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With the Compliments of Mr Gregory

Part 1 of a new production of a vintage serial from 1946.

From 1938 to 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and his glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. Sadly, only half of Temple's adventures survive in the archives.

In 2006 BBC Radio 4 brought one of the lost serials back to life with Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson as Paul and Steve. Using the original scripts and incidental music, and recorded using vintage microphones and sound effects, the production of Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery aimed to sound as much as possible like the 1947 original might have done if its recording had survived. The serial proved so popular that it was soon followed by three more revivals, Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery, Paul Temple and Steve, and A Case for Paul Temple.

Now it's the turn of Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair from 1946, in which Paul and Steve come to the aid of a baffled Scotland Yard in pursuit of a deadly and mysterious criminal mastermind. Not only has the recording disappeared but also the scripts of Episodes 1, 2 and 6. This new production is made possible by the recent discovery by a colleague in Norwegian radio of a complete set of scripts in an old store cupboard in Oslo.

Episode 1: With the Compliments of Mr Gregory

The daughter of an eminent physician disappears after a night out at the Alpine Club.

Producer Patrick Rayner.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 19 Sep 2017 01:00


Role Contributor
Paul TempleCrawford Logan
SteveGerda Stevenson
Sir GrahamGareth Thomas
Inspector VosperMichael Mackenzie
Edward DayNick Underwood
Peter DavosRichard Greenwood
CharlieGreg Powrie
Kay WisemanMeg Fraser
ProducerPatrick Rayner
WriterFrancis Durbridge