Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. 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, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.
Pilot episode: The detective’s first adventure.
"For Unto Us": McLevy goes on the trail of an ingenious cat burglar.
"The Trophy Club": McLevy tries to solve the murder of a prostitute.
"The Second Shadow": The detective is distracted from his work by a woman.
"The Burning Question": An unsolved murder brings vigilantes onto the streets.
"A Good Walk Spoilt": A game of golf has desperate stakes.
"Wild Justice": A ghost from the past returns to haunt McLevy.
"The Wild Spark": A tobacco warehouse goes up in smoke.
"Stab in the Back": A hired killer roams Leith’s dark alleys.
Siobhán Redmond costars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these nine BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.
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Classic components but assembled so very well
At its heart, McLevy is a very standard police procedural. The characters are the stereotypes we've seen a hundred times before: the brilliant detective who doesn't play by the rules but always gets results; his long-suffering boss; his unimaginative but doughty sidekick, and the whore-with-a-heart-of-gold who he flirts with.
Where it manages to go beyond all these is in the way it's put together. The Victorian Edinburgh setting is unusual enough, and beautifully-realised, but what really makes it stand out is the writing and the performances. Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond work beautifully together (and apart) and together with the rest of the cast have managed to keep me listening to this and its sequel for nearly twelve hours across the past couple of weeks. It's never dragged once, and the whole experience has been a delight.
- J. D. Burnell
Excellent series set in Edinburgh
Yes, excellent stories, interesting characters and the interplay between them.
Jean Brash's dogs chasing McLevy
Evokes the time and place, the Scottish accents help too!
- Fiona Taylor