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    The godfather of the hard-boiled detective novel, Dashiell Hammett is widely acknowledged as one of America's greatest mystery writers. This collection brings together the BBC radio adaptations of his works for the first time, including the iconic The Maltese Falcon, featuring his most famous character: Sam Spade.

    The Maltese Falcon

    San Francisco, 1928. When his partner is murdered on an assignment, private detective Sam Spade is drawn into a dangerous case involving a treacherous femme fatale and the priceless black statuette of a falcon.... Tom Wilkinson and Jane Lapotaire star in this thrilling dramatisation of Hammett's most famous novel.

    Secret Agent X-9

    New York, 1934, and Secret Agent X-9 is about to embark on his most deadly mission yet. Falsely accused of murder, he struggles to stay one step ahead of the law in his relentless pursuit of his arch enemy, 'The Top'. Dramatised from a comic strip co-created by Dashiell Hammett, this tale of mystery, murder and mayhem stars Stuart Milligan, Connie Booth and William Hootkins. 

    Nightmare Town

    Arriving in the desert boom town of Izzard, Arizona, sharp-edged tough guy Steve Threefall meets the beautiful, terrified Nova Vallance - and encounters danger, intrigue and a dark mystery.... Read by Stuart Milligan.

    The Man Who Killed Dan Odams

    An escaped killer fleeing cross-country stumbles upon an isolated farm in Montana, inhabited by a woman and her young son.... This mysterious and brooding noir western is read by Stuart Milligan.

    The Maltese Falcon

    Sam Spade - Tom Wilkinson

    Brigid O'Shaughnessy - Jane Lapotaire

    Mr Gutman - Peter Vaughan

    Joel Cairo - Nickolas Grace

    Effie - Mia Soteriou

    Miles Archer - William Hope

    Iva - Liza Ross

    Wilmer - Peter Acre

    Tom Polhaus - Norman Jones

    Lt Dundy - Harry Towb

    DA Bryan - Don Fellows

    Newspaperman - Robin Summers

    Taxi driver - Keith Edwards

    Man with key - Arnold Diamond

    Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

    Directed by Jane Morgan

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29th December 1984

    Secret Agent X-9

    X-9 - Stuart Milligan

    Grace Powers - Connie Booth

    The Top - William Hootkins

    Evelyn Powers - Rachel Power

    Deacon/Alden Powers - Peter Marinker

    Matthew/Steward/Luke - Michael John Paliotti

    Captain Brady/Bartholomew - John Guerrasio

    Jude - Bruce McGregor

    Cop 1 - Clive Rowe

    Harper-Carp - Kerry Shale

    Waitress/Sister Agnes - Miranda Pleasance

    Other parts played by the cast

    Dramatised by Mark Brisenden from the comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond

    Produced by Chris Wallis

    First broadcast BBC Radio 5 Live, 1st - 22nd January 1994

    Nightmare Town

    Read by Stuart Milligan

    Abridged by Neville Teller

    Produced by Elizabeth Allard

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5th - 8th November 2001

    The Man Who Killed Dan Odams

    Read by Stuart Milligan

    Abridged by Neville Teller

    Produced by Elizabeth Allard

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9th November 2001

    ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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