Eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh, starring Brian Cox. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. The Firebrand: A women's rights campaigner is kidnapped, and it's up to McLevy to investigate. Dead Reckoning: A strange case of grave robbing has McLevy puzzled. Prince of Darkness: One of Jean Brash's old lovers is back from the dead - and out for revenge. A Distant Death: McLevy's nightmares of death by drowning seem about to come true...The Blue Gown: With the help of Jean Brash, McLevy investigates the death of a seamstress. Flesh and Blood: A student is accused when a tavern brawl ends in murder. A Fine Deception: Suspicion falls on a stage magician after a jewel robbery at Edinburgh Castle. The Last Illusion: McLevy must proves his theory that a celebrated conjurer is a thief. Brian Cox stars as Inspector McLevy, with Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland. Duration: 6 hours approx.
David Ashton is a Scottish actor and writer. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1964-67, he has acted in a wide variety of film, television, theatre and radio roles. He has also developed a parallel career as a writer of fiction, film and television screenplays and plays for theatre and radio. His radio play The Old Ladies at the Zoo, which starred Peggy Mount and Liz Smith, won the Radio Times Drama Award in 1985.