Listen free for 30 days

McLevy The Collected Editions: Series 3 & 4

Nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (271 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

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
What members say
Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    240
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    228
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    209
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • K
  • 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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • J
  • 19-06-16

love this series

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent book

Loved it, Siobhan Redmond & Brian Cox are a great pairing . Enjoyed the rest off the other characters in the book too.. On to 5&6 now.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brian Cox superb

Love this series. More to come thank goodness. Great listening to Brian Cox's voice. Stories are as fresh as ever.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

inspector Mclevie series

Brilliant evocation of Victorian Edinburgh, with subtle humour and perfect casting. As good as it gets!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not As Good As The First

Even though this is not as good as the first I still enjoy listening to this book. I love inspector Mclevy and how his mind works and I have to laugh at his attitude not to mention his relationship with Jean. The supporting cast is great they really make it an excellent listen. A well written Victorian crime in Edinburgh.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars

love these dramatisations worth every penny.

just love to listen while I work to these plays. fantastic acting and wonderful storytelling. some sad so very sad and some just and some un just.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Victorian Crime Soap Opera

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

McLevy does it again!

One of my favourite series of all time. Brilliant cast and author bring these Characters to life!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jeremy
  • Jeremy
  • 27-08-18

Entertaining

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andrea Fisher
  • 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!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for TERRANCE
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Christina Chen
  • 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!