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Paul Temple (BBC-1 1969-1971, Francis Matthews, Ros Drinkwater)

Paul Temple has been around since the late 1930’s having been created by the legendary Francis Durbridge for a hugely popular BBC Radio series (which ran off and on for almost 30 years), it wasn’t until the late 1960’s though that he and his gorgeous wife Stevie made the transition to television.

Played by Francis Matthews, Paul Temple is a best selling novelist who, along with his wife Stevie (played by Ros Drinkwater), travels around Europe researching his next book but somehow always managing to get embroiled in mystery and murder. Paul and Stevie are a great couple with an excellent dynamic, Ros is a few years younger than Paul (Temple is supposed to be in his early thirties but looks older) but they are a real partnership. They are also extremely wealthy, Paul has a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe!

Unlike most series of the time Paul Temple actually went on location (for exteriors, interiors are still in studio giving it that classic seventies look) for quite a few of its stories. One of the best tales features the brilliant George Baker as a world famous film star playing dangerous games with his coterie of hangers on in Malta. The duo also find themselves getting mixed up with witchcraft, a mysterious masked ball in Munich, mystery on the Riveira and a trip to Spain for murder in the Bullring.

Francis Matthews is perfectly suited to playing the suave Temple and the series itself is extremely enjoyable and very watchable. Most of the episodes of have been lost although it has been long rumoured that German company Media Kirch has the last 39 episodes in their archive. The series was very popular in Germany and TV channel ZDF does hold all 52 episodes as telerecordings but they are dubbed into German.

Paul Temple

production details
UK / BBC One – Taurus Film GmbH Munich / 52×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 November 1969 – 1 September 1971

Creator: Francis Durbridge / Theme Music: Ron Grainer / Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson / Script Editor: Barry Thomas (Season 1), Trevor Ray (Season 2), Martin Hall (Seasons 3 and 4) / Producers: Alan Bromly (Season 1), Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin

cast
Francis Matthews as Paul Temple
Ros Drinkwater as Steve Temple

SEASON ONE 23 November 1969 – 15 February 1970
1. WHO DIES NEXT (23 Nov 1969)
2. MESSAGE FROM A DEAD MAN (30 Nov 1969)
3. THERE MUST BE A MR X (7 Dec 1969)
4. MISSING PENNY (14 Dec 1969)
5. THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (21 Dec 1969)
6. WHICH ONE OF US IS ME? (28 Dec 1969)
7. INSIDE INFORMATION (4 Jan 1970)
8. THE MASKED LADY (11 Jan 1970)
9. SWAN SONG FOR COLONEL HARP (18 Jan 1970)
10. MR WALLACE PREDICTS (25 Jan 1970)
11. LETTERS FROM ROBERT (1 Feb 1970)
12. THE MAN FROM THE SEA (8 Feb 1970)
13. THE VICTIM (15 Feb 1970)

SEASON TWO 5 April – 26 July 1970
1. RIGHT VILLAIN (5 Apr 1970)
2. KILL OR CURE (12 Apr 1970)
3. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY (19 Apr 1970)
4. THE ARTNAPPERS (26 Apr 1970)
5. THE BLACK ROOM (3 May 1970)
6. ANTIQUE DEATH PART ONE (10 May 1970)
7. ANTIQUE DEATH PART TWO (17 May 1970)
8. DOUBLE VISION (24 May 1970)
9. STEAL A LITTLE HAPPINESS (28 June 1970)
10. THE SUITCASE (5 Jul 1970)
11. MURDER IN MUNICH PART ONE (12 Jul 1970)
12. MURDER IN MUNICH PART TWO (19 Jul 1970)
13. RE-TAKE (26 Jul 1970)

Paul Temple

SEASON THREE 10 January – 11 April 1971
1. HOUSE OF THE DEAD (10 Jan 1971)
2. SEA BURIAL (17 Jan 1971)
3. NIGHT TRAIN (24 Jan 1971)
4. CORRIDA (7 Feb 1971)
5. DEATH FOR DIVERS’ REASONS (14 Feb 1971)
6. A GREEK TRAGEDY (21 Feb 1971)
7. THE SPECIALISTS (28 Feb 1971)
8. HAS ANYBODY HERE SEEN KELLY? (7 Mar 1971)
9. REQUIEM FOR A DON (14 Mar 1971)
10. MOTEL (21 Mar 1971)
11. CUE MURDER! (28 Mar 1971)
12. DEATH OF FASCHING (4 Apr 1971)
13. CATCH YOUR DEATH (11 Apr 1971)

SEASON FOUR 9 June – 1 September 1971
1. PAPER CHASE (9 Jun 1971)
2. DEATH SENTENCE (16 Jun 1971)
3.RICOCHET (23 Jun 1971)
4. WITH FRIENDS LIKE YOU, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES? (30 Jun 1971)
5. PARTY PIECE (7 Jul 1971)
6. THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (14 Jul 1971)
7. THE MEN WHO FORGED REAL MONEY (21 Jul 1971)
8. A FAMILY AFFAIR (28 Jul 1971)
9. THE GUILTY MUST DIE (4 Aug 1971)
10. GAME, SET AND MATCH (11 Aug 1971)
11. LONG RIDE TO RED GAP (18 Aug 1971)
12. WINNER TAKES ALL (25 Aug 1971)
13. CRITICS, YES! BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS (1 Sep 1971)





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