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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Series cast summary:
 Commander Adam Dalgliesh (2 episodes, 2003)
 Father Martin Petrie (2 episodes, 2003)
 Father Sebastian Morell (2 episodes, 2003)
 George Gregory (2 episodes, 2003)
 Raphael Arbuthnot (2 episodes, 2003)
Janie Dee ...
 Emma Lavenham (2 episodes, 2003)
 Father Peregrine Glover (2 episodes, 2003)
Clive Wood ...
 Archdeacon Matthew Crampton (2 episodes, 2003)
John Clegg ...
 Father John Betterton (2 episodes, 2003)
 Eric Surtees (2 episodes, 2003)
 Margaret Munroe (2 episodes, 2003)
Emma Rydal ...
 Karen Surtees (2 episodes, 2003)
Alex Hassell ...
 Peter Buckhurst (2 episodes, 2003)
 Clive Stannard (2 episodes, 2003)
Maggie McCarthy ...
 Ruby Pilbeam (2 episodes, 2003)
Freda Dowie ...
 Agatha Betterton (2 episodes, 2003)
 Inspector Roger Yarborough (2 episodes, 2003)


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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Halál a papi rendben  »

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Brilliant murder mystery
24 August 2003 | by (Manchester) – See all my reviews

I have never been fan of murder mysteries, like Miss Maple and Inspector Morse.

I usually lose interest half way through. I wanted to see this drama after buying the book by PD James and because i never got round to reading it. I decided to watch the drama.

The acting was first class, especially Jesse Spencer character Raphael Arbuthnot. I had only ever seen him in Neighbours. His English accent was very convincing and his acting on whole was nothing short of superb.

The drama is three hours long. It was showed over two nights in England. I set the recorder. It is a great piece of drama to watch, compelling viewing. I was never bored. They are so many various characters all at some point who will become suspects in Adam Dalglish investigation. He is the PD James creation. And like all detectives he draws the audience into the drama as he goes about solving the crime.

I don't want to give any of the plot away. The drama is set in the East Anglian coast at a Theological College, where men train to become priest. Adam Dalgish is called to investigate, after the death of one of the students and after the boy's wealthy Father insist on knowing what happened to his son. No sooner Adam Dalgish arrives, there are more murders.

If you like dramas set in the country with murder and mystery, then you should like this drama. It might not be to everyone's taste. If you prefer fast senseless violence, with no plot to follow then this won't be for you. But if you like intelligent writing and are willing to sit it out to the end, then this is for you. I enjoyed it and any Jesse Spencer fans, like myself, will enjoy it. As his character is central to the plot.

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