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

Daunt And Dervish

  • Radio comedy drama
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2003 - 2009
  • 20 episodes (4 series)

Radio comedy thriller. After the Second World War ends, former spies Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish decide to setup a detective agency. Stars Anna Massey, Imelda Staunton, Frances Barber, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Bill Paterson and more.

Key details

Comedy Drama
2003 - 2009
BBC Radio 4
20 (4 series)
Anna Massey, Imelda Staunton, Frances Barber, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Bill Paterson, Sean Scanlan, Joannah Tincey, Simon Treves and more
Guy Meredith
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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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 17th November 2003 on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Friday 3rd April 2009 at 10:45am on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats

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