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on 28 April 2009
I've not read the original so cannot compare this radio adaptation. However I can say that every one of the dramatisations that I have listened to have been very high quality and are a delight.

I realise that this and the other Peter Wimsey BBC productions were made back in the 1970's but this stuff simply does not date and is a testament to brilliant radio acting and production.

I heartily recommend this story and all of this series.
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Originally published in 1924, `Whose Body?' was the first book to feature Dorothy L Sayer's most famous creation, the Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey. This excellent radio dramatisation, first broadcast in 1973, is an excellent rendering of that fine book.

Ian Carmichael stars as Wimsey, and perfectly captures his essential qualities. The easy going charming man about town, with a quick keen intellect and demons that haunt him after his experiences in the first world war. Carmichael is perfect in the part, and his voice sounds just like the one I hear when I read the books. I am however a bit biased, as Carmichael came from Hull, my home town for many years.

The cast list reads like a who's who of British vocal talent, with Patricia Routledge as Wimsey's mother, Gabriel Woolfe as his friend Inspector Parker, Stephen Thorne as his nemesis Inspector Sugg and the wonderful Peter Jones as Wimsey's ineffable and indispensable manservant Bunter. With that much talent around a decent show is assured, and a decent show is what we get.

The story starts when Mr Phipps discovers a body in his bath, wearing nothing but a pince-nez. A wealthy industrialist disappears at the same time, one who bears a resemblance to the corpse in the bath. Lord Peter has to untangle two tangle threads to arrive at the truth behind these strange events.

The murderer becomes obvious quite early on, but the whole thing is done with so much charm that it is a joy to listen to anyway. And there are some quite outstanding moments, such as episode four where things get very dark for Wimsey, in a chilling sequence that is juxtaposed with a very lighthearted and almost funny scene in which Bunter interrogates another gentleman's valet. It works perfectly to make one of the best half hours of radio that I have heard.

The story is split into 5 half hour episodes, spread over two discs. Episode three is plit between discs one and two. Sound production and clarity is excellent for a recording that is now 40 years old, it sounded as though it was recorded yesterday. Liner notes are actually quite extensive and interesting, and a lot better than the BBC's usual record in this department.

In all a 5 star dramatisation of a 5 star book. I loved it, it just flew by. 5 stars.
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on 29 April 2011
I just love these old fashioned books and this with other Dorothy L Sayers BBC Radio 4 CD's were bought for easy listening while sunbathing on holiday. The only minus was this was serialised on the radio and at the beginning and end of each part there was the opening and closing music that became repetitive.

As a fan of the Author and Ian Carmicheal as Lord Peter Whimsey well worth it.
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on 11 January 2013
I have most of these BBC radio Wimseys but the old cassettes are starting to wear so time to replace with CDs. Ian Carmichael remains the ultimate Wimsey for me and the age difference didn't show on radio as he gives another terrific performance backed by a top drawer cast. Excellent stuff!
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on 7 February 2013
Turn down the lights, stoke up the fire, crack open the port and settle down to a ripping yarn. No one does it like the BBC.
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on 13 October 2011
A great listen. Very atmospheric. The cast of well known names gives the recording a familiar feeling. You have to love Lord Peter.
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on 18 September 2013
Quality just as I expected. You can't beat these BBC all cast productions. Just great quality and sound well worth the money
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on 5 April 2014
I like the 20s/30s feel of the story, and in my mind I can see Ian Carmichael in the lead role. Very enjoyable .
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on 4 October 2015
Pretty good but I prefer the unabridged BBC reading
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on 28 August 2014
If you like Wimsey, you should love this.
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