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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort BBC Radio 4

In Foreign Bodies: A History Of Modern Europe Through Literary Detectives, (tx from 22nd October) Lawson investigates the tensions and trends of Europe since the Second World War by focusing on some of the celebrated investigators from European fiction, and their creators.

The series accompanies dramatizations of all the Martin Beck novels, starring actor Stephen Mackintosh in the title role. Written by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö the novels are widely acknowledged as some of the most important and influential crime fiction ever written.

The 15-part series Foreign Bodies: A History Of Modern Europe Through Literary Detectives will be broadcast on Radio 4 over three weeks, at 1.45pm from Monday 22 October to Friday 9 November.

Find out more about the series at bbc.co.uk.