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A BBC Radio 4 crime drama about a Merseyside mum-turned-private eye.

Single mum Rosie Monaghan is 39 and redundant. Wondering what to do with the rest of her life – and with two kids to support – she decides to start a new career as a private detective. 

In series 1 she begins her first investigation, involving a mystery client and a seemingly innocent death that no one else thinks is murder. But being a private eye proves trickier than she thought. The job itself is fraught with problems (how do you tail someone without them noticing?), and the demands of love, children and her bank manager are all jostling for her attention. Can she solve the case and confront the murderer? And will the guilty be brought to justice?

Series 2 finds Rosie back in business, with a rent-free corner of an office, and an ‘anything investigated’ ad in the paper. Among the cases that come her way are a mysterious briefcase full of cash, a missing wife whose husband is ‘one card short of a full deck’ and a series of racial attacks on a corner shop.

Written by Alan McDonald, this intriguing crime series stars Paula Wilcox (Upstart Crow, Mount Pleasant) as Rosie. 

Cast
Rosie Monagahan – Paula Wilcox
Margie – Elizabeth Estensen
Jerry – Christopher Bramwell
Bob – Dominic Grounsell
Carol – Helen Roberts
Mike – Steve Hodson
Martin Bullivant – Paul Barber
Andrew Stephenson – Kim Wall
Bill Jones/Deputy Chief Constable – Dominic Letts
Elsie/Dorothy – Pauline Yates
Detective Sergeant Murdoch – Gareth Armstrong
Hickey – Michael Onslow
Helen Thackray – Rachel Atkins
James MacLeish – James Telfer
Old woman – Diana Payan
Graham – David Thorpe
Auntie – Jillie Meers
Paddy/Daz – Peter Kenny
Debbie – Barbara Dryhurst
Barbara Rowan/Jessica – Elaine Claxton
Joe Geoghegan/Gregson/Derek – Gavin Muir
Dan McGuinness/Billy – Tom Bevan
Mr Khadur– Lyndam Gregory
Mrs Khadur – Nina Wadia
Gricewell – Don McCorkindale
Planner – Don Warrington
Peggy – Margaret John
Ginny – Tina Gray
WPC/Chantal – Deborah Berlin
Miranda – Tara Dominick
Bren – Siriol Jenkins
Nat – Paul Panting
With Federay Holmes, Matthew Morgan, Nicholas Murchie, Teresa Gallagher, Vivienne Rochester, James Taylor, Malcolm Ward, Suzannah Corbett and Dominic Traynor. 

Written by Alan McDonald
Directed by Tracey Neale
Music composed by Peter Howell

Series 1:
Ep 1: Down These Mean Streets
Ep 2: Following from In Front
Ep 3: Back Against the Wall
Ep 4: If Looks Could Kill
Ep 5: Count Your Blessings
Ep 6: In Dreams

Series 2:
Ep 1: Starting Over
Ep 2: Softies
Ep 3: The Front Man
Ep 4: Massaging the Truth

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  • ChrisH
  • 11-10-2020

good serial

Good serial well worth a listen. shame they di do do this sort of thing any more

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 13-11-2020

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Four very different stories following a wannabe lady dedective after being made redundant. with two children and an ex husband, who is hard work, not to mention the many men in her life. It is light and enjoyable, with some funny and touching moments. But you have to like a broad Liverporanticeol accent! It is at times I have to say badly edited (rare for a BBC production). A bit frantic, not for a quiet night in, more for doing the housework by! But worth a credit in my opinion.

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  • keith
  • 13-11-2020

Great crime series

The lovely Paula Wilcox playing detective one of the best I've heard Paula plays a great character love these radio series

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