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From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series.They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.In this adventure, Paul Temple is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Desmond baby, and the 'Sitter-In' Miss Millicent. When they visit Mary Desmond she is, understandably, very upset, it's already been a week since her eighteenth-month-old daughter vanished. The only clue is a telephone message left in Miss Millicent's handwriting: 'A Mr. Vandyke telephoned, he left no message'.However, no one knows who this mysterious Mr Vandyke is.This CD edition also includes the BBC Radio 4 programme The Radio Detectives: 'Send for Paul Temple', an affectionate look at the indomitable husband and wife team, Paul and Steve Temple. It features an exclusive interview with the definitive Paul Temple, Peter Coke, and rediscovered vintage recordings.
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By Chalis on 06-02-13

The Golden Age of Radio

When I was very young, TV was just getting started and radio dramas were a main source of entertainment for our family. I've long been a fan of classic American radio shows. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this 1951 mystery from the BBC.

This is a well produced, well acted full cast mystery. There are lots of characters, lots of plot twists, and many "red herrings." I had great fun listening to it. Considering the age of the recording, the sound quality is quite good.

The audio book includes a BBC documentary about the history of this series. The series ran for 30 years in Britain. After listing to this episode, I can understand why.

I will be looking for more Paul Temple mysteries!

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By Mark H on 02-27-15

A classic UK radio detective series

This audio book is a radio dramatization of a Paul Temple detective series of the 1950’s. It captures an era where crime stories were rather less brutal than today, perhaps in similar manner to Agatha Christie, although there are plenty of deaths.

The plot is complex, maybe overly so, and I do not think it is as well-crafted as a Christie novel. The main protagonists, Paul and his wife Steve, are well off and their lifestyle epitomizes the values of the time: expensive holidays, fast cars, glamourous clothes, cocktails, a servant to answer the door, make the tea, run a bath.

What you get when you buy this book is a chance to listen to an actual radio play of the 1950’s. In the twenty-first century it stretches the suspension of disbelief to the limit, but perhaps no more than going to an actual play in a theatre. However, what it lacks in verisimilitude, it makes up for in charm. The characters are charming and their diction and delivery of the lines is impeccable. The sound effects are bold ‘cliché’s’ that add greatly to the atmosphere. This is a glimpse into bygone gentler days, where the strongest expletive you will hear is “…by Timothy!”.

You will either love this or hate it, so listen to an excerpt before purchasing.
A final bonus, if you are a fan of this radio series, is an extra documentary programme that is tagged onto the end of the story that gives insights into the making of the programme from those involved at the time.

Personally, I really enjoyed this and will be buying more examples of Paul Temple radio drama’s.

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By Highlight on 01-09-15


Paul Temple & his wife Steve are one of the best husband & wife teams of the 1950's & 60's classic detective stories full of whit & endless charm. Perfect for a cold lazy Sunday when you have over 3 to relax as they stalk blackmailers, robbers, murderer's. Pure joy & escapism. Full cast, excellent productions & sound tracks. I bought the full collection & have hour upon hour of listening fun. ❤️Love it.

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