Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.
When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple (Peter Coke) and his wife, Steve (Marjorie Westbury), are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's adventures from the 1950s.
A brand new, fully dramatised remake of the lost archive drama Paul Temple and Steve, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda StevensonFrom 1938 to 1968, 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. Now the dapper duo return refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves, to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.
"One Word !!!"
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'.
"The Golden Age of Radio"
The police are desperate to cut off supplies of heroin and cocaine to the capital, but they are struggling. So Sir Graham Forbes turns to Paul Temple. By fast car and police launch, on deserted houseboats and midnight beaches, in dodgy East End pubs and smart West End restaurants, braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul and Steve pursue the ruthless and feared drug dealer known only as ‘Valentine’. This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production.
"Lost story lives again"
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.
"Not the best Paul Temple"
Von einer großen Kultgemeinde heiß erwartet: der fünfte der spannenden Kriminalfälle um den smarten Gentleman-Ermittler Paul Temple im DAV. Temple lernt auf der Überfahrt von New York den Millionär Sam Portland kennen, doch das zweifelhafte Vergnügen währt nur kurz: Portland taucht als Leiche wieder auf - im Swimmingpool des Ozean-Dampfers.
Francis Durbridge schrieb in der Frühzeit des Fernsehens die besten Radio-Krimiserien und Paul Temples zahlreiche Fälle genießen immer noch Kultstatus. Hierzulande sind einige Temple-Serien aus den Jahren 1951 bis 1967 erhalten geblieben.
From 1938 to 1969 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 serials. 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.
"Dramatizations are a great change of pace"
The Curzon Case is a gripping story of kidnapping, intrigue and sudden death. Boys disappear from a public school, an aeroplane crashes nearby, and a murder occurs. Paul Temple has his work cut out trying to find out if all the events are connected and tracking down the mysterious Curzon.
Another thrilling adventure for Paul Temple and his wife, Steve. A gang of counterfeiters is flooding Europe with dodgy dollars and Paul Temple is called in to investigate.
"Great as always"
Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury star in another intriguing case for BBC Radio's smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife. 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 radio's most popular series.
Radio's smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife solve a case of international mystery. 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.
"Interesting for series fans"
In a thrilling case that takes Paul and Steve to exotic Egypt, Paul Temple is called in to investigate a mysterious murder. The twisting trail takes them from London to the back streets and nightclubs of Cairo.
Bernard Braden stars in an original 1940 full-cast production of the very first Paul Temple adventure. Between 1938 and 1968, the exploits of amateur detective Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, enthralled generations of BBC radio listeners. Theirs was an exciting world of violence and glamour - car bombs and cocktail parties. In Paul and Steve’s very first adventure, starring Bernard Braden as Paul, with Peggy Hassard as Steve, a spate of jewel robberies in the Midlands has left the police baffled.
Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury star in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife.
"Formulaic, but a great dramatisation"
This adventure begins with a body on a train, the word 'Alex' scrawled on the compartment window, and the discovery of a visiting card bearing the name 'Mrs Trevelyan'. More bodies follow, and the two names recur on each occasion.
"Dare you to limit this to one episode a week!"
Der Gentleman-Ermittler kehrt zurück: Als der Privatdetektiv Paul Temple von einer Amerikareise zurückkehrt, ist seine Frau Steve spurlos verschwunden. In ihrem Auto findet die Polizei einen Mantel mit dem Firmenaufdruck "Margo". Glücklicherweise taucht Stevie unbeschadet wieder auf, doch kurz darauf wird eine Frauenleiche aus der Themse geborgen - bekleidet mit einem ebensolchen Mantel.
Just as Paul and Steve are about to go on holiday, Wilfrid Stirling visits with a plea. His daughter Brenda was recently murdered, her body dumped on a bomb site. Her boyfriend Howard Gilbert, seen walking away from the site, has been convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang, but Brenda's father feels sure he didn't do it. In spite of all the evidence against Gilbert, Mr Stirling asks Paul to clear his name and discover the real murderer.
Paul Temple ist Kult! Auf der Rückreise von Salzburg treffen Paul Temple und seine Frau Steve den französischen Impresario Robert Dreisler. Tags darauf wird dessen Tochter Mary, eine Schauspielerin, ermordet in ihrer Londoner Wohnung aufgefunden. Der einzige Hinweis auf den Mörder scheint eine mysteriöse Schallplatte zu sein, die mit dem Begleitschreiben "Es war ein Genuss! Herzlichst, Spencer" in Marys Wohnung eintrifft - doch wer ist dieser Spencer?