Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)
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Death of a Ghost: Part 1 

When the widow of a renowned painter invites Campion to the unveiling of one of his unseen paintings, the detective finds himself investigating the murder of another guest.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Burt ...
Inspector Oates
Belle Lafcadio
Shaughan Seymour ...
Donna Beatrice
William Potter
Elizabeth Chambers ...
Claire Potter
Amanda Harris ...
Patrick Bailey ...
Tom Dacre
Adrian Lukis ...
Matt D'Urfey
John Burgess ...
Dr. Fettes
Mark Rogers ...
Mr. Green


Campion is invited by Belle, respected widow of late painter John Lafcadio,to attend an unusual ceremony. It is an annual event at which one painting at a time, left unseen at the time of the artist's death, is unveiled. Ill-mannered painter Tommy Dacre upsets the event, insulting dotty old Donna Beatrice, as former Lafcadio model and revealing he has brought a new fiancee home, to the chagrin of his old girl-friend,Lafcadio's grand-daughter Linda. The lights go out and when they are turned on again Dacre is dead, Max Fustian, a supercilious art dealer, admits to the killing but no arrests are made for lack of proof.After Dacre's art works gradually disappear, there is a second murder, of alcoholic picture restorer Claire Potter, in her studio in Belle's garden. Written by don @ minifie-1

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5 March 1989 (UK)  »

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The original novel was published in 1934, but characters state that the Stock Market Crash occurred 6 years earlier, making the year 1935. See more »


Albert Campion: Stanilslaus, someone out there is getting rattled. They're trying to cover up their tracks.
Inspector Oates: My favourite kind of murderer has always been the one who won't let well alone.
Albert Campion: Precisely!
[He sips his tea]
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1 February 2017 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

I loved the episode - the first in the series that truly felt like everything came together for the creators. (The previous stories often had me struggling with who's who; what with a dozen unremarkable males with names like Hayhoe introduced in quick succession, and afterwards mostly mentioned rather than actually shown on the screen). An intriguing premise; a complex web of relationships and developments; yet easy to follow and never confusing. Campion himself looks perturbed, which is a nice change from his usual 'jovial nerd' countenance. Superb acting from all of the cast, playing some memorably eccentric but genuine characters. In sum, a delight to watch.

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