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Norman Birkett and the Case of the Coleford Poisoner

A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon, full cast
Length: 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

The casebook of Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of News of the World between the wars. Birkett was a busy man who, in those days before legal specialisation, could at any one time be dealing simultaneously with a juicy murder, a society divorce, or a livid libel action. In this episode, Birkett takes on a case of murder, mayhem, and political intrigue.

Directed by Marc Beeby and written by Caroline and David Stafford, Norman Birkett and the Case of the Coleford Poisoner stars Neil Dudgeon as Birkett, with David Haig, Trystan Gravelle, Alison Pettitt, Michael Shelford, Clare Corbett, Sam Dale, Bruce Alexander, and Joanna Monro. Other parts were played by John Biggins and Nigel Hastings.

©2012 Caroline Stafford (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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Birkett goes political

It raised interesting questions about women's place in society, rather than being a straightforward murder mystery like the others in the series. I think it might therefore not be the best Birkett to start with but if you enjoyed the first plays you might well like this

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A VERY NERVY CASE

This play touches the nerves by bringing home the near truth about how justice was and was not brought out in to our courts when it came to the subject of ‘women’. A hard play to relax to, unlike all the others in this series. This last one kind of spoilt the fun of Birkett,
and I am glad the programmes did not run on the lines of this play as I would not have listened to anymore. Still it is a shame there are no more. I enjoyed these plays so much I would love to have at least another six to purchase.