Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates Radio Play

Information about the books and radio play Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates with cast list, episode guide and trivia:

Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates are crime stories about an eccentric flatfoot, gourmand, food critic and an inspector at the culinary magazine Le Guide called Aristide Pamplemousse and his talking bloodhound dog, Pommes Frites. The stories were written by Michael Bond and are often broadcast on BBC7. Each episode is 30 minutes long.

The French detective tales are humorous and farcical fun, mostly from the comments of the talking dog, Pommes Frites who loves his food. Cooking and food fans will enjoy the references to French cuisine.

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Episode Guide To Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates

Black Tuesday: Pamplemousse, accompanied by his faithful hound Pommes Frites, investigates dirty tricks at "Le Guide" which includes the announcement of the death of the Editor who is still very much alive and not at all happy. As Monsieur Pamplemousse investigates he makes sure not to disturb Pommes Frites and his early morning croissant. To overcome his premature death the Editor of Le Guide announces a new prize called The Golden Crock Pot Lid which will be awarded to the best French restaurant. As he announces the winner which is generated by the computer he feints - well a Chinese Take Away Restaurant in France shouldn't be the winner! It seems that someone has tampered with the entries to Le Guide and it goes to the printers in a few days. Can Monsieur Aristide Pamplemousse discover who the culinary tamperer and computer disc thief is before the reporters pick clean their bones? Monsieur Aristide Pamplemousse is promoted to security officer to aid his investigation and he takes a crash course in computers.

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Grey Wednesday: Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites are on the trail of the saboteur. As they check out Madame Grant's apartment Monsieur Pamplemousse is about to help himself to one of her chocolates when he discovers a thumb print on the chocolate and a talking budgerigar called JoJo. But where is Madame Grant? Is Pomme Frites on heat or just greedy for another tuna fish tart? Monsieur Pamplemousse now has to take a crash course on using the internet. He has to wait in the rain because he has not got his pass. How can this happen to the chief security officer! A ransom not for Madame Grant is delivered. The kidnapper demands that the latest edition of Le Guide is not published or parts of Madame Grant will be delivered.

The Final Print-out: In the concluding part, the trail leads Pamplemousse to Père Lachaise Cemetery to the Tomb of Oscar Wilde before a final watery showdown. Pommes Frites gets to show off his scent work whilst Inspector Aristide Pamplemousse has his clothes stolen and dresses in woman's clothes and high heels. What does page 221 of Le Guide contain? The Director does not like Pamplemousse's dress and offers him his spare suit and a food review confession. Can it help Monsieur Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites solve the crime?

Cast List For Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates

Monsieur Aristide Pamplemousse - Gordon Kaye
Pommes Frites - Trevor Martin
Director of Le Guide - Roger Hammond

Martine Borel - Geraldine Fitzgerald
Doucette wife of Monsieur Aristide Pamplemousse - Shirley Dixon
Natalie - Francis Cheetah
Rambo The Doorman - Steven Thorne
Voice of the computer - Steve Hodson
Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates was dramatised by Alex Row and directed by John Tidyman.

Trivia About Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates

The books and plays of Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates were written by Michael Bond, the creator and writer of the Paddington Bear children's series. He also created and wrote the books and television scripts for the Herbs and Olga da Polga, the stories about a guinea pig. Michael Bond wrote over 150 books.

Gordon Kaye, who played Monsieur Aristide Pamplemousse, is most famous for playing René Artois with the catchphrase "You stupid woman!"

Trevor Martin, who played Pomes Frites, was the first person to play Doctor Who in the theatre. He took to the stage in the lead role of The Doctor in Doctor Who and the Seven Keys to Doomsday. It was performed at the Adelphi Theatre in London from 16 December 1974 and ran for four weeks. The aliens in the Doctor Who play were the daleks. Trevor Martin also appeared in the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who TV episode The War Games. He played a Time Lord.

Another Doctor Who connection is that Shirley Dixon played the voice of Skagra's ship in the radio play Shada.

The voice of the doorman is Steven Thorne who regular BBC7 listeners may recognise as Uncle Mort from the Peter Tiniswood stories.

The books of Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates include:
  • Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines

  • Monsieur Pamplemousse On Probation

  • Monsieur Pamplemousse On Vacation

  • Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives

  • Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines

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