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The High Window

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 08 October 2011

By Raymond Chandler
Dramatised by Robin Brooks

When rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires private eye Philip Marlowe to find it. The tough matriarch is convinced about the identity of the thief, but Marlowe's own enquiries lead him elsewhere. He's soon caught in the crossfire of a family at war with itself.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
Produced by Claire Grove

This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.


Philip Marlowe
Toby Stephens
Mrs Murdoch
Judy Parfitt
Merle Davis
Jessica Raine
Leslie Murdoch
Patrick Kennedy
Detective Breeze
Joe Montana
Alex Nash
Stuart Milligan
Linda Conquest
Susie Riddell
Elisha Morningstar
Peter Polycarpou
Apartment Manager
Gerard McDermott
Lou Vannier
Carl Prekopp
Lois Nash
Alex Tregear
George Philips
James Lailey
Mr Shaw
Sean Baker
Delmar Hench
Alun Raglan
Simon Bubb
Raymond Chandler
Robin Brooks
Sasha Yevtushenko
Claire Grove


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