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Francis Durbridge was born in Hull in on 25 November 1912. He was educated in Bradford and went on to Birmingham University. It was while he was there that his radio play, Persuasion, was written and broadcast. After leaving university he worked for a short time in a stockbroker's office before realising that the only career he was really interested in was writing. For some time he toyed with the idea of creating a detective who was also a crime novelist, but was unable to finalise the character to his satisfaction until 1938. The end result, Paul Temple, inhabited a world of luxurious sports cars, Knightsbridge flats and chic women - a bygone age of elegance and manners. Durbridge had his first detective novel published at the age of twenty-two and went on to write three dozen more. Paul Temple made his first radio appearance on 8 April 1938 on the BBC's Midland Region. Send for Paul Temple was a huge success: within a week of the serial's final instalment the BBC received 7000 letters demanding more. A second adventure, Paul Temple and the Front Page Men, was broadcast in November and December 1938 and was even more popular than the first. The theme tune for the series was Vivian Ellis' Coronation Scot, which became instantly recognisable to the millions of Temple listeners. In all, twenty-one series of Paul Temple were broadcast over a period of thirty years. During the 1950s and '60s Durbridge transferred his skills to television; Portrait of Alison, Melissa and The Scarf are just a few of the serials that gripped the nation during those years. They all adhered to the writer's golden formula: 'Everybody is lying, nothing is as it seems.' His appeal was widespread: in Germany in particular a new Durbridge television thriller was apparently enough to clear the cinemas. In 1967 the European Broadcasting Union commissioned him to create a radio serial for the international market. The result, La Boutique, made for riveting listening. Durbridge was an extremely entertaining writer and the clever twists and turns of his plots were guaranteed to keep audiences tuning in week after week. He also wrote nine plays for the theatre: Suddenly at Home, The Gentle Hook, House Guest and A Touch of Danger all ran successfully in the West End. He married Norah Lawley in 1940 and had two sons. Francis Durbridge died in London on 10 April 1998.
Paul Temple and the Front Page Men By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Front Page Menby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple And The Madison Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple And The Madison Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Kelby Affair By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Kelby Affairby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Madison Case By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Madison Caseby Francis Durbridge
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Bat Out of Hell By Francis Durbridge
Bat Out of Hellby Francis Durbridge
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News of Paul Temple By Francis Durbridge
News of Paul Templeby Francis Durbridge
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Send for Paul Temple Again! By Francis Durbridge
Send for Paul Temple Again!by Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple Intervenes By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple Intervenesby Francis Durbridge
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Breakaway By Francis Durbridge
Breakawayby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery By Francis Durbridge
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Send for Paul Temple By Francis Durbridge
Send for Paul Templeby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Margo Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Curzon Case By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Curzon Caseby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Geneva Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Tyler Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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The World of Tim Frazer By Francis Durbridge
The World of Tim Frazerby Francis Durbridge
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Tim Frazer Again By Francis Durbridge
Tim Frazer Againby Francis Durbridge
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The Tyler Mystery By Francis Durbridge
The Tyler Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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The Doll By Francis Durbridge
The Dollby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery By Francis Durbridge
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House Guest By Francis Durbridge
House Guestby Francis Durbridge
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Suddenly at Home By Francis Durbridge
Suddenly at Homeby Francis Durbridge
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Breakaway By Francis Durbridge
Breakawayby Francis Durbridge
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Deadly Nightcap By Francis Durbridge
Deadly Nightcapby Francis Durbridge
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Send for Paul Temple Again! By Francis Durbridge
Send for Paul Temple Again!by Francis Durbridge
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The World of Tim Frazer By Francis Durbridge
The World of Tim Frazerby Francis Durbridge
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The Gentle Hook By Francis Durbridge
The Gentle Hookby Francis Durbridge
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News of Paul Temple By Francis Durbridge
News of Paul Templeby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robberyby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Kelby Affair By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Kelby Affairby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple Intervenes By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple Intervenesby Francis Durbridge
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A Touch of Danger By Francis Durbridge
A Touch of Dangerby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Madison Case By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Madison Caseby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Front Page Men By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Front Page Menby Francis Durbridge
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The Curzon case: A Paul Temple novel By Francis Durbridge
The Curzon case: A Paul Temple novelby Francis Durbridge
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Geneva Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Geneva Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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Tim Frazer Gets the Message By Francis Durbridge
Tim Frazer Gets the Messageby Francis Durbridge
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Game of Murder By Francis Durbridge
Game of Murderby Francis Durbridge
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The Other Man By Francis Durbridge
The Other Manby Francis Durbridge
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Pig-tail Murder By Francis Durbridge
Pig-tail Murderby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Madison Case By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Madison Caseby Francis Durbridge
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Sweet Revenge By Francis Durbridge
Sweet Revengeby Francis Durbridge
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Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery By Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and the Margo Mysteryby Francis Durbridge
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Send for Paul Temple By Francis Durbridge
Send for Paul Templeby Francis Durbridge
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The Passenger By Francis Durbridge
The Passengerby Francis Durbridge
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Tim Frazer Gets the Message By Francis Durbridge
Tim Frazer Gets the Messageby Francis Durbridge
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My Wife Melissa By Francis Durbridge
My Wife Melissaby Francis Durbridge
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