Jeffrey Archer: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less & A Matter of Honour

Jeffrey Archer: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less & A Matter of Honour

2 BBC Radio 4 full-cast thrillers

Summary

Two full-cast dramatisations of Jeffrey Archer's thrillers with narration by Jeffrey Archer himself

Jeffery Archer is a New York Times bestselling author, published in over 37 languages across 97 countries. Jeffrey Archer's debut novel Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less from 1976 is dramatised here in seven parts by Betty Davis; as well as his later work A Matter of Honour, which was recently rediscovered in the collection of an amateur archivist after the recording was lost on delivery to the BBC archives. The sound quality of A Matter of Honour may be affected as a result.

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

The conned: an Oxford don, a revered society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord. They have one thing in common. Overnight, each novice investor lost his life's fortune to one man.

The con: Harvey Metcalfe. A brilliant, self-made guru of deceit. A very dangerous individual. And now, a hunted man. With nothing left to lose, four strangers are about to come together - each experts in their own field.

Their plan: find Harvey, shadow him, trap him, and destroy him - penny-for-penny. From the luxurious casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot; from the bustle of Wall Street to fashionable London galleries, their own ingenious game has begun.

It's called revenge - and they were taught by a master.

Narrated by Jeffrey Archer

Harvey Metcalfe - Stratford Johns
Stephen Bradley - Paul Darrow
Adrian Tryner - Francis Matthews
Jean Pierre Lamanns - Edward de Souza
Lord James Brigsley - Jeremy Clyde
Anne Summerton - Lesley-Anne Down
David Stein - Leonard Fenton
Jorg Birrer - Sion Probert
Miss Melkie - Sonia Fraser
Giovanni - Sean Arnold

Adapted by Betty Davies
Directed by Glyn Dearman
First Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 October and November 1980


A Matter of Honour

10th May 1966: The Tsar's Icon is a fake. It is imperative that the original be found - and by 20th June. Finding it will change the course of human history.

It seems innocent enough. A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. But the moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events that threatens to shake the very foundations of the free world.

When at last he comes to understand what he is in possession of, he's even more determined to protect it, for it's more than a matter of life and death - it's a matter of honour.

Narrated by Jeffrey Archer

Adam Scott - Michael York
Alexander Romanov - Simon Ward
Lawrence Pemberton - Tom Chadbon
Brezhnev - Czeslaw Grocholski
Zaborski - John Church
Petrova - Jill Lidstone
Heidi - Helena Breck
Konstantinov - George Roubicek
Goering - Garard Green
Gerard Scott - Manning Wilson
Mrs Scott - Pauline Letts
Wainwright - Eric Stovell
Other parts played by Sheila Grant, Ronald Herdman, Gordon Reid and Jill Simcox

Dramatised by Brian Sibley
Directed by Glyn Dearman

First Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 November and December 1986

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