MODESTY BLAISE - EPISODES 1 TO 5 (320kbs-m4a/154mb/66mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 25th February to 1st March 2019
Modesty Blaise, by Peter O'Donnell, was adapted from the novel of the same name by Stef Penney.
Modesty Blaise . . . Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin . . . Neil Maskell
Sir Gerald Tarrant . . . Alun Armstrong
Gabriel . . . Ewan Bailey
McWhirter . . . Alex Ferns
Grant . . . Matthew Gravelle
Paul . . . John Hollingworth
Nicole . . . Hannah McPake
With an original score by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner, and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster.
A BBC/Cymru Wales production, produced and directed by Kate McAll.
MODESTY BLAISE - EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/30mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 25th February 2019
A British agent is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Now rumours are circulating of a plot to steal a huge consignment of diamonds belonging to a Middle Eastern Sheik. The diamonds are part of a deal to secure oil for Britain and Sir Gerald Tarrant, head of a British secret service organisation, needs some specialist help to prevent the plot being carried out. He decides to 'set a thief to catch a thief' and persuades former criminal Modesty Blaise to come out of retirement, along with her right-hand man Willie Garvin.
MODESTY BLAISE - EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/30mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 26th February 2019
Modesty and Willie have been hired by a British secret service organisation to foil a plot. The rumour is that someone is planning to steal a huge consignment of diamonds - diamonds being traded for an oil deal. They head for the South of France to try and find out who is behind such a daring scheme. Along the way both of them discover an old flame.
MODESTY BLAISE - EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/31mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 27th February 2019
The action moves from France to Egypt. Frustrated by their lack of progress in finding the supposed diamond thief, and by having to work by Secret Service rules, Modesty and Willie decide to go their own way and play the live bait caper. It proves to be a risky decision.
MODESTY BLAISE - EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/31mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 28th February 2019
Modesty and Willie have deliberately allowed themselves to be captured by Gabriel, the criminal mastermind behind the diamond heist. Now they're waiting for just the right moment to recapture the diamonds and escape. Gabriel, however, has other plans for the pair.
MODESTY BLAISE - EPISODE 5 (320kbs-m4a/31mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 1st March 2019
Modesty and Willie are being held by ruthless villain Gabriel on a remote Mediterranean island. He has used them to help him steal a huge consignment of diamonds but now has no further use for them. Propects look bad for the pair and they must call upon all their resources to save the day.