Candle of Darkness
Edward Boyd

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Narrated By: Douglas Murchie, Effie Morrison, , Isobel Gardner, Moultrie R Kelsall, Teddy Johnson

Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes

What to expect

Teddy Johnson stars in this atmospheric six-part radio thriller

Korean War veteran and hip Londoner Steve Gardiner arrives in a small Scottish seaside resort, looking for his old friend Jimmy Morton. But he's picked the wrong time for a reunion. The sleepy town is being terrorised by a homicidal maniac dubbed 'the Kind Man', and panic stalks the streets.

Stepping off the train after dark, Steve is almost lynched by a terrified crowd, and at the gloomy Morton house he finds Jimmy and his father Wilfred behaving strangely. Then, waking in the night, he hears a voice whispering verses in his ear...

Jimmy's heard the voice too. He claims it belongs to a dead man: Francis Lennox. A local poet and his close friend, they were in the same prison camp in Korea - but only Jimmy made it home. But what really happened there, and could it be linked to the killings?

Can the Kind Man be caught before he strikes again?

First broadcast in 1954, this Chandleresque mystery was written by Edward Boyd, whose radio credits include Castles in Spain and The Same River Twice. Singer Teddy Johnsonstars as Steve Gardiner, with Jimmy Logan as Jimmy Morton.

Produced by Eddie Fraser

Cast
Steve Gardiner - Teddy Johnson
Mrs McGann - Helen Norman
Stella - Isobel Gardner
Albert - Paul Young
Railway porter - Eric Wightman
Miss Wylie - Marjorie Dalziel
PC Mackenzie - John Young
Police Sergeant/PC Robertson - Kalman Glass
Detective Inspector Gordon - Moultrie R Kelsall
Tramp/Romilly Foster - Douglas Murchie
Delia Dewar - Effie Morrison
Wilfred Morton - Leonard Maguire
Jimmy Morton - Jimmy Logan
Librarian - Leslie Blackater
Lindy Marshall - Hannah Gordon
Old lady - Jean Taylor-Smith
Drunk - Phil McCall
Bill Williams - Glenn Michael
Diana Wheeler-Sproat - Eileen McCallum
Mr Dunnsmuir - Michael Elder
Louisa Matthews - Nancy Mitchell
First broadcast BBC Home Service, 29 March-3 May 1954

Genre

Thriller / suspense fiction, Crime & mystery fiction, Classic crime & mystery fiction, Crime & mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction

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