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In Stef Penney's adaptation of Peter O'Donnell's novel, Modesty takes on a mission involving a young girl with ESP, an exotic desert location and a villain intent on murder.

She's glamorous, intelligent, rich and very, very cool. Modesty Blaise has been called the female James Bond but she's much more interesting than that. With her expertise in martial arts and unusual weapons, the ability to speak several languages and her liking for fast cars, twenty-something Modesty became a female icon long before the likes of Emma Peel, Lara Croft, or Buffy.

In Stef Penney's brand new radio adaptation of Peter O'Donnell's novel, Sir Gerald Tarrant, Head of a secret British agency, tempts Modesty out of retirement and into a job involving a young woman with extra sensory powers, an exotic desert location, and a larger than life public school villain, intent on murdering his way to a vast fortune. With its perfect cocktail of glamorous settings, hidden treasure, a twisting turning plot, and characters to root for, A Taste for Death is an action packed treat - and a guilty pleasure.

With an original score by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner, and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster.

Produced and Directed by Kate McAll

Interesting Modesty Facts:
Modesty first started life in 1963 as a strip cartoon in the London Evening Standard - the first of the novels followed three years later.

Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, is seen reading a Modesty Blaise book in Pulp Fiction.

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Mon 17 Dec 2012 19:45

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Role Contributor
Modesty Blaise Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant Alun Armstrong
Simon Delicata Sam Dale
Steve Collier Geoffrey Streatfeild
Dinah Pilgrim Samantha Dakin
McWhirter Alex Fearns
Skeet Lowry Jeff Mash
Sir Howard Presteign Nigel Anthony
Director Kate McAll
Writer Stef Penney
Producer Kate McAll


  • Mon 17 Dec 2012 10:45
  • Mon 17 Dec 2012 19:45

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