19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Fomulaic Yes, Boring, No,
This review is from: Paul Temple and Steve (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
What needs to be remembered is that these were written from 1939 onwards, in an era when there was no television, and precious little other entertainment, and also that although they are based on a tried and true formula, they would not be broadcast consecutively - there would be at least six months between stories, and the episodes were weekly - nowadays it's easy to sit down and to play all the episodes together, or indeed to play a number of stories one after the other, and if you do, then the comments about these stories being formulaic are justified.
Yes, this one follows the old formula of explosions, obvious clues, and totally expected revalations - I defy anybody who recognises Durbridge's style not to know after the second episode who the villain is going to be. However, that is part of the beauty of these, that they are predictable, that they are a relic of a bygone era - and if they are listened to with that in mind, the perspective changes.
I enjoyed this one, probably as much as all the others, and I think that the BBC have done a very good job in replicating the 1947 feel of the shows. Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson are ideally cast as Paul Temple and Steve, and vocally are very similar to Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury.
I won't give it 5* rating, as it is so similar to the others, but it is certainly worth 4*