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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Pamela C. Alger
  • 21-06-2015

Remastered

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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  • elseejay
  • 23-06-2015

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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  • MRS E JOYNER
  • 17-05-2015

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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  • Mme Jabini
  • 17-09-2015

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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  • Mark H
  • 23-06-2015

An historic curio for Paul Temple fans

Paul Temple stories were popular in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. They involve an author/amateur sleuth, who is so effective at detective work that Scotland Yard regularly ask for his help in solving criminal mysteries. Paul Temple’s lifestyle is upper middle class with live-in servant, foreign travel, posh cars, evening cocktail parties and night clubs. It seems rather suave and sophisticated. The plots often involve cryptic clues and are well constructed, however, they can seem quite clichéd, but in a charming and lost era kind of way.

If you are a Paul Temple fan then this will be a curio that may interest you. It is the first Paul Temple story and involves his meeting with Steve prior to their marriage. It is in the same vein as later radio plays in this series, but the characters seem even more wooden than expected. It also includes an insightful interview with Peter Coke (in his later years) where he reminisces about the Paul Temple radio series that he starred in.

If you are not a Paul Temple fan then I would advise listening to any of the Peter Coke and Marjory Westbury radio plays before listening to this one. Coke and Westbury are the definitive interpreters of the Paul and Steve Temple characters and if they cannot entertain you then this historic recording probably will not either.

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  • Laura S.
  • 18-05-2015

brilliant!

I love Paul Temple, it's just a pity it's not a Peter Cook dramatised version.

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  • JP
  • 21-08-2017

Well worth a listen for die hard fans!

Definitively 'of an era', but nevertheless an enjoyable listen. This is the story of how Paul met Steve, right back at the beginning. Good stuff.
Great quality sound reconstruction, dubious acting abilities and quick paced story.

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  • RichardMarsay
  • 08-03-2016

Great don't miss it.

Where does Send for Paul Temple rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this was good as the rest relax sit back and enjoy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Send for Paul Temple?

when you think i have it wrong its not them.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Steve is great backing up Paul

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  • Highlight
  • 06-01-2016

Good Old British Drama - Original Oldie

A nice edition to own in ones Paul Temple collection. Nostalgic old style early original. However; this is not as funny as the later versions staring Marjory Westbury as Stevie and Peter Cook the chauvinist hilarious Paul. I have them all and each and every one is ideal for curling up and listening on a cold windy Sunday afternoon. Do not miss out on this one, it is still good old British drama with Bernard Braden & Peggy Hassard (I know nothing about these old actors) their style is much more tapered down than Westbury & Cook and more serious. But still good.

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  • MR M BENNETT
  • 01-12-2015

Nostalgia & Murder - a perfect combination

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If I was to recommend this to a friend I would have to pick that friend carefully, but for some of my acquaintances of a certain age, like myself, the whole thing, from the signature tune to the actual performance via the story is a little bit of heaven.

What did you like best about this story?

Classic easy writing, pitch perfect for the genre, and without any of the hidden agendas or psychological agonising that modern writers seem to think is an essential part of 'communicating with the reader'. Some may feel that the characters are a little too sharply drawn - perhaps too 'black and white' if I can use that phrase, but this was written for radio in a particular period, when for example a gentleman would never have left home without a hat - so what else would you expect?

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The Paul Temple series was a radio drama, so finding this and the others in the series has been a joy. Radio paints pictures in your mind, creates characters that live, and so you get a more direct connection which would otherwise have to be filled by pages of print. Having read a Paul Temple novel I prefer the audio books of the broadcasts for easy listening.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither laughter nor crying, but a pang for an age long since gone, when things seemed by comparison to be a lot simpler, and manners were a lot more in evidence!

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  • Tateyama
  • 29-09-2015

Very, very slow but still worth it

Would you try another book written by Francis Durbridge or narrated by the narrators?

Yes. I have almost all of the commercially available Francis Durbridge dramatisations.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A great ending for its time (late 1930s), and a wonderful start to the Paul Temple series.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No. This is very slow compared to the pace set by the 1950s-60s recordings with Peter Coke and Crawford Logan. There are long pauses in the dialogues which slow the story down significantly. However, I'm rather glad that it had not been re-edited for 21st century ears because the listening experience makes me feel transported back to a time when even fictitious smug characters still had superb diction.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is still a must for Francis Durbridge fans.

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  • S. Phipps
  • 25-07-2015

Brilliant 50s drama

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this audio 'performance' rather than book it is just so 1950's cocktails dressing for dinner and a bonkers plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paul Temple and Steve these are the main characters in what is one their first ever stories together.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I kept doing more ironing just to find out what happens

Any additional comments?

Because this made in the 1950's and is an original recording some of the language used is perhaps not as correct as it would be now and the fact the women in the story are perhaps not as strong as they might be now. It should be listened to in the context of when it was performed, so enjoy