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In the Cross Hairs

Episode 8 of 10

Henchman Blom is instructed how to use the ray gun - with our hero and Snowey lined-up as his guinea pigs. Stars Noel Johnson.

Henchman Blom is instructed how to use the ray gun - with special agent Dick and his chum Snowey lined-up as his guinea pigs.

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, Richard Hurndall as Sir Archie Wrangle, Denis McCarthy as James Thirgood, Michael Kilgarriff as Blom, Arthur Bush as Mane and Geoffrey Collins as the Man's Voice.

Producer: Raymond Raikes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1972.

15 minutes