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Created by : Australian Allan Stranks.

PC 49  PC 49

First Appeared in print : 1947.

First radio appearance :
1947 until 1953, played by Brian Reece. The show had a slight comic element to it. PC 49 was a uniformed police constable who often followed his own theories to solve cases. One of the shows broadcasted was typical of the comic element, called PC 49 and the White Mouse Mystery. The programme was first broadcasted on the BBC Light Programme.

Brian Reece(1913-1962) played PC 49 on BBC radio.
Brian Reece  

Partner/Sidekick : Joy Shelton as PC 49's girlfriend, Joan Carr, and later, to become his wife. Also DI Wilson and DI Wright, with Leslie Perrins as Detective Inspector Wilson, and Eric Phillips as Detective Sergeant Wright.

Arch Enemies : London's low-life street criminals.

Setting/Location : The dark, bombed, streets of post-war London in the 1940s and 1950s.

James Rapps James Rapps, the real PC 49, who lived in the Bristol area in the 19th century.
Tv connections :
Two film versions were made in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Alan Stranks's daughter, Susan Stranks(above right), was one of the presenters of Magpie, a Thames tv childrens production in the early 1970s. She later recalled that her father had been a very heavy smoker.

Film clip    PC 49 A Case for PC 49.mp4
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Theme tune :   PC 49 theme music.

The theme tune is called "Changing Moods", by Ronald Hanmer.