People Don’t Do Such Things

A murder mystery…

People Don’t Do Such Things

by Ruth Rendell

Tue 10th March – BBC Radio 4

It is 1979 and hapless accountant Arthur (Reece Shearsmith) and his wife Gwen (Laura Pyper) have made a new friend. Flashy novelist Reeve (Michael Maloney) is everything they’re not – carefree, charismatic and seemingly irresistible. At first, his friendship seems to offer an enticing window into a world beyond their cloistered suburban existence, but it doesn’t take long for the relationship to slip into rather more sinister territory. With unfussy performances and a rumbling documentary-style soundscape, the grimness of late-70s suburbia is palpable throughout. From the moment colossal egotist Reeve arrives on the scene, it’s clear that Arthur and Gwen don’t stand a chance, and it’s this festering inevitability, lurking in awkward pauses and fidgety middle-class tics, that gives this play its most haunting moments.  Stuart Manning, Radio Times

Dramatised by Mike Walker from a short story by Ruth Rendell.


Arthur – Reece Shearsmith

Gwen – Laura Pyper

Reeve – Michael Maloney

Other parts – Rachel Atkins & David Holt

Production credits:

Production Manager – Sarah Tombling

Sound Design – Steve Bond

Directed by John Dryden


First broadcast on 9th June 2012



  1. marrow5150 says:

    I thought this was a Great Great version of a great story!!! Well played.

  2. rhoscumberbrett says:

    It was brilliant! I really liked the ending! To be honest I really thought it was justified! The cast, featuring Reece Shearsmith, were brilliant and the story gripping. You’ll enjoy it very, very much! It was dark, funny and filled me with suspence and alot of sympathy for Arthur Hancock, the main protagonist.

  3. Ingrid M says:

    I am sure this is going to be one of those unique,edge-of-your-seat thrillers and I cannot wait long enough to hear it!!

  4. RhosFurey says:

    Cannot wait for this! :D

  5. Rachael Park says:

    Ugh…I love Reece Shearsmith.

  6. Venu says:

    looking forward to this. After watching the video, i am sure this will be another great one.

  7. Russell Kavanagh says:

    Can’t wait for this one!

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