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Classic Railway Murders (CSA Telltapes, 2hrs 45 mins, pounds 8.99) offers four tales from the age of steam. Well-contrasted writers; first-rate production; versatile readings by Patrick Malahide.

Plays work well heard rather than seen, especially when they offer, as Oscar Wilde always does, an aphorism a minute. Lady Windermere's Fan (Naxos, lhr 43 mins, pounds 7.99) is a topical tale in the context of today's moral panic, and the final scene between the mysterious Mrs Erlyane (Juliet Stevenson) and Lady Windermere (Sarah Fielding) is powerful theatre.

Christina Hardyment

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