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McLevy The Collected Editions: Series 3 & 4

Nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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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.

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  • J
  • Peterborough, United Kingdom
  • 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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An enjoyable listen with this Scottish detective

Stories moved with pace and lots of humour. Excellent dramatisation for the cast. when listened as a series, the side plots and relationships are revealed. This is a good winters night read.

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All 12 series are brilliant

Evocative scripts and production - perfect casting in every episode. The acting throughout is first class. A real pity there are no more than 12

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Brian cox and Siobhan Redmond bring Edinburgh alive

Really admire both actors and having recently visited Leith - the narration brings the winds alive as to how it would’ve been. Excellent casting. Sgt Mulholland will soften McLevy yet with his ways. Jean Brash will reign in the Justland as always.

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excellent

I've bought 2 series now
Excellent...,,the only draw back is the price.....!
If i win the Lottery I'll by them all!

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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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  • K
  • UK
  • 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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brilliant storie shame they came to an end

love the McLevy series just a shame they came to an end. very well done.

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Another Mclevy Great

Own the full series of 6 & all are a pleasure to listen to over & over & definitely worth the credit.

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A crime series that stands out

It's the characterisations that make this series better than the average crime drama. The three main characters are written and played with real skill - plus McLevy and Mulholland are at times so very funny with their banter and bickering.

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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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  • The Nurse
  • 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!