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Forging Ahead

Episode 2 of 6

Despite threats of violence, the investigation goes on. Kathleen Turner stars as Sara Paretsky's private eye. With Martin Shaw. From November 1991.

Cousin Albert has called private eye, VI Warshawski off the investigation into the forged securities at the Priory. But she doesn't give up so easily...

Sara Paretsky's thriller stars Kathleen Turner as Chicago private eye, VI Warshawski.

With Martin Shaw as Roger Ferrant, Maurice Denham as Uncle Stefan, Miriam Karlin as Lotty Herschel, John Bennett as O'Faolin, Avril Clark as Gabriella, Don Fellows as Father Carroll, Lorelei King as Agnes Paciorek, William Hootkins as Albert, Kerry Shale as Murray Ryerson, Eileen Way as Rosa, Adjoa Andoh as Sal and Andrew Wincott as Derek Hatfield.

Sara Paretsky created one of the most popular female sleuths in modern crime fiction. Her heroine, VI Warshawski, is a strong female character in a male-dominated world. VI is comfortable packing heat and trailing nasty suspects but she never loses touch with her basic femininity. Paretsky says of her Warshawski: "I was troubled by the way women were portrayed in (detective fiction) they always seemed either evil or powerless. I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likeable female private investigator".

Kathleen Turner also starred in the same role in the 1991 film 'VI Warshawski'.

Dramatised by Michelene Wandor.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.

30 minutes