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David Ashton stars in this six-part vintage crime drama A small town in Galloway, on the south-west coast of Scotland. A house strangely unchanged since 1941. A dead nurse. And a lawyer with one million pounds in his bank account - and no idea how it got there... Peter Calman is in trouble. His legal firm is on the brink of bankruptcy, his secretary's handed in her notice and his bank manager has cut off his credit. Just when he thinks things can't get any worse, his ex-girlfriend Jenny calls, worried about her friend Tim Leighton. She's received a note, supposedly sent by him from an exclusive private hospital - but Tim is a penniless hermit, and illiterate. Though the hospital denies all knowledge of Tim, Jenny's sure they're lying - and the mysterious caller on Peter's answerphone agrees. But before he can meet her, she's killed in a hit and run. Suspicion falls on Peter - and when a new German client arrives in town, offering him vast sums to buy a local cottage, the mutterings grow louder. And then Peter's office is ransacked... As the mystery deepens, Peter's investigations take him to moonlit Dungrennan Bay... Written by Edward Boyd (Castles in Spain, The Same River Twice, The Candle of Darkness), this tightly plotted thriller stars David Ashton, creator of the popular Victorian detective series McLevy, with a cast of veteran Scottish actors including Gregor Fisher (Rab C. Nesbitt). Written by Edward Boyd Directed by Patrick Rayner Cast Peter Calman - David Ashton Jenny - Stella Forge Magda - Vivienne Dixon Old Hansford - Ian Stewart Constable Archie Douglas/Elphinstone - Robert Paterson Jock Matheson - John Shedden Bank clerk/Hospital receptionist - Tamara Kennedy Piggy Anderson/Donald McLeod/Chief Constable - John Buick Nurse Nicolson - Anne Cullen Isaiah Dunsmore - Gregor Fisher Scholl - Brown Derby Mary - Doreen Cameron Dr Webber - Sandy Neilson Sandy Brill/Clerk - Finlay Welsh Walter Hansford - Ronald Aitken Supt. Bullivant - Arthur Boland Tim Leighton - Tom Criddle First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8 April-13 May 1984 ? 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution LtdShow more
The wizards discover to their cost that it's no easy task to change history. Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures that lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent space flight, and the human race will be turned into ice-pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin whose bestsellingTheology of Speciesmade it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?Show more
Winner of the Booker Prize. Four men gather in a London pub. They have taken it upon themselves to carry out the last orders of Jack Dodds, master butcher, and deliver his ashes to the sea. As they drive towards the fulfillment of their mission, their errand becomes an extraordinary journey into their collective and individual pasts. Braiding these men's voices, and that of Jack's widow, into a choir of sorrow and resentment, passion and regret, Swift creates a testament to a changing England and to enduring mortality.Show more