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The Thirty Nine Steps - Chapter 5

The Adventure Of The Spectacled Roadman

Season 5, episode 4
20 min / Published

Desperately trying to find cover to continue with his plan to escape detection and apprehension for a crime he didn't commit, our protagonist Richard Hannay struggles with both the Scottish landscape as well as its weather.

Realising that he has been spotted by the seemingly ever present plane he knows that the net is closing in on him fast. He takes on a disguise as a working roadman but as his potential captors arrive on the scene things look precarious.

  • john buchan
  • thirty nine steps
  • classic novel
  • spy thriller
  • action and adventure
Show notes

The flat country is a liability and he has nowhere to hide. But as luck would have it, he stumbles across a drunk Scottish roadman, mending the road. The man, Alexander Turnbull, is afraid his supervisor will come soon and discover he is drunk. Desperate for another disguise, Hannay offers to take over for Turnbull while the man sleeps his drink off. 

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This episode is part of the The Thirty Nine Steps series
A Classic tale of mystery and intrigue when Richard Hannay becomes embroiled in solving a murder whilst being chased by spies and the police.
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