Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case by Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case

First Broadcast from 29 March 1954 -15 May 1954.
Produced with Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury.
A new production broadcast from 22 November 1959 - 10 January 1960.

corrections or additions??

1/ The Unlucky One 2/ The Third Shoe 3/ Peter Galino 4/ La Mortella
5/ That Good Old Intuition 6/ A Warning from Miss Wayne 7/ The Note 8/ The Guilty Party ***
GilbertJust 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.

If he's to prevent an unjust hanging, Paul has just a week to discover the truth. Can he solve the case in time?

From the cover of the BBC Radio Collection title of the 1954 version,  issued during 2001.

*** Episode 8 of the 1959-60 version is called Mr Hamilton.

1954 version
1959-60 version
Paul Temple
Peter Coke
Peter Coke
Marjorie Westbury
Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes
Lester Mudditt
Richards Williams
Inspector Kingston
Duncan McIntyre
Duncan McIntyre
James Beattie
James Beattie
Wilfred Stirling
Charles Leno
Douglas Storm
Betty Wayne
Grizelda Hervey
Eva Stuart
Lance Reynolds
Richards Williams
Simon Lack
Lyn Feguson
Peggy Hassard
June Tobin
Louis Fabian
Olaf Olsen
John Hollis
Alec Ross
George Hayden

An article from the New Zealand Listener promoting the broadcast of the 1954 version..
August 20 1954 issue.
Paul Temple Pries Again.

    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.
    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 Temple 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, Paul Temple was born in Ontario, son of the late Lt.- 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 Tenworthy case. 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.

Paul 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.

Prepared.  23 June 2001.
Thanks to Stuart Monk, & Ian Beard for the scan.
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