Writer David Ashton mixes wonderful characters and great stories with humor, poetry and charm.
I discovered the Inspector McLevy series while searching for more BBC4 radio dramas. Enjoyed the John LeCarre and Raymond Chandler dramatizations. Also the BBC Radio Sherlock Holmes. I listened to Levy Series #1 and immediately bought Series #2. Within weeks I had downloaded and listened to Series 1 through 7 -- 28 episodes.
Brian Cox as Inspector James McLevy and Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash beguiled me. I could listen to Brian Cox deliver Ashton's brief philosophical monologues all day.
But beware -- these stories are set in Scotland. The accents of the pickpockets and petty thieves can be a challenge. If you need to easily grasp every single word on the first listen this may not be your cup of tea (or, as Inspector Levy would say, your cup of coffee). However, if you enjoy Masterpiece Theatre period drama on the tube give McLevy a listen. Ashton’s Victorian world of Edinburgh may enchant you, too.
This is an ongoing radio series in Britain. I can't wait until more are available on Audible.
This dramatization, in eight half-hour episodes, apparently dates from 1993. Rene Basilico's adaptation of the novel is skillful, though perhaps inevitably some important elements of the story (particularly to do with Pym's childhood) are omitted or only mentioned briefly. The production is good, and James Fox is excellent in the lead role. My only complaint is that some of the acting is at times a little cartoonish. It's as if the program came at a time of transition between an older, "stagey" style of voice acting and a modern, more naturalistic approach. Fortunately the problem is mostly confined to minor characters. Although this program is not quite up to the standard of the BBC's recent (superb) cycle of le Carre's Smiley novels, it is still effective and enjoyable overall. Here's hoping the BBC will release more le Carre dramatizations!