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Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatization) | [Francis Durbridge]

Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatization)

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'.
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Publisher's Summary

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 CD 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.

© and (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.; © Estate of Francis Durbridge

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    Linda 06-02-13
    Linda 06-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The Golden Age of Radio"

    When I was very young, TV was just getting started and radio dramas were a main source of entertainment for our family. I've long been a fan of classic American radio shows. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this 1951 mystery from the BBC.

    This is a well produced, well acted full cast mystery. There are lots of characters, lots of plot twists, and many "red herrings." I had great fun listening to it. Considering the age of the recording, the sound quality is quite good.

    The audio book includes a BBC documentary about the history of this series. The series ran for 30 years in Britain. After listing to this episode, I can understand why.

    I will be looking for more Paul Temple mysteries!

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    "The Very Best of the Temple Radio Dramas"
    Would you listen to Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised) again? Why?

    Absolutely; the story, execution and acting are excellent, as is the sound quality


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair (Dramatised)?

    The denouement and expose of the master villain


    What about Peter Coke and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

    The quality of the production, the acting, the story and plot


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'More than a sleuth... Private Eye #1'


    Any additional comments?

    They're very much of their time and era, but they're excellent entertainment!

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  • Duncan
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
    9/10/09
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    "Classic Paul Temple"

    Another classic Paul Temple tale. Impossible to turn off or put down, you'll not be disappointed - buy it!

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