An original 1957 radio crime drama series starring Cecil Parker and Sheila Sims.
Ernest Dudley was born Vivian Ernest Coltman-Allen on 23 July 1908 (he took his pseudonym from his place of birth- Dudley, in the West Midlands). He was educated at Taplow School, but ran away aged 17 to become an actor, first joining a repertory company in Ireland and subsequently becoming part of Charles Doran's Shakespearean company. In 1930, he married Jane Grahame, a fellow member of the company, and the duo starred in the first British touring production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, which played in the West End before transferring to Broadway. After performing minor roles in several more West End plays, Dudley decided that he was better suited to writing than acting, and became a gossip columnist for the Daily Mail. He also started writing scripts for BBC Radio. His long-running radio series Mr Walker Wants to Know was adapted as a novel of the same name in 1939, and in 1942 Dudley was given his own radio show, The Armchair Detective. It ran for over 10 years, had over 10 million listeners and was even adapted as a film in 1951, in which Dudley starred. 1942 also saw the first appearance of Dudley's most famous radio creation, the psychiatrist detective Dr Morelle. Based on the autocratic film actor and director Eric Von Stroheim, the overbearing, imperious Morelle made his debut on the anthology show Monday Night at Eight, dubbed 'the man you love to hate'. The segments featuring him were entitled Meet Dr Morelle, and between 1942 and 1946 they starred Dennis Arundell as Morelle and Dudley's wife Jane Grahame as faithful secretary Miss Frayle. Heron Carvic took over the lead role from 1947-48, and in 1957 Cecil Parker was the voice of Morelle in the thirteen-episode series A Case for Dr Morelle (with Sheila Sim as Miss Frayle). The success of the radio series