Death of an Expert Witness (1983)

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When Dr. Edwin Lorimer, 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 »

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Complete series cast summary:
Roy Marsden ...
 Adam Dalgliesh (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Dr. Maxim Howarth (6 episodes, 1983)
Ray Brooks ...
 Dr. Henry Kerrison (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Angela Foley (6 episodes, 1983)
Fiona Walker ...
 Stella Mawson, aka 'Star' (6 episodes, 1983)
Ivor Roberts ...
 Inspector Blakebrook (6 episodes, 1983)
Andrew Ray ...
 Clifford Bradley (5 episodes, 1983)
Meg Davies ...
 Domenica Howarth (5 episodes, 1983)
John Vine ...
 DS John Massingham (5 episodes, 1983)
Malcolm Terris ...
 DI Tom Doyle (5 episodes, 1983)
Chloe Franks ...
 Brenda Pridmore (5 episodes, 1983)
Stephen Thorne ...
 Paul Middlemass (4 episodes, 1983)
Valerie Testa ...
 Claire Easterbrook (4 episodes, 1983)
John Bryans ...
 Chief Superintendent Mercer (3 episodes, 1983)
Kate Lansbury ...
 Mrs Pridmore (3 episodes, 1983)
Rhoda Lewis ...
 Miss Willard (3 episodes, 1983)
Sheridan Ball ...
 Sue Bradley (3 episodes, 1983)
Richard Foxton ...
 Sergeant Reynolds (3 episodes, 1983)
Annabelle Lanyon ...
 Nell Kerrison (3 episodes, 1983)
Maryann Turner ...
 Mrs Bidwell (3 episodes, 1983)
Carl Adams ...
 Police Constable (3 episodes, 1983)
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When Dr. Edwin Lorimer, 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 a few months previously investigating the murder of a young woman found in an abandoned car. There are several suspects: Lorimer's subordinate, Clifford Bradley, who despises him; the new head of the laboratory, Maxim Howarth, who is jealous of his sister's relationship with him; a colleague, Paul Middlemass, who had a fight with Lorimer. There is also a gruff and likely unethical policeman who was on the grounds of the laboratory at the time of the killing and a local pathologist who is raising his two young children after his wife leaves him for another man. When one of the suspects is also murdered, Dalgliesh learns a key piece of information. Written by garykmcd

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British TV at its best
31 August 2009 | by (-) – See all my reviews

These adaptations of the P D James books of Adam Dalgliesh are of the best - and I mean all of them. The stories are long in comparison to today's highly edited story lines. It makes for a natural flow to the story, building atmosphere and generally contributing to the general feeling of the episode. I like seeing cars arrive and depart and the characters making the tea! It is also very natural for a detective to sit and ponder a very complex murder - and the director did good by showing us these scenes.

Roy was an excellent choice to do this role as he did not resort to emotional gimmicks as lessor actors would have done - he interpreted the role as that of an inspector who was fully aware of his detective abilities and the character had no need to impress the viewer with predictable devices. This show was obviously aimed at a more mature audience - hence the absence (most of the time) of bar fight scenes, car chase scenes, bed scenes, impossible superiors, sub plots and other devices to pad the plot and episode.

Highly recommended.


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