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  • Dr Gideon Fell: Collected Cases

  • Classic Radio Crime
  • By: John Dickson Carr
  • Narrated by: Donald Sinden, John Hartley, full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Donald Sinden stars as eccentric amateur sleuth Gideon Fell in these two full-cast BBC radio dramatisations of stories by John Dickson Carr. One of the pre-eminent detectives of crime fiction's Golden Age, Dr Gideon Fell is stout, jovial and fond of beer and band music. However, he also possesses a razor-sharp mind and extraordinary powers of deduction, which are frequently put to the test as he is called upon to solve seemingly impossible crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Donald Sinden is worth the price

  • By Tim Searl on 08-07-18

Donald Sinden is worth the price

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The stories are - of course ridiculous- but the entertainment derived from Donald Sinden hamming it up is worth the unbelievable plots.

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  • Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & Other Stories

  • Three BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jasmine Hyde, Timothy West, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent dramatization of Rumpole

  • By Tim Searl on 08-07-18

Excellent dramatization of Rumpole

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

These Benedict Cumberbatch starring dramatizations are much darker than I remember of the books. I suspect they are truer to the books than my memory. The relationship between Rumpole and Hilda is a main theme - hence the darkness. Highly recommend.

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  • Just William's Luck

  • By: Richmal Crompton
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Written in 1948 and made into a popular film the same year, Just William's Luck is the only novel Richmal Crompton wrote featuring her famous hero. The action takes place throughout one extraordinary day in William's life. It begins harmlessly enough in the old barn and soon develops into a riotous comedy-thriller as the invincible schoolboy hatches a plot to marry off the elder brothers of The Outlaws.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This cuts out the true ending

  • By Tim Searl on 04-26-16

This cuts out the true ending

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-16

The CD version of this has the full ending. This version ends prematurely. It makes no sense as to why the ending was edited out.