Thanks to Jim French for keeping radio drama alive. The Harry Nile series was broadcast on a local radio station for many years and I was a regular listener. When the show disappeared from radio, I found the Harry Nile web site and ordered the shows on CD. I was delighted to find the series available on Audible.
Harry Nile is a former police officer who now works as a private detective. He is aided by Murphy, a former librarian who has become his assistant. These stories take place before the Internet age, when a librarian had the know how to find information - it just took longer.
Harry Nile is smart and ethical. Once in awhile he finds a client who can pay him well. Often, however, his clients are people of modest means who have big problems. Harry has a hard time saying no to these folks.
These stories are full in interesting historical details about Seattle (where the stories take place). They also remind the listener of how different things were in the early 50's. For instance. in one story Harry flies from Miami to Seattle. There is one flight a week and the trip takes 14 hours!
Each story is about 20 minutes long. The plots are interesting and the production is excellent.
If you enjoy listening to the "old time" radio dramas, I believe you will enjoy Harry Nile.
During my early childhood TV was just getting started. I remember listening to my favorite shows on radio. These days radio seems mostly to be music and strdent, opionated talk shows.
It was a nice surprise to discover the Paul Temple series. It was produced in England and aired for many years there.
The plots are complex with many "red herrings." Somehow, Paul and his wife Steve always figure them out.
If you are looking for reality and angst, this show will disappoint you. If you want to escape to an earlier, more genteel time, I believe you will enjoy spending a few hours with Paul and Steve Temple.
This is the second show I've purchased and I intend to buy more of them.
Drama and comedy shows were still being broadcast on the radio when I was a child. I remember sitting in front of a large console radio to listen to "The Green Hornet". Television became the prime broadcast medium, but I still enjoy listening to dramatized radio shows.
The Paul Temple series was broadcast on the BBC for over 30 years, ending in 1969. Writer Paul Temple and his wife, Steve (a woman), assist Scotland Yard in solving crimes. Red herrings and plot twists are part of the formula and part of the fun. The "final act", in which the criminal is revealed, usually takes place at some form of cocktail party.
The acting and production of these shows is excellent.
If you are looking for pure entertainment and a bit of nostalgia, this series is a good bet.