“Doc” Job (The Hidden Motive)

Created by Lester Powell (1912 -93) 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, … Continue reading “Doc” Job (The Hidden Motive)

Stephen Inch (The Inch Man)

Created by Lester Powell (1912 -93) STEPHEN INCH was a house detective working in at London's very busy Imperial Crescent Hotel in The Inch Man, a 1951-52 BBC drama series that apparently broadcast live. This was early days--the Americans had only aired the first private eye shows a few years earlier, and everyone was scrambling … Continue reading Stephen Inch (The Inch Man)

Horace Rumpole

Created by John Mortimer (1923-2009 ) Down those mean streets and meaner chambers a man must waddle... Lord knows, he's not a private eye--but I wish he were. Like Philip Marlowe, HORACE RUMPOLE is "a relatively poor man... a common man or he could not go among common people. He has a sense of character, … Continue reading Horace Rumpole

Dirk Gently

Created by Douglas Adams (1952-2001) THAT Douglas Adams? The guy with the BBC show and the Vogons and the towels and the three-armed Betelgeusians? Yup, that Douglas Adams. So now he's writing about trenchcoats, fedoras, smoky jazz, and femmes fatales? Well, no... Even in an era of maverick and increasingly non-traditional P.I.'s, DIRK GENTLY defies … Continue reading Dirk Gently

Dick Barton

Created by Norman Collins "With one bound Dick, was free!" The beloved star of the BBC's first daily radio serial was sometimes a private investigator, sometimes an adventurer, sometimes a "special agent"and sometimes--this is my favourite--a  "world-famous secret agent." But whatever his actual occupation was (it seemed to be dictated by the story), DICK BARTON was … Continue reading Dick Barton

The Rivals

Radio Anthology Series A radio anthology, dramatizing early stories of the "rivals of Sherlock Holmes," narrated by Arthur conan Doyle's Inspector Lestrade. THE RIVALS (2011-15, BBC 4) 16 30-minute episodes Starring Tim Pigott-Smith as Inspector Lestrade SEASON ONE "Murder by Proxy" Based on the story by By Matthias McDonnel Bodkin Starring Anton Lesser as PAUL BECK "The … Continue reading The Rivals