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Nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh, starring Brian Cox as Inspector McLevy.

In this collection all eight episodes of series 11 and 12 are joined by 'Meet James McLevy', a remake of the original pilot episode. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, the fictional James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

Duration: 7 hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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If you like classic Sherlock Holmes try McLevy.

I am a huge fan of all classic Sherlock Holmes stories, and am not a fan of the modernized stuff I've seen. I grew up on and never can get enough radio drama. No one does all of this better than the BBC. When I saw a recommendation for McLevy, I thought why not give it a try, and I am so glad I did. I purchased all the series and there isn't a week story in the whole bunch. McLevy is like Holmes in his frustrated relationships with the women in his life. He's definitely more of a romantic than Sherlock Holmes, though not as sentimental as Dr Watson. Like Holmes, McLevy also has a lovable and rather bumbling partner in Constable Mulholland. Listening to the two of them banter back and forth is one of the many joys of this show. McLevy is more humorous than Holmes. Then there is the darkly scheming, yet mysteriously lovely Jean Brash whose feminine charms prove irresistible to the law enforcing Inspector. McLevy is well fleshed out and humanly believable. Like Sherlock Holmes stories, some of McLevy's may stretch the bounds of credibility but serve up a wonderful distraction to take us away from the ever present politics and problems of the modern world to the filthy crime infested streets of Edinburgh. If you like Victorian era mysteries you really can't go wrong here. My only complaint is that it ended way too soon. These are stories I will listen to over and over again.

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I’m sorry this is the last of the series.

Great entertainment. I developed a great affinity for the characters and their relational growth over the course of the series- I’ve enjoyed these dramatizations so much I’ve purchased some of the audiobooks. Whether they are as good wont diminish my pleasure of theses radio dramas-

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Noooo! There must be more!

I have listened to this entire series in about 3 days and a bereft to find myself at the end. Sterling performances, wonderful stories, completely engaging.

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So Sad to React the End

I've listened to every story in every series several times, and came to this last set with immense sadness. I might have envisioned a different denouement, but in keeping with the darker nature of the stories, the conclusion satisfies. I hope others discover this treasury of incredible radio drama.

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  • 01-15-18

10 out of 10

I cannot rate this series enough it’s what audible is made for a fantastic vision of old Edinburgh with gritty characters you will fall in love with

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  • 11-03-17

WONDERFUL FANTASTIC I LOVE ❤️McLEVY

I love McLevy ! ❤️These are fantastic well produced wonderfully acted shows based on the true accounts of the real Scottish Victorian Inspector McLevy and I never get tired of listening to them. I own the full 12 Series and NEED MORE PLEASE! But having spoken with the writer (McLevy’s boss) also played by the writer David Ashton; he tells me the BBC have no intentions of producing any more. This is very sad 😪😪😪 WE LOVE ❤️McLEVY !

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  • stevelacon
  • 09-17-18

Listened to these many times

I have purchased all six of these titles and listened to them many times and all I can say is excellent the cast and stories are wonderful

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  • Carl Reid
  • 06-06-18

Brilliant!

Outstanding series of plays!!! Sadly it will be no more. But a great cast together combined with a fabulous storyline makes these a brilliant listen.

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  • GMac
  • 05-06-18

Superb story telling and acting .

Wonderfully engaging stories, the cast give first class performances and a fitting conclusion to the McLevy adventures ...

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  • Mr. R. Bruce
  • 06-01-17

Enjoyable Radio/Audio Drama

Would you consider the audio edition of McLevy: The Collected Editions: Series 11 & 12 to be better than the print version?


Yes I have a couple of the books on my Kindle they are good but for me not as enjoyable an experience..

What other book might you compare McLevy: The Collected Editions: Series 11 & 12 to, and why?


I have listen'd to all of the series and am forced to say they are al so very good !

Which character – as performed by Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond – was your favourite?


Brain Cox is a marvellous acting in his role as our all of the cast simply wonderful acting by all ..

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


Don't ! The radio drama's are marvellous on their on...

Any additional comments?


If you enjoy Radio Drama and a good story all of these dramas are very good I'd only advice you to listen to them now today !

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  • Stephen Howlett
  • 04-12-17

A Cut Above

This is one of the best. It rivals Inspector Morse , Poirot and comes close to Sherlock Holmes. Mclevy is played to perfection as is the rest of the cast. Every episode is as good as the last.

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  • marisa
  • 03-08-17

Terrific ensemble! Brian Cox et al are wonderful!!

If you could sum up McLevy: The Collected Editions: Series 11 & 12 in three words, what would they be?

Finest acting!

What was one of the most memorable moments of McLevy: The Collected Editions: Series 11 & 12?

Mclevy's interaction with just about anyone but especially with Jean Brash.

What about Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond ’s performance did you like?

Their dialogue and spats are flawless. Their relationship is so well developed.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

His own tag lines about I am JM and Leith is my parish etc.

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I've really enjoyed this series, can't get enough of it. All the characters are developed over the series.. The accents stand out best. The earlier story lines are the richest. Can really recommend these.

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  • Nonie
  • 03-01-17

Brilliant

What a wonderful world to lose yourself in ,David Ashton please write more. I want to know what adventure lies in store for McLevy, Mulholland and Jean Brash. thank you for such great stories, genius.x

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  • Peter Thomas
  • 02-02-17

A real gem.

I have now listened to all the radio productions of Mclevy and it's a shame that the BBC haven't commissioned another series. A great cast which delivers superb performances from the excellent writings of David Ashton.