Havana Quartet, The [Saturday Drama]

Episodes

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01Havana Blue2014111520190107 (BBC7)
20190108 (BBC7)

by Leonardo Padura
adapted by Jennifer Howarth

The first story in Padura's much-loved detective series set in Havana. It's New Year's Day 1989 and Lieutenant Mario Conde wakes up with another terrible hangover and a case which is close to home - his schoolboy rival, now a party grandee, is missing.

Cast:
Mario Conde....Zubin Varla
Rangel....David Westhead
Manolo....Lanre Malaolu
Josefina....Lorna Gayle
Skinny....Ben Crowe
Tamara....Adjoa Andoh
Rene Maciques....David Acton
Zaida....Hannah Genesius
Zoilita....Bettrys Jones
Miki....Jude Akuwudike
Maria Antonia....Elaine Claxton
China....Jane Slavin
Neighbour....Ian Conningham
Minister....Michael Bertenshaw
Garcia....Sam Dale

Directed by Mary Peate

Leonardo Padura's series, published in English as the Havana Quartet, is set over the course of 1989 - starting with Havana Blue which opens on New Year's Day.

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in; 2012, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award.

Leonardo Padura's award-winning Cuban detective series featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde

Radio 4 drama

02Havana Gold2014112220190108 (BBC7)
20190109 (BBC7)

by Leonardo Padura
dramatised by Joy Wilkinson

Lieutenant Conde goes on a trip through his childhood Havana haunts when a young female schoolteacher at his old school is murdered. And could it be that Conde has finally met the woman of his dreams? Dramatisation of the second novel in the Havana Quartet series.

Cast:
Mario Conde....Zubin Varla
Rangel....David Westhead
Manolo....Lanre Malaolu
Josefina....Lorna Gayle
Skinny....Ben Crowe
Karina....Tanya Franks
Caridad....Elaine Claxton
Andres....Ian Conningham
Dagmar....Jane Slavin
Pedro/ Rabbit....Monty d'Inverno
Lando....Sam Dale
Lazaro....Shaun Mason
Red....Jude Akuwudike
Jose Luis....Paul Heath
Headteacher....Michael Bertenshaw

directed by Mary Peate

Leonardo Padura's series, published in English as the Havana Quartet, is set over the course of 1989.

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in; 2012, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award.

Leonardo Padura's award-winning Cuban detective series featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde.

Radio 4 drama

03Havana Red2014112920190109 (BBC7)
20190110 (BBC7)

by Leonardo Padura
adapted by Jennifer Howarth

Lieutenant Mario Conde's fondly held prejudices are tested by this case involving a man found strangled in Havana Woods wearing a beautiful red dress. A dramatisation of the third story in the Havana Quartet.

Cast:

Mario Conde....Zubin Varla
Rangel....David Westhead
Manolo....Lanre Malaolu
Fatman/ Salvador K....Shaun Mason
Miki....Jude Akuwudike
Matilde....Elaine Claxton
Dulcina....Lorna Gayle
Alberto Marques....Michael Cochrane
Father Mendoza....David Acton
Faustino....Sam Dale
Alquimio/ Lab Man....Ian Conningham
Polly....Roslyn Hill

directed by Mary Peate

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in 2012 he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award.

Leonardo Padura's award-winning Cuban detective series featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde

Radio 4 drama

04Havana Black2014120620190110 (BBC7)
20190111 (BBC7)

by Leonardo Padura
dramatised by Joy Wilkinson

Lieutenant Mario Conde has been suspended for taking a well-deserved pop at a fellow officer. But Major Rangel is short of staff and has to call Conde in for a case involving the disappearance of a Cuban with U.S. citizenship who has come home to visit his family. The final story in the Havana Quartet.

Cast:

Mario Conde....Zubin Varla
Rangel....David Westhead
Manolo....Lanre Malaolu
Josefina....Lorna Gayle
Skinny....Ben Crowe
Tamara....Adjoa Andoh
Andres....Ian Conningham
Rabbit....Monty D'Inverno
Fermin....Shaun Mason
Friguens/ Alfonso Forcade....John Rowe
Gomez....Cyril Nri
Miriam....Anna Madeley
Adrian....Nicholas Pinnock
Molina.... Sam Dale

directed by Mary Peate

Leonardo Padura is a novelist and journalist who was born in 1955 in Havana where he still lives. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but he is best known internationally for the Havana Quartet series, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde.

In 1998, Padura won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and in 2012, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award.

Leonardo Padura's award-winning Cuban detective series featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde.

Radio 4 drama