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

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Series cast summary:
 Raphael Arbuthnot (2 episodes, 2003)
 Father Sebastian Morell (2 episodes, 2003)
 Commander Adam Dalgliesh (2 episodes, 2003)
 Eric Surtees (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)
 Father Martin Petrie (2 episodes, 2003)
Janie Dee ...
 Emma Lavenham (2 episodes, 2003)
 George Gregory (2 episodes, 2003)
Emma Rydal ...
 Karen Surtees (2 episodes, 2003)
 Peter Buckhurst (2 episodes, 2003)
 Clive Stannard (2 episodes, 2003)
Maggie McCarthy ...
 Ruby Pilbeam (2 episodes, 2003)
 Margaret Munroe (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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Subtle is better
1 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best mysteries I've seen in a while, perhaps because it reaches beyond being a simple whodunit and becomes a complex, personal drama.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Death in Holy Orders is that you know the characters better than they know themselves, and certainly better than they know each other. The knowledge we have of them propels the story forward easily as you analyze their criticisms of each other and weigh their motives. The dialogue borders on poetry at times, and Martin Shaw in particular executes the lines with compassion and honesty.

My only two criticisms are a subplot that made me rather queasy, and the actress who played Inspector Kate Miskin (very, very smugly). If an officer walked around looking at criminals that way in real life, he or she wouldn't make it to Inspector.

In addition to Martin Shaw's natural execution, the performances of Robert Hardy, Clive Wood, and Jesse Spencer (where did this kid come from?!) are a real treat in this film.

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