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Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Four

Paul Temple Returns (2006-2013)
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

Paul Temple lives again in these five complete radio dramas starring Crawford Logan as Paul and Gerda Stephenson as his redoubtable wife, Steve.

Each of these productions was made for BBC Radio 4 in an authentic 1950s-style studio conditions and based on the scripts of the original radio serials.

The stories are:

  • Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery (2006)
  • Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery (2008)
  • Paul Temple and Steve (2010)
  • A Case for Paul Temple (2011)
  • Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair (2013)

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By Timothy Steve!

Another Great collection of Paul Temple, Steve, Charlie & Sir Graham!
Ok, yes they are new remakes of the originals. However they have all the feel of the Golden Days of Crime Radio.
This is a must for any Paul Temple Fan! Or anyone who just wants to hear a "Proper" crime thriller!

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Enjoyable, However....

This version of Paul Temple seems harsher and more bullying than of old, at least in the first 3 stories. In the remake of The Gregory Affair, the actor's approach to Paul Temple matches the original and he's much more charming and not quite as condescending. This may be down to differences in the scripts rather than differences in performance, but it made the first 3 stories much harder to listen to.

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A remake you can't tell is a remake

This collection of stories remade by the BBC is so well made, that one forgets it is not originally from the 50's and 60's. Really good stories, adventures that keep you entertained and a body count to rival most James Patterson books... However, the humour and treatment of the female characters (particularly Steve) hasn't been updated at all and some listeners might struggle with the dated feel. If you are a fan of the originals, this is perfect and if you love a good yarn in the ilk of The 39 Steps, give it a go.

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Good stories but...

Badly edited and recording corrupted at Chap 37 when it jumps and misses text. OK again at Chap 39.

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Loved it.

Nice to hear Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson, bring much loved Paul and Steve to life. Such wonderful stories brought to life. Well worth a listen.

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Great series. Well worth listening to

Great series, Crawford Logan does well at sounding like Peter Coke, but just misses the mark. Overall a great listen if you love listening to retro Radio series

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Old fashioned detective story

Always enjoy these stories... never plausible but entertaining nevertheless and the amount of cars Paul & Steve get through - it's a wonder they don't talk incessantly about their ever increasing insurance premiums! Still just great to listen to - by Timothy I enjoy them in spite of numerous impersonations and various characters being beaten up - the stories still take you to a different era - one that seems much more pleasant than the one we live in now.

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Poor copy of original series

Unfortunately a lot of overacting. Paul rather bullish and not suave as originals. Steve very wimpy and whinny - not like the original. At the beginning of each episode there is a long recap. Very disappointing. Would not buy any more episodes read by these actors

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Absolutely wonderful

You can't go wrong with a Paul Temple mystery. Brilliantly written with twists and turns throughout. A joy to listen to

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Need to edit

It is a pity that with some of the stories, each episode begins with an overly long recap - well over five minutes.

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  • Debbie
  • 28-10-18

Great performances, good mysteries, very enjoyable

I very much enjoyed all of these Paul Temple radio show performances and wish there were more! The performances are fantastic and lots of fun to listen to! The only negative is all the glorification of alcohol and tobacco, which I know was the norm back then, but when someone has taken a tumble or whatever, brandy is really not the answer, seriously, ha. Otherwise, very enjoyable stories and performances.

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  • kyle wolslagel
  • 05-08-19

Vintage Sexism

I wanted to enjoy this collection. I really did, The mysteries themselves were enjoining and interesting, but I couldn't get over the amazingly rampant sexisim in every story, especially from the lead character. His wife is constantly belittled, dismissed, and generally treated as a annoying dog rather than a human being. It's accurate for the time period, which only makes it more sad since these were made in the 2000s. If you love a good mystery, but also feminism, this isn't for you either.