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.
Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these nine BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.
I happened upon this series entirely by accident, and it was pure serendipity! Everything about these radio dramas is superlative....the acting is excellent, each character as carefully portrayed as in a stage play. The voices conjured up such vivid images in my imagination that I could give you a physical description of each character. Best of all, these fine actors have an equally excellent script with which to work. This is some of the best writing I have had the pleasure of experiencing in a long, long time. David Ashton (who also gives voice to the character of Lieutenant Roache) obviously loves words, and crafts intricate and engrossing plots for each story. The humor, by which I was taken by surprise, at times made me laugh out loud! I highly recommend the entire series to any lover of mystery. Great, somewhat gothic, classics!
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Would you listen to McLevy, the Collected Editions: Part One Pilot, S1-2 again? Why?
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.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jean Brash. She is the woman who walk in the grey area. She is her own master and act her own justice.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
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.
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Terrific acting performances by very talented individuals, wonderful world class sound effects, good plot, captivating storyline.
Story great, interesting plots, settings, well developed characters, really good acting. I heard some of these on BBC4 xtra, and really enjoyed them. Very pleased I broke down and bought them. I'm going to buy more now. Great for my long drives to work.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Victorian crime story set in London is something that always catches my eye.
What was most disappointing about David Ashton’s story?
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.
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