Secrets of Scotland Yard

Secrets of Scotland Yard

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The Secrets of Scotland Yard was a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. In fact, the shows were so similar that some of the same actual Scotland Yard cases were dramatized for both series (with totally different scripts, and casts).

The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. Each week, an audience of anxious radio-listeners tuned in to hear these true crime stories of the London Metropolitan Police unfold, as the detectives at the Yard investigated some of Englands most famous criminals. Their trials have become legendary. Stories presented in the series include the theft of the British crown jewels by Colonel Thomas Blood; the story of a man who finds an armless and legless body wrapped in ribbons and lace; or the strange story of two close brothers who love one another enough to contemplate the murder of a brothers affluent, yet unsightly and ignorant, wife. Murders, forgery, and robberies all get a through review on the program. Each time, Scotland Yard detectives are afoot to solve the crime mystery! The Secrets of Scotland Yard was initially hosted by Clive Brook, probably for the first year or so. To add to the air of authenticity, Brook sometimes discusses matters with Percy Hoskins, a 1950s crime expert and reporter for the London Daily Express.


Episode List

Absent Minded Professor
Accurate Spelling Is Essential
Bank of England Robbery
Black Market Murder
Blodie Belgium
Bone from a Voice Box
Brothers Staunton
Buckets of Blood
Burke and Hare
Captain X
Charles Piece
Crime On The Railway
Dr Ruxton Axe Killer
Family Soliciter
Fiction Is Stranger Than Truth aka Reginald Sidney Buckfield
Florence Maybrick
Frederick Stewart
General Charles Leward aka Death In The Wood
George Smith
Great Gold Robbery
Greeneyed Monster
Henri Perot
Henry Fauntleroy
Hunted Hunter
Jack the Ripper
Jean Pierre Vaquier: The Dapper Frenchman
Jim the Penman
Just a Matchstick and a Duster
Kindly Doctor
Lady in Distress
Lady Is a Crook
Lesson in Love
Liverpool Bank Fraud
Lucky Murderer
Mightier Than The Sword
Murder At Moat House Farm
Murder Most Foul aka Mrs Voisson
Murder Without Motive
Murderers Letter
Music Murder and a Mackintosh
Neville Heath
Nurse Waddingham
One Man Too Many
Perfect Detective
Romantic Murderer
Ronald Vivian Light
Root of All Evil Money
Saved By A Piece Of Paper aka Identifications
Scales of Justice aka Robert Wood
Servant Problem
Smoke Clings to the Hair
Story of Walter Miller
Theft of the British Crown Jewels
Witchcraft Law