Paul Temple And Steve

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01The Notorious Dr Belasco20120126

A new production of the 1947 detective serial 'Paul Temple and Steve.' One of the great radio detectives returns refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

Enlisted by Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard to help track down the mysterious Dr. Belasco, Paul and his wife Steve find clues in cigarette lighters and bodies in shrubberies, dance the night away in louche Latin American night clubs, meet sinister menservants and suspicious foreigners, and have their lives threatened at every turn. Just as well Steve remembered to bring along her revolver as well as her ration book... A mid-morning vintage champagne crime cocktail.

Paul Temple....Crawford Logan

Steve....Gerda Stevenson

Sir Graham Forbes....Gareth Thomas

Nelson....Jimmy Chisholm

Mary Hamilton....Eliza Langland

Kaufman....Nick Underwood

Charlie/Worth....Greg Powrie

Produced by Patrick Rayner

The background:

April 1938 saw the transmission on the BBC's Midland Regional Programme of a thriller serial called 'Send for Paul Temple', written by Francis Durbridge. For the next thirty years, until 1968, the incomparably suave private detective and crime novelist Paul, together with his glamorous Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most enduringly popular series. Unfortunately, recordings of many of the early series are lost to the archives.

In 2006 Radio 4 broadcast a brand new production of one of the missing Temples - the ninth series, 'Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery', with Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson as Paul and Steve. Using vintage microphones and sound effects, and much of the original incidental music, the production was as far as possible a technical and stylistic replica of how the 1947 original might have sounded if its recording had survived. It proved enormously popular with the audience on Radio 4, and subsequently on Radio 7, with hundreds of letters, e-mails and phone calls. A second revival in 2008 (this time of 'Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery') proved equally popular. So, here we go again, with 'Paul Temple and Steve', which was first broadcast on the BBC's Light Programme in eight weekly episodes from 30th March 1947 to 18th May 1947.

Francis Durbridge, the creator of Paul Temple, was born in Hull in 1912 and died in 1998. He one of the most successful novelists, playwrights and scriptwriters of his day.

The private detective and crime writer investigates the activities of a shadowy criminal.

0227a Berkeley House Place20120202

Paul picks up a trail that leads him from a highly suspicious café in Soho to a dangerous rendezvous on the Great North Road.

Paul picks up a trail that leads him to a dangerous rendezvous on the Great North Road.

03Presenting Ed Bellamy20120209

A new production of the 1947 detective serial 'Paul Temple and Steve.' One of the great radio detectives returns refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

Paul finds himself at cocktail party for two with the attractive and strangely watchful widow Mrs Forester, while Steve goes out on an eventful shopping expedition. But husband and wife are back together arm in arm later for an evening of intrigue and excitement at one of London's most fashionable night spots, the Machicha Club in Berkeley Square.

Paul Temple....Crawford Logan

Steve....Gerda Stevenson

Sir Graham Forbes....Gareth Thomas

Kaufman....Nick Underwood

Worth....Greg Powrie

Nelson....Jimmy Chisholm

Insp. Perry....Michael Mackenzie

Joseph....Richard Greenwood

Mrs Forester....Candida Benson

Ed Bellamy....Robin Laing

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

Paul and Steve enjoy an evening of intrigue at one of London's most fashionable nightspots.

04Mrs Forester Is Surprised20120216

A new production of the 1947 detective serial 'Paul Temple and Steve.' One of the great radio detectives returns refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

Paul's investigations into the criminal activities of the shadowy Dr. Belasco have taken him and his wife Steve to London's Berkeley Square for a night of Latin American dancing at the fashionable Machicha Club. They're safe enough inside the Machicha - but it's a very different matter when they try to hail a taxi to go home...

Paul Temple....Crawford Logan

Steve....Gerda Stevenson

Sir Graham Forbes....Gareth Thomas

Kaufman....Nick Underwood

Joseph....Richard Greenwood

Mrs Forester....Candida Benson

Ed Bellamy....Robin Laing

Sergeant O'Day....John Paul Hurley

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

Paul is safe inside the Machicha, but it's a different matter when he tries to hail a cab.

05David Nelson Explains20120223

A new production of the 1947 detective serial 'Paul Temple and Steve.' One of the great radio detectives returns refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

The investigation into the activities of the mysterious Dr. Belasco lead him to a murder scene in a flat above a London dry-cleaning business; but then the clues begin to point far away from the great city, to a lonely country house on Romney Marsh.

Paul Temple....Crawford Logan

Steve....Gerda Stevenson

Sir Graham Forbes....Gareth Thomas

Kaufman....Nick Underwood

Worth/Charlie....Greg Powrie

Nelson....Jimmy Chisholm

Joseph....Richard Greenwood

Mrs Forester....Candida Benson

Ed Bellamy....Robin Laing

Waitress....Lucy Paterson

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

The investigation leads Paul to a murder scene in a flat above a London dry-cleaning firm.

06Steve's Intuition20120301

A new production of the 1947 detective serial 'Paul Temple and Steve.' One of the great radio detectives returns refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

The hunt for the elusive Dr. Belasco leads Paul and Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard to a surprising discovery in a remote cottage. But it doesn't seem to take them any nearer finding Dr. Belasco - perhaps the two men should listen more attentively to Paul's wife Steve.

Paul Temple....Crawford Logan

Steve....Gerda Stevenson

Sir Graham Forbes....Gareth Thomas

Kaufman....Nick Underwood

Worth/Charlie....Greg Powrie

Nelson....Jimmy Chisholm

Joseph....Richard Greenwood

Mrs Forester....Candida Benson

Ed Bellamy....Robin Laing

Insp. Perry....Michael Mackenzie

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

The hunt for Dr Belasco leads Paul to a surprising discovery in a remote cottage.

07The Suspects20120308

Paul and his wife Steve are in great danger. And when the attack finally does come, it's from a very unexpected direction.

Paul's investigations are starting to bear fruit, but he and Steve are now in great danger.

08The Final Curtain
08 LASTThe Final Curtain20120315

A new production of the 1947 detective serial 'Paul Temple and Steve.' One of the great radio detectives returns refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London.

The identity of the mysterious Dr. Belasco is finally revealed. But it's one thing to unmask someone, quite another to capture them; and Belasco still has a trick or two up his - or is it her? - sleeve.

Paul Temple....Crawford Logan

Steve....Gerda Stevenson

Sir Graham Forbes....Gareth Thomas

Kaufman....Nick Underwood

Worth/Charlie....Greg Powrie

Nelson....Jimmy Chisholm

Joseph....Richard Greenwood

Ed Bellamy....Robin Laing

Insp. Perry....Michael Mackenzie

Produced by Patrick Rayner.

Dr Belasco's identity is finally revealed. But he still has a trick or two up his sleeve.