors. You won't be disappointed!

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  • TERRANCE
  • 25-05-16

Loved it!!

I really enjoyed the Scottish TONGUE gymnastics!! But I he real glue for me is the "coffee talk" between the Inspector and Jean.

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  • Christina Chen
  • 05-02-16

Once you get into the world, it's hard to get out

As I said before, if one wish to compared Mclevy with Holmes, one will be disappointed.

The story has a different directions than Holmes. It provides more details in Victorian era's Edinburgh. It also has some humor. I couldn't stop laughing in the Christmas section of this drama. Mclevy is still Mclevy but slight soften a bit.

Well done BBC. I tip my hat to you! Bravo!