Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Wednesday, August 31, 2022


 Here's a compilation of three full-length adventures of Scotland Yard's Inpector Roger "Handsome" West --  Battle for Inspector West (BBC Light Programme, May 4 - June 15, 1967), Inspector West at Bay, (BBC Radio 2, May 27 - June 19, 1969), and Inpector West at Home (BBC Radio 2, March 25 - April 15, 1968).  Patrick Allen stars as West, with Sarah Lawson (Allen's real-time wife) as his wife, Janet.  

Six of West's adventures were aired from 1967 to 1971; only these three appear to have survived.   Maurice Travers adapted the shows from John Creasey's novels.  John Fawcett Williams produced Battle for Inspector West and Inspector West at Home; John Browell produced Inspector West at Bay.

In Battle for Inspector West, "Idle curiousity takes the Chief Inspector to a high society wedding -- and leads him to a case involving a notorious blackmailer and a missing bride.  Drawn into a web of terror, West comes face-to-face with an old adversary -- a dangerous criminla mastermind named Carosian."  (Seven episodes; total running time 3:13)

Inspector West at Bay:  "First West is targeted by a vicious attacker, then his wife, Janet, receives an anonymous, threatening message.  Caught up in a deadly game of blind man's buff, can he save himself and his family from an enemy who seems determined to destroy them?"  (Eight episodes; total running time 3:37)

In Inspector West at Home -- "When Roger West finds the  body of a small-time crook, he faces opposition from the formidible Superintendent Abbott, his superior at the Yard.  Suspended from duty, he sets out on a trail of conspircy, corruption and murder."  (Seven episodes; total running time 3:13)

Roger West was one of the prolific John Creasey's most popular creations and was featured in 43 books published from 1942 to 1978.  Inspector West at Bay was also published under the titles The Blind Spot and The Case of the Acid Throwers.


1 comment:

  1. I just ordered John Creasey's GIDEON AND THE YOUNG THUGS from Crippen & Landru. I've read dozens of Creasey novels and enjoyed them all. Creasey's productivity amazes me!