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First broadcast as Trueman, the pilot episode centres around a student found shot dead. 'Angel Heights' sees Trueman and Riley reexamining the death of a jockey, while in 'The Road to Hull', two brothers claim to have given up their life of crime, but then a corpse turns up. In 'High Windows', a film crew making a biopic of Philip Larkin is plagued by pranks.

Renamed Trueman and Riley, Series 1 opens with the detectives relocated from Hull to Leeds, where they probe a man’s disappearance in 'Vanished'. In 'Story', a journalist falls from a building. The duo search for a stolen ring in 'Bond' and in 'Speed', Riley is on the trail of a familiar ex-con.

In Series 2’s 'The Road to Nowhere', the pair investigate a burglary upsurge. The near-drowning of an ex-student leads to the unearthing of an old secret in 'The Three Degrees', and a male midwife is suspected of stealing from pregnant women in 'A Man’s World'. Passions run high after an arson attack in 'The Other Chic', and the duo is sucked into the world of online role-playing in 'Love Bytes'.

Series 3’s 'Every Dog Has His Day' sees the detectives getting a murder case - only it’s a dog. In 'Angel Delight', they look into a robbery, and in 'Family Business', they investigate a man who goes missing with £98,000 of bookie’s winnings. An environmental activist is knocked off his bike in 'Green Machine', and in 'Home Truths', Trueman and Riley’s investigative skills are challenged by a 14-year-old.

Written by BAFTA-winning dramatist Brian B. Thompson, this smart, entertaining crime drama stars Robert Daws as Trueman and Duncan Preston as Riley. Written by Brian B. Thompson. Produced and directed by Toby Swift and Jenny Stevens.

Trueman

Pilot: Prof Creighton - Richard Lintern, Amy - Katy Cavanagh, Alison Knight - Polly Hemingway, Psychologist - Sandra Clark. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 17 April 2002.

'Angel Heights': Sir James Huntley - Michael Cochrane, Helen Turner - Sammy Dobson, Keith Fletcher - Gerard McDermott. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 15 July 2005.

'The Road to Hull': Frank Stuart - Henry Goodman, Terry Stuart - Harry Myers, Annabelle - Jo Theaker. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 22 July 2005.

'High Windows': Jimmy McEwan - Gerard Kelly, Kate Saunders - Susan Penhaligon, Phoebe Beresford - Naomi Kerbel. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 29 July 2005.

Trueman and Riley

'Vanished': Janie Tully - Amy Robbins, Nick Tully - John Dougal, Barmaid - Rachel Bavidge. First broadcast on BBC Radio 7, 8 January 2008.

'Story': David - Anthony Glennon, Harriet - Jasmine Callan, Aaron - Paul Richard Biggin. First broadcast on BBC Radio 7, 9 January 2008.

'Bond': Karen - Rachel Bavidge, Bill - Paul Rider, Gerard - Mark Straker, Jane - Christine Kavanagh, Receptionist - Anthony Glennon. First broadcast on BBC Radio 7, 10 January 2008.

'Speed': Frank Butters - Sam Dale, Melanie - Christine Kavanagh, Eric Simonelli - John Dougal, Inez - Miranda Keeling, Svetlana - Jasmine Callan. First broadcast on BBC Radio 7, 11 January 2008.

'The Road to Nowhere': With Laura Molyneux, Hannah Storey, Malcolm Tierney, Benjamin Askew and Matt Addis. First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 16 March 2009.

'The Three Degrees': With Jonathan Tafler, Caroline Guthrie and Paul Rider. First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 17 March 2009.

'A Man’s World': With Benjamin Askew, Caroline Guthrie, Lizzy Watts, Stephen Critchlow, Janice Acquah and Stephen Hogan. First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 18 March 2009.

'The Other Chic': With Melanie Kilburn and Philip Fox. First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 19 March 2009.

'Love Bytes': With Rebecca Manley, Matt Addis, Malcolm Tierney, Stephen Critchlow, Benjamin Askew, Jonathan Tafler, Lizzy Watts and Paul Rider. First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 20 March 2009.

'Every Dog Has His Day': Sally - Katherine Dow, Blyton Brandon - Harry Livingstone, Patrick Makin - Gerard McDermott, Track Announcer - James Lailey. First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra, 26 March 2012.

'Angel Delight': Angel - Tracy Wiles, David Farr - Peter Hamilton Dyer, Martin Beer - Don Gilet, Ophelia Nuts - Susie Riddell, Cafe Owner - Harry Livingstone. First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra, 27 March 2012.

'Family Business': Bill - Gerard McDermott, Charlie - David Hargreaves, Dermot - James Lailey, Sandra - Christine Absalom, Waitress - Tracy Wiles. First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra, 28 March 2012.

'Green Machine': Terry - Don Gilet, Jenny - Susie Riddell, Tyler - Tom Meredith, Mr Eagle - James Lailey, Woman - Christine Absalom. First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra, 29 March 2012.

'Home Truths': Sue Stokes - Lorraine Ashbourne, Becki - Holly Matthews, PC - Harry Livingstone. First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra, 30 March 2012.

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Great series

Really enjoyed the build up of the relationship between Trueman and Riley. Duncan Preston remains a joy, especially with a cheeky reference to Dinner Ladies. Thoroughly enjoyable and great value for the whole set. Loved it

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very enjoyabe

they do not write radio series like this any more, which is a great shame. a very enjoyable listen,

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Loved it !

Good banter between the leads. Tight storylines. Nice romantic ending (say no more)! Enough for another series?

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Lockdown listening treat!

Deliciously diverting, self contained detective jaunts, set up North. Great value too as there are 18 episodes! Perfect for listening to when walking the dog!

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excellent late night listening

I found the stories and the performance just the thing before getting a nights sleep, well performed, well written and just the right length before getting some shut eye. will definitely be buying some more Bryant and May

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Gentle Northern Genius

Having listened to episodes on BBC sounds it was to my great delight the whole series is here on Audible. These two characters are so well written & acted & the gentle humour & social comment interweaves seamlessly without you even realising. More please, otherwise I’m going to miss them!

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brilliant entertainment

entertaining, well presented, great acting, highly recommended. this series of stories provided many hours of entertainment

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Good Detective story

two excellent actors in lighthearted Detective stories perfect for easylistening put feet up and listen

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Amusing cosy crime

Good banter between the two main characters. Did begin to lose its sparkle towards the end of the series but enjoyable non the less. The episodes were cut down to 27 minutes a few episodes into the series which I think was about the right length. Well acted.

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Took me a while to get into this one

But well worth persevering The cases themselves aren't particularly exciting but the banter between our two detectives is excellent. An enjoyable listen.