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Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey were essential listening for an entire generation.

Originally running on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951, few of the BBC's original recordings still survive. However, in 1949 a number of early Barton tales were rerecorded for transmission overseas starring Douglas Kelly. This collection contains 12 of the most recognisable dramas as well as live performances, a profile of the character and interviews with the stars.

Episodes include:

  • The Affair of the Black Panther
  • The Cabotolin Diamonds
  • The Case of Conrad Ruda
  • The Firefly Adventure
  • The Lily Chang Adventure
  • The Paris Adventure
  • The Tibetan Adventure
  • The Vulture
  • The Smash and Grab Raiders

The collection also includes:

  • 'Dick Barton, Special Agent': the first episode broadcast in 1972, read by Noël Johnson.
  • Dick Barton Live: a 2013, one-off show from Leicester's Y Theatre using period equipment and scripts from 1951. The resulting adventure stars Tim Bentinck as Dick with Terry Molloy as his faithful companion Snowy White.
  • Dick Barton, Still a Special Agent: a profile of radio's greatest hero, presented by John Hosken.

©2017 Edward J. Mason (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio

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It is both impossible and superfluous to describe the good qualities of Dick Barton, just as it is impossible and superfluous to praise Sunset: Those who heard it hardly need my praise, those that have not, are lucky in still being able to enjoy it for the first time. The writing is beyond excellent; the performances (even in the 1972 remake, where old men pretend to be boys once more) are theatrical in the best sense, without being affected. This is by far and away the best and most generous release by the BBC of some of its treasure; may it prove the beginning of a fine trend.

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  • 08-10-19

please fix......

what a mix up....has anybody actually listened to this all the way through.!!!!! episodes from previous chapter's jump in half way through new stories...!!!!!...only 22 hours of this jumble to get through! absolutely love the series hate the fact Audible has messed up badly. after listening all the way through.....there are only mistakes in the beginning.....still very off putting.

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  • Jules
  • 08-19-20

Good old fashioned entertainment

I loved this. I must say if Dick Barton was alive today and spoke to and about women the way he did in the 50’s he probably be in big trouble. For the era it was written and recorded in, it is very apt and it’s amazing to realise just how times have changed. You also realise that if they’d have had mobile phones back then things would have been very different.

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  • Anon
  • 05-11-20

Superb

What fantastic stories. I’d not heard these before - so it was a wonderful surprise ! Dramatic, gripping and funny. Excellent!

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  • Fav
  • 02-20-20

Dick Barton

Barton shows why old radio shows are so loved by its audience worth a try

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  • J. Chadwick
  • 01-18-19

Fabulous

Love this series. The original recording have held up well. Just the sound of the introduction enough to get you wanting to listen.

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  • Animal
  • 12-13-18

Utter childhood

Loved it from start to finish. A fab relive of childhood and all he shenanigans rhat life threw up.

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  • R Mason
  • 06-13-18

Dick Barton

Really enjoyed the episodes, so much fun to listen to the nostalgic British hero. I would definitely recommend. Superb :-)