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|