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The Nest of Rats

Episode 4 of 10

The gang gets more ruthless in its pursuit of the secret weapon. Can they persuade our hero to jump ship? Stars Noel Johnson.

Special agent Dick and his chums get more ruthless in pursuit of the secret weapon. Can they persuade our hero to jump ship?

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, Haydn Jones as Sid, Arthur Bush as Hans, Derek Birch as the Inspector and Geoffrey Collins as the Policeman.

Producer: Raymond Raikes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1972.

15 minutes