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Release Date:
8 April 1983 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
When Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a forensic scientist working at a private laboratory is found killed, Detective... See more »
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Cast

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Roy Marsden ... Adam Dalgliesh (7 episodes, 1983)

Barry Foster ... 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)

Brenda Blethyn ... 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)

Geoffrey Palmer ... 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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Series Directed by
Herbert Wise (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Writing credits
Robin Chapman (7 episodes, 1983)
P.D. James (7 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
John Rosenberg .... producer (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Richard Harvey (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Kevin Waters (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Casting by
Jenia Reissar (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Production Design by
Leo Austin (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
Christine Penwarden .... makeup supervisor (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Production Management
Eddie Watts .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Sound Department
John Havart .... sound (7 episodes, 1983)
Colin Lovewell .... sound (7 episodes, 1983)
Walter Sparrow .... sound (7 episodes, 1983)
Vic Thurston .... post-production sound (7 episodes, 1983)
Peter Watts .... sound (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Allan .... lighting technician (7 episodes, 1983)
Philip S. Burne .... vision controller (7 episodes, 1983)
Geoff Greenleaf .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1983)
Peter Harvey .... vision controller (7 episodes, 1983)
Steve Kilroe .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1983)
Roger Law .... lighting technician (7 episodes, 1983)
Peter MacQueen .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1983)
Ron Phillp .... lighting technician (7 episodes, 1983)
Trevor Vaisey .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vee Layton .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 1983)
Carla Willsher .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Editorial Department
Mike Aston .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1983)
John Bourne .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1983)
Philip Bunn .... technical supervisor: post-production (7 episodes, 1983)
Jill Shaw .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Other crew
Christine Buck .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1983)
Alan Cordner .... technical supervisor: location (7 episodes, 1983)
Tony George .... floor manager (7 episodes, 1983)
Gerry Line-Parker .... floor manager (7 episodes, 1983)
Susan Peters .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1983)
Alethea Wigzell .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1983)
Christine Wilson .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1983)
 

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UK:50 min (7 episodes)
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Martin Jarvis was offered Dr. Kerrison.See more »
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Followed by "Devices and Desires" (1991)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
British TV at its best, 31 August 2009
Author: Leon-55 from -

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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