Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh investigates the death of Alice Liddell who ran a home for unwed mothers. One of those residents is Sally Jupp who was a witness in a drugs smuggling and...
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Adam Dalgleish has found circumstantial evidence involving the Maxie's daughter, Deborah, in the drugs and murder case he is investigating. Her brother is one of the suspects in another murder that ...
When a student nurse with a penchant for petty blackmail is lethally poisoned during a routine procedure, Commander Dalgliesh and Inspector Massingham have to discover which, of the many ... See full summary »
Frustrated with his career, Commander Dalgliesh is invited to Toynton Grange, a home for the disabled, by his old teacher, Father Baddeley, who is resident there. But unbeknown to Dalgliesh... See full summary »
When Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a forensic scientist working at a private laboratory is found killed, Detective Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh is sent to investigate. Dalgliesh had been in the area... See full summary »
Whilst on holiday on the English coast in Norfolk, Commander Adam Dalgliesh becomes embroiled in the hunt for the serial killer - The Whistler - amidst a backdrop of mystery and intrigue ... See full summary »
Commander Dalgleish of Scotland Yard investigates the apparent murder of a well-known author who is found floating in a dinghy with his hands chopped off. The man, Maurice Seton, had ... See full summary »
Sir Paul Berowne - a prominent Government Minister - turns to his old friend Adam Dalgleish following a series of threatening letters delivered to his London home. The minister's wife is in... See full summary »
Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh has been on leave following the death on duty of a member of his team, DS Sarah Hillier. His superiors order him back to work to investigate the ... See full summary »
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Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai) seems to be perfectly content, to have a loving father for whom she cares, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit, matchmaking. She cannot resist ... See full summary »
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Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh investigates the death of Alice Liddell who ran a home for unwed mothers. One of those residents is Sally Jupp who was a witness in a drugs smuggling and murder investigation in London. Sally works at the local manor house for the Maxies and it is apparent that eldest son Stephen has more than just a passing interest in her. The night after they announce their engagement, Sally is found strangled in her bed. The question is whether her death is related to the London investigation or a completely different reason altogether. Her engagement created a good deal of ill feeling among the Maxies and several guests in the house with any one of them having a motive to kill her.Written by
In this video adaptation of P. D. James' first Dalgleish mystery, "Cover Her Face," many liberties were taken. These apparently were done to convert a leisurely "County" mystery to a fast-moving TV miniseries.
While many fans of P. D. James find the changes disruptive and not true to the original, it must be said that this introductory video adaptation proved successful enough to warrant more Dalgleish mysteries being filmed.
The story is essentially a character study of a young woman and her effect on a number of assorted personalities, ranging from a housekeeper-cook to a young physician.
It's set in an England that is already fading from the memory -- big stately homes, church fetes, horse-riding gentry. vicars out of Anthony Trollope...and no cell-phones.
Roy Marsden plays Adam Dagleish, who, in this story, has been promoted from Chief Inspector to Chief Superintendent, which would seem to be a rather exalted New Scotland Yard rank for a detective concerned with only one mystery, rather than the half-dozen or so at one time that a real policeman-executive on that level would be working. He has but one assistant, whose function is primarily to take suspects into custody. The local police are fawning and ever so grateful for the great man's presence. Questioning of witnesses and suspects is casual and low- key and rarely confrontational.
The actor Roy Marsden, quiet and cool, would seem, at first glance, to be an odd choice to play a police detective. But he was a good choice for the role.
His character as Dalgleish is diffident, soft-spoken, observant, intellectual -- a poet, no less. But he is a super-smart sleuth who can be tough if the circumstances so warrant.
The pacing of this story, though speeded up for TV, can still seem excruciatingly slow at times, but stick with it. Superb acting makes it all worth while.
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