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The Treacherous Invitation

Episode 3 of 10

Trapped with chum Snowey, the investigator gets some unwelcome room-mates. Stars John Mann and Noel Johnson.

Trapped with chum Snowey, special agent Dick Barton gets some unwelcome room-mates.

Noel Johnson stars as Dick Barton, with John Mann as Snowey White, Alex McCrindle as Jock, William Fox as Colonel Gardiner and Margaret Robertson as Jean Hunter.

From 1946 to 1951, Dick Barton - Special Agent thrilled millions of listeners to the BBC Light Programme. The daily serial followed the exciting adventures of ex-commando Captain Richard Barton and his wartime mates Snowey White and Jock Anderson, who must solve all manner of intriguing crimes and mysteries.

Heralded by an iconic signature tune (Devil's Galop by Charles Williams) each gripping episode left listeners with a torrid cliff-hanger.

Sadly many of Dick's adventures didn't survive in the BBC archive. But in 1972 as part of celebrations for the BBC's Golden Jubilee, Dick's very first ten-part adventure by Edward J Mason was recreated with many of the original cast.

With Francis de Wolff as Wilhelm Kramer, Nigel Graham as Andrews, Heron Carvic as The Professor, William Bedle as the 1st Policeman, Ronald Herdman as the 2nd Policeman, Haydn Jones as the Taxi Driver, Denis McCarthy as James Thirgood and Geoffrey Collins as the Watchman.

Producer: Raymond Raikes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1972.

15 minutes