Brian Cox stars as McLevy with Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these four BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. In Series 1, the episodes are: "For Unto Us", "The Trophy Club", "The Second Shadow", and "The Burning Question." Written by David Ashton and directed by Patrick Rayner.
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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.
"Solid episodic BBC radio drama"
Brian Cox is excellent as McLevy. The full cast bring the series alive with a strong sense of time and place - this is BBC radio drama at its best. By its very nature it is episodic which can lead to a certain tweeness in the plot when ensuring each episode can stand on its own as well as taking its place in the series as a whole. So perhaps not quite as gritty as it might be, but nothing toe-curling or offensive either. I'd have no hesitation in recommending.
"Historic and atmospheric"
YES. A superb, relaxing way to spend 45 minutes.
The humour used and the background mutterings.
an episode a sitting.
Radio/audio can lose the sense of location but this is, as my title suggests, both historic and atmospheric. I've wandered around Edinburgh more than a few times and can place myself in the settings.
"Excellent audible book."
Yes, I enjoyed this book, didn't think I was listening to someone just reading out of.a book but was like being at a play.
I very much enjoy the characters and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
No, I wanted to listen to the different story in each chapter at different times and it was why I chose this book. If I had been travelling though, I would have probably listened to it all at once.
"Superb crime drama"
McLevy is a superb crime drama. Humour pathos and witting storylines.
Highly recomended. Buy it you will not regret.
"A pleasant listen"
The stories are simple and easy to listen to. The characters are well acted, with Brian Cox doing a fine job as Mclevy.
There are three episodes, all of which had satisfactory endings.
Nothing in particular stands out.
I think there are 7 Mclevy series on Audible.
If you're looking for an Agafha Christie you'll be disappointed!
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