Inspector Steine, later The Casebook of Inspector Steine, is a radio comedy drama series written by Lynne Truss and produced by Sweet Talk for BBC Radio 4. The producer is Karen Rose and music is by Anthony May.
Set in in a police station in Brighton in the 1950s, it tells the story of Inspector Steine (Michael Fenton Stevens) and his colleagues Sergeant Brunswick (John Ramm) and Constable Twitten (Matt Green), plus the station charlady Mrs Groynes (Jan Ravens in Series 1 and Samantha Spiro in Series 2).
The programme was inspired by the opening rolling caption about crime in Brighton at the beginning of the film Brighton Rock, which claimed that Brighton was now (in the 1950s) free of crime. Lynne Truss has written that: "This highly unrealistic reassurance prefacing Brighton Rock was the inspiration for the comedy series Inspector Steine...I wanted to write about a celebrity police inspector in the 1950s who innocently (and touchingly) believed precisely what he had been told at the movies"
Entitled Inspector Steine, Series 1 was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in early 2007. It consists of six episodes:
Episode 1: Operation Whooooo! (first broadcast on 26
Episode 2: His Last Review (first broadcast on 2 February 2007)
Episode 3: Eyes Down (first broadcast on 9 February 2007)
Episode 4: That's the Way to Do It (first broadcast on 16 February 2007)
Episode 5: The Woman (first broadcast on 23 February 2007)
Episode 6: The Anniversary (first broadcast on 2 March 2007)
The series was released by BBC Audiobooks on 3 March 2008.
Entitled The Casebook of Inspector Steine, Series 2 was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Spring 2008. It consists of six episodes:
Episode 1: The Entertainer (first broadcast on 4 April
Episode 2: On the Road (first broadcast on 11 April 2008)
Episode 3: The Smallest Show on Earth (first broadcast on 18 April 2008)
Episode 4: The Uses of Literacy (first broadcast on 25 April 2008)
Episode 5: Room at the Top (first broadcast on 2 May 2008)
Episode 6: Endgame (first broadcast on 9 May 2008)
The series was released by BBC Audiobooks on BBC Audiobooks on 12 February 2009.