Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

The Early Years (1938-1950)
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material.

When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.

'Send for Paul Temple' (1940) is an early remake of the now lost original 1938 BBC production. 'Paul Temple Intervenes' (1942) finds Paul and Steve investigating a series of celebrity murders whilst 'Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair' (the original 1950 production, presented here for the very first time) concerns the strange disappearance of the Desmond baby and her sitter.

Hugh Morton, Bernard Braden, Carl Bernard and Peter Coke play Paul in these episodes, with Bernadette Hodgson, Peggy Hassard and Marjorie Westbury as Steve. A bonus track features rare archive material from otherwise lost productions, including the final episodes of 'Send for Paul Temple' (1938) and 'Paul Temple and the Front Page Men' (1938).

Duration: 11 hours approx.

©2016 Francis Durbridge (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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For Die Hard Fans only

I highly recommend the middle two volumes of this series with Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury. This volume had more filler and I didn’t like the early portrayal of Paul Temple. Very dismissive of Steve in an unpleasant way. Vol 2&3 are a delight. Skip straight there.

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  • foxymoron
  • 01-04-17

Generally Enjoyable But Rather Erratic

What did you like most about Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One?

I have always enjoyed the later series of Paul Temple, so thought I would give this collection a try. It is excellent in parts (The Vandyke Affair is particularly good). However, there is a fair amount of musical padding and, at the end of the Vandyke Affair, the soundtrack mysteriously goes into episode 6 of The First Penguin. I had no idea what happened to episodes 1 to 5 of that series. It left me totally confused.

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This collection is disorganised and confusing. At the end of The Vandyke Affair (10:05 into the soundtrack), episode 6 of The First Penguin starts. Why are episodes 1 to 5 not in sequence with this episode?

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  • Steph T
  • 01-12-19

This is a strange, repetitious collection

This collection has a couple of Paul Temple stories but some of them are repeated, just with different casting. There are also some making of tracks that explain the remastering or recovery process undertaken to make the collection. Some of the stories are individual episodes from random parts of 6 episode arcs.
I like the Paul Temple series but I don't recommend this particular collection, especially if you already have the later collections.

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  • juho kojima
  • 04-07-16

Good stories, BAD VERSION

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think that Audible could should have done a better job with this. There should have been audio markers betwean stories that identify the stories.

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  • andrea ainley
  • 08-21-17

Enjoyable

I read previous reviews which did put me off purchasing this volume however it showcases the earlier actors\actresses who played Paul & Steve. There is musical padding - it didn't occur to me there was another theme tune even. There are towards the end random episodes and yes the sound quality in some episodes is crackly and poor but when you think back to when these were made its not surprising. However despite this I did enjoy this volume. I bought volume 3 first and am working backwards but am enjoying them immensely and will order volume 4. I am biased in that Paul Coke and Marjory Westbury are my favourite Paul and Steve. There are also cast interviews and I found then very interesting.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-14-16

Fantastic Show, well restored

A great new version of Paul Temple audio. Audible really should update their audio and apps etc. to allow for better navigation in multi-story titles like this. Lack of this seems to have been the reason the previous reviewer have such a low score.

The plots are definitely dated now but that's part of the charm. Paul Temple is the best of the radio detectives and the stories are still as engrossing now as they were when first broadcast.

Fantastic value package compared to buying the individual CDs from the BBC. Roll on the remaining collections!

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  • Ian Witham
  • 12-22-19

Repeats

One episode from the first story is repeated in the third story.
Doesn't anyone from the BBC listen to their shows before they put them in their shop?

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  • Kevin Viney
  • 06-27-17

Wonderful Paul Temple

Love these recordings. They are like travelling back in time.
A little dated and sexist but still ripping yarns well produced by Auntie BBC.

YOU will love them too!

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  • mr J. R. Jolley
  • 05-21-17

A Lovely Celebration Of A Golden Age Of Radio

These three Paul Temple stories started that golden age of radio, a time when drama was all we had. I am too young but I have always loved these stories. Anyone with an interest in archive material should give all three volumes a purchase.

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  • Satinalibrary
  • 02-23-17

Awful quality of recording.

Quality terrible, so much static you can't hear words properly. Individual recordings much better.

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  • C. Carruthers
  • 04-14-19

Great to hear these originals

I'm a huge Paul Temple fan and it's great to hear these older stories restored so well and to feel like you are listening to live radio with little errors and mistakes which are charming and add to the value of these stories greatly.

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 11-09-16

Poor sound quality

Unfortunately the sound quality ruins this audio book. They do go into the why's and how's after the end of the first play, however it would have been much better to have this at the start!
It's a shame because these old radio plays are a lot of fun and a great glimpse into the past!

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