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This review is from: A Case for Paul Temple (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This presentation of "A Case for Paul Temple" is a remake of an eight part serial originally broadcast in 1946. It comprises 4 discs each with 2 half hour episodes. It features Crawford Logan as Paul Temple and Gerda Stevenson as his wife Steve. The story was written by Francis Durbridge. For the few of you who don't know the name of Paul Temple, he was a character originated by Francis Durbridge for radio, books, films and later TV. He was a detective writer sometimes amatuer sleuth who was often called upon by a somewhat naive police who never appeared to be able to solve a crime on their own and badly needed his involvement.
Paul Temple serials were a major regular feature on our radios between 1938 and 1968. Along with Dick Barton they became very popular in the period up to the late 50's and this presentation has to be viewed in the context of what was available at that time, really before TV grew. It is what we had and what we enjoyed. Today it seems contrived and lacks the sophistication we expect in a detective story but back then it held it's audience from one week to the next waiting for the next episode.
This presentation will perhaps have limited general appeal to those who remember the serials first time round as it is easy today to pick holes in the plot however tangled it becomes.However as it has 8 episodes it is easy to come back to as time allows.
Having said all that it is pure nostalgia and I loved it for that. Will it get a second playing ? ..not for some time as there are other things to listen to.
One thing I really missed was the music. If Dick Barton was immediatly known and synonymous with "The Devil's Gallop" then Paul Temple was with "Coronation Scot" and here it has been replaced with "Scheherazade".
Some things should be untouchable !
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Initial post: 26 May 2013 17:22:15 BDT
The original Paul Temple series used 'Scheherazade' as the theme music. 'The Coronation Scot' was often used as incidental music and it wasn't until about 1949 that 'Coronation Scot' replaced 'Scheherazade' as the theme. That said, I agree that 'Coronation Scot' will always be synonymous with Paul Temple but the change didn't take place until a couple of years after this series was originally broadcast. It has been retained in the interest of authenticity.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 00:48:28 BDT
BRIAN PLAYFAIR says:
Thanks, for me it was always "The Coronation Scot" and if that did not happen until 1949... well I was only 4 and would not have been listening anyway. It was Dick Barton and Journey into Space,,,,Paul Temple was in the frame a few years later...when it was Coronation Scot.
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