A wave of mysterious robberies is sweeping the country,
and fifty thousand pounds worth of diamonds has been stolen
in six months. During the fourth raid,a night-watchman is
attacked with chloroform, and just manages to gasp out: "The
Green Finger" before he dies. Chief Inspector Dale has
heard the enigmatic phrase before: it was the last utterance
of a drowning man wanted in connection with another robbery.
But with no further leads, the police are baffled. The cry
goes out in the popular press: Send for Paul Temple...
novelist and detective Paul Temple made his first appearance
on BBC Radio in 1938. He 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 Temple's help with his latest
A total of twenty-four radio serials featuring Paul Temple
were made for BBC Midland, the Forces Programme, the Home
Service and the Light Programme from 1938 to 1969. Only ten
have survived to the present day (which are also available
on CD from BBC Audio). The radio serials proved so popular
that Francis Durbridge was inspired to write a succession
of novels featuring the smooth sleuth. With this new reading
based on the original Francis Durbridge novel, the adventures
of Paul Temple live on. Send
for Paul Temple introduces us to the characters in Temple's
world, setting up the universe he exists in for future tales.
is on the trail of a gang of jewel thieves - aided by the
pretty, vivacious reporter Miss Steve Trent, who, fans will
already be aware, would later go on to marry Paul Temple.
with previous Paul Temple audio books, Send for
Paul Temple is read by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and
Little Britain star Anthony Head. As I've mentioned
in previous reviews, Head can't be faulted for his delivery
- it's way above average for this sort of release. However,
his female voices are a little on the distracting side - unintentionally
slight problem with this release is that everything has dated
so badly that it's hard to take some of the plot twists seriously.
However, this is still an interesting nostalgic look back
at detective tales of a bygone era.