Death in Holy Orders (2003)

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Detective Adam Dalgliesh looks into the death of a young ordinand who died under mysterious circumstances.

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 Commander Adam Dalgliesh (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Father Martin Petrie (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Father Sebastian Morell (2 episodes, 2003)
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 George Gregory (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Raphael Arbuthnot (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Emma Lavenham (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Father Peregrine Glover (2 episodes, 2003)
Clive Wood ...
 Archdeacon Matthew Crampton (2 episodes, 2003)
John Clegg ...
 Father John Betterton (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Eric Surtees (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Margaret Munroe (2 episodes, 2003)
Emma Rydal ...
 Karen Surtees (2 episodes, 2003)
Alex Hassell ...
 Peter Buckhurst (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Clive Stannard (2 episodes, 2003)
Maggie McCarthy ...
 Ruby Pilbeam (2 episodes, 2003)
Freda Dowie ...
 Agatha Betterton (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Inspector Roger Yarborough (2 episodes, 2003)
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New Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgleish is asked to have a second look at the death of Ronald Treeves, a student at St. Anselm's seminary. He was killed when a sand dune collapsed and buried him alive and a coroner's inquest ruled that it was an accident but his father refuses to accept the verdict. St. Anselm's is located on a desolate stretch of the English coast and holds a special place for Dalgleish who spent many enjoyable summers there as a young teenager. His initial examination of the evidence reveals nothing but when the housekeeper who discovered Treeves' body dies suddenly, he begins to suspect that something is amiss. The internal politics of the school opens the door to many suspects, particularly as a visiting Church of England official may be seeking to close the school entirely. When a much-disliked cleric is killed, Dalgleish must determine if the motive is related to the school or the result of something more personal. Written by garykmcd

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Atmospheric and full of interest
18 July 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A classic, typical P D James story, well filmed for television. I actually saw Martin Shaw's other outing as Dalgliesh (The Murder Room) before this one, but I liked him better here, possibly because there was less of a soppy subplot in this case. Good acting all round, here, with special praise due to Robert Hardy, who is always good value, and to Jesse Spencer as the troubled head ordinand. Julia MacKenzie does a super turn, too. The plot is full of interest and is grippingly told in three hours. The only weakness in my view is the location. The college is supposed to be on a cliff that's being eaten away by the sea, but we never see it properly at all. All we are shown is the silhouette of a tower on a cliff, plus close-up shots of what could be more or less any old ecclesiastical buildings. Small budget, I suppose, but a shame, because it would have been good to get a fuller feeling for the claustrophobia of the college in its windswept location, battered by the forces of nature. Nevertheless, well worth seeing.


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