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.
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hardcore Mclevy who have a soft spot
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.
Jean Brash. She is the woman who walk in the grey area. She is her own master and act her own justice.
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.
- Christina Chen
Victorian crime story set in London is something that always catches my eye.
This particular story has been really flat, though. For most of the book we are taken from one location to another, endure lengthy and not very interesting description of the said location...and then go somewhere else to start over again.
Is is a shame, since the first chapter and the characters were promising. The promise was not exploited, though. We are supposed to be intrigued by the mysterious detective figure (forgot his name, sorry) but he is not engaging enough to inspire such interest and his assistent, Llewelyn, has thin backstory and is left with little to do. Instead of bringing to life dark and dirty Victorian London, it reminds me more of one of those long and boring pamflets, written by 19th century scholars.