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Concerning Mr Zola

Can a lingering scent provide a vital clue to the latest murder? The suave sleuth's rebooted 1946 mystery. Stars Crawford Logan.

Part 6 of a new production of a vintage serial from 1946.

From 1938 to 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and his glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. Sadly, only half of Temple's adventures survive in the archives.

In 2006 BBC Radio 4 brought one of the lost serials back to life with Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson as Paul and Steve. Using the original scripts and incidental music, and recorded using vintage microphones and sound effects, the production of Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery aimed to sound as much as possible like the 1947 original might have done if its recording had survived. The serial proved so popular that it was soon followed by three more revivals, Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery, Paul Temple and Steve, and A Case for Paul Temple.

Now, from 1946, it's the turn of Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, in which Paul and Steve go on the trail of the mysterious and murderous Mr Gregory.

Episode 6: Concerning Mr Zola.
A lingering scent of perfume may give a vital clue to the latest murder.

30 minutes


Role Contributor
Paul Temple Crawford Logan
Steve Gerda Stevenson
Sir Graham Gareth Thomas
Inspector Vosper Michael Mackenzie
Edward Day Nick Underwood
Kay Wiseman Meg Fraser
Peter Davos Richard Greenwood
Madison Robin Laing
Zola Greg Powrie
Producer Patrick Rayner
Writer Francis Durbridge