Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 2

Four BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (360 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey in these consummate BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' much-loved mysteries.

Elegant, erudite and sharp-witted, aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey featured in numerous novels and short stories by 'Queen of Crime', Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations – first broadcast on BBC radio between 1975 and 1981 – are loved by mystery fans all around the world.

In The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, when General Fentiman is found dead at his club, Wimsey suspects foul play. Could he have been murdered for his money?

Strong Poison introduces Harriet Vane – a crime novelist on trial for murdering her lover. Wimsey knows Harriet is no femme fatale, but an innocent victim embroiled in a diabolical plot....

Five Red Herrings sees Peter faced with six men, all of whom have a motive for killing argumentative Scottish painter Sandy Campbell. But who was the culprit?

In Have His Carcase, when Harriet Vane finds a body on the beach with his throat cut, Lord Peter must work out whether it was murder or suicide.

These classic dramas, produced by Simon Brett (author of the 'Charles Paris' series), also feature Peter Jones, Joan Hickson, Miriam Margolyes and Warren Clarke.

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Fantastic Story & Voice Actors - Horrifying Music

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Dorothy Sayers was a fantastic author and Peter Wimsey is her crowning jewel! The narration was well done, I have read the originals and the ways that the stories were abridged didn't affect the plot in a negative way and kept the moment of the mysteries.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Ian Carmicheal as Peter Wimsey, he captures the charisma and charm of the character.

What three words best describe full cast and Ian Carmichael ’s voice?

Engaging, Charming, British

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

These are the types of stories that typically 'move' a person; instead, they are lighthearted mysteries from a bygone era.

Any additional comments?

These are great and I highly recommend them but the intro music between the chapters is horrifyingly terrible. If your the type of person who likes to use the audible sleep timer and drift off while listening to your book, the intro music will jar you awake every time.

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Ian Carmichael is perfect for the role

Although I have read or listened to all the unabridged books these radio plays give a great taste of the full versions.

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disappointed

I love Peter Whimsey so I am motivated to listen to these stories but I found the musical interludes so annoying. It is bad enough we don't get the whole books in several cases. These recordings should have been edited to give the narration flow for audio books. I won't be buying the other volumes in this series.

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Own them all!

Ian Carmichael does a wonderful job of capturing the depth of character beneath Wimsey's flippancy. I think the radio play format suits the genre better than a straight reading of the texts and creates more tension, while trimming the stories down to essentials. I have purchased all of the BBC Wimsey collections, as well as a number of Christie's Marple and Poirot collections, and intend to pick up more.

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Wonderful but...

Well, you can’t beat Ian Carmichael. He simply IS Lord Peter. I am thrilled that these recordings are available. However as a fan of the books, I admit some of my favorite bits were removed from the script. I suppose they have to do that in order to fit the story into 8 episodes. Even so, I am sure I will listen to these stories many times. A side note: the real name of the actor who plays Miss Climpson is “Philpott” which seems like the perfect name for the character!

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I'm sorry it's over!

What made the experience of listening to Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 2 the most enjoyable?

Ian Carmichael is perfect as Lord Peter Wimsey. His performance is nuanced, his accent is perfect - he's funny and lovely to listen to. All of the other cast members were very talented, as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Peter Wimsey, of course. But Harriet Vane was also perfection!

Which character – as performed by full cast and Ian Carmichael – was your favorite?

Lord Peter Wimsey

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Dorothy Sayers, I highly recommend this BBC Radio Drama!

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Fun adaptation.

Really well done with lots of familiar voices. Love the books so I enjoy these a lot.

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Brings the Books to Life

Cleverly and entertainingly summarizes the stories. Good casting particularly convincing interactions between Peter and Harriet.

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Very happy we have this!

This is a great pleasure to listen to; both "The Unpleasantness" and "Strong Poison." Though it is very abbreviated, there are still bits here and there that are not in the movie.
It is wonderful to hear Ian Carmichael play across from a voice similar to Harriet Walters', 'though I was very happy with Edward Petherbridge in the movie! This audiobook kind of bridges the gap between the two series.
Oh, for more well done Dorothy Sayers audiobooks and movies! Let us have The Documents in the Case, at last!!
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Riveting to the end

Wonderful performance by all the casts as Usual. Wth unique and engrossing plots. The 2nd tale was a little confusing but once I worked out all the characters the solution was ingenious

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  • Jill Goodman
  • 01-15-18

Classic drama.

I love these plays from the B.B.C and used to have them on audio tape. Ian Carmichael IS Lord Peter Wimsey and Peter Jones IS Bunter. I first read Dorothy Sayers detective books as a teenager, after an English teacher recommended them and have returned to them again and again.

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  • Flint
  • 04-09-18

Very Enjoyable

This is the second volume of BBC dramatisation of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories. I prefer well read unabridged books, but these adaptations were excellent and it is always nice to hear them again.

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  • NICOLA
  • 01-25-18

excellent

Really enjoy Lord Peter Wimsey stories and love the fact that Ian Carmichael plays the title role. This was an accurate version of the original stories.

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  • Caroline Armstrong
  • 06-26-18

Great!

I love the Lord Peter mysteries, a great listen. The performances are good so you start to create an image in your mind of the characters.

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  • J. Chadwick
  • 04-08-18

The best

Dorothy l Sayers knows how to tell a story. All the dramatizations are well done. Well worth a listen

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  • Practical Lady
  • 03-30-18

Wonderfully played!

Not my usual cup of tea but the BBC do very good dramatisations and this was no exception. Cracking murder mystery stories bought to life by a first rate cast. So glad I decided to give it a go!

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  • Toddy
  • 03-24-18

Brilliant performances

Excellent cast performing the detective stories by Dorothy L. Sayers. I enjoyed the audio book enormously.

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  • As Brown
  • 02-26-18

Story as expected, audio sometimes not clear

I found it difficult to hear Woimsey’s voice some of the time (I listen while driving), but everyone else was perfectly clear.

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  • RMWK
  • 02-25-18

Loved this!

Beautifully acted - as I listened, it was exactly like being in the story, and seeing all that the characters saw. Plus, Ian Carmichael is the only Lord Peter for me. Lastly, the music, which I love, set me hunting down where it comes from, and has now permanently revolutionised my Bluetooth listening habits!

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  • Ian David Williamson
  • 01-15-18

Listened again, enjoyed it again.

Apart from the end of chapter credits and start of chapter résumés this is an excellent listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-18

Well presented adaptation of Dorothy L Sayers book

Excellent adaptaton of books from Dorothy L Sayers. Well adapted and performed by cast. Would recommend as an excellent audio presentation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-20

great but get the sound levels right

The only issue I have with these stories is how loud the music is between segments. Loud enough to jar me awake if i happen to fall asleep litening. Loud enough to have to remove or turn down head phones. Literally everything else is great

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  • Flagstaff
  • 03-12-20

Light but tight

These are so much fun. The Sayers stories have interesting if contrived plots populated by colorful characters. Carmichael is the perfect Lord Peter...and you have to hand it to the BBC, backing him up with such wonderful players as Peter Jones as the manservant Bunter, Gabriel Woolf as Inspector Parker and Maria Aitken as Harriet Vane. For half an hour one can join them in a long-vanished English world of privilege in which crime and injustice always follow orderly processes on the way to justice being done. Not a hair out of place, immaculate tailoring and clues that always add up. Unpretentious and light but tight, in my view; and all the better for it. These episodes have stood the test of time well (as, one notes, have the reputations of the cast members). Both the 20s and the 80s are looking good in the rear-view mirror.

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