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Audio Drama Review


The Inspector McLevy Mysteries
Servant of the Crown + The Picture of Innocence


Written by: David Ashton
Starring: Brian Cox, Siobhán Redmond, Michael Perceval-Maxwell and David Ashton
BBC Radio Crimes
RRP: £13.25
ISBN: 978 1 4084 6847 0
Available 05 May 2011

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice in these two BBC Radio dramatisations starring Brian Cox...

In Servant of the Crown, the Queen is visiting Edinburgh, and McLevy must join Her Majesty's protection squad in a desperate hunt for a deadly assassin.

In The Picture of Innocence, a high court judge is found dead, and suspicion falls on his wife. She protests her innocence, and turns to McLevy for help.

While both of these full cast recordings are incredibly well produced and acted, I personally found Servant of the Crown to be slightly more enjoyable. There's a particular scene with the death of a young police officer which was incredibly well handled - very moving.

With so many crime dramas created for radio, the faultless execution of this series puts it head and shoulders above most of the competition.


Nick Smithson

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