Bernard Braden stars in an original 1940 full-cast production of the very first Paul Temple adventure.
Between 1938 and 1968, the exploits of amateur detective Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, enthralled generations of BBC radio listeners. Theirs was an exciting world of violence and glamour - car bombs and cocktail parties.
In Paul and Steve’s very first adventure, starring Bernard Braden as Paul, with Peggy Hassard as Steve, a spate of jewel robberies in the Midlands has left the police baffled. They are the work of a shadowy criminal mastermind known only as The Knave of Diamonds. But who is the Knave? And can he be stopped?
All but one episode of the original 1938 BBC production of Send for Paul Temple are lost from the archives. However, this complete recording of a 1940 production - made for Canadian radio and based on the original BBC radio scripts - was recently rediscovered in the national Library and Archives of Canada. Digitally restored, all six episodes are now available for the very first time. Two bonus features are also included: the sole surviving sixth episode of the original 1938 production, starring the original Paul Temple, Hugh Morton, and an unbroadcast interview with the longest-running Paul Temple actor, Peter Coke.
©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By MRS E JOYNER on 17-05-15

Missing 2 episodes

What would have made Send for Paul Temple better?

This version only has episodes 1-6.Episodes 7 and 8 are missing

What was most disappointing about Francis Durbridge’s story?

The story is great. Unfortunately Audible's version is incomplete

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

A good full cast dramatisation

Any additional comments?

This is not the first time I have found the Audible approach to book production slipshod. Users need proper chapter headings, and these need to relate to the original production format. Content quality control needs to be improved.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mme Jabini on 17-09-15

Not Paul Temple.

I was disappointed in this version. mainly because of the voices and over acting. The voice of Paul Temple was totally wrong. He sounded too old, older than Sir Graham Forbes. The actor who played Dale would have been better suited to play Paul. The actor playing Miss Parchment over acted it and ruined the performance. The sound effects were of the period, as was the music. I love Francis Durbridge plays and it was the story that kept me listening not the actors. listen to Anthony Head's version instead, you'll enjoy it far more than this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela C. Alger on 21-06-15


Wonderful job of remastering this classic Paul Temple. Also includes (at end) discussion of remastering process and interview with Peter Coke

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By elseejay on 23-06-15

TOO over-acted for my taste

What character would you cut from Send for Paul Temple?

Miss Trent. Or at least have her stop wailing.

Any additional comments?

I was really enjoying this dramatization; it had a good story, and engaging character. Then the "love interest" character showed up, and the acting style became so overblown, it sounded like a soap opera. Returning.

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