Tom Watson

Detective Galbraith: The King of Diamonds & The Midas Touch
  • Detective Galbraith: The King of Diamonds & The Midas Touch

    • Robert Barr

    • Bernard Hepton (Read by)

    • Richard Davies (Read by)

    • Tom Watson (Read by)

    • Eva Haddon (Read by)

    • Katharine Page (Read by)

    • Bruce Alexander (Read by)

    • Kevork Malikyan (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    Ex-policeman Galbraith is caught up in mystery and murder in these two gripping, fast-paced detective dramas

    After a long career in the Flying Squad, veteran copper Bill Galbraith is hanging up his truncheon and saying goodbye to the police force. He's looking forward to a quiet life on civvy street - but his best friend, private investigator Tommy Evans, has other ideas...

    In The King of Diamonds, Galbraith's enjoying a peaceful retirement in the countryside when Tommy calls him up with a job offer. Adamant that he's done with detection, Bill refuses, but Evans persists - and soon, Galbraith is embroiled in murky goings-on involving a beautiful blonde, a missing diamond courier and a criminal mastermind.

    The Midas Touch sees Bill accosted once again by his old PI pal, who shows him a mysterious photograph of a party on a lawn, with circles drawn round the heads of three people. The photo was part of a parcel addressed to a retired criminal lawyer, which also contained bearer bonds, a list of jewellery worth £750,000 and a letter threatening the life of a man named Paul Carson. The crime the package tells of has yet to be discovered - can Galbraith root it out?

    Created by the award-winning writer of Z Cars and Softly Softly, Robert Barr, these two suspenseful full-cast dramas star Bernard Hepton as the reluctant investigator, with Richard Davies as Tommy Evans.

    Production credits
    Written by Robert Barr
    Produced by John Browell
    Starring Bernard Hepton as Galbraith

    The King of Diamonds
    Tommy Evans/Paul - Richard Davies
    David Cater - Tom Watson
    Gelder - Peter Dyneley
    Anne-Marie - Eva Haddon
    Cornell/Commander - Hector Ross
    Mary Galbraith - Katharine Page
    Milne - Bruce Alexander
    Lindemanns - Cyril Shaps
    Dykers - Trader Faulkner
    Brent - Peter Williams
    Jacobus - Stephen Greif
    Betty van Druten - Frances Jeater
    Lander - Peter Hawkins
    Gunman - Robert Gillespie
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 August-19 September 1975

    The Midas Touch
    Tommy Evans - Richard Davies
    Bernie Finch - Garard Green
    Sailor/Andreas - Kevork Malikyan
    Nick Tully - Clive Merrison
    Bavister - Eric Richard
    Mrs Palmer - Margery Withers
    Doc McDowall - Robert Gillespie
    Thorn - David Ryall
    Chief Inspector Collins/Inspector Burridge - Michael Kilgarriff
    Rita - Rosalyn Slater
    Carson - Matthew Francis

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 October-8 November 1977

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TOM WATSON is the MP for West Bromwich East. He campaigns against unlawful media practices and led the questioning of Rupert and James Murdoch when they appeared before Parliament in July 2011. He is the deputy chair of the Labour Party. MARTIN HICKMAN has worked for the Independent since 2001, and has driven the paper's coverage of the phone hacking scandal. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in 2009.

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