Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury star in another intriguing case for BBC Radio's smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife.From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series.They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.In this adventure, Paul Temple is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Desmond baby, and the 'Sitter-In' Miss Millicent. When they visit Mary Desmond she is, understandably, very upset - it's already been a week since her eighteenth-month-old daughter vanished. The only clue is a telephone message left in Miss Millicent's handwriting: 'A Mr Vandyke telephoned, he left no message'.However, no-one knows who this mysterious Mr Vandyke is...This audio edition also includes the BBC Radio 4 programme The Radio Detectives: 'Send for Paul Temple', an affectionate look at the indomitable husband and wife team, Paul and Steve Temple. It features an exclusive interview with the definitive Paul Temple, Peter Coke, and rediscovered vintage recordings.
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Starring Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury
This audio play is packed full of drama and suspense with more than its fair share of dead bodies. Spread over 9 episodes it is good value for the money and a must for all Paul Temple fans. These dramas have varied and complex story lines which keep the listener in suspense until the last chapter.
An interesting addition this time is an obvious ‘gay’ (to use the 21st century parlance) character, which is rare in this era of dramas. Typical of the time though, the character of anyone suspected of being remotely homosexual was depicted completely 'over-the-top' and, in the Vandyke Mystery, this is no exception. In the end Paul Temple says ‘you can stop that precious act now’ - so, is he gay or simply acting a part? Listen yourself and find out.
5 out of 5 stars and highly recommended (Posted on 13 October 2012)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes
Product InformationReader: Full Cast Running Time: 4hrs 5min Publisher: AudioGO Ltd Series: Paul Temple Number of CDs: 5 File Quality: MP3 (256 kbps) Release Date: 01/12/2004 D/L ISBN: 9781405699259
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