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Summary

Two BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Victor Canning’s comic novels about the exploits of a shy Solicitor’s Clerk, starring Richard Griffiths.

Edgar Finchley is middle-aged, unassuming and not in the habit of taking holidays - but in these two delightful dramatisations, he unexpectedly discovers the delights of travel as he crosses the Channel to the Continent and explores the English countryside.

Mr Finchley Goes to Paris finds our hero on his way to France to track down a rather irresponsible client. But before he sets off, he has an important question to put to a certain widow of his acquaintance.... On arrival in Paris, he has a contretemps with a haddock, gains a guide, makes a move, visits a fair and gets caught up in a kidnapping - but is it a case of mistaken identity?

In Mr Finchley Takes the Road, he falls in love with a canary-coloured caravan and a rather stubborn horse and heads off for a series of adventures touring 1930s Kent. Along the way, he meets an unlikely teller of salty tales, is captured by two gamekeepers and accused of poaching, visits an old haunt and goes on a crusade. But someone is following hot on his trail.

Dramatised by father-and-son team Eric Merriman (Beyond Our Ken) and Andy Merriman, these whimsical stories are narrated by James Villiers and star Richard Griffiths as Mr Finchley.

Written by Victor Canning

Adapted by Andy and Eric Merriman

Produced by Gareth Edwards

Starring Richard Griffiths as Edgar Finchley

Narrated by James Villiers

Mr Finchley Goes to Paris

Mrs Crantell - Anna Cropper

Mr Sprake - James Grout

Lawrence Hume - Piers Gibbon

Mrs Patten - Jill Graham

David White - James Taylor

Mavis - Teresa Gallagher

Frenchman - Barry Gordon

Marie Peters - Serena Evans

Robert Gillespie - James Cohen

Madame Mignard - Jacqueline Tong

Waiter - Keith Anderson

Mr Hammerton - Nicky Henson

Michel - Jeffrey Holland

Jerome Giraud - Simon Roberts

Gaston/Jacques - David Howarth

Baptiste Mignard - Albert Welling

Mr Barker - John Bird

Esmond Lockwood - Edward de Souza

Perkins - Richard Ridings

Lanky Harris - Alex Arkell

Mr Finchley Takes the Road

Mrs Finchley - Dinah Sheridan

Mr Rivers - Ron Pember

Turk - Peter Vaughan

Mr Sprake - James Grout

Mr Harricot - Alan Thompson

Colonel Greatorex - Ronald Fraser

Marshall - Joe Melia

Garge - Chris Emmett

Ernie - Jon Glover

Young woman - Susie Brann

Mr Blain - John Bird

Captain - Clive Swift

Mrs Maberley - Auriol Swift

Duffy - Richard Ridings

Mr Greevey - Albert Welling

Robert Finchley - Robert Gill

Mr Harbottle - Piers Gibbon

Miss Slater - Kate Binchy

Sir Simon Penickle - Alan Thompson

Mechanic - David Howarth

Jenks - Ian Bartholomew

Joe Turnbull - Bill Wallis

James Grimes - Geoffrey McGivern

Clarence Armitage - Sebastian Brennan

Mrs Armitage - Jacqueline Tong

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About when life was simple

An easy listening story about a time gone bye and life was at a slower pace and people Spoke to each other face to face

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A pleasant listen

This is a very easy listen an enjoyable uncomplicated story nothing to deep to tax the brain with, the narrator and indeed the full cast production were very good indeed. I found it thoroughly entertaining.

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Lighthearted entertainment

I enjoyed this a lot It was old fashioned story telling at its best. Thoroughly entertaining.

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Loved it from start to finish

This is easily the best audible I have listened to in a long time, a throw back to a gentle stroll through the Kent countryside, but with an edge.
Wish there were more like this that the BBC would bring out, but I won’t hold my breath.
Mr Finchley is from a time gone by, a time that I wish was back in vogue, buy it and you will not be disappointed, I promise.

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Harkens back to a gentler time

Well acted and beautifully dramatised, the Mr Finchley books a really brought to life in an entertaining and exciting way.

The books both written and set in the 1930s paint a picture of a life lived at a more sedate pace, where adventure was around every corner and a man could gently trot through the world bumping into friendly and not so friendly souls, safe I'm the knowledge that everything would be ok.

If you want to escape the world for a few hours you won't find a better way than this to do so.

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An absolute delight!

Transports you back to a golden age, accessible only in fiction. What a joy!

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A good listen

Loved this. Took me back to a lovely gentle England. Felt the freedom of the open road before traffic jams and supermarkets. Pure escapism.

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He’s so completely English.

I love Victor Canning’s Mr Finchley trilogy in the books.
This dramatisation with Richard Griffiths is an absolute delight. Insights into a world gone by, an England long gone, good old fashioned adventures where nothing, but everything happens in the everyday. A gem!

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Gentle charming comedy

It’s a relaxing listen, ideal for these troubled times! Narration is perfect, and the characters appealing.

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Good listen

a really enjoyable light listen

well told drama with some good moments of entertainment

which there were more like this

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Mr. Finchley's adventures away from home.

This is two separate adventures of what one can only assume is a typical Englishman's adventures away from home. They are done a little tongue in cheek perhaps, but they have a lot of character and are a very easy listen. Sorry though, as there is no shooting, fighting, foul language or sex in it. Not even a hint of one's sexuality preference is mentioned, thank God. Just a simple light comedy and an amusing listen. I only wish that more were made.

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