“Do as I tell you, darling…”
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This remake of one of the original radio productions of a Paul Temple drama has apparently stuck as closely as possible to the original. Sound effects and incidental music have been reproduced as faithfully as possible and this works very well, giving a real impression of how the drama would have sounded when first broadcast in 1946, but without the crackles. Starring Crawford Logan as Paul and Gerda Stevenson as Steve, the acting is excellent with the actors maintaining the kind of ‘received pronunciation’ accents that were commonly used on the Beeb at the time. There are 4 discs each containing two half hour episodes. Each episode contains a fairly substantial resume of what’s gone before, so if you don’t want to listen all at once this gives a good reminder of the story so far.
The plot is good for its time – a series of suicides related to drugs leaves Scotland Yard baffled so it looks like a case for Paul Temple. It’s hard now to accept that one drug dealer would have caused so much consternation that the police had to call on outside help, but these were simpler times (in dramas, at least). There’s plenty of action, complete with dramatic music, and the plot twists and turns right up to the end.
So that just leaves the dialogue. I have always thought of Paul Temple as one of the more insufferable of the smug amateur detectives and this case served to reinforce that view. Bad enough when dealing with the criminals or the police, but the way he talks to his wife is cringe-worthy to modern ears. ‘Stay in the car, darling – you’ll be more use to us there’; ‘Another cup of tea please, darling’; and my personal favourite ‘Do as I tell you, darling’. If your sense of humour is good enough to cope with this type of thing, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this. But feminists, you have been warned!
Overall, a very good reproduction of a rather dated but still enjoyable drama. Recommended.
NB This audio disc set was provided for review by Amazon Vine UK.