The Radio Detectives

Programmes about popular radio detectives.

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0101Send For Paul Temple1998052020040213 (BBC7)
20050105 (BBC7)
20051128 (BBC7)
20051129 (BBC7)
20060720 (BBC7)
20080716 (BBC7)
20080717 (BBC7)
20090426 (BBC7)
20100807 (BBC7)
20100808 (BBC7)
20131119 (BBC7)
20131120 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards recalls the husband and wife team that battled villains.

Car-bombs and poison cocktails. Professor Jeffrey Richards recalls the husband and wife team that battled villains and scoundrels.

Professor Jeffrey Richards recalls the husband and wife team that battled villains.

Car-bombs and poison cocktails.

Professor Jeffrey Richards recalls the husband and wife team that battled villains and scoundrels.

In an affectionate look at Paul and Steve Temple, detective aficionado Professor Jeffrey Richards revisits the Temples' world of car bombs, poisoned cocktails, gentlemen and rogues, where the villain is always caught.

Professor Jeffrey Richards revisits the Temples' world of car-bombs, poison cocktails, gentlemen and rogues.

0102The Voice Of Sherlock Holmes1998052720040220 (BBC7)
20050106 (BBC7)
20051129 (BBC7)
20051130 (BBC7)
20060727 (BBC7)
20080718 (BBC7)
20080719 (BBC7)
20090518 (BBC7)
20090519 (BBC7)
20090523 (BBC7)
20100814 (BBC7)
20100815 (BBC7)
20131120 (BBC7)
20141108 (BBC7)
20141109 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards probes the varied incarnations of the Baker Street sleuth.

Armed with pipe, hansom cab and violin, Professor Jeffrey Richards probes the varied incarnations of the Baker Street sleuth.

Prof Jeffrey Richards investigates the most famous resident of Baker Street.

Armed with pipe, hansom cab and violin, Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates the most famous resident of Baker Street.

Prof Jeffrey Richards, armed with pipe, hansom cab and violin, investigates the various incarnations of Holmes and Watson.

Prof Jeffrey Richards investigates the various incarnations of Holmes and Watson.

Jeffrey Richards presents a retrospective on Sherlock Holmes.

Is he based on severe Scots genius Joseph Bell? Equipped with pipe, hansom cab, tortured violin and other sound effects, Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates the numerous incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

Featuring interviews and classic recordings by Orson Welles, Basil Rathbone, Sir John Gielgud, Carleton Hobbes and Clive Merrison.

0103Sexton Blake, The Other Baker Street Detective1998060320040227 (BBC7)
20050107 (BBC7)
20051130 (BBC7)
20051201 (BBC7)
20060803 (BBC7)
20080717 (BBC7)
20080718 (BBC7)
20090503 (BBC7)
20100821 (BBC7)
20100822 (BBC7)

Jeffrey Richards probes the many incarnations of 'the poor man's Sherlock Holmes'.

Professor Jeffrey Richards probes the many incarnations of 'the poor man's Sherlock Holmes'.

From June 1998.

Sexton Blake was born in the very month Sherlock was 'killed off' - and he was an instant hit.

Sexton Blake was an instant hit when he was born and made resident of Baker Street in the very month Sherlock Holmes was `killed off'.

His career, like that of his faithful assistant, Tinker, spans 100 years.

0104Enter The Saint1998061020040305 (BBC7)
20050110 (BBC7)
20051201 (BBC7)
20051202 (BBC7)
20060810 (BBC7)

The Saint began radio life on Radio Eirann, before Vincent Price took the role on in 1947.

Professor Jeffrey Richards tracks down the history and various portrayals of the Robin Hood of crime, Simon Templar, aka The Saint.

0105 LASTThe Shadow Knows1998061720040312 (BBC7)
20050111 (BBC7)
20051202 (BBC7)
20051203 (BBC7)
20060817 (BBC7)

Jeffrey Richards looks at an American detective phenomenon taken from the comic books and once played by Orson Welles.

Jeffrey Richards unravels the history of Walter Gibson's legendary force against evil, The Shadow.

Featuring the classic Orson Welles portrayal and an interview with Simon Callow.

0201As My Whimsy Takes Me1999051820040405 (BBC7)
20050112 (BBC7)
20051205 (BBC7)
20051206 (BBC7)
20060824 (BBC7)

Jeffrey Richards investigates Lord Peter Wimsey with help from Ian Carmichael, Simon Brett and Jill Paton Walsh.

Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates Dorothy L Sayers' aristocratic amateur detective, Lord Peter Wimsey.

Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Whimsy is examined.

Possibly the most distinguished of sleuths, who even had an entry in Who's Who.

The casebook of Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L Sayers's aristocratic amateur detective, who appeared on radio as well as in books, films and on television.

0202The Little Grey Cells Of Hercule Poirot1999052520040412 (BBC7)
20050113 (BBC7)
20051206 (BBC7)
20051207 (BBC7)
20060914 (BBC7)
20151230 (BBC7)
20151231 (BBC7)

The casebook of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective and his little grey cells.

Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates the casebook of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective and his little grey cells.

Jeffrey Richards investigates the radio career of Hercule Poirot.

Featuring Agatha Christie, Orson Welles and David Suchet.

Professor Jeffrey Richards examines the casebook of Hercule Poirot.

Professor Jeffrey Richards talks about the creation of Agatha Christie's most famous of detectives Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie's fastidious Belgian detective with the genius for lateral thinking.

0203The Wisdom Of Miss Marple1999060120040419 (BBC7)
20050114 (BBC7)
20051207 BT=2030 (BBC7)
20051207 (BBC7)
20051208 BT=0130 (BBC7)
20060907 (BBC7)
20150917 (BBC7)
20150918 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards examines the appeal of Agatha Christie's spinster detective.

Examining the continual appeal of Agatha Christie's shrewd detective, Miss Jane Marple.

"A fluffy old dear with a dreadful hat." Discovering the inspiration and progression of St. Mary Mead's ever acute observer of deadly events.

Presented by Cultural historian Jeffrey Richards. With June Whitfield and Simon Brett.

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.

Professor Richards looks at Miss Marple and why women were such great detective writers.

In this programme Professor Richards looks at Miss Marple and why women were such great detective writers.

Examining the appeal of Agatha Christie's spinster detective.

0204A Case For Doctor Morelle1999060820040426 (BBC7)
20050117 (BBC7)
20051208 (BBC7)
20051209 (BBC7)
20060831 (BBC7)
20070622 (BBC7)
20070623 (BBC7)
20080715 (BBC7)
20080716 (BBC7)
20090510 (BBC7)
20091030 (BBC7)
20091031 (BBC7)
20100828 (BBC7)
20100829 (BBC7)

Examining how the Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective solved his cases.

Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates how the London Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective solved his cases.

Jeffrey Richards looks at how the Harley St psychiatrist-turned detective solved his cases

Professor Jeffrey Richards interviews Ernest Dudley, the creator of radio detective Dr Morelle.

A look at how Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective Dr Morelle uses psychology as well as criminology to solve cases.

Prof Jeffrey Richards interviews Ernest Dudley, the creator of radio detective Dr Morelle.

0205 LASTOn The Beat With Pc 491999061520040503 (BBC7)
20050118 (BBC7)
20051209 BT=2030 (BBC7)
20051209 (BBC7)
20051210 BT=0130 (BBC7)
20060921 (BBC7)
20090517 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20090517 BT=1730 (BBC7)
20100904 (BBC7)
20100905 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards recalls the popular street bobby.

Professor Jeffrey Richards recalls the popular street bobby and asks Susan Stranks about her father Alan's sleuthing creation.

Professor Richards looks at the ordinary policeman on the beat.

Created by Alan Stranks, Richards talks to his daughter, Susan.

Created specifically for radio, PC 49 is an ordinary bobby on the beat, solving crime in the late 40s and early 50s.

Professor Jeffrey Richards uncovers a combination of light comedy and sleuthing in a character who also appeared in comic strips and films as spinoffs.

0301Sam Spade - The Original Private Eye2000022920050119 (BBC7)
20051212 (BBC7)
20051213 (BBC7)
20060928 (BBC7)
20090524 (BBC7)
20100911 (BBC7)
20100912 (BBC7)

Jeffrey Richards explores the development of the hard-boiled, wisecracking investigator.

Professor Jeffrey Richards explores the development of the hard-boiled, wisecracking - but principled - investigator.

Professor Jeffrey Richards explores the development of the hard-boiled, wisecracking investigator with principles.

Professor Jeffrey Richards explores the development of the tough, hard-boiled, wisecracking but principled detective, Sam Spade.

0302Down The Mean Streets With Philip Marlowe2000030720050120 (BBC7)
20051213 (BBC7)
20051214 (BBC7)
20061005 (BBC7)
20090531 (BBC7)
20100918 (BBC7)
20100919 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards is on the trail of Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled detective.

Professor Jeffrey Richards is on the trail of Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled, wisecracking American detective.

On the trail of the Private Eye, Professor Richards looks at Raymond Chandler and his hard boiled detective Philip Marlowe.

0303The Innocence Of Father Brown2000031420050121 (BBC7)
20051214 (BBC7)
20051215 (BBC7)
20061012 (BBC7)
20080714 (BBC7)
20080715 (BBC7)
20090607 (BBC7)
20100925 (BBC7)
20100926 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates the Catholic parish priest from East Anglia.

Professor Jeffrey Richards investigates the guileless Catholic parish priest from East Anglia, created by GK Chesterton.

Jeffrey Richards looks at GK Chesterton's guileless Catholic parish priest from East Anglia, Father Brown.

0304The Genius Of Gideon Fell2000032120050124 (BBC7)
20051215 (BBC7)
20051216 (BBC7)
20061019 (BBC7)
20090614 (BBC7)
20101002 (BBC7)
20101003 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards profiles John Dickson Carr's archetypal English eccentric.

Professor Jeffrey Richards profiles John Dickson Carr's archetypal English eccentric, played by Sir Donald Sinden.

Dr Gideon Fell, creation of John Dixon Carr and immortalised by Donald Sinden, is examined by Professor Jeffrey Richard.

A look at Dr Gideon Fell, an archetypal English eccentric created by American-born John Dickson Carr.

0305 LASTStand By For West2000032820050125 (BBC7)
20051216 (BBC7)
20051217 (BBC7)
20061026 (BBC7)
20090621 (BBC7)
20101009 (BBC7)
20101010 (BBC7)

Professor Jeffrey Richards profiles John Creasey's Scotland Yard inspector Roger West.

Professor Jeffrey Richards profiles John Creasey's Scotland Yard inspector Roger West, played by Patrick Allen.

Professor Jeffrey Richards delves into the detective fiction of John Creasey and his popular creation Inspector West.

Jeffrey Richards looks at John Creasey, author of the Inspector West novels and founder of the Crime Writers Association.

An examination of the top-class detective fiction of John Creasey and one of his most popular creations - Inspector West.