and the Gilbert Case by Francis Durbridge
and the Gilbert Case
First Broadcast from 29
March 1954 -15 May 1954.
with Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury.
A new production broadcast
from 22 November 1959 - 10 January 1960.
as Paul and Steve are about to go on holiday, Wilfrid Sterling visits with
a plea. His daughter Brenda was recently murdered, her body dumped on a
bomb site. Her boyfriend Howard Gilbert seen walking away from the site,
has been convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang - but Brenda's father
feels sure he didn't do it, in spite of all the evidence against Gilbert.
Mr. Stirling asks Paul to clear his name and discover the real murderer.
|1/ The Unlucky
||2/ The Third
||4/ La Mortella
That Good Old Intuition
A Warning from Miss Wayne
The Guilty Party ***
If he's to prevent an unjust hanging,
Paul has just a week to discover the truth. Can he solve the case in time?
the cover of the BBC Radio Collection
of the 1954 version, issued during 2001.
8 of the 1959-60 version is called Mr Hamilton.
Sir Graham Forbes
An article from the New
Zealand Listener promoting the broadcast of the 1954 version..
The BBC's famous
private detective Paul Temple
is to be heard soon from stations of the Commercial Division in a mystery
serial entitled Paul Temple and the Gilbert
Case. Through eight episodes listeners
can follow the adventures of this civilised sleuth as he unravels the reasons
for several mysterious murders. The first victim is a beautiful Bond Street
model, whose fiancé is charged with the crime and sentenced to death.
After an interview with the condemned man, Temple cancels a proposed holiday
and concentrates on what turns out to be one of his most successful cases.
August 20 1954
Temple Pries Again.
As with previous Temple
stories, the question of "whodunit" is concealed, even from members of
the cast, until the final episode. But without revealing too much of the
plot, listeners can be told that episode two, The
Third Shoe, plays more than a passing
part in the story.
Written by Francis Durbridge
and produced by Martyn C. Webster,
the Temple story
now has Peter Coke
as Paul, but
retains two old identities in Marjorie
Westbury, as Steve,
his wife, and Lester Mudditt,
as Sir Graham Forbes,
of Scotland Yard. The latter has taken this part in the stories ever since
first appeared on the BBC
in 1938. Listeners to 2XA will already be familiar with the new set-up,
for The Gilbert Case
is currently being heard from the Wanganui station on Sunday evenings.
According to his creator, Francis Durbridge,
Temple was born in Ontario, son of the late
General Ian Temple, and went to England at
an early age. He was educated at Rugby and Magdalen College, Oxford, and
from age of 22 earned his living as a writer of detective novels. While
on holiday in Cornwall he became accidentally involved in the notorious
Sir Graham Forbes,
of Scotland Yard, was so impressed with his handling of it that he invited
him to intervene in the mysterious affair of the Knave
of Diamonds. Temple
has been in the detection business ever since.
Outside his work, Temple
is alleged to like fishing and collecting first editions; the music of
Beethoven, Debussy and Jerome Kern,' the plays of Noel Coward; the lyrics
of Cole Porter; and, Of course, dry martinis. He dislikes people
who always have "ideas" for plots, women who ask him if he writes under
his own name, "hot" music, and oysters.
Temple and the Gilbert Case is to play
from all ZB stations and 2ZA at 8.0 p.m. on Sundays, starting as follows:
2ZA August 29, 4ZB September 12. 3ZB September 26. 2ZB October 10.
and IZB. November 14.
23 June 2001.
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