From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabit a sophisticated, well-dressed world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women are chic and the men still wear cravats. And where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard always needs Paul's help with a tricky case.
Just as he and Steve are looking forward to a well-earned break, Paul is contacted by the wealthy financier Maurice Lonsdale, whose brother-in-law was apparently killed by accident in Geneva. His widowed sister Margaret is increasingly convinced that her husband is still alive, and she wants Paul Temple to investigate! Suddenly attempts are being made on Paul and Steve's lives, and they become embroiled in a plot of deception stretching from London to Switzerland. Anonymous gunmen, exploding cars, ransom demands, and mysterious rendezvous leave them with some puzzling questions. Is Carl Milbourne dead or alive? And what is the significance of the phrase 'too young to die'?
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There are 10 Paul Temple radio serials extant that starred Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury (the 11th serial they made is missing, believed lost.) Westbury had also played Steve to Kim Peacock's Temple for several years - none of those recordings seem to exist.
This is the only serial that was 6 episodes long instead of 8, and thank goodness, because it's really not that good. It's atypical in other ways - Westbury must have had laryngitis throughout the recording because her voice is definitely hoarse. A few actors have scenes where either Paul or Steve aren't present - that wasn't normally done. In addition, the mystery just isn't that compelling.
But then, we don't listen to Paul Temple for the mysteries. They are invariably extremely complicated, with the same old puzzle pieces mixed and matched. We listen because of the chemistry between Coke and Westbury, the fun of the other actors - in particular those who essay - and fail - American accents, and of course for Simon Lack, who played in 10 of the 11 serials, as either the villain, a red herring, and on one occasion, the obligatory police officer.
In this serial, he plays film director Vince Langham.
If you're new to the Paul Temple series, this is not the one to start out with. (Might I suggest Paul Temple and the Alex Affair. Quintessential Paul Temple.) However, if you already like Paul Temple, you'll want to have this one in your collection.
I don't know what I was expecting when I downloaded this book but it was very good and easy to follow and the murder Mistry was excellent.
I wish it was a little bit longer because it was only three hours compared to my usual 10 our books.
Durbridge write a good mystery story but the number of characters and their various machinations are difficult to keep track of as the plot unfolds. The two lead characters, Paul and Stevie Temple husband and wife are well-developed personalities (sexist roles by today's standards) and well-spoken in their dialogue.
If you are a person of a "certain age" these dramatisations are a joy. Unlikely stories, Scotland yard consulting a crime writer, cocktails and servants, what more could you want, By Timothy! A taste of a bygone age along with bygone manners and class system. Wonderfully dramatised, and in this case with the original Radio announcement as well.
Paul Temple is a crime writer and amateur sleuth who is brought in by Scotland Yard to assist in tricky cases. He has extricated himself from car crashes, sinking boats, electrified fences and all maner of perils. Ably assisted by his wife (unusually for these times not a feminine wimp) he boldly goes to solve the crimes with which the police are baffled. You will love it!
"❤️Another Brilliant Paul Temple"
These Paul Temples are feel good 1950's/60's Brit detective stories that will have you merrily glued to your seats for at least 3 hours of pure Temple joy. Full of fun as well as murder these are great to listen to on a cold & lazy Sunday afternoon. I so like these perfect productions, I purchased the complete Paul Temple collection.
For a seventy five year old lots of subtle inflections and social shifts. Love it. Needs to be cheaper for a pensioner
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