The Rivals

Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Now he has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals.

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0101The Murders In The Rue Morgue20111019Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Now he has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals.

By Edgar Allan Poe.

Dramatised by Chris Harrald.

Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He begins with the famous case of the Murders In The Rue Morgue, and the eccentric talents of Auguste Dupin.

Lestrade.... James Fleet

Dupin.... Andrew Scott

Lucy.... Alex Tregear

Granjean.... Sean Baker

Duborg.... Brian Bowles

Mme Duborg.... Jane Whittenshaw

The Sailor.... Stuart McLoughlin

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

. Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's eccentric rival Auguste Dupin.

By Edgar Allan Poe.

  • duborg - Brian Bowles
  • dupin - Andrew Scott
  • granjean - Sean Baker
  • he begins with the famous case of the murders in the rue morgue, and the eccentric talents of auguste dupin
  • mme duborg - Jane Whittenshaw
  • the sailor - Stuart Mcloughlin

  • 0102The Problem Of Cell 1320111026By Jacques Futrelle.

    Dramatised by Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with the extraordinary story of Professor SFX Van Dusen, who thinks his way out of a locked prison cell.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet

    Van Dusen.... Paul Rhys

    Lucy.... Alex Tregear

    Fielding.... Sean Baker

    Merriman.... Stuart McLoughlin

    Hatch.... Alun Raglan

    O'Connor.... Simon Bubb

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

    . Featuring Professor SFX Van Dusen, who thinks his way out of a locked prison cell.

    He continues with the extraordinary story of Professor SFX Van Dusen, who thinks his way out of a locked prison cell.

  • by Jacques Futrelle
  • dramatised by Chris Harrald
  • fielding - Sean Baker
  • hatch - Alun Raglan
  • merriman - Stuart Mcloughlin
  • o'connor - Simon Bubb
  • van dusen - Paul Rhys

  • 0103Murder By Proxy20111102By Matthias McDonnel Bodkin

    Dramatised by Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with a country house murder and the devious talents of private detective Paul Beck.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet

    Beck.... Anton Lesser

    Lucy.... Alex Tregear

    Jonathan.... Stuart McLoughlin

    Mark.... Simon Bubb

    Julia.... Eloise Secker

    Neville.... Sean Baker

    Tilley.... Brian Bowles

    Mrs Beck.... Jane Whittenshaw

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

    . A country house murder and the devious talents of private detective Paul Beck.

    He continues with a country house murder and the devious talents of private detective Paul Beck.

  • beck - Anton Lesser
  • by Matthias Mcdonnel Bodkin
  • jonathan - Stuart Mcloughlin
  • julia - Eloise Secker
  • mark - Simon Bubb
  • mrs beck - Jane Whittenshaw
  • neville - Sean Baker
  • tilley - Brian Bowles

  • 0104 LASTThe Mystery Of Redstone Manor20111109By Chris Harrald, based on the character by Catherine Louisa Pirkis.

    He concludes with a nail-biting adventure that features the uncompromising Loveday Brooke.

    Loveday.

    Honeysuckle Weeks

    Winter.

    Brian Bowles

    Simkins.

    Stuart McLoughlin

    Alex.

    Daniel Rabin

    By Chris Harrald, based on the character by Catherine Louisa Pirkis.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He concludes with a nail-biting adventure that features the uncompromising Loveday Brooke.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet

    Loveday.... Honeysuckle Weeks

    Lucy.... Alex Tregear

    Winter.... Brian Bowles

    Simkins.... Stuart McLoughlin

    Alex.... Daniel Rabin

    Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

    . Nail-biting adventure that features the uncompromising Loveday Brooke.

    0201The Problem Of The Superfluous Finger2013091820150529 (BBC7)
    20150530 (BBC7)
    By Jaques Futrelle.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He begins with his collaboration with The Thinking Machine Professor SFX Van Dusen, trying to solve a strange case involving self-mutilation.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He begins with his collaboration with "The Thinking Machine" Professor SFX Van Dusen, trying to solve a strange case involving self-mutilation.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's brilliant rival Professor SFX Van Dusen.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He begins with his collaboration with ""The Thinking Machine"" Professor SFX Van Dusen, trying to solve a strange case involving self-mutilation.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    0202The Clue Of The Silver Spoons2013092520150606 (BBC7)By Robert Barr.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with Food Connoisseur and Detective Eugene Valmont trying to solve a curious series of thefts from private dinner parties

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    He continues with Food Connoisseur and Detective Eugene Valmont trying to solve a curious series of thefts from private dinner parties.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    0203The Intangible Clue2013100220150612 (BBC7)
    20150613 (BBC7)
    By Anna Katharine Green

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with gifted amateur sleuth Lady Violet Strange trying to solve a horrific murder with apparently no clues.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    Amateur sleuth Lady Violet Strange tries to solve a murder with apparently no clues.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with gifted amateur sleuth Lady Violet Strange trying to solve a horrific murder with apparently no clues.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    0204 LASTThe Game Played In The Dark2013100920150619 (BBC7)
    20150620 (BBC7)
    By Ernest Bramah

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He finishes the present series with the blind detective Max Carrados who tries to stop international master criminal Fane from selling compromising letters which could derail an upcoming royal wedding.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He finishes the present series with the blind detective Max Carrados who tries to stop international master criminal Fane from selling compromising letters which could derail an upcoming royal wedding.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    By Ernest Bramah. Blind detective Max Carrados tries to thwart master criminal Fane.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    0301The Knight's Cross Signal Problem2014123120170922
    20170922 (R4)
    Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's rival, blind detective Max Carrados.

    Based on a short story by Ernest Bramah.
    Dramatised by Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with blind detective Max Carrados as they try to discover who caused a horrific train crash at Knights Cross where the driver of the train swears the light was green and the signalman swears the light was red.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'The Knight's Cross Signal Problem' by Ernest Bramah: http://fullreads.com/literature/the-knights-cross-signal-problem/.

    Dramatised by Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with blind detective Max Carrados as they try to discover who caused a horrific train crash at Knights Cross where the driver of the train swears the light was green and the signalman swears the light was red.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'The Knight's Cross Signal Problem' by Ernest Bramah: http://fullreads.com/literature/the-knights-cross-signal-problem/.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    Based on a short story by Ernest Bramah.

    0302A Snapshot2015010720170929
    20170929 (R4)
    Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's rival - detective and gardener Paul Beck.

    Based on a short story by M. McDonnell Bodkin
    Dramatised by Chris Harrald

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with private detective and keen gardener Paul Beck as they question the apparently watertight evidence against Squire Clement Gore in a fatal shooting.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'A Snapshot' by M. McDonnell Bodkin.

    Dramatised by Chris Harrald

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with private detective and keen gardener Paul Beck as they question the apparently watertight evidence against Squire Clement Gore in a fatal shooting.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'A Snapshot' by M. McDonnell Bodkin.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    Based on a short story by M. McDonnell Bodkin

    0303Seven, Seven, Seven - City2015011420171006
    20171006 (R4)
    Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's rival - amateur sleuth Mrs Edith Marchmont

    Based on a short story by Julius Chambers
    Dramatised by Chris Harrald

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He starts with gifted amateur sleuth Mrs Edith Marchmont, trying to stop a murder plot overheard on a crossed telephone line.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'Seven Seven Seven City' by Julius Chambers: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600421.txt.

    Dramatised by Chris Harrald

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He starts with gifted amateur sleuth Mrs Edith Marchmont, trying to stop a murder plot overheard on a crossed telephone line.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'Seven Seven Seven City' by Julius Chambers: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600421.txt.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    Based on a short story by Julius Chambers

    0304 LASTThe Moabite Cipher2015012120171013
    20171013 (R4)
    Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's rival Dr James Thorndike.

    Based on a short story by R. Austin Freeman
    Dramatised by Chris Harrald

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with Dr James Thorndike as they try to protect Pastor Wayne Kaplan after he receives death threats, despite Lestrade's and James' aversions to Kaplan's charismatic preaching and healing.

    Directed by Liz Webb

    Episode by Chris Harrald inspired by the short story 'The Moabite Cipher' by R. Austin Freeman: http://www.online-literature.com/r-freeman/john-thorndykes-cases/6/.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    0401The Clairvoyants2016103120190104 (BBC7)
    20190105 (BBC7)
    20201027 (BBC7)
    20201028 (BBC7)
    20181230 (R4)
    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals.

    James Fleet stars as Inspector Lestrade.

    After his protégé Constance Dunlap saves a woman from drowning, the woman mumbles "this was meant to happen". Lestrade helps Constance investigate her suspicions that this was no accident and that the woman is in mortal danger.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Constance.... Susannah Fielding
    Mildred.... Olivia Poulet
    Mr Forest and Tom Knowles.... Chris Pavlo
    Madame D'Urfe.... Claire Perkins
    Jim Dainty.... Brian Protheroe
    Penman.... Sean Baker
    Secretary.... Kirsty Oswald

    Written by Arthur B Reeve and dramatized by Chris Harrald.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.

    Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) introduces Sherlock Holmes' rival Constance Dunlap.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    By Arthur B Reeve.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. After his protégé Constance Dunlap saves a woman from drowning, the woman mumbles "this was meant to happen". Lestrade helps Constance investigate her suspicions that this was no accident and that the woman is in mortal danger.

    Lestrade....James Fleet
    Constance.... Susannah Fielding
    Mildred.... Olivia Poulet
    Mr Forest and Tom Knowles.... Chris Pavlo
    Madame D'Urfe.... Claire Perkins
    Jim Dainty.... Brian Protheroe
    Penman.... Sean Baker
    Secretary.... Kirsty Oswald

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. After his protégé Constance Dunlap saves a woman from drowning, the woman mumbles ""this was meant to happen"". Lestrade helps Constance investigate her suspicions that this was no accident and that the woman is in mortal danger.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. After his protégé Constance Dunlap saves a woman from drowning, the woman mumbles this was meant to happen. Lestrade helps Constance investigate her suspicions that this was no accident and that the woman is in mortal danger.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. After his protégé Constance Dunlap saves a woman from drowning, the woman mumbles "this was meant to happen". Lestrade helps Constance investigate her suspicions that this was no accident and that the woman is in mortal danger.

    0402The Stanway Cameo Mystery2016110720190111 (BBC7)
    20190112 (BBC7)
    20201028 (BBC7)
    20201029 (BBC7)
    20190106 (R4)
    Inspector Lestrade introduces Sherlock Holmes's rival Martin Hewitt.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    By Arthur Morrison.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. Lord and Lady Stanway win the auction for the priceless but cursed 'Stanway Cameo', but it is instantly stolen. Inspector Lestrade is less than pleased to be investigating alongside society detective Martin Hewitt.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    By Arthur Morrison.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Martin Hewitt.... Adam James
    Mr Claridge.... James Lailey
    Verlaine and Mr Cutler... Nick Underwood
    Woollett, Hahn and Auctioneer.... Sean Baker
    Lord Stanway.... Brian Protheroe
    Lady Stanway.... Elizabeth Bennett

    James Fleet stars as Inspector Lestrade.

    Lord and Lady Stanway win the auction for the priceless but cursed 'Stanway Cameo', but it is instantly stolen. Inspector Lestrade is less than pleased to be investigating alongside society detective Martin Hewitt.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Martin Hewitt.... Adam James
    Mr Claridge.... James Lailey
    Verlaine / Mr Cutler... Nick Underwood
    Woollett / Hahn / Auctioneer.... Sean Baker
    Lord Stanway.... Brian Protheroe
    Lady Stanway.... Elizabeth Bennett

    Written by Arthur Morrison and dramatised by Chris Harrald.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.

    Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) introduces Sherlock Holmes' rival Martin Hewitt.

    0403The Secret Of Dunstan's Tower2016111420190118 (BBC7)
    20190119 (BBC7)
    20201029 (BBC7)
    20201030 (BBC7)
    20190113 (R4)
    By Ernest Bramah.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. Lestrade enlists the help of the brilliant blind detective Max Carrados when he is asked to help a woman who believes that an old prophecy is foretelling her death. In 1662 a fierce quarrel lead to the fatal wounding of Sir Philip Belmont by Henry Ainsworth who owned Dunstan's Tower. Before Sir Philip died he prophesied that when blood appeared on the steps of the grand staircase of Dunstan's Tower, then one of the Ainsworth family had a week to live. Blood has now appeared on the steps and the present Lady Ainsworth is awaiting her death.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    By Ernest Bramah.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Max Carrados.... Pip Torrens
    Tom Ainsworth.... Tom Forrister
    Edith Ainsworth.... Kirsty Oswald
    Lady Una Ainsworth.... Joanna Munroe
    Parkinson.... James Lailey
    Swarbrick.... Sean Baker

    Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) introduces Sherlock Holmes' rival Max Carrados.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. Lestrade enlists the help of the brilliant blind detective Max Carrados when he is asked to help a woman who believes that an old prophecy is foretelling her death. In 1662 a fierce quarrel lead to the fatal wounding of Sir Philip Belmont by Henry Ainsworth who owned Dunstan's Tower. Before Sir Philip died he prophesised that when blood appeared on the steps of the grand staircase of Dunstan's Tower, then one of the Ainsworth family had a week to live. Blood has now appeared on the steps and the present Lady Ainsworth is awaiting her death.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Max Carrados.... Pip Torrens
    Tom Ainsworth.... Tom Forrister
    Edith Ainsworth.... Kirsty Oswald
    Lady Una Ainsworth.... Joanna Munroe
    Parkinson.... James Lailey
    Swarbrick.... Sean Baker

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.

    0404The Mystery Of The Scarlet Thread2016112120201030 (BBC7)
    20201031 (BBC7)
    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. Lestrade enlists the help of 'the Thinking Machine' Professor SFX Van Dusen with what he suspects may be a series of attempted murders. City dealer Nicholas Henley, has nearly been gassed three times in apparent accidents in the luxury flats of Malplaquet House. All the residents have secrets, but which one of them is out to get Henley?

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Van Dusen.... Tony Gardner
    Nicolas Henley.... Nick Underwood
    Charlotte Lipscombe.... Joannah Tincey
    Reginald Cabell.... James Lailey
    Miss Regnier.... Kirsty Oswald
    Burlingame.... Brian Protheroe
    Pemberley.... Sean Baker

    By Jacques Futrelle.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.

    Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) introduces Sherlock Holmes' rival Prof SFX Van Duson.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    0404 LASTThe Mystery Of The Scarlet Thread2016112120190125 (BBC7)
    20190126 (BBC7)
    20190120 (R4)
    By Jacques Futrelle.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. Lestrade enlists the help of 'the Thinking Machine' Professor SFX Van Dusen with what he suspects may be a series of attempted murders. City dealer Nicholas Henley, has nearly been gassed three times in apparent accidents in the luxury flats of Malplaquet House. All the residents have secrets, but which one of them is out to get Henley?

    Producer: Liz Webb.

    Inspector Lestrade (James Fleet) introduces Sherlock Holmes' rival Prof SFX Van Duson.

    Inspector Lestrade introduces tales of Sherlock Holmes's rivals

    By Jacques Futrelle.

    Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

    Lestrade.... James Fleet
    Van Dusen.... Tony Gardner
    Nicolas Henley.... Nick Underwood
    Charlotte Lipscombe.... Joannah Tincey
    Reginald Cabell.... James Lailey
    Miss Regnier.... Kirsty Oswald
    Burlingame.... Brian Protheroe
    Pemberley.... Sean Baker