The Casebook of Dick George – Private Investigator

In the 1960s, actor Francis Matthews channeled Cary Grant when performing the voice of Captain Scarlet on TV. Twenty years later he put the same impersonation to good use in 3 BBC radio plays in the series The Casebook of Dick George – Private Investigator. He was aided and abetted by Margaret Robertson, doing her best Katherine Hepburn and Lisa Jacobs as the “girl in distress” sounding just like Gloria Grahame. The series, written by Sarah Maxwell and directed by Glyn Dearman, was an affectionate spoof of 1930s Hollywood films.

The Case of the Cool Canary – Private investigator Dick George and his lovely ex-wife, Dora, are called upon by heiress Ruth-Ann Rogers for protection from gangsters intent upon wresting her fortune from her.
The Case of the Substitute Spouse – Private Investigator Dick and his wife Dora travel to Maine where they immediately make a deadly discovery.
The Case of the Vanishing Vamp – On the brink of divorcing Dora, private investigator Dick George is hot on the case of missing actress Irene Smith.

The series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1986.