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Summary

Miles Jupp probes mysteries both fictional and autobiographical in these 10 radio investigations.

Actor and Comedian Miles Jupp puts his inquiring mind and talent for comic analysis to work, as he turns his quizzical gaze on the world of fiction.

In these 10 entertaining documentaries, he explores why some books, games and binge-watched box sets are, as they say, 'literally unputdownable', peers into Plotto, an ingenious manual of story devices, to discover whether it really can make writing easy, takes a sideways look at some familiar characters from literature, including James Bond, Dracula, Fu Manchu and Carruthers, delves into the intricacies of the locked-room murder and revisits his old prep school to find out whether a book of stirring 19th-century verse can work its magic on today's young people. And there's a shock in store for Miles as, researching his Huguenot ancestors, he finds cracks appearing in his family tree....

Included in this collection are:

'Miles Jupp Is Literally Unputdownable'

'Miles Jupp and the Plot Device'

'The Soviet James Bond'

'The Woman Who Invented James Bond?'

'The Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula'

'Miles Jupp in a Locked Room'

'Fu Manchu in Edinburgh'

'By Jove, Carruthers!'

'Miles Jupp's Muscular Lines'

'Miles Jupp Is Insufficiently Belgian'

Production credits:

Presented by Miles Jupp.

Produced by David Stenhouse.

Actor: David Jackson Young, with additional contributions from Crawford Logan, David Rintoul and Samantha Bond.

'Miles Jupp Is Literally Unputdownable' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28th June 2020.

Featuring DJ Taylor, Paula Hawkins, Jed Mercurio, Will Storr and Frederick Forsyth.

'Miles Jupp and the Plot Device' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31st December 2015.

Featuring Mike Ashley, Professor Paul Collins of the University of Portland Oregon, John Harvey, Jeffrey Marks, Val McDermid and Damon Rochefort.

'The Soviet James Bond' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18th December 2014.

Commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and produced by BBC Radio Scotland.

Featuring Professor Ian Christie of Birkbeck College, Mark Liederman, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Olga Semyonova, Vitali Vitaliev and Simon Winder.

'The Woman Who Invented James Bond?' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 10th December 2016.

Featuring Pam Hirsch, John Pearson, Nigel West and Simon Winder.

'The Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31st October 2017.

Featuring Sir Christopher Frayling, Andras Hlavacska, Zita Hummer, Tudor Salajan, Alexandru Simon and Dacre Stoker.

'Miles Jupp in a Locked Room' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 21st May 2012.

Featuring Robert Adey, Mike Ashley, Paul Doherty, Jasper Fforde, Christopher Fowler, Paul Halter, Daniel Mallory, Denise Mina, John Pugmire and Soji Shamada.

'Fu Manchu in Edinburgh' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6th April 2010.

Featuring Sascha Auerbach, Paul Bailey, Alan Bennell, Grant Buttars, Owen Dudley Edwards, Bill Maynard, Dr Jonathan Murray, Matthew Sweet and Shenxiao Tong.

Reader: Crawford Logan.

'By Jove, Carruthers!' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 12th May 2009.

Featuring Louis Barfe, Owen Dudley Edwards, Bruce Durie, Roger Johnson, Sam Llewellyn and Celia Mitchell.

'Miles Jupp's Muscular Lines' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 3rd January 2010.

Featuring Leslie Barr, Colonel Tim Collins, OBE, Owen Dudley Edwards, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and vox pops with pupils from St George's School, Windsor Castle.

'Miles Jupp Is Insufficiently Belgian' first broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25th March 2015.

Written by Miles Jupp and David Stenhouse with additional material by James Kettle.

Featuring Nick Barrett, Bella Jupp, Gillian Jupp, Rob Jupp, Rupert Jupp, Thomas Jupp, Christine Sas and Lieven Schiere.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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