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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Benjamin and Amanda Redman star in two six-part BBC radio crime dramas, created by Christopher Lee.

In these two compelling murder mysteries, MI6 officers Henry Colvil and Alex Soames become involved in a pair of complex cases which take them to the very top of the political and religious spheres.

In Series 1, the duo attend the funeral of an elderly Irish priest, and receive a tip-off that his death has controversial links. Probing further, they discover a shocking secret in Father Dominic’s past - and Henry’s faith is dealt a mortal blow. Can it withstand the whole truth?

Series 2 opens with a disturbing murder on a Brighton beach. What seemed like a simple drug-related killing turns out to have unexpected complications - and as Colvil and Soames investigate, they uncover nefarious connections between the victim and a prominent politician, and a case that threatens to send shockwaves through government....

Written by acclaimed historian, broadcaster and author Christopher Lee, these gripping spy thrillers star Christopher Benjamin (Pride and Prejudice, Doctor Who) as Henry Colvil and Amanda Redman (The Good Karma Hospital, New Tricks) as Alex Soames.

Written by Christopher Lee

Produced by Pete Atkin

Starring Christopher Benjamin as Henry Colvil and Amanda Redman as Alex Soames

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16 October-20 November 1996 (Series 1), 29 October-3 December 1998 (Series 2)

Series 1 cast:

Arthur Guscott……………………Dudley Sutton
Joseph Kutner……………………Stephen Thorne
Mrs Wedlock……………………Colette O’Neil
Monsignor……………………Peter Yapp
Father Dominic Byrne……………………Joseph O’Conor
Roger Brown……………………Neil McCaul
Father Williamson……………………Christian Rodska
Donna Hanley……………………Beth Porter
Theresa……………………Elaine Claxton
Porter……………………Denys Hawthorne

Series 2 cast:

DCI Guscott……………………Dudley Sutton
DS Gwen Jenkins……………………Sue Jones Davies
Miranda Peel……………………Sheila Reid
DCS Evans……………………John Hartley
Sidney Carpenter……………………Neil Conrich
Doctor……………………Stuart Organ
Tom Margeson……………………Tom Cotcher
Charlie Lofthouse……………………Alistair McGowan
Maggie Lindley……………………Alphonsia Emmanuel
Police Constable/Norman Tate……………………Brian Bowles

©2019 Christopher Lee (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

What listeners say about Colvil & Soames: The Complete Series 1-2

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Spies and lies make for two good dramas

I really enjoyed these two dramatisations and would grade them as 5 out of 5 except they are possibly a little too drawn out? For my view, it played more like a Le Carre thriller than a typical police proceedural although a murder is what sets each story in motion. The characters were well cast and benefited from a colourful and authentic script. Kudos to the writer and the actors! As the protagonists work out the truth, some parts of the story are a little confusing... maybe too many 'convenient interruptions' just when a character is about to explain a hunch, or too many characters, I'm not certain... That said I'd be happy to recommend this title to radio drama fans and look forward to a second airing when some of my confusion will no doubt clear.

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  • 11-24-19

Excellent series

An excellent series that's well written and well acted, with satisfying conclusions to both series.

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  • Mark Erving
  • 11-03-19

simply brilliant

well acted, well produced, an excellent piece of work. money well spent. I hope there's more to follow.

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  • Liz Perryman
  • 03-08-20

What a tangled web

This was amazing. Really gripping and just wonderful to listen to. I couldn't stop listening.
High finance, murder, politics, drug running, deceit.... Its all there, brilliant!

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  • Marion G.
  • 07-23-20

Easy listening if somewhat dated

Such an easy listen and typical of police procedures from the past. Loved the narration especially Amanda Redman but perhaps a little too 'cosy' for me. Having loved the long running TV series 'The Bill', this is reminiscent of that genre but the world has moved on and somehow, this no longer seems relevant. Perhaps that is just a personal view of todays less gentle society and that's sad. But in the realm of nostalgia, it is perfect.

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  • Richard
  • 07-01-20

Superb

1st rate cast Dudley Sutton and Stephen Thorne are superb. Excellent storyline completely brilliant
Buy now!

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  • Dee
  • 02-09-22

wish there was more

Great performances by the two principles. A little dated in the language.....pretty sexist in places. But a piece of its time

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-21

Good listening

My first experience of audible and enjoyed it. It was just the right length and characters were enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Paul Dayus Cooke
  • 02-18-21

Aware this is my opinion - but terrible.

A truly awful listen, distasteful characters which I just couldn't warm to. I found the audio really cringy at times. Whilst I appreciate you have to build character traits there are more appealing ways to do so than this audio book attempts.