Inspector Chen Series adapted for R4

Inspector Chen Series adapted for R4

Qiu Xialong’s Inspector Chen Series, published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, has been turned into a "major" BBC Radio 4 drama.

The adaptations of the first three novels in the Inspector Chen mysteries, Death of a Red Heroine, A Loyal Character Dancer and When Red is Black will be broadcast weekly from 5th December at 2.30pm in episodes lasting 90 minutes, 60 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.

The drama is already live on R4’s ‘online first’ service, meaning that the programmes are exclusively available via iPlayer Radio for the 7 days preceding each broadcast. 

The character of Inspector Chen was described as the ‘Morse of the Far East’ by the Independent and the series is said to offer “a true insight into today’s China, from corruption to pollution to the traditional food that Chen delights in”.

There are now seven books in the Inspector Chen series. The first three were reissued in March this year and are available as part of an e-book bundle.