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No. 4 Bow Street, the address of the Bow Street Magistrate's office and the location of London's first professional Police Force, the Bow Street Runners, dating from 1749
No. 27-8 Bow Street, built circa 1879, just across Bow Street and north about half a block from the site of No. 4 Bow Street, the original site of The Bow Street Magistrate's building and the Bow Street Officers--or Runners. [We are deeply indebted to The Friends of The Metropolitan Police and Alan Moss of www.historybytheyard.co.uk for their invaluable assistance in verifying this information]
A faint,archival elevation view of approximately Nos. 16-18 Bow Street, reminiscent of the architectural style at No. 4 Bow Street
A faint,archival elevation view of approximately Nos. 16-18 Bow Street, reminiscent of the architectural style at No. 4 Bow Street. Though no known drawing of No. 4 Bow Street has survived, the two contemporaneous drawings above, very closely approximate the Magistrate's office and home to The Bow Street Runners, dating from 1749

Sir Robert Peel, Second Baronet, Home Secretary and Prime Minister of England.  Sir Robert was by all accounts The 'Father' of Scotland Yard
Sir Robert Peel, Second Baronet, Home Secretary and Prime Minister of England. Sir Robert was by all accounts The 'Father' of Scotland Yard

Eugène-François Vidocq, Founder of the French Sûreté and erstwhile  'Uncle' of Scotland Yard
Eugène-François Vidocq, Founder of the French Sûreté and erstwhile 'French Uncle' of Scotland Yard


The original Scotland Yard on Great Scotland Yard
The original Scotland Yard on
Great Scotland Yard Road

The Old Scotland Yard entrance on Great Scotland Yard
The Old Scotland Yard entrance from 1 Great Scotland Yard

Commissioner Sir Edmund Henderson, K.C.B. was the first official visitor to The Black Museum
Commissioner Sir Edmund Henderson, K.C.B. was the first official visitor to The Black Museum


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Harold Scott proved to be The Yard's most effective promoter
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Harold Scott proved to be The Yard's most effective promoter


Harry Alan Towers produced and syndicated both Secrets of Scotland Yard and The Black Museum
Harry Alan Towers produced and syndicated both Secrets of Scotland Yard and The Black Museum


Harry Alan Towers had many of his initial run of Secrets of Scotland Yard E.T.s pressed by Grace Gibson Transcriptions of Australia
Harry Alan Towers had many of his initial run of Secrets of Scotland Yard E.T.s pressed by Grace Gibson Transcriptions of Australia


Percy Hoskins of London's Daily Express
Percy Hoskins of London's Daily Express


Lourenço Marques Radio broadscript logo for advertisers' promotional offerings
Lourenço Marques Radio broadscript logo for advertisers' promotional offerings


Secrets of Scotland Yard's first network broadcasts were over Canada's CBC
Secrets of Scotland Yard's first network broadcasts were over Canada's CBC



The Mutual Broadcasting Corporation was the first American network to air Secrets of Scotland Yard

Background

London's Bow Street Runners were perhaps the original predecessors to Great Britain's famous Scotland Yard. Founded in 1749, the original eight civil agents worked out of the Magistrate Court located at No. 4 Bow Street, serving in the capacity of what we'd currently refer to as process servers or bounty hunters. Indeed, one of the few references to The Bow Street Runners is immortalized as an episode of Secrets of Scotland Yard by the same name, that we have only recently discovered among our own holdings and digitized from tape. [UPDATE: We are informed by our friends at History By The Yard that:

"There were also uniform police patrols organised from Bow Street, but the Bow Street officers (or Runners) wore plain clothes and worked under the instructions of the magistrates. Your description of them as process servers and bounty hunters is not wrong as such, but they executed search warrants and investigated crimes and thefts at the behest of magistrates who were applied to by losers and victims. Some were even sent to protect royalty. There were other inner london courts that had adopted the same system for some years before the Metropolitan Police were established in 1829.

For the first ten years of the Metropolitan Police, the Bow Street officers and the Bow Street horse patrols still continued their work (but not the uniform patrols). The mounted patrols were then amalgamated into the Met Police. The Runners in their role as investigators were not actually replaced until in 1842 the Metropolitan Police finally established a detective branch."

Great Britain's world-famous Scotland Yard has been a fertile source of Mystery and Crime drama plots almost since it's inception in 1829, when it was implemented with The Metropolitan Police Act. Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, with the help of France's legendary Eugène-François Vidocq (the fabled Monsieur Vidocq) of the Sûreté. Vidocq had already demonstrated the value of plain-clothes detectives, or 'civil agents' to combat crime in France. It was Sir Robert's hope to emulate the French Sûreté's initial successes in England.

Great Scotland Yard itself, was a road within the Whitehall area of London, adjacent to The Thames, and dating from the 17th Century. Equally shrouded in legend, Great Scotland Yard was variously purported to be the 17th Century London residence of the Kings of Scotland, as well as the primary stagecoach artery exiting London in the direction of Scotland. Whatever its actual derivation, with the implementation of the Police Act, the building bounded by 4 Whitehall Place and 1 Great Scotland Yard was seconded to the Metropolitan Police. The entrance at 4 Whitehall Place was the ostensible main entrance to the offices of its two Comissioners, Sir Charles Rowan and Sir Richard Mayne, and the quarters near the back of the building on the Great Scotland Yard side were secured for 'Scotland Yard', the 'civil agent' force envisioned by Sir Robert.

Over the course of the 18th Century, both the cases and the legend of Scotland Yard slowly evolved--as did the size of the force. By the late 1800s the size of the force had outstripped the utility of the building at Great Scotland Yard. By 1890, a new headquarters on the Victoria Embankment of The Thames--or Thames Embankment--had been designed and constructed by famous architect Richard Norman Shaw. A far more imposing edifice, the building served New Scotland Yard until it was once again expanded out of Thames Embankment--and Whitehall--to it's present location at Victoria Street.

The Black Museum

While clearly worthy of its growing reputation--and legend--New Scotland Yard and its new building also housed an equally legendary collection of artifacts of evidence that it had accumulated from many of its more noteworthy or infamous cases--The Black Museum.

The initial accumulation of artifacts was informally begun simply as a training exercise. An Inspector Neame had gathered together a small collection of burglars' tools and paraphernalia to be employed as training exhibits for young police constables and inspectors. It had been the Prisoners Property Act of 1869 that had empowered New Scotland Yard to retain or store items of prisoners' property for instructional purposes. While not nearly as colorful a name as The Black Museum, the original Central Prisoners' Property Store was officially inaugurated in 1874 for that purpose. As Inspector Neame, assisted by a Police Constable Randall, grew their collection, it became increasingly apparent that these crime artifacts should be cataloged and housed in a secure area more appropriate for their safeguard, preservation and training utility. Inspector Neame and P.C. Randall were appointed in 1875 as caretakers of the Central Prisoners Property Store for that purpose.

In 1877, Commissioner Sir Edmund Henderson, K.C.B. , visited the Store with a few other government dignitaries for an official viewing of the project. That visit is considered the first official tour of New Scotland Yard's Crime Museum--The Black Museum. Quite understandably the soubriquet, 'The Black Museum' wasn't the Yard's preferred designation. The term The Black Museum reputedly owed itself to a disgruntled journalist who'd been declined a request to view The Crime Museum. Reporting on having been turned away from the facility that he'd coined 'The Black Museum', the appellation stuck, and so began the the legend of The Black Museum.

By the beginning of the 20th Century both Scotland Yard and its infamous Black Museum had been chronicled throughout the world in popular pulp fiction, popular crime novels and even in Film. Owing as much to Scotland Yard's own meticulous record-keeping, crime dossiers and The Black Museum itself, the Yard's extraordinary compilation of crime statistics and The Crime Museum's own growing catalogue of infamous evidence continued to grow. And as it grew so did the popularization of hundreds of its most famous and notorious cases, ranging from the elusive Jack The Ripper himself, to cases solved by items as innocuous as a simple hand-knitted yellow reticule, or string purse.

Scotland Yard's Secrets

The Yard's growing international popularity and fame was not lost on Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Harold Scott. In an inspired gesture, Sir Harold offered to 'lift the veil of secrecy' regarding the infamous reliquary within the walls of The Black Museum. And so it was that throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, all manner of Black Museum and Scotland Yard-inspired Film, Radio and Television projects began to produce literally hundreds of highly popular chronicles of Scotland Yard's most famous cases--and their often sublime implements of infamy. Whether it was Sir Harold's clever intent-- or not--to further the reputation of Scotland Yard through these brilliant public relations moves will remain his own secret. But to the extent that the notoriety further extended Scotland Yard's already extraordinary reputation and legend is indisputable.

Enter Harry Alan Towers

Harry Alan Towers was a brilliant young entrepreneur who'd gotten his start as a child actor and Radio scriptwriter for The BBC. During World War II he'd joined the R.A.F. and was assigned to British Forces Radio, the equivalent of America's Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS), tasked with repackaging and distributing Radio broadcasts via electrical transcription to British Forces overseas. His resultant exposure to electrical transcription technology and distribution on a large scale formed the basis for his first entrepreneurial success after the War.

Upon his return to civilian life, Towers, with his mother's backing, formed Towers of London Syndications for the express purpose of producing popular Radio programming for independent syndication. There was one hitch. The state-owned BBC had long enforced a universal proscription against commercial broadcasting throughout the British Empire. So it was that Towers had to devise a commercial distribution and broadcast scheme that wouldn't directly violate the sanctions of The BBC.

Towers had already acquired international connections with both electrical transcription pressing houses such as Grace Gibson in Australia, and broadcast outlets in the furthest reaches of a war-torn world. As such, Towers was in a unique position to promote his syndicated programming for broadcast to British Empire audiences without specifically violating the rules of The BBC.

Secrets of Scotland Yard Syndication

Among Towers' many ambitious programming projects were Secrets of Scotland Yard, hosted and narrated by then American Film and Stage actor Clive Brook, and The Black Museum, hosted and narrated by young American Radio legend, Orson Welles. Although it remains unclear which project officially preceded the other, we have some evidence that Secrets of Scotland Yard preceded The Black Museum by as much as two or three years.

In an effort to obtain the most efficient mass distribution for his syndicated electrical transcriptions (E.T.s) Towers had turned to the transcription facilities of Grace Gibson of Australia to press the original sets of E.T.s of Secrets of Scotland Yard. Given the distance, logistics, and timing the project entailed, we can surmise that Secrets of Scotland Yard had been recorded some time during 1947. We infer this because by 1948 it was being broadcast from the Portuguese Colony of Mozambique via
Lourenço Marques Radio, a 'pirate' station located in Mozambique. Its natural target audience was South Africa, which, given LM Radio's powerful transmitters, was easily reachable. South Africa had its own state-owned Radio broadcasting service, the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation or SABC with similar sanctions against competing commercial broadcasts to those of The BBC.

Enter Percy Hoskins

Brilliant entrepreneur that he was, Harry Towers still needed compelling content for his syndicated programming projects. Percy Hoskins was a popular, widely read crime journalist and author with London's Daily Express. With both day-to-day crime reporting connections as well as influential connections with the leadership of New Scotland Yard, Hoskins was in a unique position to advise and consult both Harry Alan Towers and later America's own National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in developing Radio productions derived from the annals of Scotland Yard.

In the case of Secrets of Scotland Yard, Percy Hoskins is credited with writing or adapting the stories and scripts for the vast majority of Secrets of Scotland Yard's estimated 110-plus syndicated installments. Hoskins later consulted with famed American Radio scriptwriter Wyllis Cooper for NBC's network-broadcast WHItehall 1212 series, which also showcased The Black Museum and its secrets.

Hoskins' prolific output of vignettes of Scotland Yard's most famous crimes enentually encompassed some 200-plus unique scripts or adaptations of The Yard's most famous cases--and by extension, The Black Museum's most fascinating artifacts.

Secrets of Scotland Yard Broadcast History

The only current evidence we have of Secrets of Scotland Yard's first commercial airing was via the Radio Listings for Radio Lourenço Marques dating from May 1950, combined with David Goldin's meticulously compiled database of Radio recordings from both electrical transcription and tape at his RadioGOLDINdex. Those E.T. numbers, combined with the publish date of the Lourenço Marques listing would tend to support the hypothesis of a unique run of at least 110 episodes which, if aired in E.T. order, might have begun airing over LM Radio as early as December 1948. Given their weekly scheduling, that would yield an approximate chronological run of just over two years.

The first 'sanctioned' broadcasts of Secrets of Scotland Yard were heard over Canada's CBC Radio station CJOB, from approximately May 24, 1950 through approximately November 30, 1953. The Canadian broadcasts appear to have been a somewhat smaller subset of the original set of transcriptions, comprising a run of some 106 episodes, versus the theoretical entire run of 110.

The first American broadcasts of Secrets of Scotland Yard were heard over The Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) and its loose confederation of independent affiliates throughout the United States. The MBS run began airing as early as March 7, 1957 over a Florida affiliate and ran weekly through June 12, 1958 at varying times and days. The MBS subset of the series encompassed only some 66 of the original programs. Given MBS's notorious record of promotion of most of their programming, the vast majority of the details of these 66 episodes remain currently lost, except for the rudimentary and generic MBS program descriptions they distributed to most American newspapers.

The series was heard again in 1974 over the Longhorn Radio Network re-broadcasts emanating from The University of Texas at Austin Radio station, KUT. The Longhorn Radio Network often reprised Radio transcriptions from The Golden Age of Radio over their network to great success throughout the 1970s.

The Timelessness of The Secrets of Scotland Yard

It goes without saying that Scotland Yard and its secrets remain as fascinating and compelling today as they did throughout the period that the world was being inundated with their exploits through Print, Film, Radio and Television. Some of its most famous cases encompass common, everyday crimes--both gruesome and sublime--that virtually every society throughout the world has had to contend with throughout the history of civilization. The overarching message remains the same: no crime ever truly remains undiscovered. Hidden for years, perhaps. Even ostensibly unsolved in many infamous cases. But the underlying message is the same. Crimes of passion, cruel deliberation, or even accidental, all have their consequences.

Whether a crime that the perpetrator carries to his or her deathbed, or a crime for which society extracts its often inevitable justice, the evolution of the crime itself remains an object of almost universal fascination. And to the extent that the details of such crimes can be artfully and eloquently revealed, exposited or dramatized, there will always be a ready audience for their unraveling.

Series Derivatives:

Fabian of The Yard; WHItehall 1212; The Black Museum
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): Radio Lourenço Marques (LM Radio); The CBC; MBS; Longhorn Radio
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 1948-51 LM Radio Run: [Unknown]
1951-53 CBC Radio Run: 51-05-24 01 [Unknown]
1954-58 MBS Run: 57-03-07 01 [Unknown]
1974 Longhorn Radio Run: [Unknown at present]
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 1948-51 LM Radio Run: ~48-12-06 to ~51-01-08; LM Radio, Mozambique; Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
1951-53 CBC Radio Run: 51-05-24 to 53-11-30; CJOB, Winnepeg; Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.
1957-58 MBS Run: 57-03-07 t0 58-06-12
1974 Longhorn Radio Run: 1974
Syndication: 1948-74 Harry Alan Towers Syndication via Grace Gibson Electrical Transcriptions
Sponsors: Local affiliate sponsors.

Director(s): Unknown
Principal Actors: Clive Brook, Percy Hoskins
Recurring Character(s): Percy Hoskins
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production
Author(s): Percy Hoskins
Writer(s) 1948-51 LM Radio Run: Percy Hoskins
1951-53 CBC Radio Run: Percy Hoskins
1954-58 MBS Run: Percy Hoskins
1974 Longhorn Radio Run: Percy Hoskins
Music Direction: Unknown
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Clive Brook [Host/Narrator]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
1948-51 LM Radio Run: At least 110
1951-53 CBC Radio Run: ~106
1954-58 MBS Run: At least 66
1974 Longhorn Radio Run: Unknown
Episodes in Circulation: 72
Total Episodes in Collection: 54
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, Winnepeg Free Press Programme Listings.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the invaluable logs of the RadioGOLDINdex and the Winnepeg Free Press listings.

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Secrets of Scotland Yard Radio Program Logs

Alphabetical List of Known Titles with or without E.T. Nos. and/or Dates

Date E.T. No. Title Avail. Notes
--
--
A Lesson In Love
Y
--
--
Accurate Spelling Is Essential
Y
--
95
Acid Bath Murder, The
N
--
--
Ambitious Nurse Dorothy Waddington, The
Y
--
109
Australian Jack
N
53-10-05
--
Bank Of England Robbery, The
Y
--
--
Black Market Murders, The
Y
[The Case Of Russian Robert]
--
26
Bobby Murder Manhunt, The
N
--
--
Bone From A Voice Box
Y
--
12
Bonfire Night
N
Bow Street Runners, The
Y
53-11-30
--
Buckets Of Blood
Y
53-11-09
--
Burke and Hare
Y
--
83
Case Of Captain X, The
Y
53-10-12
--
Case of Charles Peace, The
Y
--
88
Case Of Eugene Wiedmann, The
N
--
--
Case Of Frederick Stewart, The
N
--
87
Case Of Mr Mason, The
N
--
--
Case Of Mrs Florence Maybrick, The
Y
--
--
Case Of Robert Wood, The
Y
[The Camden Town Murder]
--
93
Case of Sara Anne Hearne, The
N
--
75
Case Of the Brothers Staunton, The
Y
--
--
Case Of the Family Solicitor, The
Y
50-05-29
78
Case Of the Green-Eyed Monster, The
Y
--
--
Case Of the Hunted Hunter, The
Y
--
--
Case Of the Kindly Doctor, The
Y
--
77
Case Of the Lady In Distress, The
Y
--
106
Case of the Yellow Reticule, The
N
--
--
Case Of the Yellow Tooth, The
N
--
--
Casebook History Of George Joseph Smith, The
Y
--
89
Chicago Mae
N
--
82
Conscientious Coiner, The
Y
--
79
Crimes On the Railways
Y
--
--
Dr Buck Ruxton
Y
--
--
Edith Thompson, Murder For Passion
Y
[Murderer's Letter]
--
--
Fence, The
Y
--
--
Fiction Is Stranger Than Truth
Y
--
108
Friend Or Foe
N
--
25
George Chapman . . . Poisoner, Publican and Lady Killer
Y
53-09-21
--
Great Gold Robbery, The
Y
--
--
Henri Perot, A Waiter With Ambition
Y
--
--
Henry Fauntleroy, Forger
Y
--
28
Horatio Bottomly, Swindler Extraordinaire
N
--
--
Jean Pierre Vaquier, The Dapper Frenchman
Y
--
--
Jim the Penman
Y
--
--
Just A Matchstick and A Duster
Y
--
--
Kate Webster, The Servant Problem
Y
--
--
Lady Is A Crook, The
Y
--
80
Liverpool Bank Fraud, The
Y
--
105
Major From Dartmoor, The
N
53-09-28
--
Man About Town, The
Y
[Neville Heath]
--
81
Mightier Than the Sword
Y
--
11
Murder At Moat House Farm, The
Y
--
--
Murder Without Motive
Y
--
--
Music, Murder, and the Mackintosh
Y
--
90
One Man Too Many
Y
--
--
Perfect Detective, The
N
--
--
Poisoner
Y
--
--
Romantic Murderer, The
Y
--
--
Ronald Vivian Light
Y
--
91
Root Of All Evil . . . Money, The
Y
--
96
Saved By A Scrap Of Paper
Y
--
107
Sheep Rancher Poisoned with Sheep Dip, The
N
--
--
Sidney Street Siege, The
N
--
--
Smoke Clings To the Hair
Y
53-11-16
--
Special Branch, The
Y
[The Case Of the Absent-Minded Professor]
--
94
Story of Walter Miller, The
Y
--
27
The Crumbles Beach Mystery
N
--
92
The Story of Major General Charles Edward Ruard . . . and His Wife
Y
--
84
Theft Of the British Crown Jewels, The
Y
--
110
Trail of The Wounded Police Officer, The
N
--
76
Twenty-Thousand Pairs Of Feet
N
--
--
Witchcraft Law
Y





Secrets of Scotland Yard Radio Program Logs

Radio LM Run, Broadcast from Radio Lourenço Marques, Mozambique to South Africa

Date E.T. No. Title Avail. Notes
48-12-06
1
Unknown
N
[NOTE: Hypothetical Log, built from Electrical Transcription Numbers and one Programme Listing from Radio Lourenço Marques]
48-12-13
2
Unknown
N
48-12-20
3
Unknown
N
48-12-27
4
Unknown
N
49-01-03
5
Unknown
N
49-01-10
6
Unknown
N
49-01-17
7
Unknown
N
49-01-24
8
Unknown
N
49-01-31
9
Unknown
N
49-02-07
10
Unknown
N
49-02-14
11
The Murder At Moat House Farm
N
49-02-21
12
Bonfire Night
N
49-02-28
13
Unknown
N
49-03-07
14
Unknown
N
49-03-14
15
Unknown
N
49-03-21
16
Unknown
N
49-03-28
17
Unknown
N
49-04-04
18
Unknown
N
49-04-11
19
Unknown
N
49-04-18
20
Unknown
N
49-04-25
21
Unknown
Y
49-05-02
22
Unknown
Y
49-05-09
23
Unknown
Y
49-05-16
24
Unknown
Y
49-05-23
25
George Chapman, Poisoner, Publican . . . and Lady Killer
Y
49-05-30
26
The Bobby Murder Manhunt
Y
49-06-06
27
The Crumbles Beach Mystery
Y
a.k.a. The Irenee Monroe Case
49-06-13
28
Horatio Bottomly, Swindler Extraordinaire
Y
49-06-20
29
Unknown
Y
49-06-27
30
Unknown
Y
49-07-04
31
Unknown
Y
49-07-11
32
Unknown
N
49-07-18
33
Unknown
N
49-07-25
34
Unknown
N
49-08-01
35
Unknown
N
49-08-08
36
Unknown
N
49-08-15
37
Unknown
N
49-08-22
38
Unknown
N
49-08-29
39
Unknown
N
49-09-05
40
Unknown
N
49-09-12
41
Unknown
N
49-09-19
42
Unknown
N
49-09-26
43
Unknown
N
49-10-03
44
Unknown
N
49-10-10
45
Unknown
N
49-10-17
46
Unknown
N
49-10-24
47
Unknown
N
49-10-31
48
Unknown
N
49-11-07
49
Unknown
N
49-11-14
50
Unknown
N
49-11-21
51
Unknown
N
49-11-28
52
Unknown
N
49-12-05
53
Unknown
N
49-12-12
54
Unknown
N
49-12-19
55
Unknown
N
49-12-26
56
Unknown
N
50-01-02
57
Unknown
N
50-01-09
58
Unknown
N
50-01-16
59
Unknown
N
50-01-23
60
Unknown
N
50-01-30
61
Unknown
N
50-02-06
62
Unknown
N
50-02-13
63
Unknown
N
50-02-20
64
Unknown
N
50-02-27
65
Unknown
N
50-03-06
66
Unknown
N
50-03-13
67
Unknown
N
50-03-20
68
Unknown
N
50-03-27
69
Unknown
N
50-04-03
70
Unknown
N
50-04-10
71
Unknown
N
50-04-17
72
Unknown
N
50-04-24
73
Unknown
N
50-05-01
74
Unknown
N
50-05-08
75
The Case Of The Brothers Staunton
N
50-05-15
76
Twenty-Thousand Pairs Of Feet
N
50-05-22
77
The Case of The Lady in Distress
N
50-05-29
78
The Case of The Green-eyed Monster
N
Radio Lourenço Marques Programme Listing 50-05-29
50-06-05
79
Crimes Against The Railways
N
50-06-12
80
The Case of The Liverpool Bank Fraud
N
[a.k.a. The Case of The Perfect Sap]
50-06-19
81
Mightier Than The Sword
N
50-06-26
82
The Conscientious Coiner
N
50-07-03
83
The Case Of Captain 'X'
N
50-07-10
84
The Theft of the British Crown Jewels
N
50-07-17
85
Unknown
N
50-07-24
86
Unknown
N
50-07-31
87
The Case of The Lucky Murderer
N
50-08-07
88
The Case Of Eugene Wiedmann
N
50-08-14
89
Chicago Mae
N
50-08-21
90
One Man Too Many
Y
50-08-28
91
The Root of All Evil . . . Money
N
50-09-04
92
The Story of Major General Charles Edward Ruard . . . and His Wife
N
50-09-11
93
The Case of Sara Anne Hearne
N
[a.k.a. The Arsenic-laced Lox]
50-09-18
94
The Story of Walter Miller
N
50-09-25
95
The Acid Bath Murder
N
50-10-02
96
Saved By A Piece Of Paper
N
[a.k.a. The Case of Jean Milne]
50-10-09
97
Unknown
N
50-10-16
98
Unknown
N
50-10-23
99
Unknown
N
50-10-30
100
Unknown
N
50-11-06
101
Unknown
N
50-11-13
102
Unknown
Y
50-11-20
103
Unknown
Y
50-11-27
104
Unknown
Y
50-12-04
105
The Major from Dartmoor
Y
50-12-11
106
The Case of the Yellow Reticule
Y
50-12-18
107
The Sheep Rancher Poisoned with Sheep Dip
Y
50-12-26
108
Friend or Foe
Y
51-01-01
109
Australian Jack
Y
51-01-08
110
The Trail of the Wounded Police Officer
Y





Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio Syndicated Run (Winnepeg, Manitoba)

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
51-05-24
1
Unknown
N
Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. C.D.T.
51-05-31
2
Unknown
N
51-06-07
3
Unknown
N
51-06-14
4
Unknown
N
51-06-21
5
Unknown
N
51-06-28
6
Unknown
N
51-07-05
7
Unknown
N
51-07-12
8
Unknown
N
51-07-19
9
Unknown
N
51-07-26
10
Unknown
N
51-08-02
11
Unknown
N
51-08-09
12
Unknown
N
51-08-16
13
Unknown
N
51-08-23
14
Unknown
N
51-08-30
15
Unknown
N
51-09-06
16
Unknown
N
51-09-13
17
Unknown
N
51-09-20
18
Unknown
N
51-09-27
19
Unknown
N
51-10-04
20
Unknown
N
51-10-11
21
Unknown
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51-10-18
22
Unknown
N
51-10-25
23
Unknown
N
51-11-01
24
Unknown
N
51-11-08
25
Unknown
N
51-11-15
26
Unknown
N
51-11-22
27
Unknown
N
51-11-29
28
Unknown
N
51-12-06
29
Unknown
N
51-12-13
30
Unknown
N
51-12-20
31
Unknown
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51-12-27
32
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52-01-03
33
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52-01-10
34
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52-01-17
35
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52-01-24
36
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N
52-01-31
37
Unknown
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52-02-07
38
Unknown
N
[1952 was a Leap year]
52-02-14
39
Unknown
N
52-02-21
40
Unknown
N
52-02-28
41
Unknown
N
52-03-06
42
Unknown
N
52-03-06 Winnipeg Free Press
Clive Brook as your host, assisted by Percy Hoskins will be heard with more Secrets of Scotland Yard
at 9.30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-03-13
43
Unknown
N
52-03-13 Winnipeg Free Press
Clive Brook is assisted by Percy Hoskins will reveal more Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9.30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-03-20
44
Unknown
N
52-03-20Winnipeg Free Press
Clive Brook is assisted by Percy Hoskins will reveal more Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9.30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-03-27
45
Unknown
N
52-04-01
46
Unknown
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Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. C.D.T.
52-04-08
47
Unknown
N
52-04-15
48
Unknown
N
52-04-22
49
Unknown
N
52-04-29
50
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N
52-05-06
51
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N
52-05-13
52
Unknown
N
52-05-20
53
Unknown
N
52-05-27
54
Unknown
N
52-06-03
N
[Let George Do It takes Secrets of Scotland Yard slot for the Summer]
52-06-03 Winnipeg Free Press
Let George Do It, a fast-paced suspense filled mystery thriller,
will to heard on CJOB at 9.30 p.m.
52-09-01
55
Unknown
N
Mondays, 9:30 p.m.
52-09-01 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard written by Percy Hoskins, Britain's number one crime reporter, and starring Clive Brook -- stage and screen actor, will be heard at 9:30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-09-08
56
Unknown
N
52-09-08 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard written by Percy Hoskins, and starring Clive Brook -- famous stage and screen actor, will be heard at 9:30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-09-15
57
Unknown
N
52-09-15 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard written by Percy Hoskins and starring Clive Brooks, famous stage and screen actor, will be heard at 9:30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-09-22
58
Unknown
N
52-09-22 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard, written by Percy Hoskins, and starring Clive Brook -- famous stage and screen actor, will be heard over CJOB at 9:30 p.m.
52-09-29
59
Unknown
N
52-09-29 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
52-10-06
60
Unknown
N
52-10-06 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
52-10-13
61
Unknown
N
52-10-13 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
52-10-20
62
Unknown
N
52-10-20 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook, famous stage and screen actor, will be hard on the Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9:30 p.m. on CJOB
52-10-27
63
Unknown
N
52-10-27 Winnipeg Free Press - At 9:30 p.m. on CJOB, Clive Brook narrates another half-hour of suspense on the Secrets of Scotland Yard.
52-11-03
64
Unknown
N
52-11-10
65
Unknown
N
52-11-17
66
Unknown
N
52-11-24
67
Unknown
N
52-12-01
68
Unknown
N
52-12-01 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook is heard as narrator in The Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9:30 p.m. on CJOB.
52-12-08
69
Unknown
N
53-12-08 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
52-12-15
70
Unknown
N
52-12-15 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
52-12-22
71
Unknown
N
53-12-22 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
52-12-29
72
Unknown
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53-12-29 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
53-01-05
73
Unknown
N
53-01-05 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
53-01-12
74
Unknown
N
53-01-12 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
53-01-19
75
Unknown
N
53-01-19 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Secrets of Scotland Yard
53-01-26
76
Unknown
N
53-01-26 Winnipeg Free Press - At 9:30 p.m. on CJOB, Clive Brook is host and narrator for another Secrets Of Scotland Yard presentation.
53-02-02
77
Unknown
N
53-02-02 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook is host and narrator at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB for more of the Secrets of Scotland Yard.
53-02-09
78
Unknown
N
53-02-09 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Scotland Yard
53-02-16
79
Unknown
N
53-02-16 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook reveals more of the Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9:30 p.m. on CJOB.
53-02-23
80
Unknown
N
53-02-23 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Scotland Yard
53-03-02
81
Unknown
N
53-03-02 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook reveals more of the Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-03-09
82
Unknown
N
53-03-09 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook reveals more Secrets of Scotland Yard at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-03-16
83
Unknown
N
53-03-16 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Scotland Yard
53-03-23
84
Unknown
N
53-03-23 Winnipeg Free Press - CJOB 9:30 Scotland Yard
53-03-30
85
Unknown
N
53-03-30 Winnipeg Free Press - At 9:30 p.m. over CJOB, Clive Brook is host and narrator for another Secrets of Scotland Yard.
53-04-06
86
Unknown
N
53-04-06 Winnipeg Free Press - 9:30 CJOB 9:30 Scotland Yard
53-04-13
87
Unknown
N
53-04-13 Winnipeg Free Press - At 9:30 p.m. Clive Brook will be radio host for another story in The Secrets of Scotland Yard.
53-04-20
88
Unknown
N
53-04-20 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook stars in another thrilling Secrets of Scotland Yard adventure at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-04-27
89
Unknown
N
53-04-27 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard with Clive Brook will be heard at 9:30 over CJOB.
53-05-04
90
Unknown
N
53-05-11
91
Unknown
N
53-05-11 Winnipeg Free Press
Clive Brook stars at 9.30 p.m over CJOB on another Secrets of Scotland Yard presentation.
53-05-18
92
Unknown
N
53-05-25
93
Unknown
N
53-05-25 Winnipeg Free Press
At , 9.30 p.m. over CJOB, Clive Brook presents more Secrets of Scotland Yard.
53-06-01
94
Unknown
N
53-06-08
--
N
Pre-empted for Election Results
53-06-15
--
N
Replaced for the Summer by Vera Lynne
53-09-14
95
Unknown
N
53-09-14 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook is host at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB when the drama The Secrets of Scotland Yard returns to the air.
53-09-21
96
The Great Gold Robbery
N
53-09-21 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard, on the air at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB, will present a story entitled The Great Gold Robbery.
53-09-28
97
The Man About Town
N
53-09-28 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard will present The Man About Town, a dramatization of the criminal insanity, at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-10-05
98
The Bank Of England Robbery
N
53-10-05 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard will present a nearly perfect crime entitled The Bank of England Robbery, at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-10-12
99
The Case Of Charles Peace
N
53-10-12 Winnipeg Free Press - The secrets of Scotland Yard will feature a story from the files, The Case Of Charles Peace, at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-10-19
100
The Brighton Poisoner
N
53-10-19 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard, heard at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB, will present an authentic criminal case entitled The Brighton Poisoner.
53-10-26
101
Murder Merry-Go-Round
N
53-10-26 Winnipeg Free Press - The secrets of Scotland Yard, heard at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB, will feature a story entitled Murder Merry-Go-Round.
53-11-02
102
Sidney Street Siege
N
53-11-02 Winnipeg Free Press - Secrets of Scotland Yard will present Sidney Street Siege, with Clive Brook as host at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-11-09
103
Burke and Hare
N
53-11-09 Winnipeg Free Press - SCOTLAND YARD A strange motive will be the theme of Burke and Hare, heard at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB, on Secrets of Scotland Yard.
53-11-16
104
The Special Branch
N
53-11-16 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets of Scotland Yard will take another criminal case from the files entitled The Special Branch, at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
[a.k.a. The Case of the Absent-Minded Professor]
53-11-23
105
Unknown
N
53-11-23 Winnipeg Free Press - Clive Brook will be host and narrator in a crime adventure taken from The Secrets Of Scotland Yard, heard at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.
53-11-30
106
Buckets Of Blood
N
53-11-30 Winnipeg Free Press - The Secrets Of Scotland Yard will present a mystery called Buckets of Blood at 9:30 p.m. over CJOB.





Secrets of Scotland Yard Mutual Broadcasting System Run Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
57-03-07
1
Unknown
N
Thursdays, 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.
57-03-07 Panama City Herald
7:00 Secrets of Scotland Yard WPCF 1400
57-03-14
1
Unknown
N
57-03-14 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-03-21
2
Unknown
N
57-03-21 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-03-28
3
Unknown
N
57-03-28 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-04-04
4
Unknown
N
57-04-04 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-04-11
5
Unknown
N
57-04-11 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-04-18
6
Unknown
N
57-04-18 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-04-25
7
Unknown
N
57-04-25 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-05-02
8
Unknown
N
57-05-02 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-05-09
9
Unknown
N
57-05-09 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-05-16
10
Unknown
N
57-05-16 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-05-23
11
Unknown
N
57-05-23 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-05-30
12
Unknown
N
57-05-30 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-06-06
13
Unknown
N
57-06-06 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-06-13
14
Unknown
N
57-06-13 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-06-20
15
Unknown
N
57-06-20 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8.
57-06-27
16
Unknown
N
57-06-27 Lowell Sun
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD, mystery series starring Clive Brook WNAC, (650), 8:00.
57-07-04
17
Unknown
N
57-07-04 The Independent (Pasadena)
7:30 P.M. Secrets of Scotland Yard. KHJ
57-07-11
18
Unknown
N
57-07-11 The Independent (Pasadena)
7:30 P.M. Secrets of Scotland Yard. KHJ
57-07-18
19
Unknown
N
57-07-18 The Star-News (Pasadena)
7:30 P.M. Secrets of Scotland Yard. KHJ
57-07-25
20
Unknown
N
57-08-01
21
Unknown
N
57-08-08
22
Unknown
N
57-08-15
23
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N
57-08-22
24
Unknown
N
57-08-29
25
Unknown
N
57-09-05
26
Unknown
N
57-09-12
27
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N
57-09-19
28
Unknown
N
57-09-26
29
Unknown
N
57-10-03
30
Unknown
N
57-10-10
31
Unknown
N
57-10-17
32
Unknown
N
57-10-24
33
Unknown
N
57-10-31
34
Unknown
N
57-11-07
35
Unknown
N
57-11-14
36
Unknown
N
57-11-21
37
Unknown
N
57-11-28
38
Unknown
N
57-12-05
39
Unknown
N
57-12-12
40
Unknown
N
57-12-19
41
Unknown
N
57-12-26
42
Unknown
N
57-12-26 Brownwood Bulletin
9:35 Secrets of Scotland Yard MBS
58-01-02
43
Unknown
N
58-01-09
44
Unknown
N
58-01-09 Janesville Daily Gazette
Scotland Yard
For dramatic mystery-adventure programs the 8:35 p.m broadcast time on WCLO and WCLO-FM is for you. The Secrets of Scotland Yard program series is featured at that time every Thursday evening bringing listeners a detailed police case dramatization of English crimes.
58-01-16
45
Unknown
N
58-01-23
46
Unknown
N
58-01-30
47
Unknown
N
58-02-06
48
Unknown
N
58-02-13
49
Unknown
N
58-02-20
50
Unknown
N
58-02-27
51
Unknown
N
58-03-06
52
Unknown
N
58-03-06 Janesville Daily Gazette
Scotland
With the Janesville Subregional Tournament this evening, the dramatic presentation of the Secrets of Scotland Yard will be delayed to 10:15 on WCLO. The program series offers listeners an idea of some of the more outstanding crimes that have taken place in England. It's an adventure, mystery series that you will want to hear each Thursday.
58-03-13
53
Unknown
N
58-03-20
54
Unknown
N
58-03-27
55
Unknown
N
58-04-03
56
Unknown
N
58-04-03 Janesville Daily Gazette
Scotland Yard
Listeners who enjoy the adventure and mystery type of programs will, find tonight's presentation at 8:35 of "The Secrets of Scotland Yard" tailor-made for their listening. Each Thursday evening a searching documentary of a famous British crime is given in a step-by-step dramatization.
The "Secrets of Scotland Yard" is the Thursday edition of the weekly evening series of adventure and mystery on WCLO and WCLO-FM.
58-04-10
57
Unknown
N
58-04-17
58
Unknown
N
58-04-24
59
Unknown
N
58-05-01
60
Unknown
N
58-05-08
61
Unknown
N
58-05-15
62
Unknown
N
58-05-22
63
Unknown
N
58-05-29
64
Unknown
N
58-06-05
65
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N
58-06-12
66
Unknown
N
[Last Episode]






Secrets of Scotland Yard Radio Program Biographies




Clive Brook [Clifford Hardman Brook]
(Host/Narrator)

Stage, Screen, Radio and Television Actor; Film Director, Writer and Producer
(1887-1974)

Birthplace: London, England, U.K.

Radiography:
1948 Secrets of Scotland Yard
1951 The Big Show
1951 The United Nations Today
1954 Stagestruck

Clive Brook Paramount Promotional photo card ca. 1932
Clive Brook Paramount Promotional photo card ca. 1932

Brook appeared with George Raft in Midnight Club (1933)
Brook appeared with George Raft in Midnight Club (1933)

Clive Brook appeared three times as Sherlock Holmes in American Film. He's seen here in the poster for 1932's Sherlock Holmes
Clive Brook appeared three times as Sherlock Holmes in American Film. He's seen here in the poster for 1932's Sherlock Holmes.

Clive Brook was born and raised in London, England before the turn of the 20th century. The the son of opera singer, Charlotte Mary and published writer and violinist, George Alfred Brook, Clive Brook first distinguished himself in the The Great War, serving with distinction from 1914 to 1918.

Upon his release from Service, he first appeared on the London Stage in 1918 and then in British Film beginning in 1919. Brook appeared in thirty British films before emigrating to the U.S. to work in American Film.

Soon after arriving in Hollywood, Brook began working for Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. Often cast as a detecive or his foil, Clive Brook portrayed Sherlock Holmes three times in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929), a vignette of Sherlock Holmes in the Murder Will Out segment of Paramount on Parade (1930) and lastly in Sherlock Holmes (1932). 1932 was also the year he famously appeared with Marlene Dietrich in the critically acclaimed Shanghai Express. During his career in American Film, Clive Brook appeared in over seventy feature films.

In 1943, Brook adapted the comedy On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale, writing, producing, directing and starring in the film with Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers and Roland Culver. About the only task he didn't tackle for On Approval were the costumes which were desgined by Cecil Beaton. The tour de force was widely viewed as Brook's greatest Film performance.

Clive Brook also undertook a career in Radio, hosting and narrating all 110 episodes of Harry Alan Towers' 1948 syndicated program, Secrets of Scotland Yard. Brook subsequently appeared in another 200 Radio productions before transitioning to several appearances in American Television.

Clive Brook's last Film appearance was in John Huston's fascinating The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) a film remarkable for the appearances of Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster in either disguise or in cameo roles.

Clive Brook was married for 54 years to the former Mildred Evelyn prior to his death in 1974. His children Faith Brook and Lyndon Brook were both actors in their own right.



Percy Kellick Hoskins
(Writer/Consultant)

Journalist; Author; Scriptwriter
(1904-1989)

Birthplace: Bridport, Dorset, England, U.K.

Radiography:
1948 Secrets Of Scotland Yard
1950 Cloak and Dagger
1951 Whitehall 1212

Percy Hoskins Life  magazine photo ca. 1963
Percy Hoskins Life magazine photo ca. 1963

No Hiding Place
Hoskins' No Hiding Place published in 1951 chronicled the famous and infamous history of the effectiveness of New Scotland Yard

No Hiding Place slip cover
No Hiding Place slip cover

Hoskins was born in 1904 in Bridport, Dorset, England. At the age of only 19, he joined the Evening Standard for a year before landing a job with London's Daily Express where he worked for more than five decades on its Crime Desk, eventually becoming its Chief Crime Reporter. Hoskins' formula for success as a crime reporter was simple. He actively cultivated often life-long friendships with the policemen and police officials on his beat.

Those friendships provided him both a valuable well of sources for his articles, as well as entre to not only Metropolitan Police officials great and small, but senior government officials throughout the United Kingdom. By all accounts Hoskins' amiability and generosity were quite genuine and selfless.

Hoskins clearly knew where a great many skeletons were hidden throughout British Aristocracy, while at the same time remaining a trusted confidante of the wealthy and powerful. So widely respected was his reputation, that he was often tapped to act as a consultant for Radio, Film and Television. Two of his most significant contributions to Radio were as consultant to famed American scriptwriter Wyllis Cooper for NBC's WHItehall 1212 (1951) and as writer, consultant and performer in Harry Alan Towers' syndicated Secrets of Scotland Yard (1948).

Percy Hoskins wisely avoided maintaining his own desk at the Daily Express. In his brilliant view, no desk meant no Express executives pointing to a desk--empty or not--at which to monitor Hoskins' comings and goings. His work ethic wisdom was also famously shared with fellow journalist Michael Bywater:

"Whenever you are interviewing somebody, always have this question in the back of your mind: ‘Why is this bugger lying to me?'"

Hoskins' powerful friendships extended far outside of Great Britain. A lookalike for Alfred Hitchcock, the two enjoyed a long friendship. He was also friends with the American FBI's J. Edgar Hoover, as well as The Daily Express' owner, Lord Beaverbrook.

Long a great supporter, champion of, and expert on New Scotland Yard, Hoskins' rivetting book, No Hiding Place was published in 1951 to great critical acclaim within and without Great Britain. A Crime Reporter of great principles, Hoskins didn't always follow the lead of his fellow journalists when it came to reporting on some of Great Britain's most famous crimes or trials, but he was invariably proven right in the end.




Harry Alan Towers
(Producer/Syndicator)

Radio, Television, and Film Producer
(1920--)

Birthplace: London, England, U.K.

Radiography:
1942 The Royal Air Force Takes the Air
1946 The March Of the Movies
1951 The Lives Of Harry Lime
1952 The Black Museum
1952 The Adventures Of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Harry Alan Towers shortly after his return to civilian life circa 1948
Harry Alan Towers shortly after his return to civilian life circa 1948

Harry Alan Towers circa 1984
Harry Alan Towers circa 1984
Harry Alan Towers was born, raised and educated (Italia Conti school for child actors) in London, England. He joined the R.A.F. at the outbreak of World War II, becoming the programme director for British Forces Radio, the British equivalent of America's Armed Forces Radio Service. In that capacity, Towers was responsible for securing, editing, producing and distributing Radio broadcasts via electrical transcription throughout the far-flung reaches of The British Empire's war effort.

Upon completing his service in the R.A.F, he returned to London to establish Towers of London, a company to syndicate original Radio programming via electrical transcription. Backed by his mother's financing, Margaret Miller Towers and her son inaugurated what would become one of post-War England's most successful media production companies.

Among Towers' most successful Radio syndications were Secrets of Scotland Yard (1948) with Clive Brook, The Lives of Harry Lime (1951) with Orson Welles, The Black Museum (1952) with Orson Welles, and The Adventures of The Scarlet Pimpernell (1952) with Marius Goring. Towers had become well equipped to engineer these usually worldwide syndications. As Programme Director for British Forces Radio, his day to day activities had been consumed with deal-making around the globe in acquiring and distributing entertaining programming to British Forces overseas.

That experience served him even better--and far more profitably--as an independent programming producer and syndicator cutting syndication deals with America, Australia, Luxembourg, Mozambique, South Africa and Canada.

The Independent Television network (ITV) was established in 1955 as a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters. Its charter was established by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV opened yet another avenue for Towers of London. That same year, Towers of London began to package and produce an ambitious array of programming, including The Golden Fleece (1955), The Boy About the Place (1955), Teddy Gang (1956), The Lady Asks for Help (1956), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1956), The Suicide Club (1956), The Little Black Book (1956), The New Adventures of Martin Kane (1957), A Christmas Carol (1958), 24 Hours a Day (1959), Down to the Sea (1959), Gun Rule (1959) and Missing Person (1959).

Ever the entrepreneurial innovator, the 1960s and 1970s found Towers producing an ambitious and prolific number of 90-minute, made-for-Television movies for syndication around the world. Often joining forces with other independent production companies, Towers' deal-making and relentless ambition have continued to help create a minor entertainment empire that dots the globe to this day.

Towers' life has not been without its own speedbumps, excesses and awkward situations, but Towers' apparent limitless well of resolve and resilience seem to have made him only more and more successful over the years.

Last heard of in South Africa, Harry Alan Towers was reportedly undertaking as many as twenty-five concurrent projects as of 2003. Now reaching the age of 90, one wonders how much longer or further Towers' ambition will take him. He's reached the age of 89 in one of modern civilizations most ruthless industries. He must have been doing something right.





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