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The Madrid

Part 3 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, from 1946, it's the turn of Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, in which Paul and Steve go on the trail of the mysterious and murderous Mr Gregory.

Episode 3: The Madrid

Steve takes an eventful taxi ride to a louche Mayfair night club.

Producer Patrick Rayner

Francis Durbridge, the creator of Paul Temple, was born in Hull in 1912 and died in 1998. He was one of the most successful novelists, playwrights and scriptwriters of his day.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Fri 3 Apr 2015 11:30


Role Contributor
Paul TempleCrawford Logan
SteveGerda Stevenson
Sir GrahamGareth Thomas
Inspector VosperMichael Mackenzie
Sir DonaldSimon Donaldson
ZolaGreg Powrie
Peter DavosRichard Greenwood
Edward DayNick Underwood
Coral SlaterFrancesca Dymond
ProducerPatrick Rayner
WriterFrancis Durbridge