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Daunt And Dervish. Image shows from L to R: Josephine Daunt (Anna Massey), Susan Dervish (Frances Barber). Copyright: BBC.

Daunt And Dervish

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 20 episodes (4 series), 2003 - 2009. Stars Anna Massey, Imelda Staunton, Frances Barber, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Bill Paterson, Sean Scanlan, Joannah Tincey and others.

Daunt And Dervish

Radio comedy thriller. After the Second World War ends, former spies Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish decide to setup a detective agency

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2003 - 2009
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
20   (4 series)
Starring
Anna Massey, Imelda Staunton, Frances Barber, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Bill Paterson, Sean Scanlan, Joannah Tincey, Simon Treves and others
Writer
Guy Meredith
Directors
Cherry Cookson and Colin Guthrie

During wartime, Josephine Daunt, a Special Operations Executive operative in France, and Dervish, her controller in London, were engaged in exciting and dangerous work. But in peacetime they found themselves at a loose end. Though very different people - Daunt, Cambridge educated, meticulous and inquisitive, and Dervish, practical, energetic and instinctive - they work well together and form a private detective agency, enlisting the help of Bill Mackie, a former private detective, whose son had been killed in the war while working for SOE.

In the new fourth series Josephine's preparations for her marriage to Bill have to take a back seat when an up-and-coming young British fashion designer reports the theft of her latest designs. It seems a pretty straightforward case, but before too long Daunt and Dervish find themselves mixed up in a world of Teddy boys, political chicanery and sudden death.

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