Sunday, 27 February 2011


Saturday Play - Classic Chandler - 4. Playback
By Raymond Chandler
Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

Marlowe is hired to tail the mysterious Betty Mayfield all the way to the seaside town of Esmerelda, without knowing why or the identity of his employer. It's not long before he realises that he's not the only one on the trail, and that he too is being watched. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

Philip Marlowe . . . . . Toby Stephens Betty Mayfield . . . . . Sarah Goldberg Larry Mitchell . . . . . Iain Batchelor Clyde Umney . . . . . Sean Baker Clark Brandon . . . . . John Guerrasio Goble . . . . . Sam Dale Lucille . . . . . Claire Harry

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
Produced by Claire Grove

Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

Listen now on BBC iPlayer:
Available until 3:32PM Sat, 5 Mar 2011


  1. 'I collect blondes and bottles too.'

    Great to have Chandler back on the radio. Tell me, when you and the lads get together for your Friday dust-cutter(s), do you refer to the opposite sex as or broads?

  2. Tugs & battleships if in Fitzgeralds