By Raymond Chandler
Dramatised by Robin Brooks
When Philip Marlowe sees a huge, loudly dressed man casually throwing a bouncer out onto the the pavement as he goes into a bar, he knows it's time to walk away, so he follows him inside. The big guy is Moose Molloy, recently released from an eight year prison sentence and now on the hunt for his old sweetheart, a red-haired nightclub singer named Velma Valento.
Marlowe follows a trail which includes a stick-up, blackmail, an irresistible blonde, a psychic, drugs and murder, and it leads him all the way to the top of a corrupt state of California.
Farewell My Lovely was the second of Chandler's novels featuring Marlowe. It was adapted for the big screen three times.
Philip Marlowe....Toby Stephens
Moose Malloy....Richard Ridings
Mrs Grayle....Madeleine Potter
Nulty/ Amthor....Sean Baker
Jessie Florian....Joanna Monro
Ann Riordan....Claire Harry
Laird Brunette/ Second Planting....Sam Dale
Directed by Mary Peate
Adapted by Robin Brooks
Robin Brooks (dramatist) has recently dramatised I Claudius in 5 episodes for BBC Radio 4. Other Classic Serials include: Boswell's Life of Johnson, My Cousin Rachel and The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West.
Toby Stephens is Chandler's smart-talking, trouble-seeking LA private eye Philip Marlowe.