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Publisher's Summary

Full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of the first five Falco novels by Lindsey Davis, starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco.

The Silver Pigs:

 One fine day, AD 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, PI Falco wants to know why. Hoping for future favours from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself.

Shadows in Bronze:

 Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgment, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. But this will be no holiday: they have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii. 

Venus in Copper:

 A small accounting error has left Marcus Didius Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But the Roman Empire's most hard-done-by investigator is finally bailed out and promptly accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bribe....

The Iron Hand of Mars:

 Falco is dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the empire to deliver a new standard, an iron hand, to one of the legions. Germania is cold, wet, dismal and full of dark forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians, but Falco has an even bigger problem to worry about: he has forgotten Helena Justina's birthday, and she is being pursued by the Emperor's son Titus Caesar. 

Poseidon’s Gold:

 Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's late brother, Festus. When Falco refuses to cough up the money, he and Censorinus end up fighting...and later, the centurion turns up dead. Under suspicion of murder, Falco must confront his past and uncover his brother's secrets before he can clear his name and solve the mystery.

These funny and fast-moving adaptations are a treat for all Falco fans.

Cast:

   Falco...Anton Lesser

   Helena...Fritha Goodey/Anna Madeley

   Petronius...Ben Crowe

   Ma...Frances Jeater

   Pa...Trevor Peacock

   Vespasian...Michael Tudor Barnes

   Titus...Jonathan Keeble

Dramatised by Mary Cutler

   Directed by Peter Leslie Wild

Audio updated as of February 2020. 

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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great history lesson

great blend of history and a glimpse of daily life at the time. My only problem was the voices were not easy to hear over car noise which only allowed enjoying the performance at home.

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  • 2018-10-05

Wonderful but flawed...

The performances are fantastic, the story is wonderful but the entire story has a weird sound in the background, at random intervals, that sounds like someone is ripping velcro, oras if they recorded this via some bootleg situation and there is FM static. It happens just often enough to be annoying, then stops for so long you think it won't happen again. Can someone clean up the recording and release the corrected version?

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  • Cody T.
  • 2019-03-12

A few audio glitches - but enjoyable as a box set for Falco fans

Although there were some notable audio glitches, this dramatized radio play is a nice adaptation for the early Falco books. Buying them as a box set made all the difference.

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  • William Simkiss
  • 2020-03-05

Fabulous adaptation!

The BBC takes the first 5 Falco books, and while abridging them, perfectly captures their spirit. PERFECTLY! The writing and pacing is good, the acting superb. I couldn’t wait to hear them all - and then play them right again. I hope they’ll someday do the rest.

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  • H. Atwood
  • 2018-12-13

Fantastic!

I loved it! What are they going to do more? The cast was perfect especially Anton Lesser, playing Falco. Nobody does radio dramas like the Brits!

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  • N. Campbell
  • 2021-03-30

Fantastic stories

I love Marcus Didius Falco! I have read the books many times & listened to the unabridged audiobooks. The cast dramatizations are brilliant.

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  • Vicki
  • 2022-03-04

Terrific adaptation

This covers the first 5 books of the series Each is around 2.5 hrs so it is abridged However, it is true to the storyline and great fun Sometimes the background audio is a bit too loud for the voices but that is a minor issue This a great series and I hope the BBC will consider doing the next 5 books as well I highly recommend this!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 2021-08-04

"Of all of the vineyards in the known worlds ...

... she just happened to walk into this one."

A lifetime fan of all things Roman, I had read the printed versions of Lindsey Davis'e entire unabridged Falco series years ago and delighted in the radio adaptations for BBC radio. This Audio brings together those first five Falco plays, starring Anton Lesser as Falco, with a full supporting cast. They are all excellent.
Anton Lesser excels as Falco, his is the voice I heard in my head when I first read the books. Tender but strong, with courage and cowardice, duty and family frustration all on display: not just his acting skills but places him centre stage. His lover, Helen Justin's is also beautifully portrayed by Anna Madley in books 2 - 5, though I actually preferred the warmer, more laughter or disdain filled Helena of Frilla Goodey in book one.

The titles included are:
- The Silver Pigs
- Shadows in Bronze
- Venus in Copper
- The Iron Hand of Mars
- Poseidon's Gold.

Although heavily abridged, the five book series is superb, really catching the humour as well as the excitement of the stories and the atmosphere of Rome in the first Century. A book that I will listen to again and again

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  • Haragano
  • 2020-07-27

such fun!

a delight to go on the adventure with Falco & Helena again...loved the Turbot! Enjoy

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  • TX lilbit
  • 2019-12-09

Fairly entertaining

Not mind-blowing, but I'll listen to anything Anton Lesser reads. I like to think the sound flaws are the actors wrapping packages with those big tape dispensers :-).

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  • Gaurav
  • 2019-04-23

Fun detective stories

Loved it. Great detective drama with a comedic edge set in Ancient Rome. Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley are great!