Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 Sep 2013
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Reproduced to recreate the style of the earlier lost programmes, the whole package comes across as one big nostalgia trip - and I'm certainly going to be buying more very soon - perfect for those long winters nights which will soon be upon us!
they do at present. To sum up, a bit dated by today's standards maybe, a little p
predictable in places, yes, but without giving anything away, It was uncomplica
Marjorie Westbury, who played Steve in the original 1946 broadcast, had been a singer prior to her acting career, so here, and elsewhere in this series, Steve is given a few snatches of song. Steve also, in this episode, in her husband's absence, prevails on someone to take her dancing. As for the light-hearted badinage and gentle chivvying that was to endear Paul and his wife Steve to millions of listeners, well, there's not much of it here.
Durbridge usually included in his cast of characters several from North America or European countries, Scotland and Wales, facilitating easy identification for his radio listeners. Attention to voice differentiation has been given in this new "recreation", but I could not always distinguish who was who.
Those who like thrills and spills are well served here: the discovery of two corpses and a plunge off a bridge for Paul and Steve occur before the theme music - Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade" - closes the first episode.
Overall, I rank this well below the best of the later Paul Temple mysteries, mysteries where the social dynamics and characterization is livelier then here.
The lost tapes of 1946 have been rebroadcast with a modern cast but using the sound effects and music of the time. Brilliant, pure nostalgic joy. You are in the 40's so you have to be aware of the differences in the attitude to women and foreigners.
Any update would have made this not as enjoyable - the fact that you are transported back to a different time is superb.
I do agree with other reviewers though, ten episodes is a little bit long and certain episodes do appear to be fillers rather than move the story along.
That said, the CD's are a joy to listen to - the BBC broadcasts only finished in the summer, but you can relive each episode in your car or at bedtime.
As a story it is enjoyable but the end leaves a lot of unexplained plot. I counted nine bodies in total, which is not a bad innings, but the usual cliffhangers were just not there. Later mysteries were an awful lot better. I just hope that the BBC find some more missing scripts and we here from the Temples again.
A useful addition to the collection, nevertheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my husband who had it on cassette tape previously, but the tape got mangled in the machine. We both enjoy Paul Temple stories.Published 5 months ago by Lynsababe
Great. Am a real fan of Paul Temple stuff and this is a good addition to my collection.Published 9 months ago by G.L.E.P.
Nearly as good as the original series this new production has been faithfully recreated. Despite not having Pete Coke and Majorie Westbury play the parts the characters of Paul and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bridget O
As usual, Paul Temple gets blown up (or doesn't) and this is more of the usual.Published 11 months ago by 45156
An excellent reproduction, if you are already a fan you will certainly want this in your collection.Published 13 months ago by Colin Mondesir