Alleyn cancels his holiday with Troy to investigate a murder connected to a stolen chalice, but he's called when a second murder occurs at uncle's estate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Carroll ...
Corporal Billings
Dieter Kranz
Robert Reynolds ...
Charles Rankin
Matthew Lloyd Davies ...
Nigel Bathgate (as Matthew Lloyd-Davies)
Belinda Lang ...
Brenda Peters ...
Rosamund Grant
Marjorie Wilde
Arthur Wilde
Patricia Lawrence ...
Mother Superior
Sir Hubert Handesley
Nickolas Grace ...
Dr. Hans Hoffner


While looking into the theft of several precious artifacts, Alleyn is called to investigate a murder of Charles Rankin at a gathering that includes Agatha Troy, his girlfriend. Rankin had brought a precious dagger to the event. Complicating things further is that Troy is close to these people and resents some of Alleyn's questioning. A parallel and inter-related crime for Alleyn is to identify the art thieves. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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18 April 1993 (UK)  »

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The novel 'A Man Lay Dead"' was published in 1932, but this adaptation takes place sometime after 1946. See more »


Agatha Troy: Ros couldn't have murdered Charles. She really loved him.
Chief Inspector Alleyn: Well, I'm sorry, Troy, but in my experience love is a very powerful motive for murder.
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