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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.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 27 June 2008
This ludicrous story involves a breathless trip to Egypt in a flying boat as the central theme, with Paul and Steve having taken on the task of returning a pair of glasses(!) to its supposed owner. Of course being the Temples nothing goes smoothly and within hours the death toll mounts as just about everyone the pair comes in contact with cops their lot in a variety of ways. As coincidence piles on coincidence, this pair must be the most dense private eyes in the business as they cause havoc wherever they go and get the solution more by luck than judgement (just as well as we were running out of characters to play with) Did this sort of thing really keep our parents and grandparents amused all those years ago?

Of course it did, and we enjoy it even now. Of course my score gave it away because for all the daft stuff that happens, this story kept the kids (and their mum) quiet and enthralled on a long motorway trip to Scotland, so for entertainment value you can't beat it! One complaint I have is that the discs could have been edited because the opening of each episode has a brief reprise of the cliffhanger ending of the previous one, which is necessary when it was on radio but gets a bit wearing on CD.
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on 27 January 2011
This might be a treacherous thing to admit, but I find I'm enjoying these 21st-century remakes of 'Paul Temple' even more than the acclaimed Peter Coke/Marjorie Westbury productions of the 1950s and 60s. The casting is excellent, the scripts deliver the expected roller-coaster of action and mystery, the sound effects are authentic, and the amazing variety of preposterous accents keep the adventure bubbling along. Even the continuity announcer for each episode has an exquisitely crisp cut-glass accent that's a joy to hear. Crawford Logan in the lead role brings a muscularity to the titular character which makes it easy to imagine Temple momentarily setting down his cocktail glass so that he can deliver a swift upper-cut to the latest in a succession of small-fry baddies.

'The Sullivan Mystery' has become one of my firm favourites: After a near-fatal yachting accident (but was it an accident?) on the south coast, Paul and Steve travel by flying boat to the exotic Middle East of the late 1940s, encountering several dead bodies along the way whilst avoiding the attentions of a peppermint-wielding schoolmarm and an over-friendly oil executive. Throughout their travels they carry with them "just an ordinary pair of spectacles" which had been thrust upon them by a London acquaintance. Everyone they meet seems very keen to acquire these glasses -- but why? In Cairo the body count rises as the villains rapidly multiply....

This adventure has a lot going on and it's great fun following all the twists and turns. This was the first production in the new BBC Paul Temple remakes, followed by the equally enjoyable 'Madison Mystery' Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery (BBC Audio Crime) in 2008 and 'Paul Temple and Steve' Paul Temple and Steve (Radio Collection) in 2010. Needless to say, I have them all!
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on 30 May 2007
Great job!!! Crawford Logan makes an excellent Paul Temple. He's a tad less genteel than the Peter Coke version,so it's a tad more believable when he slugs a guy. Gerda Stevenson is excellent as well, but for me, there's only ever going to be one Steve...Marjorie Westbury. Short of channeling the talents of Miss Westbury, this is an excellent production which I highly recommend. It really captures all the suspense of the original broadcasts. Acccording to the liner notes, there are eight more productions "lost to the archives". I can only hope the BBC produces these scripts as well.
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on 21 June 2011
The BBC lost several master discs of the Paul Temple Series recorded just after the war. This is a fine recreations from an surviving script,
Sure it's old fashioned but that's it's charm. A must for fans of Paul, Steve and Sir Graham.
Don Wardell KWXY Radio Palm Springs.
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on 25 July 2010
I bought this with some concern as I didn't know how anyone could replace Peter Coke as Paul Temple but I was really impressed with Crawford Logan's performance, spot on.

As to the mystery itself, it involved the usual high body count, Steve being kidnapped, car accidents, boat accidents and of course a few drinks. The plot is clever and it's really is a puzzle to work out where's it going which is great for keeping up the intrigue.

High recommend and definitely one of the stronger ones in terms of plot.
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VINE VOICEon 23 February 2010

This is NOT new.

The plot is almost exactly the same as the plot in East of Algiers and so, unless you are a real Paul Temple afficionado who must have everything in every version - don't make the mistake that i made and buy both!!!

I shall now be looking very, very carefully at all the reviews to make sure I don't get caught out like this again!
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Having listened to the surviving original BBC radio episodes for years. I welcome the decision to "revive" the lost radio episodes, and I look forward to more of them. Readers of this review will know that only about one third of the long radio Paul Temple broadcast series survives. This "revival" project seeks, by using contemporary microphones, sound effects and the original Francis Durbridge scripts, to recreate the original productions for today's audience.

Slight production differences are noticeable. Sound effects, crowd noises, etc. are suggested here rather than overplayed as they used to be. Sometimes a shock ending to an episode loses its effect when several seconds elapse before "Coronation Scot" breaks in. A smaller cast is engaged, doubling many of the parts. Just as Marjorie Westbury's contributions outshone all others in the original series, I find Eliza Langland's work to be the most effective here.

The plot is not one of Durbridge's best. After Paul and Steve are entrusted with a pair of spectacles to return to their owner as they depart for a holiday in Egypt, murders, deceptions, dodgey assignations and kidnappings follow at breath-taking speed.

This is a 2006 recreation of a 1947 original.
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on 30 March 2013
I just can't get enough of Paul Temple, they are wonderful to listen to which I do again and again. I wish the BBC would hurry up and get more completed; those they have already restored/re-recorded from the original scripts are really wonderful.
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on 4 November 2006
This Paul Temple story has Paul and steve travelling to Cario so Paul can do reaseach for his lastet story but as always he become involed in a mystery which even he can't unravel to start with even though this is not acted by Peter Cooke and his co stars it is an enjoyable Paul Temeple Mystery
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