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Four full-cast dramas featuring the London police duo. 

Sergeant Jimmy Vogel is an old-school, down-to-earth copper. Dedicated and tenacious, he's happy to work overtime to get results (to the dismay of his long-suffering wife, Mo). But after repeatedly missing out on promotion, he finds himself working under Superintendent Fraser, whose methods are alien to him. For Jimmy, policing's about understanding human nature, while his boss relies more on facts and figures. But to catch criminals, it takes both science and instinct, as the duo discover in these four stories.

Body on the Heath - A young man is found on Putney Heath, his throat cut. Who is he, and how did he come to die such a grisly death? Vogel's having trouble finding any satisfactory answers....

An Ordinary Bloke - When a woman is killed by faulty electrical wiring, it looks like murder. Her husband is the obvious suspect, but he's disappeared - and in tracking him down, Vogel and Fraser uncover unpleasant truths and secrets dating back 30 years.

Sins of the Father - Jimmy Vogel is feeling his age. He's finally managed to make Inspector, but at the expense of his home life; he's feeling out of step with the youngsters at the station; and Superintendent Fraser still criticises his lack of tact. And his current investigation isn't making life any easier....

Background - The old firm of Vogel and Fraser is in danger of breaking up. Fraser's stuck behind a desk and rarely gets out on the job, and Vogel's thinking of packing it in altogether. But neither of them can resist a challenge, and when a child is kidnapped they both get back on the case.

Created by veteran scriptwriter Bill Lyons, these thrilling detective dramas star Douglas Livingstone as Vogel and Nigel Hawthorne as Fraser, with Diana Bishop as Mo.

Cast and credits:

Starring Douglas Livingstone as Vogel and Nigel Hawthorne as Fraser, with Diana Bishop as Mo.

Produced and directed by Jane Morgan.

Body on the Heath

Sgt Mann - Walter Hall

PC Jackson - Michael Harbour

Pathologist/Mr Simon - Bruce Purchase

Hairdresser/Waiter/Car park attendant - Alan Dudley

Laura Holland - Colette O'Neil

Edward Holland - David Graham

Annie Viccars - Valerie Murray

Eric Hills - Christopher Bidmead

David Simon - Steven Pacey

With Michael Tudor Barnes and Irene Sutcliffe.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23rd October 1976.

An Ordinary Bloke

Jack Davis - Philip Stone

Vi Davis - Joan Matheson

Robert Davis - Gavin Campbell

Det-Sgt Burridge - Michael Goldie

Brian - Walter Hall

PC Jackson - Kenneth Shanley

Margaret Davis - Frances Jeater

Spooner - Christopher Saul

Brenda Parsons - Sheila Reid

Alan Davis - Brian Hewlett

Mrs Walters - Margot Boyd

Sheila Stewart - Nicolette McKenzie

Technical presentation by David Greenwood.

Assisted by David Hitchinson, Nick Bamford and Allyson Reed.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 3rd September 1977.

Sins of the Father

Mrs Sutton - Petra Davies

Charles Sutton - Philip Voss

Jo Blackitt - Jenny Twigge

Dave Walker - Brian Carroll

Mayor - Brian Haines

Tony Sutton - Merlin Ward

Eric Roye - Fred Bryant

Gerry Marshall - Dominic Cox

Harris - Jeffrey Segal

Tina - Tina Lyons

Club Leader - David Sinclair

Mrs Marshall - Eva Stuart

Gaffer - John Bott

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22nd September 1979.


Mrs Ornum - Miranda Forbes

Mr Ornum - Michael McStay

Timothy Ornum - Rusty Livingstone

Andy - Leroi Samuels

Dave - Alex Jennings

Insp Peter Gardner - Ronald Baddiley

Rick - Michael Deeks

Chas - Simon Hewitt

Stew - Patrick Field

DC Young - Steve Hodson

Sharon Fraser - Alexandra Mathie

Mrs Fraser - Lillias Walker

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29th January 1983.

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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