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.
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William Simons ...
 Inspector Fox (9 episodes, 1990-1994)
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 Chief Inspector Alleyn (8 episodes, 1993-1994)
Belinda Lang ...
 Agatha Troy (6 episodes, 1990-1994)
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 D.S. Bailey / ... (5 episodes, 1990-1994)
Sandy Welch ...
 D.C. Robinson / ... (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
Leslie Schofield ...
 Assistant Commissioner Connors (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
Mark Penfold ...
 Doctor Curtis / ... (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
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 Police Doctor (2 episodes, 1990-1993)
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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.

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Decent representation of the books
16 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read all of the Inspector Alleyn novels by Ngaio Marsh and feel that this dramatic interpretation is good. Okay, I've got some minor gripes with parts of each of the shows. Basically they deal with the compaction of a novel into a limited time of 100 minutes. I think Malahide does a good job. Marsden's Dalgliesh gets a lot more time per title. _Devices_&_Desires_ ran 300 minutes, if I recall correctly. My opinion may also be shaped by my preference for Marsh over PDJ. IMO, Marsh writes more compactly than James. James spends more times with emotions. Its just a matter of style, neither is inherently better. However, I feel that PDJ "Dalgliesh" book series have gotten weaker after the middle of the series and have given up reading her newer books. Ngaio Marsh has a few downers here and there but I think she holds up over the long haul. I also prefer the period of the "Alleyn" series which is harder and more expensive to recreate than the more modern "Dalgliesh".


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