Paul Temple is a fictional character, created by English writer Francis Durbridge (1912–1998). Temple is a professional
author of crime fiction and an amateur private detective. Together with his journalist wife Louise, affectionately known as Steve after her pen name "Steve Trent",
he solves whodunnit crimes through subtle, humorously articulated deduction. Always the gentleman, the strongest oath he ever utters is "by Timothy". Created
for the BBC radio serial Send for Paul Temple in 1938, the Temples have featured in over 30 BBC radio dramas, 12 serials for German radio, four British feature
films, a BBC television series, and several novels. A Paul Temple comic strip ran in the London Evening News from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s.