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Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.



Pilot episode: The detective’s first adventure.
"For Unto Us": McLevy goes on the trail of an ingenious cat burglar.
"The Trophy Club": McLevy tries to solve the murder of a prostitute.
"The Second Shadow": The detective is distracted from his work by a woman.
"The Burning Question": An unsolved murder brings vigilantes onto the streets.
"A Good Walk Spoilt": A game of golf has desperate stakes.
"Wild Justice": A ghost from the past returns to haunt McLevy.
"The Wild Spark": A tobacco warehouse goes up in smoke.
"Stab in the Back": A hired killer roams Leith’s dark alleys.
Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these nine BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide
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By The Nurse on 12-19-16

Rich Storytelling at Its Finest

I happened upon this series entirely by accident, and it was pure serendipity! Everything about these radio dramas is superlative....the acting is excellent, each character as carefully portrayed as in a stage play. The voices conjured up such vivid images in my imagination that I could give you a physical description of each character. Best of all, these fine actors have an equally excellent script with which to work. This is some of the best writing I have had the pleasure of experiencing in a long, long time. David Ashton (who also gives voice to the character of Lieutenant Roache) obviously loves words, and crafts intricate and engrossing plots for each story. The humor, by which I was taken by surprise, at times made me laugh out loud! I highly recommend the entire series to any lover of mystery. Great, somewhat gothic, classics!

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By Christina Chen on 02-02-16

hardcore Mclevy who have a soft spot

Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?

Yes.
Even though it is hard to get into the story at first ( for someone who is so used to Sherlock Holmes), it gets more entertaining later on.
Instead of being so accurate at pin point the criminal, one gets more storylines in the main characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jean Brash. She is the woman who walk in the grey area. She is her own master and act her own justice.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is a radio drama, so have ing different professional narrators or actors to perform this drama can give the listener more straight forward idea of the characters. In books, the readers would have to pick up the characteristics through hints that weaving in the writer's words.

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By J. D. Burnell on 11-11-15

Classic components but assembled so very well

Any additional comments?

At its heart, McLevy is a very standard police procedural. The characters are the stereotypes we've seen a hundred times before: the brilliant detective who doesn't play by the rules but always gets results; his long-suffering boss; his unimaginative but doughty sidekick, and the whore-with-a-heart-of-gold who he flirts with.

Where it manages to go beyond all these is in the way it's put together. The Victorian Edinburgh setting is unusual enough, and beautifully-realised, but what really makes it stand out is the writing and the performances. Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond work beautifully together (and apart) and together with the rest of the cast have managed to keep me listening to this and its sequel for nearly twelve hours across the past couple of weeks. It's never dragged once, and the whole experience has been a delight.

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By Fiona Taylor on 07-22-15

Excellent series set in Edinburgh

Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?

Yes, excellent stories, interesting characters and the interplay between them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2?

Jean Brash's dogs chasing McLevy

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Evokes the time and place, the Scottish accents help too!

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