John Buchan

The 39 Steps and Other Richard Hannay Adventures
  • The 39 Steps and Other Richard Hannay Adventures

    • John Buchan

    • Clive Merrison (Read by)

    • David Robb (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Jasmine Hyde (Read by)

    • Nigel Anthony (Read by)

    • Patrick Malahide (Read by)

    • Tom Baker (Read by)

    Five BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of John Buchan’s espionage thrillers featuring gentleman spy Richard Hannay

    The forerunner to James Bond, secret agent Richard Hannay is a thoroughly British action hero, pursuing ruthless villains, foiling deadly plans and risking life and limb for his country. This gripping collection encompasses all five of Hannay’s adventures, adapted for radio with superb casts including Tom Baker, Clive Merrison, Stuart Milligan, Jasmine Hyde and Patrick Malahide.

    The 39 Steps
    When a man is murdered in Richard Hannay's London flat, he goes on the run pursued by the police – and a gang of German spies intent on recovering a secret notebook which could destroy the British naval fleet. Starring David Robb as Hannay.

    Greenmantle
    1915. Summoned to the War Office, Hannay is told of an impending Holy War in the East. Greenmantle – once a mythical figure, now made flesh – is preparing to lead a great Islamic army against the infidel English. Hannay's mission: to identify Greenmantle and destroy him. Starring David Robb as Hannay.

    Mr Standfast
    Recalled from the Western Front, Hannay is ordered to pose as a pacifist and sent to Glasgow. Along the way, he meets a teenage Secret Service agent who will change the course of his life. Starring David Robb as Hannay.

    The Three Hostages
    When a gang of international criminals kidnaps a trio of hostages, the Secret Service brings Hannay out of retirement to track them down. But the mission will pit him against an adversary who can control men’s minds… Starring David Robb as Hannay.

    The Island of Sheep
    A chance meeting in a train and a villainous vendetta shake Richard Hannay out of a complacent middle age, as dangerous men go in pursuit of treasure. Starring Nigel Anthony as Hannay.

RELEASED 21/05/2020

John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, Scotland and educated at Oxford where he published five books and won several awards, including one for poetry. He went on to be a barrister, a member of parliament, a soldier, a publisher, a historical biographer, and - in 1935 - he became the Govenor-General of Canada. Today he is best remembered as the author of his perennially popular adventure novels.