Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these definitive BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L. Sayers' best-selling novels....
Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself...
The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family....
Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate....
David Threlfall stars as Father Paolo Baldi in two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. 'Death Cap' sees Paolo attending a monastic retreat far out in County Cork, where a sudden death among the Franciscan brothers causes him to suspect foul play. In 'Devil Take the Hindmost', Paolo and Tina investigate the death of a student on campus, following the trail that leads to an arrogant clique dabbling in the occult. Is there a rational explanation, or is the Devil really involved?
Two more thrilling mysteries for the clerical sleuth, starring David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher and T.P. McKenna in the series created by Barry Devlin and written by Simon Brett and Annie Caulfield.
These low-key BBC productions are always high value, as Father Baldi, soul-searching philosopher, takes us through slices of contemporary society, solving not only crimes but his own frailties. Very reminiscent of Chesterton's Father Brown.
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What made the experience of listening to The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes) the most enjoyable?
The voices of the different characters were easy to follow & kept the story flowing. I usually listen to unabridged versions & thought a dramatization would be easier to catch on to the story. But it is an entirely different beast. The fad outs for scene shifts, the background noises, & lack of narrative descriptions are dramatization techniques I had to become familiar with to enjoy the stories. And enjoy I did. These are clean, simply entertaining, Irish accented radio plays, on the par with other Simon Brett stories. I bought this title on an Audible sale & am glad I did.
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How could the performance have been better?
Though the actors are decent, this radio version is badly edited and seems very truncated. Although it was not expensive it was still not worth the price.
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Any additional comments?
If these stories are ever recorded in a more complete and professional manner they might be interesting.