Well-known thriller and crime writer. Many of his novels and short stories have been dramatised for radio. Here is a list of some of them:
2001 Petrella, series of 4 dramatisations by Michael Butt.
1997 Petrella, series of 45m dramatisations by Michael Butt.
1987 Smallbone, Deceased
1983 Petrella : The Oyster Catcher
1979 Flight of the Arrow
1979 The Last Tenant
1976 Petrella, more dramatisations.
1974 Flash Point, 90m
1972 Black Light
1971 Smallbone, Deceased, 90m
1970 The Last Chapter
1969 Game Without Rules
1965 Stay of Execution
1963 After the Fine Weather, 90m
Four Petrella stories (R4, 1415, beginning 14 Feb 01) were broadcast on successive Wednesday afternoons: adventures of Michael Gilbert's south London detective. I have not read the original stories but these adaptations by Michael Butt were well-paced and good listening. Phillip Jackson was Petrella and Nicky Henson the long-suffering Burly. (ND, VRPCC newsletter)
THE OYSTER CATCHER, 45m. 6thApr83.
FLIGHT OF THE ARROW....1979
20 Oct 79. With John Bott/Peter Jeffrey/Shirley Dixon. A company which makes steel for aircraft parts is plunged into crisis when there's a crash. Was their material at fault? 90M, SNT. Produced by Gerry Jones.
THE LAST TENANT....1979
19 Jun 1979. With Peter Gilmore/Fraser Kerr/Gordon Dulieu/Gregory de Polnay.
With Peter Gilmore/Henry Stamper/Nan Marriott Watson.
GAME WITHOUT RULES....1968
A series of stories about an unofficial government department dealing with spies. Went out twice a week. Twenty 30m episodes.
01. 28thOct68. In Which Mr Calder Aquires a Dog.
02. 31stOct68. The Peaceful People.
03. 4thNov68 The Spoilers. part 1.
04. 7thNov68. The Spoilers. part 2.
05. 11thNov68. The Road to Damascus.
06. 14thNov68. The Cat Cracker.
07. 18thNov68. Double, Double... part 1
08.21stNov68. Double, Double... part 2.
11.2ndDec68. Cross-Over. part 1.
12. 5thDec68. Cross-Over. part 2.
13. 9thDec68. The Lion and the Virgin. w.Maurice Denham.
14. 12thDec68. Achmed and Ego.
15. 16thDec68. The Mercenaries.
19. 30thDec68. Signal Tresham.
20. 2ndJan69. St.Ethelberger & the Angel of Death.
STAY OF EXECUTION....1965
6 episode serial, Light Programme, 3.10.1965 - 7.11.1965, with Barry Foster/Duncan Carse/Frederick Treves/Maurice Denham.
AFTER THE FINE WEATHER....1963
16 Nov 63. 90m.
4 episodes, Light programme, 24.7.1956, with Hugh Burden/Gerald Campion/Stephen Jack/Philip Levene.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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