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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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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Good story let down by poor direction and uneven acting
11 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having very much enjoyed "Original Sin" (one of the later P D James adaptations in this series), I was disappointed by "Death of an Expert Witness". The main actors - Roy Marsden, Geoffrey Palmer, Cyril Cusack, Brenda Blethyn, Fiona Walker - are very good, as one would expect, but most of the minor characters are played really badly - sometimes so badly as to be embarrassing or amusing. This may well be in part down to the direction, which is inexplicably poor from the normally excellent Herbert Wise, who must have been going through a bad patch. Also I hated the device of occasionally making Dalgleish's thoughts audible: it simply doesn't work.

A pity the team didn't remake this adaptation in later years.


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