Ian Stewart

Curlew in Autumn
  • Curlew in Autumn

    • Edward Boyd

    • Stella Forge (Read by)

    • David Ashton (Read by)

    • Ian Stewart (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Vivienne Dixon (Read by)

    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

    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 Ltd

Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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