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P Division

The Complete BBC Radio Crime Series
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

All 18 episodes of the police procedural featuring the Glaswegian cops of P Division.

Glasgow’s finest are on the case in these thrilling radio adaptations, based on the books by Peter Turnbull.

In the four-part serial Condition Purple, a murdered prostitute is found in the heart of Glasgow's prosperous business quarter. Could a tattoo on her body hold the key to finding her killer? In Two Way Cut, another four-parter, a headless body without a speck of blood on it has the cops puzzled - and who was the strange figure that PC Hamilton saw running along by the canal?

Series 1 of Code Four One sees a skeleton found on a building site in 'The Bonepit', while in 'The Ladder', a wealthy couple disappears, believed murdered - but where are the bodies? And in the tense two-parter 'Long Pig/The Torchman', a brutal crime is linked to other murders, and a psychological profiler is called in to help find the serial killer.

Series 2 of Code Four One opens with 'McInroy’s Point', in which a policewoman is suspected of killing her own mother. A seeming suicide puts the police on the trail of a cult in 'Suffer the Children', and a young woman is found strangled in 'Kissogram'. In 'Secret Affair', a murder in a rock band raises old nightmares for DS Sussock; in 'The Good Thief', a well-known TV personality is killed during a burglary; and in 'Hooked', when a pillar of the community is found dead in his office, P Division uncover his sordid past.

Dramatised by Stephen Mulrine, this gritty, atmospheric series stars Martin Cochrane and Crawford Logan as DI Fabian Donoghue, Ralph Riach and Jake D’Arcy as DS Ray Sussock, Frank Gallagher as DC Malcolm Montgomery, Andrew Conlan as DC Tony Abernethy, Martin McCardie as PC Phil Hamilton, and Ann Louise Ross and Eliza Langland as WPC Elka Willems.

Written by Peter Turnbull.

Dramatised by Stephen Mulrine.

Produced and directed by Hamish Wilson.

Recorded in a BBC studio and on location in Glasgow.

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enjoyable

this was a gteat book there was some great drama the plot has anyone who wants to listen to this book the plot will have them hooked there was a lot of muders i would recommend this book to any one that likes there crime if you are a fan of dramas then this is for you i hope the author writes mor like it it is great for fans of val mcdermot

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Great to hear again

I was a great fan of P Division when first broadcast on the radio. I’m delighted to have the whole set available to listen to again. Think of this series as Taggart, but for the radio.

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  • 14-09-20

Classic Scottish crime drama

This is a period piece from the early 1990s set in Glasgow, for example before the creation of Police Scotland as a merged force and the change to the caution.

The Glasgow accents are not too broad for anyone who enjoyed ‘Taggert’.

The stories are reasonably varied, some in short pieces and others in mini-series.

My main criticism is sometimes the answers seem to be produced out of a hat, these are definitely police procedural/crime pieces rather than who dunnits, but I enjoyed them.

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P Division - Taggart of the radio

P Division is excellent read & audio plays. Peter Turnbull created great characters & stories. Would love more P Division.

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quality crime storied

thoroughly enjoyed the stories but difficulty with Scottish accent at timed. good cast well acted