Richard Barton: General Practitioner!: A BBC Radio 4 Crime Drama: Another Dick Barton Adventure

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2022
2 hours 50 minutes
Laurence 'Lol' Mason's spin-off homage to Dick Barton, following the adventures of the unretirable special agent and his doctor son

A thrilling saga of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, Edward J. Mason's Dick Barton: Special Agent was a huge hit on the BBC Light Programme between 1946 and 1951. Together with his mates Jock Anderson and Snowy White, ex-Commando Dick faced dastardly villains and deadly peril - but always triumphed ('With one bound, Dick was free!') Half a century later, Edward J's son Lol paid affectionate tribute to the much-loved radio hero with this sparkling pastiche, featuring the joint escapades of father-and-son duo Dick and Richard Barton.

Recuperating after an operation, the elderly crimefighter comes to stay with his GP son and daughter-in-law Sally in their sleepy rural village. Peace and quiet is what the doctor orders, so Dick settles down to get some rest and write his memoirs. But soon, mysterious parallels emerge between past and present, as Dick's old adventures start to echo events in Appledon...

Robert Bathurst stars as Richard Barton, with Sally Phillips and Matilda Ziegler as Sally, Moray Watson as Dick Barton, Julian Dutton as his younger self and Iain Cuthbertson as Jock.

Production credits
Written by Lol Mason
Produced by Jo Clegg

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 October 1997 (Pilot), 17 April-15 May 1998 (Series 1)

Richard Barton - Robert Bathurst
Old Dick/Old Leslie - Moray Watson
Jock - Iain Cuthbertson
Young Dick/Young Leslie - Julian Dutton
Sally Barton - Sally Phillips/Matilda Ziegler
Mrs Cadwalladder - Ann Beach/Doreen Mantle
Fassbinder - Kim Wall
Colin Meadows - Wayne Forester/Julian Dutton
Kenwood-Gore/Gordini - David Daker
Dr Willoughby - Joss Ackland
Marge - Carolyn Jones
Dr Adebile - Adjoa Andoh

With Roger Blake, Tim Whitnall and Fiona Allen

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