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)

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives and works in Scotland. He is the author of many books for children and adults with settings all over the world, and is best known for his series The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Alexander has received numerous awards for his writing. In 2004 he became the winner of two Author of the Year awards, and in 2007 he received a CBE for services to literature. He was also honoured by the President of Botswana for his services through literature to the country in 2011. Every year Alexander visits Botswana, as well as travelling to other countries, visiting bookshops and literary festivals and meeting with readers across the globe.


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