Detective Galbraith Mysteries

1970s BBC radio police drama
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Ex-policeman Bill Galbraith is caught up in mystery and murder in these two gripping, fast-paced detective dramas.

After a long career in the Flying Squad, veteran copper Bill Galbraith is hanging up his truncheon and saying goodbye to the police force. He's looking forward to a quiet life on civvy street - but his best friend, private investigator Tommy Evans, has other ideas....

In The King of Diamonds, Galbraith is enjoying a peaceful retirement in the countryside when Tommy calls him up with a job offer. Adamant that he's done with detection, Bill refuses, but Evans persists - and soon, Galbraith is embroiled in murky goings-on involving a beautiful blonde, a missing diamond courier and a criminal mastermind.

The Midas Touch sees Bill accosted once again by his old PI pal, who shows him a mysterious photograph of a party on a lawn, with circles drawn round the heads of three people. The photo was part of a parcel addressed to a retired criminal lawyer, which also contained bearer bonds, a list of jewellery worth ?750,000 and a letter threatening the life of a man named Paul Carson. The crime the package tells of has yet to be discovered - can Galbraith root it out?

Created by the award-winning writer of Z Cars and Softly Softly, Robert Barr, these two suspenseful full-cast dramas star Bernard Hepton as the reluctant investigator, with Richard Davies as Tommy Evans.

Production credits:
Written by Robert Barr.
Produced by John Browell.


The King of Diamonds
Galbraith - Bernard Hepton

Tommy Evans/Paul - Richard Davies
David Cater - Tom Watson

Gelder - Peter Dyneley

Anne-Marie - Eva Haddon

Cornell/Commander - Hector Ross

Mary Galbraith - Katharine Page

Milne - Bruce Alexander

Lindemanns - Cyril Shaps

Dykers - Trader Faulkner

Brent - Peter Williams

Jacobus - Stephen Greif

Betty van Druten - Frances Jeater

Lander - Peter Hawkins

Gunman - Robert Gillespie

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15th August - 19th September 1975.

The Midas Touch
Galbraith - Bernard Hepton

Tommy Evans - Richard Davies
Bernie Finch - Garard Green
Sailor/Andreas - Kevork Malikyan
Nick Tully - Clive Merrison
Bavister - Eric Richard
Mrs Palmer - Margery Withers
Doc McDowall - Robert Gillespie
Thorn - David Ryall
Chief Inspector Collins/Inspector Burridge - Michael Kilgarriff
Rita - Rosalyn Slater
Carson - Matthew Francis
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4th October - 8th November 1977.

  1. The King of Diamonds part1 (20.1Mb)
  2. The King of Diamonds part2 (20.2Mb)
  3. The King of Diamonds part3 (20.4Mb)
  4. The King of Diamonds part4 (20.3Mb)
  5. The King of Diamonds part5 (20.5Mb)
  6. The King of Diamonds part6 (20.4Mb)
  7. The Midas Touch part1 (13.6Mb)
  8. The Midas Touch part2 (13.2Mb)
  9. The Midas Touch part3 (13.2Mb)
  10. The Midas Touch part4 (13.4Mb)
  11. The Midas Touch part5 (13.2Mb)
  12. The Midas Touch part6 (13.4Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.