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The Adventures of Sexton Blake (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dirk Maggs , Simon Jones , June Whitfield , Wayne Forester , Lorelei King , Felicity Duncan , Susan Sheridan , Simon Treves , Graham Hoadly , Malcolm Brown
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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7 May 2009 BBC Audio
This is a BBC Radio 2's action-packed deafening romp - with 40 minutes of previously unbroadcast peril Sexton Blake! The name that spells hurtling adventure! The name that spells doom for villainy! In a series of thrilling adventures packed with incident and hilarity, Sexton Blake, (Simon Jones, "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy") and his plucky assistant Tinker (Wayne Forester, "Captain Scarlet"), aided by Mrs Bardell (June Whitfield, "Absolutely Fabulous") battle diabolical masterminds, bewitching thieves and sinister fiends, out-thinking them in the head and out-punching them in the jaw! Also featured in this cinematic audio extravaganza from award-winning Dirk Maggs ("The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy") is a cameo from BBC Radio's original Sexton Blake - the legendary and coolly dashing William Franklyn. '...a series of thrilling adventures packed with incident and hilarity' - "Edition Magazine".

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408410540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408410547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of all the negative reviews 21 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
This CD has completely earned the numerous rubbish reviews it's received. Its utterly unbearable.

Before I heard this I was genuinely quite excited by the idea of it. I've a great fondness for Sexton Blake as a character, and I'm a fan of Dirk Maggs' radio work, and the cast looked really strong! It is rubbish.

Sexton Blake has often been called the poor man's Sherlock Holmes, well this is a really really poor man's Dick Barton. That's the audio/dramatic style that's been attempted (as best I can make out); and it falls so horribly flat it's embarrassing.

There are radio productions of Sexton Blake that I've never heard, and maybe this is based on one of those, and perhaps it's a very accurate portrayal of a previous version; even if that is true, this should have been made in a more serious Sexton Blake format, or it should actually have been funny. This is neither.


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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing 20 Oct 2009
By Someone
Format:Audio CD
This is a tongue in cheek version of Sexton Blake with the plot and all the characters made as cliched as possible, presumably with the intention of making fun of them. Unfortunately, none of the jokes is very funny (I don't think I even smiled at any point) and the story lacks any interest. Actually, for all I know it might have a really good ending but since I gave up about half way through I don't know how it ends. The writing is pretty poor too: instead of painting pictures in our heads as good radio writing does, this just gives verbal descriptions and tries to disguise them with not-funny jokiness.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alias Danger Mouse 29 Nov 2009
By A. J. Bradbury VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you've ever enjoyed an authentic Sexton Blake adventure the odds are that you will hate this abyssmal attempt at humour. Someone should have explained to the producer (David Morley), the director (Dirk Maggs) and the rest of the ensemble that simply delivering every line as though it ended with an exclamation mark does NOT make the presentation humerous, or even tolerable. It's a technique that passed its sellby date long, long ago and is nowdays merely proof of a complete lack of originality.

But then again, the level of acting/plotting/storytelling/direction/production is somewhat reminiscent of an episode of Danger Mouse. Except that an episode of Danger Mouse (any episode of Danger Mouse) would be significantly superior in all respects.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish 1 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I unknowlingly purchased this CD thinking it was the original and not a poor remake. It has ended up in a charity bag. What a waste of money
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappoointing 24 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sexton Blake done in the style of "The Goon Show"
I found it very annoying.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time and money 11 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A wretched load of pointless drivel. I remembered, as a child, the television versions of Sexton Blake and finding them entertaining. This is a plotless unfunny send up of the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth 3 minutes 29 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
I was an avid 12 year old listener to these tales in the late 60's. This particular CD is more reminiscent (to me) of the Navy Lark. However the BBC have put out a number of other Sexton Blake titles and they are more sensible (like Paul Temple, Durbridge) than this item. So do not judge all Blake stories by this one. You can hear three minute samples on the BBC's new website called AudioGO so you can decide for yourself.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Whodunnit - more 'Whydoit'? Avoid! 16 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Rarely Have I been so disappointed by something emerging from the BBC.
The script is beyond dreadful - it doesn't even cut it as a poor or witty pastiche let alone as a tribute to a much loved fictional detective.

It has no class, no style and the 'humour' is puerile - the closest I can think of is to imagine a bad episode of 'DangerMouse' scripted by Roland Rat and you're getting close. It really, really is beyond belief that the BBC made this, broadcast it and then saw fit to issue it on CD to an unsuspecting public. Truely criminal and really dreadful.
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Published 15 months ago by CREEPY
5.0 out of 5 stars misunderstood by many of the reviewers it's a pitch perfect parody of...
Rather excellent parody of the Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Raffles, Paul Temple and the older detective radioplays using a character I thought was an out and out spoof (can you... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. S. G. Sheppard
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment
I like the old radio adventure series and if it is a bit hammed up then it is all part of the fun. The Dick Barton BBC audiobook is an example, dated maybe, corny in parts,... Read more
Published on 29 May 2011 by Mike in NZ
1.0 out of 5 stars RUBBISH!
This is not a Sexton Blake adventure. It is a spoof and a very badly done one at that. I found I could not listen to it it was so bad. I am really sorry I purchased it.
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by Hammo
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious spoof
I first heard this on radio 4 and my husband and I love it. I can understand you might be disapointed if you expected the original show but if you have a mad sense of humour and... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top tribute
The original Sexton Blake - like Bulldog Drummond, Peter Wimsey and Biggles - was good boys fare: simple plots, nigh-perfect upstanding heroes and their loyal sidekicks. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Yarn
Hilarious. A spoof, true, but the fact that it isn't Sexton Blake as some remember him doesn't alter the fact that this is a well-written and hugely amusing yarn, recommended to... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by D. J. CROZIER
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