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Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 19 Aug 2013

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445876647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445876641
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.4 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

A brand new ten-part remake of the lost archive drama Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson.It is 1946, and the whole country is shocked by the disappearance of a young woman who, according to a note found at the scene of the crime, is the victim of a certain 'Mr Gregory'. When a second girl disappears, Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard appeals to Temple and Steve for help. Their investigations take them from a lonely Yorkshire clifftop to the Blitz-damaged East End, from a gangster-run Mayfair nightclub to a deserted warehouse on the Thames, always with danger round the corner and Mr Gregory one step ahead. Can Temple and Steve track unmask him before he strikes again?This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production. As far as possible it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded if its recording had survived.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Norman Cheeseworthy on 30 Sept. 2013
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As a relative newcomer to the Paul Temple shows (having listened to only one broadcast previously) I was very much looking forward to this collection - and I wasn't disappointed! 10 episodes across 5 CDs - what a pleasure and a joy to lose myself in these nostalgic tales for over four and a half hours!

Reproduced to recreate the style of the earlier lost programmes, the whole package comes across as one big nostalgia trip - and I'm certainly going to be buying more very soon - perfect for those long winters nights which will soon be upon us!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2013
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Those enthusiasts who eagerly await another modern "recreation" of a lost Paul Temple broadcast will get a bumper issue this time - it comprises not 6 nor 8 but 10 episodes. Writer Francis Durbridge experimented only once with a radio series of this length, possibly realizing afterwards that listeners could not be expected to remember the content of weekly instalments over so long a period. And how is the mystery extended? Well, the plotting and the dialogue are not as tight as usual and there are often lengthy scenes for characters other than Paul and Steve.

Marjorie Westbury, who played Steve in the original 1946 broadcast, had been a singer prior to her acting career, so here, and elsewhere in this series, Steve is given a few snatches of song. Steve also, in this episode, in her husband's absence, prevails on someone to take her dancing. As for the light-hearted badinage and gentle chivvying that was to endear Paul and his wife Steve to millions of listeners, well, there's not much of it here.

Durbridge usually included in his cast of characters several from North America or European countries, Scotland and Wales, facilitating easy identification for his radio listeners. Attention to voice differentiation has been given in this new "recreation", but I could not always distinguish who was who.

Those who like thrills and spills are well served here: the discovery of two corpses and a plunge off a bridge for Paul and Steve occur before the theme music - Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade" - closes the first episode.

Overall, I rank this well below the best of the later Paul Temple mysteries, mysteries where the social dynamics and characterization is livelier then here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Lawner on 29 Sept. 2013
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For people of a certain age who can vaguely remember the Paul Temple series on the radio this is pure nostalgia. I believe the chances are, if you like one story, as in my case you will like them all. Each Paul Temple adventure has the same ingredients, with danger lurking around every corner.Yes, maybe the series is a bit dated, but I love to sit back and enjoy a fondly loved character from yesteryear, when in my opinion the BBC employed higher standards than t
they do at present. To sum up, a bit dated by today's standards maybe, a little p
predictable in places, yes, but without giving anything away, It was uncomplica
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Tant on 20 Sept. 2013
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These new radio serialisations of the Paul Temple crime novels capture perfectly the spohisticated but often darker side of postwar London and the Home Counties. The relationship between Steve and Paul is definitely from a bygone era. To a new listener, it might seem that Paul is horribly condescending to his wife, protecting her from witnessing the sight of a dead body and moaning about the price of her hats. However, he is a man of his time and this faithful replication of the older radio series is immaculate in its depiction of a more secure social structure where an upper middle class crime writer can employ a servant, own a country house and have a close connection with the Home Secretary and the Head of Scotlnd Yard! As always, Steve and Paul take on the ' Gregory Case' and meet a selection of interesting characters including the inevitable 'shady foreigners' and nightclub hosts! Forget the 21st century cynical and tired detective and sit down with a martini to enjoy the mellifluous tones of Paul Temple.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2013
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The BBC has released this new recording of a lost Paul Temple mystery. It has been recorded using all the old equipment and effects which certainly gives it a period feel. Sadly missing are the magical Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury not to mention the thrilling music of "Coronation Scot" that we fans all knew and loved. Crawford Logan and Gelda Stevenson do a first class job as Paul and Steve, but on the whole it lacks the warmth that was present with Peter and Marjorie.
As a story it is enjoyable but the end leaves a lot of unexplained plot. I counted nine bodies in total, which is not a bad innings, but the usual cliffhangers were just not there. Later mysteries were an awful lot better. I just hope that the BBC find some more missing scripts and we here from the Temples again.
A useful addition to the collection, nevertheless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Dunnington VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2013
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I am sure that anyone buying this product would be aware that they will be journeyed back to a different time - if not, be aware.
The lost tapes of 1946 have been rebroadcast with a modern cast but using the sound effects and music of the time. Brilliant, pure nostalgic joy. You are in the 40's so you have to be aware of the differences in the attitude to women and foreigners.
Any update would have made this not as enjoyable - the fact that you are transported back to a different time is superb.
I do agree with other reviewers though, ten episodes is a little bit long and certain episodes do appear to be fillers rather than move the story along.
That said, the CD's are a joy to listen to - the BBC broadcasts only finished in the summer, but you can relive each episode in your car or at bedtime.
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