Alexander McCall Smith

44 Scotland Street: Series 4 and 5
  • 44 Scotland Street: Series 4 and 5

    • Alexander McCall Smith

    • Anna Vettesse (Read by)

    • Carol Ann Crawford (Read by)

    • Crawford Logan (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    The complete fourth and fifth series of Alexander McCall Smith’s radio dramas based on his much-loved novels about the residents of an Edinburgh tenement building

    Set in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, these two BBC radio series follow the quirky adventures and ‘goings-on’ of the various inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street, where life and love are full of surprises.

    Little Bertie Pollock is at the centre of it all, and in Series 4, Edinburgh’s most hot-housed seven-year-old receives a rare respite from his weekly Italian, yoga and psychotherapy sessions when his ambitious mother, Irene, goes travelling. There’s also constitutional trouble brewing at the Association of Scottish Nudists, and café owner Big Lou’s romantic life is in danger of hitting a discordant note.

    In Series 5, Bertie is up for the role of Macbeth in the school play. Meanwhile his father, Stuart, meets a young poet who may just turn his head. Also suffering the pangs of love is young surveyor Bruce, who is smitten by an adventurous Australian girl – but is she all she seems? All this, and more, is observed by portrait painter Angus Lordie and his dog, Cyril, the only canine in Scotland with a gold tooth.

    Crawford Logan, Carol Ann Crawford, Anita Vettesse and Emma Currie are among the stars of these delightful dramas, adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own hugely popular books.



    Angus Lordie/Glasgow Man/Dr Fairbairn…………………………Crawford Logan
    Domenica/Mrs MacGillvray…………………………Carol Ann Crawford
    Big Lou/Glasgow Woman/Stewardess/Fiona/Claire/Barmaid...............................Anita Vettesse
    Irene…………………………Emma Currie
    Bertie…………………………Simon Kerr
    Secretary/Mr Lawrence…………………………Richard Conlon
    Torquil MacLean/Hotel Clerk…………………………James Bryce
    Stuart/Edinburgh Man…………………………David Jackson Young
    Andy…………………………Daniel Aitken
    Bruce…………………………James Rottger
    Katie…………………………Helen Mackay
    Olive............................Sophie Lawrence
    Miss Campbell…………………………Nicola Roy
    Neill.............................Gavin Jon Wright

    Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith
    Produced and directed by David Neville

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 20-24 February 2017 (Series 4), 20-24 August 2018 (Series 5)

RELEASED 20/02/2020

Alexander McCall Smith (Author) Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions series, novels which started life as a delightful (but challenging to write) cross-media serial, written on the website of the Telegraph Media Group. This series won two major cross-media awards - Association of Online Publishers Digital Publishing Award 2009 for a Cross Media Project and the New Media Age award. In addition to these series, Alexander writes stand-alone books, including The Forever Girl; Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party and Emma - a reworking of the classic Jane Austen novel. He is also the author of a book on Edinburgh, A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh, as well as several collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. In March of 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country. Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.