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Paul Temple and the Vandyke affair is another classic crime mystery thriller by Francis Durbridge. The series was introduced to radio in 1938 with Hugh Morton as Paul and Bernadette Hodgson as his ever glamourous wife, Steve (a psuedonym). Durbridge was so intent on ensuring that nobody knew the infamous 'eighth episode' before it was recorded, that he didn't send out that script. It is the little details like this which really made Paul and Steve Temple the nation's favourite detecting couple. Together they solve mysteries, socialise and, enevitably get shot at or are almost killed by a bomb in the car.
In the Vandyke affair, Peter Coke (pronounced Cook, the longest running Paul) and Marjorie Westbury (present for almost every episode) play Paul and Steve Temple. In this episode they travel from nigthclub to nightclub, meeting various suspiscious strangers such as the rich Phillip Droste, the effeminate Roger Shelly and the suspiscious Louis France. Together the sleuth their way through the red herrings and, hopefully, come up smelling of roses (rather than under them).
Paul Temple embodies 1940s style and sophistication as does his wife, the tall, glamourous blonde (or so she sounds) with a passion for expensive hats. With a "by Timothy" here and a "Where's Charlie fishing?" there, this is surely one of the best Paul Temple episodes ever. I just wish I was alive to hear it originally!
Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury star in another intriguing case for BBC Radio's smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife. From 1938 to 1969, the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his "Fleet Street" journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. In this adventure, Paul Temple is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Desmond baby, and the 'Sitter-In' Miss Millicent. When they visit Mary Desmond, she is, understandably, very upset - it's already been a week since her eighteenth-month-old daughter vanished. The only clue is a telephone message left in Miss Millicent's handwriting: 'A Mr Vandyke telephoned, he left no message'. However, no-one knows who this mysterious Mr Vandyke is...This CD edition also includes the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Radio Detectives: 'Send for Paul Temple'", an affectionate look at the indomitable husband and wife team, Paul and Steve Temple.