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What a wonderful surprise
on 10 October 2006
Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery was broadcast is December 1947 with Kim Peacock as Temple and was never reprised by Peter Coke.
This new production uses the original scripts and as far as possible the sound effects techniques and music used in the original production.
The result is a resounding success, with Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson fitting effortlessly into the characterisations of Coke and Westbury but never becoming mimics. The production adopts the acting styles of the original, and whether it was intentional or not the supporting actors frequently sound very similar to their counterparts in the original productions.
Many of the Coke series were remakes of productions starring Kim Peacock, and listening to this using the original 1947 version one wonders whether the scripts were updated for the Coke remakes.
The temples flight to Cairo is nostalgia heaven as they flew in a seaplane from the BOAC base at Poole in Dorset, requiring an overnight stop completing the flight in two days, routine in 1947 but it now vividly takes us back to a earlier age.
After listening to this triumph one can only hope there are more to follow, there are seven serials for which no original recording exist, so please BBC don't keep us waiting too long.