At the very end of Dick Barton and the Smash and Grab Raiders (BBC Audio)
, Barton receives a mysterious telegram from his father. Hardly a minute into this new adventure Dick meets his father who makes a most bizarre request. From there it's not long before Dick, Jock and Snowey find themselves in another fine mess, deep in the heart of Tibet. Treachery, conspiracy and counter-conspiracy abound at the plot's every twist and turn. I found this story to be rather more far-fetched than the previous one, though still great fun and full of action.
A somewhat curious bonus in this story is that we are treated to Dick Barton's best chat-up lines as he does his best to impress a young lady during a long plane flight.
This being my third Dick Barton CD set, I should say I'm finding them pretty addictive. The story is broken down into the original broadcast episodes with a recap at the end of each one and at the beginning of the next. Rather than becoming irksome, this really adds to the enjoyment, especially with the inclusion of the famous signature tune. Apparently more than 300 recordings were found in the Australian lost archive this one came from, so I'm hoping there'll be more released on CD.
Great value for money at £10.99 (Jan 2012) for 3 hours 50 minutes, with Dick Barton Special Agent lurching from one peril to another. Next on my list is Dick Barton and the Affair of the Black Panther