Paul Temple and the Van Dyke Affair
from 1950, the detective investigates a baby's disappearance

Paul Temple is a fictional character created by English writer Francis Durbridge (19121998) for the BBC radio serial Send for Paul Temple in 1938. Temple is an amateur private detective and author of crime fiction. Together with his journalist wife Louise, affectionately known as "Steve" after her pen name "Steve Trent", he solves "whodunnit" crimes with subtle, humorous dialogue.

Since 1938 the Temples have featured in over 30 BBC radio dramas. Kim Peacock, a British film and radio actor, played the title character between 1946 and 1953.

The Van Dyke Affair was broadcast over 8 episodes in late 1950. Paul Temple is called in by Terry Palmer, a freelance journalist who is a close friend of Mrs. Mary Desmond, to investigate the disappearance of her baby, and the "Sitter-In", Miss Millicent.

Starring Kim Peacock [Paul Temple], Marjorie Westbury [Steve], Lester Mudditt [Sir Graham Forbes], Peter Coke [Terry Palmer], Joan Hart [Mrs. Mary Desmond], Daphne Maddox [Miss Queenie Edwards], Michael Harding [Charlie], Donald Gray [Inspector Eden], Gladys Spencer [Madame Frobert, Shop Owner], and Stanley Groome [Burt Walters, Cloakroom Attendant at the Commodore].

  1. The Sitter In (12.8Mb)
  2. The Marlow Incident (12.9Mb)
  3. Introducing Mr. Droste (12.5Mb)
  4. Boulevard Seminaire (12.1Mb)
  5. Roger Shelly Makes a Suggestion (12.9Mb)
  6. Suspect No.1 (12.8Mb)
  7. Steve Entertains (12.8Mb)
  8. Presenting Mr. Vandyke (13.2Mb)

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