Inspector Chen Novels [Drama]

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02When Red Is Black2015121920191020 (R4)

Inspector Chen: When Red is Black

by Qiu Xiaolong

dramatised by John Harvey

Crime drama set in early 1990s Shanghai. When Chen agrees to do a translation job for a property developer he is given a laptop, a 'little secretary' to provide for his every need, and medical care for his mother. There are, it seems, no strings attached... and then the murder of a dissident writer is reported.

Inspector Chen.... Jamie Zubairi
Detective Yu.... Dan Li
Peiqin.... Sarah Lam
Gu.... Ewen Bailey
Old Liang.... Gerard McDermott
Party Secretary Li.... Daniel York
Huang.... Richard Pepple
Lanlan.... Tina Chiang
Qiao Ming.... Chris Pavlo
Peng.... Debra Baker
White Cloud.... Elizabeth Chan
Jia.... George Watkins
Boa Hung.... Leo Wan

Director: David Hunter

The third dramatisation in the Inspector Chen series, following on from Death of a Red Heroine & A Loyal Character Dancer.

When the murder of a dissident writer is reported Sergeant Yu is forced to take charge of the investigation. The victim, a middle-aged teacher with a dissident past and a book notorious in the West, has been found dead in her tiny room in a converted multi-family house. It is only when Chen, on leave to complete a lucrative translation project gets involved, and the past excavated, that the murderer is eventually found.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

Crime drama set in 1990s Shanghai. Chen investigates the murder of a dissident writer.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

03A Case Of Two Cities2017012820191027 (R4)

Inspector Chen investigates the murder of the former head of the anti-corruption squad.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

04Red Mandarin Dress2017020420191103 (R4)

Crime drama set in 1990s Shanghai. A serial killer is at large.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

The fifth in Qiu Xiaolong's series of crime novels following the career of academic turned Special Case Squad detective, Inspector Chen. A serial killer is loose on the streets of Shanghai but Chen is otherwise engaged on a high-level corruption case. With bodies appearing at the rate of one a week, Homicide are in desperate need of help. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Toby Swift.

05The Mao Case20170211

Crime drama set in 1990s Shanghai. Chen follows a trail that leads to Mao himself.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

06Don't Cry, Tai Lake2018051220190818 (R4)

Poet and gourmand Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau returns in another drama based on Qiu Xiaolong's crime novels. Chen's lakeside holiday is interrupted by the violent death of the boss of the Wuxi Number One Chemical Company. Will his blossoming relationship with a young environmental engineer compromise his covert investigation? Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Song composed by Neil Brand
Directed by Toby Swift

'Don't Cry, Tai Lake' is the seventh of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 10 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1m copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph.
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

Crime drama set in modern China. The director of a chemical company has been murdered.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Poet and gourmand Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau returns in a new drama based on Qiu Xiaolong's crime novels. Chen's lakeside holiday is interrupted by the violent death of the boss of the Wuxi Number One Chemical Company. Will his blossoming relationship with a young environmental engineer compromise his covert investigation? Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

'Don't Cry, Tai Lake' is the seventh of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1m copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph.
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

'Don't Cry, Tai Lake' is the seventh of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 10 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1m copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph.
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

07Enigma Of China2018051920190901 (R4)

Poet and gourmand, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau is called in to oversee the investigation into the death of the Director of The Shanghai Development Committee while under house arrest. He has to negotiate the power of the Party, an internet campaign and a new potential romance. Dramatised by John Harvey.

Director: David Hunter

"Enigma of China" is the eighth of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1million copies and been translated into 20 languages.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

Crime drama set in modern China. The Shanghai Development Committee director is dead.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

08Shanghai Redemption20180526

Inspector Chen finds himself "promoted" sideways from the Shanghai Police Bureau before narrowly escaping a night-club trap and exposing a web of financial and sexual corruption. Dramatised by John Harvey.

Director: David Hunter

"Shanghai Redemption" is the 9th of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 20 langauges.
"Witty and thrilling" The Daily Telegraph
"A welcome alternative to Scandi-noir" The Observer.

Crime drama set in modern China. Inspector Chen once again pitted against the system.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

09Hold Your Breath, China2019081120190817 (R4)

by Qiu Xiaolong dramatised by Joy Wilkinson

Inspector Chen has fallen from the Party's grace thanks to his anti-corruption investigations but he is back on the case when a serial murderer is on the loose in the ever-thickening smog of Shanghai.

Chief Inspector Chen.... Jamie Zubairi
Detective Yu.... Dan Li
Detective Qin.... Liz Sutherland-Lim
Lou/Huang.... Andrew Leung
Shanshan.... Rebecca Boey
Zhao.... David Hounslow
Qiang.... Sean Baker
Bian.... Chris Pavlo
Bei.... Kenny Blyth
Neighbour.... Debbie Korley

Director: David Hunter

HOLD YOUR BREATH, CHINA is the 10th of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages.

Crime drama set in modern China. Inspector Chen investigates seemingly unconnected murders

Drama from BBC Radio 4

HOLD YOUR BREATH, CHINA is the 10th of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels, all of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4. They have sold over 1 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages.

01A Loyal Character Dancer2015121220200727 (BBC7)
20200728 (BBC7)
20180407 (R4)

Inspector Chen: A Loyal Character Dancer

by Qiu Xiaolong

dramatised by John Harvey

Shanghai, early 1990s. When a former dancer and party loyalist at the heart of a people smuggling operation to the USA goes missing Inspector Chen is under political pressure to find her, tactfully host a young female US Marshall and find the connection with a grisly Triad murder.

Director: David Hunter

A badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a triad killing.

Then former dancer and party loyalist Wen Liping vanishes in rural China just before she was to leave the country. Her husband, a key witness against a smuggling ring suspected of importing aliens to the US, refuses to testify until she is found and brought to join him in America.

The US immigration agency, convinced that the Chinese government are hiding something, send US Marshal Catherine Rohn to Shanghai to join the investigation.

Inspector Chen, an astute young policeman with twin passions for food and poetry, is under political pressure to find answers fast. When Catherine Rohn joins him he must tread very carefully.

The dramatisation of the second book in the Inspector Chen series, following the first, Death of a Red Heroine, and preceding the third, When Red is Black. All set in early 1990s Shanghai, in a China poised for rapid change.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

1990s Shanghai crime drama. Chen pursues a Triad killing and a missing character dancer.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Written by Qiu Xiaolong

Dramatised by John Harvey

Starring Jamie Zubairi; Sara Lam; Pippa Bennett-Warner; Dan Li; Daniel York;; Liz Sutherland; David Hounslow; Caolan McCarthy; Sam Dale; Debra Baker and Chris Pavlo

Shanghai, early 1990s. A badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a triad killing.

Written by Qiu Xiaolong and dramatised by John Harvey

Starring Jamie Zubairi as Inspector Chen.

Chen.... Jamie Zubairi
Yu.... Dan Li
Catherine Rohn.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Party Secretary Li.... Daniel York
Peiqin.... Sarah Lam
Wen Liping.... Liz Sutherland
Old Hunter.... David Hounslow
Qian.... Caolan McCarthy
Lihua.... Sam Dale
Qiao.... Debra Baker
Liu.... Chris Pavlo

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015.