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A Touch of Class,
This review is from: Paul Temple and the Spencer Affair (BBC Audio Crime) (Audio CD)A touch of class. "What did you do with your eyes?" This significant question came from a young relative recently, to whom I was describing the days when radio provided the bulk of home entertainment. I tried to explain how words and voices could stimulate the imagination, and how excellent some writers, actors and producers were at providing these entertainments.
Notable examples in this genre were to be heard on the BBC during the years 1938 to 1969, written by crime writer Francis Durbridge. His sleuth was a writer and amateur detective Paul Temple, ably supported by his charming wife Steve. Each case, serialized in half-hour episodes, presented the Temples investigating murder cases. The formula comprised frequent changes of scene and situation, danger, fast cars, dry martinis, meetings at lonely places, and the frequent appearance of a significant clue such as a gramophone record or a cocktail stirrer.
Playing the principal parts throughout the series were the highly accomplished and versatile actors Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury. Adding to the magic provided by the voices and the sound effects was the theme music, "Coronation Scott" by Vivian Ellis.
"The Spencer Affair" is one of the best of the series. I was happy to acquire it recently in a new 4 CD reissue. In whatever format, this makes ideal entertainment, nowadays recommended for long car journeys, sleepless nights, or nostalgia buffs.