Dick Francis

The Dick Francis BBC Radio Drama Collection
  • The Dick Francis BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Dick Francis

    • Bill Nighy (Read by)

    • Nigel Havers (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Siân Phillips (Read by)

    • Francis Matthews (Read by)

    • Tony Osoba (Read by)

    • Mick Ford (Read by)

    • Hywell Bennett (Read by)

    • Eric Allan (Read by)

    Fast-paced radio dramatisations of six of Dick Francis' classic racing thrillers, plus bonus documentary

    After riding the favourite into second place, jockey Kelly Hughes loses his licence. But he didn't throw the race, and is determined to find out who framed him...

    Rat Race
    A cushy job transporting passengers between racecourses turns dangerous for pilot Matt Shore when his plane explodes and he's embroiled in a deadly plot.

    Abducted by masked men, Neil Griffon is faced with a deadly ultimatum - obey the instructions of a ruthless crime czar, or risk the destruction of his father's racing stables.

    Whip Hand
    Disabled ex-jockey turned investigator Sid Halley is faced with a triple threat when he is asked to guard a horse, probe a suspicious syndicate and find a swindler.

    When a party to celebrate the success of the racing season ends in tragedy, wine dealer and amateur sleuth Tony Beach investigates.

    Asked by a princess to fend off a dangerous cousin who is making threats, Kit Fielding agrees to help. But he also has problems of his own to deal with...

    Among the casts of these six action-packed adaptations are Bill Nighy, Nigel Havers and Siân Phillips.

    Also included is a bonus episode of the Radio 4 series Great Lives, presented by Matthew Parris, in which Francis' biographer Graham Lord, chairman of the British Horseracing Board Martin Broughton and racing correspondent Jonathan Powell explore the life and work of the champion thriller writer.

    Please note that due to the age of some of these recordings, sound quality may vary.

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Dick Francis was born in 1920. A champion steeplechase jockey and internationally bestselling author, he wrote over 40 hugely popular horseracing thrillers which sold over 60 million copies and were translated into 35 languages. After his death in 2010, his son Felix, who had helped with research for the books and co-authored the last four, took over as custodian of the brand and has since authored a number of hugely popular new Dick Francis novels.

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