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Paul Temple (BBC Crime Drama, 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!

The only other regular on the series is Sammy (George Sewell), the Temple’s butler/fixer.

Paul Temple

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.

Cast: Francis Matthews as Paul Temple; Ros Drinkwater as Steve Temple; George Sewell as Sammy Carson

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

UK / BBC One / 52×50 minutes / 23 November 1969 – 1 September 1971