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Publisher's Summary

The complete fourth and fifth series of Alexander McCall Smith’s radio dramas based on his much-loved novels about the residents of an Edinburgh tenement building.

Set in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, these two BBC radio series follow the quirky adventures and ‘goings-on’ of the various inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street, where life and love are full of surprises.

Little Bertie Pollock is at the centre of it all, and in Series 4, Edinburgh’s most hot-housed seven-year-old receives a rare respite from his weekly Italian, yoga and psychotherapy sessions when his ambitious mother, Irene, goes travelling. There’s also constitutional trouble brewing at the Association of Scottish Nudists, and café owner Big Lou’s romantic life is in danger of hitting a discordant note.

In series 5, Bertie is up for the role of Macbeth in the school play. Meanwhile his father, Stuart, meets a young poet who may just turn his head. Also suffering the pangs of love is young surveyor Bruce, who is smitten by an adventurous Australian girl - but is she all she seems? All this, and more, is observed by portrait painter Angus Lordie and his dog, Cyril, the only canine in Scotland with a gold tooth.

Crawford Logan, Carol Ann Crawford, Anita Vettesse and Emma Currie are among the stars of these delightful dramas, adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own hugely popular books.

Angus Lordie/Glasgow Man/Dr Fairbairn - Crawford Logan

Domenica/Mrs MacGillvray - Carol Ann Crawford

Big Lou/Glasgow Woman/Stewardess/Fiona/Claire/Barmaid - Anita Vettesse

Irene - Emma Currie

Bertie - Simon Kerr

Secretary/Mr Lawrence - Richard Conlon

Torquil MacLean/Hotel Clerk - James Bryce

Stuart/Edinburgh Man - David Jackson Young

Andy - Daniel Aitken

Bruce - James Rottger

Katie - Helen Mackay

Olive - Sophie Lawrence

Miss Campbell - Nicola Roy

Neill - Gavin Jon Wright

Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith

Produced and directed by David Neville

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20-24 February 2017 (series 4), 20-24 August 2018 (series 5)

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • 05-12-22

Fabulous!

Loved every minute. A real treat. I imagine I will listen to it again and again. Definitely a must listen

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  • 11-06-21

Superb

Loved it. So entertaining! Quite unpredictable too. I will probably listen again because I liked it so much.

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  • 02-25-21

2 hours!

I didn’t realise this book was only 2 hours long. Very disappointed. I loved the previous two books in the series.