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The Blackburn Files: The Complete Series 1-3

The BBC Radio 4 Crime Drama
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Fine Time Fontayne stars as pitman-turned-private eye Stephen J Blackburn in this whimsical detective series.

When he’s made redundant from his job at a South Yorkshire pit, Stephen J Blackburn sets out to forge a new career as a private investigator. With his trainee assistant Tracey, he looks into a series of complicated cases ranging from plagiarism to missing persons. 

In Series 1, the duo are confronted with Hungarian exiles, a philandering husband, a long-lost brother, a purloined TV script and a time-share cash con. Series 2 finds them faced with seven stolen sculptures, a ransomed Filofax, a husband who reappears after 30 years and a routine marital case that starts to look like their final investigation. And in Series 3, Steven and Tracey get digging in the murky world of flowers, crack a pub quiz fraud scam, look into the theft of a ventriloquist’s dummy and track down an Irish labourer - a case which turns out to be far more complex than expected.... 

Starring Fine Time Fontayne (Coronation Street) as Stephen J Blackburn and Judy Flynn (The Brittas Empire) as Tracey Duggan.

Written by Ian McMillan, Martyn Wiley and Dave Sheasby
Directed by Dave Sheasby

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 July-15 August 1989 (Series 1), 20 June-11 July 1991 (Series 2), 18 March-8 April 1993 (Series 3)

Cast

Stephen J Blackburn……………………Fine Time Fontayne
Tracey Duggan……………………Judy Flynn
Mam……………………Rita May
Dad……………………John Branwell

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  • KH
  • 23-12-19

I love this

We used to listen to this on the radio but now we can listen to it when ever we wish. It is even funnier than I remembered, well worth a credit.

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Story to nowhere!

I found this book “interruptive reading where every one talks over everyone else and, virtually every sentence is a riddle! Not for me I’m sorry! I find the narrative “grates” on me.

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"It's barathea this kid"

An old radio series about a redundant miner turned private eye who, with the help of his YTS secretary, tackles a series of small investigations. Good Northern humour, light situations and excellent performances from the two leads made this a very enjoyable listening experience. Shame the powers that be never thought to transfer it to the telly really.

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  • LadyGem
  • 07-01-20

Lively Characters

These actors make wish this was a TV show. I first heard this show on BBC Radio 4 and now I own it thru Audible. I enjoy this show and highly recommend it!

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