|James W. Nichol has been a prominent playwright in Canada since 1970. Midnight Cab was a immensely popular radio drama he wrote. One of
the best series airing as part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Mystery Project was "Midnight Cab", which was aired in three runs
of 13 episodes, 9 episodes, and 13 episodes (making a total of 35 episodes for the series). The first series probably ran in 1992, with the second
series going into 1993-1994. The third series, I think aired around 1996. It also evidently made an appearance on Australian radio circa 1996.
The show starred David Ferry as Walker Devereaux, a young man, rather gullible and naive, from Bear River (north of Lake Superior) who comes
to Toronto in order to become an author and winds up driving a cab on the midnight shift. From the start, he keeps running into problems (such as
that body that someone left in the trunk of his cab), and he solves the mysteries with the help of (later to become his girlfriend), wheelchair-bound
Krista Papadopoulos (who dispatches cabs) played by Jacqueline Samuda, Alfonso Piatelli (his boss), and Metro Police Inspector Wilfred Kiss (a
friendly homicide cop) played by Neil Munro. Each episode is fairly self-contained, but the series builds on its past episodes as well, so we see
Walker's developing relationship with Krista, his coming to terms with the big city. In 2002, James W. Nichol released Midnight Cab a book
based on the popular radio show.
Note: There is some language and mature content. About a PG rating.
|Midnight Cab, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First
Novel, and was short listed for the CWA Gold Dagger.