|SP||06||20111008||By Raymond Chandler|
Dramatised by Robin Brooks
When rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires private eye Philip Marlowe to find it. The tough matriarch is convinced about the identity of the thief, but Marlowe's own enquiries lead him elsewhere. He's soon caught in the crossfire of a family at war with itself.
Mrs Murdoch....Judy Parfitt
Merle Davis....Jessica Raine
Leslie Murdoch....Patrick Kennedy
Detective Breeze....Joe Montana
Alex Nash....Stuart Milligan
Linda Conquest....Susie Riddell
Elisha Morningstar....Peter Polycarpou
Apartment Manager....Gerard McDermott
Lou Vannier....Carl Prekopp
Lois Nash....Alex Tregear
George Philips....James Lailey
Mr Shaw....Sean Baker
Delmar Hench....Alun Raglan
Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
Produced by Claire Grove
This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.
Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.
Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to find a stolen rare gold coin.