I note that Gordon Masterton is putting up £10,000 for a television show or book that features a civil engineer as hero (NCE 3 November). Perhaps we should start campaigning for the return of Dick Barton - Special Agent, star of the 1940's BBC radio show and later of three films made by prehorror Hammer studios.
Dick Barton - Special Agent gripped the airways as a 'cloak and dagger soap opera' in post war Britain.
Dick Barton was an engineer by trade, and according to his (fictitious) biography he tackled large scale construction tasks such as building an airport in Peru and developing an oil pipe line in Persia. As the Second World War broke out he joined the Royal Engineers and rose through the ranks to Captain.
A latter day James Bond, a civil engineer who defeated fifth columnists, foreign villains and kept secret weapons safe. A hero who used his engineering background to keep his country forever England!
Bill Brand Bill.Brand@thomastelford.