TV, Film And Radio

Susan Anton as Goldengirl
Waxwork: Carol Royle, Alan Dobie, James Warrior

Waxwork: Peter in the Chamber of Horrors with James Warrior, Bernard Archard and waxwork
Swing Swing Together: William Simons
Abracadaver: Patsy Rowlands with Alan Dobie
Cribb: William Simons as Thackeray and Alan Dobie as Cribb
Mad Hatter’s Holiday: Derek Fowlds with Fenella Fielding
The Last Trumpet: Womba (as Jumbo), Barry Jackson, William Simons

The Last Trumpet: Joyce Carey
Dead Gorgeous: With Fay Ripley and Helen McCrory on location

FILM

GOLDENGIRL

Avco-Embassy, USA, 1979

A brilliant US sprinter prepares for a unique triple victory at the Moscow Olympics. The exploitation merchants close in and the mental and physical pressures lead to doubts whether she will ever reach her goal.

Starring Susan Anton, James Coburn, Leslie Caron, Robert Culp and Curt Jurgens

Screenplay Jon Kohn, from the Peter Lear novel

Director Joseph Sargent

Also adapted as a TV mini-series

Susan Anton had a Golden Globe nomination as New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture

TELEVISION

WAXWORK

Granada Television, 1979

90 minute play set in Victorian London about a woman condemned to hang for the murder of her husband. Sergeant Cribb investigates in the limited time before the execution.

Starring Alan Dobie, Carol Royle and David Waller

Screenplay Pauline Macauley, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director June Wyndham-Davies

CRIBB (First Series)

Granada Television, 1980

Seven one hour plays: this and the second series are frequently repeated on ITV3. In its first year, Cribb grossed the highest takings of any Granada production, outselling Coronation Street, Laurence Olivier Presents and World in Action. Audiences peaked at 12.5 million in the second series. It was sold across the world to more than 40 countries ranging from America’s PBS to Zimbabwe Television.

Alan Dobie was nominated as Best Actor in the 1981 Emmy Awards and William Simons was nominated as Best Supporting Actor.

In America, Cribb was chosen to launch the long-running Mystery! series on the Public Broadcasting Service

SWING, SWING TOGETHER

Three female students out for a midnight swim witness a body dumped into the river. Cribb and Constable Thackeray investigate and find themselves following the route of Three Men in a Boat.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, Heather Moray and Ronald Lacey

Screenplay Brian Thompson, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director June Wyndham-Davies

ABRACADAVER

A series of music hall accidents prompts an investigation by Cribb that uncovers the not so innocent pleasures indulged in by the cream of society.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, Julia Chambers and Patsy Rowlands

Screenplay Bill MacIlwraith, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director Julian Amyes

THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS

Bare-knuckle fighting is illegal, but the hands on a headless body recovered from the Thames suggest it is going on. A Scotland Yard man goes undercover to investigate.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller and Norma West

Screenplay Peter Lovesey, from his own novel

Director Alan Grint

THE HORIZONTAL WITNESS

The body of the king of London’s underworld is found in one of his brothels. Cribb discovers a link with a London hospital and as Thackeray has problems ‘of a personal nature’ gets him admitted to Charing Cross Hospital to observe a key criminal.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller and James Coyle

Screenplay Peter & Jacqueline Lovesey

Director Alan Grint

WOBBLE TO DEATH

A competitor drops dead in a six-day indoor endurance race at the Royal Agricultural Hall and while the show continues the versatile detectives have to decide if it was due to exhaustion, tetanus or strychnine.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, Bobbie Brown and Michael Elphick

Screenplay Alan Plater, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director Gordon Flemyng

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

Thackeray is best man at a wedding, but Cribb is suspicious because the bride is 37 years younger than her intended and is wearing a secondhand wedding dress. Her previous elderly husbands seem to have died rather suddenly.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, Charlotte Mitchell and Geoffrey Baylden

Screenplay Peter & Jacqueline Lovesey

Director Oliver Horsbrough

A CASE OF SPIRITS

An investigation of the theft of a valuable painting and a vase leads to a murder enquiry as Cribb and Thackeray are forced to indulge in the Victorian craze for spiritualism and se’ances.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, Judy Cornwell and Clive Swift

Screenplay Arden Winch, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director Bill Gilmour

CRIBB (Second Series)

Granada Television, 1981

MAD HATTER’S HOLIDAY

In Brighton, Cribb and Thackeray have a breath of sea air and solve a gruesome murder. They meet the voyeuristic Mr Moscrop, with a passion for telescopes, and venture into the crocodile tank in the aquarium.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons and Fenella Fielding

Screenplay Bill McIlwraith, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director

June Wyndham-Davies

THE LAST TRUMPET

Jumbo, the largest and most famous elephant in London’s Regent’s Park Zoo, is to be sold to the American, P.T.Barnum. A protest group is formed and it seems they will stop at nothing to keep Jumbo in London.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller and Joyce Carey

Screenplay Peter & Jacqueline Lovesey

Director Brian Mills

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE

Cribb gets the royal seal of approval as he investigates a near fatality involving Queen Victoria and a pram containing her grandson. The nursemaid is dismissed, but is this the work of anarchists?

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, Rosalie Crutchley and Jessica Spencer

Screenplay Peter &

Jacqueline Lovesey

Director George Spenton-Foster

THE CHOIR THAT WOULDN’T SING

A Christmas episode finds Cribb and Thackeray in a Gloucestershire village investigating the death of a colonel member of the choir. Nobody seems to want to assist the police.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons and Elizabeth Spriggs

Screenplay Peter & Jacqueline Lovesey

Director Mary McMurray

MURDER OLD BOY

The former school captain of a public school organises a selective reunion of distinguished former pupils. Suddenly the old school tie finds another use and the Yard’s help is urgently required.

Starring

Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller and John Carson

Screenplay Peter & Jacqueline Lovesey

Director George Spenton-Foster

INVITATION TO A DYNAMITE PARTY

London is beset by Irish ‘dynamiters’ in 1884 and an attack on one of the royal family is planned. Cribb must infiltrate the terrorist gang and discover the sinister secret submarine.

Starring Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller and Jeananne Crowley

Screenplay Arden Winch, from the Peter Lovesey novel

Director Alan Grint

Cribb series one and two were published in DVD and video by Acorn Media UK, 2004. www.acornmediauk.com

Questioned by a TV audience of children for the BBC programme In the Limelight with Lesley on 6 June, 1980, The Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, revealed that she didn’t see much television, but enjoyed a programme that went out on Sunday evenings about a Victorian policeman called Cribb.

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

Anglia Television, 1982

30 minute play

A MAN WITH A FORTUNE

An American called Smith travels to London with the ambition of researching his family tree and finds some unsuspected relatives.

Starring Shane Rimmer, Cyd Hayman and Elizabeth Richardson

Screenplay Alan Seymour, from Peter Lovesey’s short story, How Mr Smith Traced His Ancestors

Director Herbert Wise

ENGLISH FILE: TELLING STORIES

BBC2, 1988

BUTCHERS

Peter introduces and interrupts a dramatisation of his short story to demonstrate techniques of writing

Starring Michael Keating, Jason Rush and Denys Graham

Screenplay Peter Lovesey

Producer David Taft

DEAD GORGEOUS

Carlton Television, 2002

World War II has just ended and two ex-WAAFs meet again by chance and agree that the peace holds little excitement and their husbands are a dead loss. They think up an ingenious way of making the dead loss a reality.

Starring Helen McCrory, Fay Ripley, Ron Cook and Loyd Owen

Screenplay Andrew Payne, from the novel On the Edge, by Peter Lovesey

Director Sarah Harding

ROSEMARY & THYME

Carnival Television, 2003-2007

Peter was story consultant for this light-hearted series about two gardeners turned sleuths.

Starring Pam Ferris, Felicity Kendal

Screenplays by various writers including Clive Exton, Peter Spence, David Joss Buckley, Stephen Gallagher and Simon Brett

Directors Brian Farnham, Simon Langton

Producer Brian Eastman

RADIO

ABRACADAVER

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1973

For synopsis see TV production

Starring Frank Windsor, John Hollis, Helen Worth, William Eedle and Rolf Lefebre

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Producer David H. Godfrey

WOBBLE TO DEATH

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1975

For synopsis see TV production

Starring Timothy Bateson, William Eedle, Sydney Tafler, Trader Faulkner and Steve Hodson

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Producer Harry Catlin

THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1977

For synopsis see TV production

Starring John Rye, John Hollis, Steve Hodson, Carole Boyd and William Eedle

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Producer Graham Gauld

A CASE OF SPIRITS

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1985

For synopsis see TV production

Starring Barry Foster, John Cater

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

SWING, SWING TOGETHER

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1987

For synopsis see TV production

Starring Barry Foster, John Cater, Moir Leslie, Brian Hewlett and Roger Hume

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Director Vanessa Whitburn

WAXWORK

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1987

For synopsis see TV production

Starring Brian Cox, John Cater, Sarah Berger, Roger Hume and Don Henderson

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Director Vanessa Whitburn

BERTIE AND THE TINMAN

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1990

Bertie, Prince of Wales, investigates the alleged suicide of Fred Archer, the royal jockey.

Starring Timothy West, John Moffatt, Marcia King, Simon Treves and Geoffrey Whitehead

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Director Matthew Walters

BERTIE AND THE SEVEN BODIES

BBC Saturday Playhouse, 1991

Bertie, Prince of Wales, honours a house party with his presence, and there is a murder each day of the week.

Starring Robert Lang, Marcia King, Susannah Fellowes, Joan Moon, Siriol Jenkins and Timothy Carlton

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Director Matthew Walters

KEYSTONE

BBC Saturday Playhouse, 1992

Warwick Easton, an Englishman, is recruited to the Keystone Cops and finds himself involved in murder and romance as well as comedy.

Starring Mark Straker, Jennifer Ehle, Roger Gartland and Lorelei King

Adapted by Michael Z Lewin

Director Matthew Walters

THE FALSE INSPECTOR DEW

BBC Radio Drama in five parts, 1993

Dentist Walter Baranov plans to murder his wife Lydia aboard the liner Mauretania in 1921 and pass himself off as a detective, but complications ensue.

Starring Ronald Pickup, Fiona Fullerton, Oona Beeson and Steve Hodson

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Director Matthew Walters

ROUGH CIDER

BBC Saturday Night Theatre, 1994

What did Theo really see as an evacuee on a Somerset farm where a terrible murder was committed? Twenty years later he returns to relive the dramatic events.

Starring Rob Edwards, Briony Glassco, Oona Beeson, Peter Whitman, Neville Jason and David Jarvis

Adapted by Michael Z Lewin

Director Matthew Walters

BERTIE AND THE CRIME OF PASSION

BBC Drama in four parts, 1995

Bertie, Prince of Wales, turns sleuth again to solve a murder at the Moulin Rouge, aided by the divine Sarah Bernhardt.

Starring Robert Lang, Jane Lapotaire, Olivier Pierre, Andrew Branch, Roger May and David Timson

Adapted by Geoffrey M Matthews

Director Matthew Walters