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The big sleep

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Dramatised by Robin Brooks
Directed by Claire Grove
BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Play - 05.02.2011

Part of the BBC Radio 4 Classic Chandler Season


In 1939 Raymond Chandler created a different kind of detective, the fast-talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe, for his great novel The Big Sleep. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - respectable sister with gambling addiction, younger sister with drink/drug problem and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures is presented in this new dramatization by Robin Brooks.


  • Philip Marlowe.....Toby Stephens
  • Vivien Sternwood.....Kelly Burke
  • Agnes Lozelle.....Barbara Barnes
  • Mona Mars.....Madeleine Potter
  • Carmen Sternwood.....Leah Brotherhead
  • Joe Brody.....Sam Dale
  • General Sternwood.....Sean Baker
  • Lash Canino.....Iain Batchelor
  • Eddie Mars.....Henry Devas
  • Cronjager.....Jude Akuwudike

Critical Reception[]


BBC Radio 4