Four programmes looking at film versions of famous novels 3: The Thirty-Nine Steps When it comes to tales of patriotic pluck and stiff upper lip, one story stands head and shoulders tall above the rest - John Buchan 's Thirty-Nine
Steps, and there have been three attempts to transfer
Richard Hannay 's exploits to the screen. Christopher Cook investigates the first, starring Robert Donat , but discovers that
Alfred Hitchcock 's film is no more than a distant cousin of Buchan's original thriller.
With soundtrack illustrations and readings from the book by Simon Williams. Producer WENDY CLAY