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Eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh, starring Brian Cox. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh, bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

'The Firebrand': a women's rights campaigner is kidnapped, and it's up to McLevy to investigate.

'Dead Reckoning': a strange case of grave robbing has McLevy puzzled.

'Prince of Darkness': one of Jean Brash's old lovers is back from the dead - and out for revenge.

'A Distant Death': McLevy's nightmares of death by drowning seem about to come true....

'The Blue Gown': with the help of Jean Brash, McLevy investigates the death of a seamstress.

'Flesh and Blood': a student is accused when a tavern brawl ends in murder.

'A Fine Deception': suspicion falls on a stage magician after a jewel robbery at Edinburgh Castle.

'The Last Illusion': McLevy must prove his theory that a celebrated conjurer is a thief.

Brian Cox stars as Inspector McLevy, with Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

Duration: six hours approx.

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

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Just Keeps Getting Better

Every series continues with the same high quality writing, plots, and acting. I recommend every series very highly.

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This whole series is terrific! The stories, the plotting and the acting. I wish there were twenty more with the same cast! A hidden gem!

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  • 10-14-17

I LOVE McLEVY ❤️

I have all of these Mclevy radio productions and love them all. These are recreations from the book of true events from the diary of the real Scottish McLevy who’s life was spent policing the streets of Edinburgh during the Victorian era. The writer David Ashton (who also splendedly plays McLevy’s boss) has done a great job translating these into marvellous hilarious shows of murder, intrigue, treachary, slander, kidnapping, you name it, it is all in these great shows. We get fantastic value for money/credit with at least 6 to 7 hours of pure fun entertainment for each series. Brian Cox is superb, he is McLevy bringing the fascinating character to full life, he is so witty you will have lots of laughs wishing that this series could just keep going on. PLEASE! LETS HAVE MORE! 🌹

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  • John
  • 09-11-17

Excellent atmospheric story telling

If a tv exec has not signed this series up for a box set I would be very surprised . Beautiful language and characters . Very convincing picture of Victorian Edinburgh .

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  • Stephen Howlett
  • 05-12-17

Takes you back to the days of policing without squad cars and super computers.

It's not complicated plots or soul destroying child murders , it's easy to follow with a touch of comedy. The actors have created a bond and seem to have gelled nicely. The one annoying thing is a lot of the background voices along with store keepers or landlords are easy to hear are done by the main cast but apart from that it's a gem.