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 »
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Complete series cast summary:
Roy Marsden ...
 Adam Dalgliesh (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Dr. Maxim Howarth (7 episodes, 1983)
Ray Brooks ...
 Dr. Henry Kerrison (7 episodes, 1983)
Ivor Roberts ...
 Inspector Blakelock (7 episodes, 1983)
Andrew Ray ...
 Clifford Bradley (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Angela Foley (6 episodes, 1983)
Malcolm Terris ...
 DI Tom Doyle (6 episodes, 1983)
Chloe Franks ...
 Brenda Pridmore (6 episodes, 1983)
John Vine ...
 DS John Massingham (5 episodes, 1983)
Fiona Walker ...
 Stella Mawson, aka 'Star' (5 episodes, 1983)
Stephen Thorne ...
 Paul Middlemass (5 episodes, 1983)
Valerie Testa ...
 Claire Easterbrook (5 episodes, 1983)
Meg Davies ...
 Domenica Howarth (4 episodes, 1983)
John Bryans ...
 Chief Superintendent Mercer (4 episodes, 1983)
Annabelle Lanyon ...
 Nell Kerrison (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Dr. Edwin Lorrimer (3 episodes, 1983)
Rhoda Lewis ...
 Miss Willard (3 episodes, 1983)
Kate Lansbury ...
 Mrs. Pridmore (3 episodes, 1983)
Wendy Gifford ...
 Anne Kerrison (3 episodes, 1983)
Sheridan Ball ...
 Sue Bradley (3 episodes, 1983)
Maryann Turner ...
 Mrs. Bidwell (3 episodes, 1983)
Richard Foxton ...
 Sergeant Reynolds (3 episodes, 1983)
Carl Adams ...
 Police Constable (3 episodes, 1983)
Toby Scopes ...
 William Kerrison (3 episodes, 1983)
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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 a few months previously investigating the murder of a young woman found in an abandoned car. There are several suspects: Lorrimer'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 Lorrimer. 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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Expert Investigation amongst fellow Experts!
25 August 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was the first of the adaptations of the P D James books of Adam Dalgliesh, which is unfortunately unavailable to the public in video. If it come again onto your local television station, it is a must see!

Roy Marsden makes a perfect Dalgliesh! Tall, mysterious Dalgliesh is the best man available and is picked by New Scotland Yard to investigate murder and intrigue in a highly sensitive government department.

Jowly Geoffrey Palmer plays a part far different from the relaxed comedy parts of late, and Barry Foster cuts a dash as Dr Maxim Howarth. The plot twists and turns and the viewer will be kept literally guessing 'Who done it' until the last scene! A great night of entertainment for mystery fans. Well worth a look!


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