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Intelligent comedy that demands - and deserves - concentration from the listener,
This review is from: The Adventures of Inspector Steine (BBC Audio - the Complete Third Radio Series) (Audio CD)
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It helps to know that Lynn Truss got her idea for Inspector Steine from the on-screen disclaimer at the start of the film version of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock [DVD]  that there is no longer any crime in Brighton. What, she imagines, if the Brighton Police Force believed that disclaimer?
The Adventures of Inspector Steine is set in 1957 Brighton, where there is no crime and the police force is busying itself with other things. Except that the police station charlady, Mrs Groyne, is actually the local criminal mastermind, something that Constable Twitten understands, but Inspector Steine completely fails to grasp.
It's a light comedy drama with elements of parody and farce, but it's densely written, and (unlike a lot of radio comedy) requires concentration to follow. The radio series suffered from going out in a late-night slot, and I found it hard to follow as I was drifting off to sleep. Having this CD release has given me the opportunity to skip back whenever I felt I'd missed something worth hearing.
There are some brilliantly funny moments, and some completely corny set-ups, such as in episode three, where a villain who becomes compulsively homicidal towards police officers when he sees black-and-white patterns is found heading towards the official opening - by Inspector Steine - of Brighton's first zebra crossing, attended by a full cast of nuns in habits, black-and-white minstrels and penguins. The lunacy is trowelled on, but the signposting is kept slight, which makes the comedy all the funnier.
This third series features just four main parts - Steine, Twitten, Mrs Groyne and crazed Sergeant Brunswick, plus one other actor for the minor parts. There's also a (repeat) guest appearance by Janet Ellis as Mrs Vine. It's intelligent comedy, and if it takes a couple of listens to appreciate fully, perhaps that's an indication that it will bear repeated listening well.
Packaging is a full-thickness double jewel-case, containing three CDs, with two episodes each, each episode with ten chapters that don't always align with scene changes.