created by Francis Durbridge on BBC TV.
Paul Temple TV Series***
listing compiled by Ian Beard from
the Radio Times Formatting
by Greg Marshall. 22 July 2001.
Update. September 2002.
it was discovered that many of the German language dubs to the series (including
Missing episodes), still existed in the archives of ZDF Television, in
Germany. Also efforts are being made to trace episodes via Kirch Media.
Werner has details, which can be found on his website at
Temple and Steve
ended their 30 year radio career with the broadcast of the Paul
Temple and the Alex Affair serial in 1968.
This was also the final Francis Durbridge/Martin
C. Webster collaboration. However, the BBC
hadn't finished with Paul Temple,
and in 1969 he was to debut on British television - in colour.
There were to be several differences to the radio days. Francis
Durbridge was not going to write the stories,
and it was to be a series
of self contained episodes, rather than the serials with the wonderful
cliffhangers. Also, the series was to be updated to the swinging 60s. Sir
Graham Forbes & Charlie
didn't make the transition, but new characters were introduced.
In charge of the series (at the start) was long time Durbridge
collaborator Alan Bromly
who had produced & directed such serials as The
Desperate People, Melissa,
Man Called Harry Brent & A
Game of Murder.
Changes in the production staff occurred, with Peter
Bryant and Derrick
Sherwin (both having worked on Doctor
Who) taking over as producers from the Second
The series was notable for featuring a large amount of location filming,
much of it overseas. This tended to create quite a contrast in the look
of the episodes, especially with those that had limited, or no location
At opposite ends for example,
is 100% studio based (even the exterior scenes), while Games
People Play was 100% location, filmed on Malta.
pages outline the episodes, of a series that is not well known today. A
large number of the episodes no longer exist as they were not preserved
by the BBC. Of
the 52 episodes
produced, only 16 are
know to exist today, & 5
of those only exist in black and white. The first 26
episodes are the worst affected with only 1
is no longer accurate - see above; I will update this section when more
details come to light)
you know of any episodes marked as missing, I would like to hear. The series
was sold into Europe, and black and white telerecordings were sold to Australia
& New Zealand, at least.
BBC Production in Association with Taurus Films Gmbh Munich. "Paul
Temple" - Francis Matthews
- Ros Drinkwateer
characters of Kate
featured regularly in the early episodes, and Sammy
Carson played by George
Sewell was introduced in Ep. 14 Right
Villian. He returned from time to time,
especially in the 4th Series.
- Alan Bromly, Peter Bryant & Derrick
and directors noted in individual episodes listings.
theme music written
by Ron Grainer
1st Series - 23rd Nov 1969 - 15 Feb 1970.
13 X 60 Min. 2nd Series - 5th April 1970 - 26th
July 1970. 13 X 60 Min. 3rd Series - 10th Jan 1971 - 11th
April 1971. 13 X 60 Min. 4th Series - 9th June 1971 - 1st
Sept 1971. 13 X 60 Min.
Paul Temple discovers
a body! Francis Matthews
(centre) with Peter Miles & Ros Drinkwater.