'Set in the charming and deadly streets of Melbourne, this vivid and brilliantly plotted murder thriller tells the story of a crime committed by an unknown assassin. With its panoramic depiction of a bustling yet uneasy city, Hansom Cab has a central place in Australian literary history and, more importantly, it remains highly readable. ' (Publication summary)
Stage version of Fergus Hume's novel of the same name.
British adaptation of Fergus Hume's novel.
The second Australian film based on Fergus Hume's best-selling novel; the first had been released in 1911. (A British film had also been made in 1915.)
BBC radio adaptation of Fergus Hume's novel.
The second of two BBC radio adaptations of Fergus Hume's novel.
For episode titles, broadcast dates, and synopses, see Notes.
'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a tightly plotted murder thriller, a massive best seller that was a forerunner to Sherlock Holmes. As much a study of sophisticated 19th century Melbourne as it is of its captivating characters, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a compelling telemovie with a surprise ending that no-one will guess.'
Source: Burberry Productions website, http://www.burberry.com.au/
In Grateful Acknowledgement of
His Kind Encouragement to
'Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886) was first published in Melbourne, the city it describes in precise detail. Yet, several scholars of Hume’s bestselling novel approach the work as though it were written for an English audience. Although the novel was successful in the British market upon its reprinting in London, its initial scope was always a local audience of Melbourne readers. Hume himself wrote that the novel was designed “only to attract local attention” in the “narrow circle” of Melbourne (“Preface” 3). The novel thus contains many details particular to Melbourne, from dialects and social rituals to the mention of nearly four hundred specific place-names. Hansom Cab presents an opportunity to investigate how a nineteenth-century Melbourne resident perceived and depicted the colonial identity of the city and how that identity was intertwined with an understanding of urban space.' (Publication introduction)