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Publisher's Summary

Kenneth Cranham and Alex Lanipekun star in these 15 hard-hitting crime dramas.

Chalk and cheese coppers Max Matthews and Sean Armitage are from different generations and different worlds, but together they make a remarkable team. In this powerful, unconventional police procedural, we join the detective duo in the interview room as they practise their unique style of interrogation in a bid to extract a confession. 

These 15 dramas all focus on a different suspect, each with their own story and version of events. Among the varied characters we hear from are Rod, a Premier League footballer accused of rape; Jermaine, a ruthless gang leader; Marc, an ex-policeman suspected of domestic violence; and Beverley, who has come into the station to report her elderly father as missing. As the details of their crimes are revealed, we get under their skin and come to understand what motivated them to do what they did.

Compelling and compassionate, these dramas probe some of today’s most troubling moral issues, inviting us to face hard truths but holding out the possibility of redemption. With razor-sharp dialogue and characters that feel entirely authentic, they’ll linger in your mind long after you’ve finished listening.

Series 1
1. Rod
2. Jermaine
3. Sarah 

Series 2
1. Marc
2. Grace
3. Simon 

Series 3
1. Colin
2. Jonny
3. Kellie 

Series 4
1. Tom
2. Riz
3. PC Joanne Laverty

Series 5
1. Beverley
2. Micky
3. Neil 

Cast and credits
DS/DI/DCI Max Matthews…Kenneth Cranham
DC/DS Sean Armitage…Alex Lanipekun
Rod Tyler…Joe Sims
Helen Cottol…Katie Angelou
Mother…Tracy Wiles
Jermaine…Anthony Welsh
Sarah…Claire Louise Cordwell
Danny…Carl Prekopp
Marc Johnson…Ben Crowe
Lisa Johnson…Philippa Stanton
Operator…Hannah Wood
Grace Buffong…Noma Dumezweni
Stephen Buffong…Jerome Holder
Simone Parker…Amaka Okafor
Simon Barnes…Sam Swann
Jason…Michael Shelford
Damien…Will Howard
Wendy Harris…Joanna Brookes
Mr Renshaw/Football fan…Nicholas Murchie
Colin Hamilton…Michael Bertenshaw
Gemma…Amy Metcalf
Jonny Foster…Gawn Grainger
Nancy…Dinah Stabb
Kellie…Cush Jumbo
Alan Parke…Clive Hayward
Tom…Luke Norris
Debbie Ross…Susan Brown
Riz….Nabil Elouahabi
Tara…Joanna Horton
Derek…Chris Pavlo
Reporter…Stephen Critchlow
Jordan…Gershwyn Eustache Jr
Joanne…Sally Orrock
Beverley…Adjoa Andoh
Marcel…Jason Maza
Micky…Danny Webb
Neil…Joseph Millson
Sally…Catriona McFarlane
Sarge…Karen Bartke
Football fan…Finlay Robertson

Written by Roy Williams
Produced and directed by Jessica Dromgoole (series 1 and 2) and Mary Peate (series 3 to 5)
Music composed by David Pickvance

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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great book

I loved this .great cast.wonderful atmosphere.i couldn't stop listening..excellent performance of the cast.Made me think.

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I didn’t appreciate the Social Justice Theme

I had to finally stop listening when it devolved into a homosexual story. Disgusting. Also a lot of time is wasted by the reading of the credits after each chapter.

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THE Police Procedural for the 21st Century!

Every story grips the listener tightly and holds tight until the final truth is revealed.

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  • Mr. Mark Hayden
  • 09-26-18

Fantastic

A brilliant production that has your attention from the start. Well produced and each episode stands alone perfectly.

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  • kelly gallimore
  • 10-12-18

enjoyed every story!

Lots of little Crime Stories where you get to meet the main characters and learn about them as individuals . Really enjoyed listening to this when I was doing other things it wasn't too taxing .

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  • alex myers
  • 01-16-20

So so.. good to have on in background

Overall the performances are reasonably good. The stories in parts are quite interesting, however they range from the ludicrously high profile (a rape case involving a premiership footballer, which would be HUGE) down to the downright benign. The first case comes up later in the series where the main characters struggle to remember the name of the player and the outcome! Which given he plays for the team one of them supports and which would of no doubt be one of the most scandalous cases in Football is just simply lazy writing. The rapport with the main characters is a little strained and seems to involve them always sharing a pint and skirting around how much they respect each other. You get the sense that the author is of a particular generation, there's a lot of 'not in my day' and 'it was different back then'. All the younger characters are heavily stereotyped and undeveloped. There's never really a wow moment where you didn't see the truth of the case coming. Very linear, they interview someone and they turn out in the most part to be guilty, with a few notable exceptions. It has the potential to be a really good premise for a series but i found it boring after a while, but it is good to have on in the background when you're doing things.

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  • B.W.
  • 07-25-19

Not for everyone

OK the outcomes tend to be rather predictable but love the Max & Shaun double act.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Brilliant series

Very entertaining, well written, well acted. The dynamic between the two detectives works really well. It's not realistic but it makes for an enjoyable listen.

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  • SEAN'S Amazon Account
  • 06-08-20

Detective stories getting to the gritty ‘why’ and ‘truths’

The Interrogation”, written by Roy Williams. Main narrative performers are the voices of Kenneth Cranham and Alex Lanipekun. This BBC Radio commissioned series of less than 45 minute each episode is superbly narrated by every and all the characters. Police detectives Matthews and Armitage pride themselves on their interrogation techniques and encounter many characters in their interview room and try to get to each gritty ‘why’ and each ‘truth’. A great series of contemporary gritty stories depicting various aspects of the interrogated & interrogators career and personal lives. I believe each 45 minute story could be listened to independently and still delight, intrigue and captivate the listener. Simply superb listening material.

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  • C. Hardy
  • 04-03-20

Good stuff

Generally really entertaining, smashed through this whilst working. The intensity of listening to it this way did highlight some annoyances but considering that it was completed over 3 days and baring in mind the simple format they are trivial. That said the london gangsta speak mixed with the full word annunciation did start to grate a little.

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  • andy furkins
  • 03-29-20

more please

loved this, great scripts, great stories and the performances of the two leads is remarkable. so in sync. more please bbc

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  • Tw1990
  • 11-22-19

Amazing

Absolutely amazing, sad there are no more. its a must to listen to and the relationship between the two are great.

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  • Hannah Thomas
  • 11-17-19

Gripping yet realistic

Compelling story lines portrayed in a way that makes you care about the characters. Highly recommended.