Paired with her reliable and devoted chauffeur, Mrs Bradley's finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind the mysteries surrounding a death at the opera, crimes of passion at a circus, poisoning and family secrets.
Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand novelist Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.
Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.
Albert Campion --a bespectacled aristocrat of many pseudonyms, who moves amongst the high class as easily as the the crime underworld-- loves detection and adventure. Aided by his burglar-turned-manservant Magersfontein Lugg, and his policeman friend Stanislaus Oates, Campion unravels eight mysteries over the course of the series. Set in the 1930s, the series is based upon the works of English crime writer Margery Allingham. Written by
With his "owlish" glasses and a manservant named "Lugg" Margery Allingham's Albert Campion at first seems like a real twit . However, once you see our bespectacled hero in action you realize that he is a very distinctive sleuth capable of solving maddening mysteries. Aided by his valet cum assistant and friend, Magersfontein Lugg he faces each case in a stylish 1930's approach that was typical of the "golden age" of English Mysteries. Peter Davison is perfectly cast as Albert (whose true name and parentage are still a mystery) and he fits into his 1930's clothes and locations with ease and grace but it is Brian Glover as Lugg who really steals the show. A former wrestler before he became an actor, Glover plays his part so convincingly that one wonders how he could have been anything else in real life but Albert's sidekick. The two tackle some interesting cases in fabulous locations and wonderful period cars. If you like the protagonists from the golden age like Lord Peter Wimsey and Tommy and Tuppance , Campion is for you. Since this first appeared on "MYSTERY!" in 1989 it was never available on video. Now for the first time it is on both VHS and DVD.
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