John Harvey

Inspector Resnick
  • Inspector Resnick

    • John Harvey

    • Philip Jackson (Read by)

    • Keith Barron (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Tom Georgeson (Read by)

    • Tom Wilkinson (Read by)

    Five BBC Radio 4 full-cast crime dramas featuring DI Charlie Resnick

    Jazz-loving policeman Charlie Resnick is one of the most popular characters in contemporary crime fiction. This thrilling collection brings together three dramatisations and two original radio stories starring the Nottingham-based detective, all scripted by his creator, award-winning author John Harvey.

    Wasted Years
    1992, and two incidents of violent robbery force Detective Inspector Resnick to relive painful memories of ten years earlier, when his marriage collapsed – and he arrested an armed criminal... Starring Tom Wilkinson.

    Cutting Edge
    When a young doctor is attacked on a deserted hospital walkway, the clues seem to lead nowhere for DI Charlie Resnick. As he desperately searches for motives, another victim is assaulted… Starring Tom Georgeson.

    Slow Burn
    When Jimmy Nolan's Nottingham jazz club burns down, it looks like an insurance job. But for Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick and his team, it is the start of a more sinister and deadly chain of events. Starring Philip Jackson.

    Cheryl
    While Detective Inspector Resnick pursues a gang of armed robbers, meals-on-wheels lady Cheryl takes the law into her own hands on behalf of an elderly client. It isn’t long before their investigations collide... Starring Keith Barron.

    Bird of Paradise
    Jerzy Grabianski is a high-class burglar with a passion for ornithology and British Impressionist paintings. Like DI Charlie Resnick, he has Polish roots, a firm sense of justice and a soft spot for the ladies – especially the energetic Sister Teresa... Starring Keith Barron.


    Directed by David Hunter


    Wasted Years
    DI Charlie Resnick – Tom Wilkinson
    Graham Millington – Sean Baker
    Elaine – Jennie Stoller
    Ruth – Gillian Bevan
    Kevin – Daniel Ryan
    Lynn Kellogg – Kate Eaton
    Rains – Stephen Critchlow
    Rylands – John Turner
    Lorna – Melanie Hudson
    Keith – Tom Bevan
    Darren – Gavin Abbott
    Prior – John Hartley
    Pam – Sandra James-Young
    Mary – Becky Hindley
    Marjorie – Zulema Dene
    Barrister – Andrew Branch
    Christine – Jilly Bond
    Song written by John Harvey and Liz Simcock and arranged by Trevor Watkis
    Performed by Gillian Bevan, Trevor Watkis, Alan Weekes, Larry Buttley and Winston Clifford
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 2-9 October 1995

    Cutting Edge
    DI Charlie Resnick – Tom Georgeson
    Graham Millington – Sean Baker
    Lynn Kellogg – Kate Eaton
    Dipak – Paul Bazeley
    Kevin – Ben Porter
    Silver – Don McCorkindale
    Carew – Nicholas Boulton
    Sarah – Gillian Bevan
    Karen – Jane Whittenshaw
    Dr Fletcher – John Simm
    Groves – Peter Kenny
    Debbie – Colleen Prendergast
    Mr Salt – Denys Hawthorne
    Jane/Suzanne Olds – Patience Tomlinson
    Karl – Adrian Scarborough
    Helen – Alice Arnold
    Calvin – Philip Weaver
    Maura – Stella Duffy
    Pauline – Zulema Dene
    Student – Roger May
    Arthur – George Parsons
    Fenby – John Hartley
    William – James Taylor
    Delia – Ann Beach
    Elaine – Jennie Stoller
    Song written by Liz Simcock and performed by Trevor Watkis and Gillian Bevan
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 13-27 May 1996

    Slow Burn
    DI Charlie Resnick – Philip Jackson
    Graham Millington – Sean Baker
    Lynn Kellogg – Kate Eaton
    Jimmy Nolan – John Rowe
    Joanne Hubble – Alison Pettitt
    Stuart Hubble – Gerard McDermott
    Nicola Venner – Rachel Atkins
    Russell Venner – John Hartley
    Fire Officer – Alistair Danson
    Clarice – Jenny Lee
    Mrs Wealdstone – Carolyn Jones
    Simmonds – Iwan Thomas
    Saxophonist: Mark Lockheart
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 19-26 January 1998

    Cheryl
    DI Charlie Resnick – Keith Barron
    Cheryl – Gwen Taylor
    Sgt Millington – Sean Baker
    PC Kellogg – Kate Eaton
    Mary – Joyce Gibbs
    Vicki – Jo Dyce
    Ronnie – John Hartley
    Dunn – Jonathan Keeble
    Coughlan – Tony Rohr
    McStay – Kenny Blyth
    Sonia – Helen Ayres
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 23 June 2001

    Bird of Paradise
    DI Charlie Resnick – Keith Barron
    Graham Millington – Sean Baker
    SisterTeresa – Rachel Atkins
    Sister Bonaventura – Gillian Bevan
    Grabianski – Gerard McDermott
    Shana – Blondell Taylor
    Scott – Carl Prekopp
    Miriam – Ann Beach
    Ferris – Hannah Dee
    Thackray – Peter Marinker
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 7, 13 April 2002

RELEASED 20/08/2020

John Harvey was born in London, where he now lives, while considering Nottingham his spiritual home. Initially a teacher of English & Drama, he has been a full-time writer for more than forty years. The first of his 12 volume Charlie Resnick series, Lonely Hearts was selected by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century' and the first Frank Elder novel, Flesh & Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004. He was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the crime genre in 2007, and his story, 'Fedora' won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2014. In addition to writing fiction, he has written and published poetry, running Slow Dancer Press for over twenty years; his New & Selected Poems, Out of Silence was published in 2014. He has adapted the work of Arnold Bennett, A. S. Byatt, Graham Greene and others for radio and television, and in 2017, his dramatisation of the final Resnick novel, Darkness, Darkness, was produced at Nottingham Playhouse. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Hertfordshire and Nottingham.


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