Created by Lester Powell
The 1952 BBC radio serial The Hidden Motive related the exploits of “DOC” JOB, an eccentric insurance investigator and bibliophile looking into the possibly fraudulent death claim of a legendary Shakespearean actor, Sir Henry Sloan, whose wife died in her bath. Suspicion soon falls on the extremely wealthy thespian, who just happened to have taken out a £10,000 life insurance policy on her only six months before her death.
Supposedly, Doc (played by Tommy Duggan, an Irish-born actor who specialized, we are told, in Transatlantic, Irish and Jewish roles) speaks with a Canadian accent as he works the case from his sick-bed, while chomping away on raw onions in an attempt to fight off a bout of influenza, while dispatching his hapless young assistant, Robert Damer, to do most of the legwork.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before becoming a writer for radio and television, Lester Powell was a draughtsman, poultry farmer, and journalist. He also created The Inch Man, a short-lived 1951-52 BBC series about Stephen Inch, a house dick working in a busy London hotel, but is probably best known for creating the popular BBC radio P.I. Philip Odell.
- THE HIDDEN MOTIVE
8 30-minute episodes
Debut: March 25, 1952
Written by Lester Powell
Produced by William Hughes
Starring Tommy Duggan as “DOC” JOB
and Robert Bailey as Robert Damer
Also starring Carl Bernard, Robert Bailey
- “A Claim for Ten Thousand (Part One)” (March 25, 1952)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.