Television presenter Noel
Edmonds is set to play the role of the detective in BBC Radio
Devon's A Christmas Murder Mystery play.
The twisted tale of murder, revenge, betrayal and suspicion will be
broadcast live on Wednesday 15 December.
Noel, along with mid-morning presenter Judi Spiers, will be leading
the cast of Radio Devon voices.
Listeners will be asked to solve a series of clues and to pit their
wits alongside the celebrity detective to help discover whodunnit.
Noel says: "This is such
a good idea and we believe it's a radio first in that nobody has ever
invited listeners to solve a murder before.
"The whole plot is just fantastic
and it's a great opportunity for people to play along at home and enjoy
an evening of radio drama."
The programme is the brainchild of Radio Devon presenters
John Coates and Simon Furber.
Simon says: "We wanted to
do something a little different as part of our programming for Christmas
and we couldn't resist the idea of a murder mystery play.
"We've set it against the atmospheric background
of Burgh Island in the 1950s and we can promise lots of stormy seas,
creaking floorboards, flickering lights and screams!"
Rehearsals for the play are well underway and listeners
are being encouraged to get involved by purchasing special Detection
The facts contained within the pack together with those
revealed in the radio play should help to identify the murderer.
All proceeds from the packs will be donated to the Chestnut Appeal.
Packs can be bought by sending a cheque for £5
made payable to Chestnut Appeal to Murder Mystery, BBC Radio Devon,
PO Box 1034, Plymouth.
Radio Devon has so far raised more than £930,000 towards its £1m
target to build a state-of-the-art unit for the detection and treatment
of prostate cancer.
"We've had so much support from our listeners over the last two
years as we've worked to raise money for the appeal, but we hope they'll
join us again for one last push on the night of the murder mystery play,"
The programme will be broadcast from 7.00 to 10.00pm on Wednesday 15
December across all the station's frequencies.
Revenge, passion, greed, betrayal this murder is an act of charity!
Notes to Editors
BBC Radio Devon broadcasts across the county on 103.4 FM.