Dick Barton – Special Agent was a popular radio thriller serial broadcast in the BBC Light
Programme between 7 October 1946 and 30 March 1951. Produced and directed by such well-known British radio broadcasters as
Raymond Raikes, Neil Tuson, and Charles Lefaux, it was aired in 15-minute episodes at 6.45 (later 6.15) each weekday evening.
From 11 January 1947 an additional "omnibus" edition repeated all of the week's programmes each Saturday morning between 11.00
and 12.00. In all, 711 episodes were produced and the serial achieved a peak audience of 15 million. Its end was marked by a
leading article in The Times. The serial followed the adventures of ex-Commando Captain Richard Barton MC (Noel Johnson, later
Duncan Carse and Gordon Davies) who, with his mates Jock Anderson (Alex McCrindle) and Snowy White (John Mann), solved all sorts
of crimes, escaped from dangerous situations, and saved the nation from disaster time and again. Beginning in 1948, the Hammer
film company made three Dick Barton films and, long after the radio series had been replaced by The Archers, Southern Television
made a television version in 1979. Dick Barton has also been adapted into a tongue-in-cheek stage play and a spoof radio comedy.
Each version has featured the original's memorable signature tune, Devil's Galop by Charles Williams.