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The Black Tower 

Frustrated with his career, Commander Dalgliesh is invited to Toynton Grange, a home for the disabled, by his old teacher, Father Baddeley, who is resident there. But unbeknown to Dalgliesh... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ...  Adam Dalgliesh 6 episodes, 1985
Martin Jarvis ...  Wilfred Anstey 6 episodes, 1985
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ...  Henry Carwardine 6 episodes, 1985
Carol Gillies Carol Gillies ...  Dot Moxon 6 episodes, 1985
Richard Heffer ...  Dr. Eric Hewson 6 episodes, 1985
Harriet Bagnall ...  Ursula Hollis 6 episodes, 1985
Pauline Collins ...  Maggie Hewson 5 episodes, 1985
Art Malik ...  Julius Court 5 episodes, 1985
Rachel Kempson ...  Grace Willison 5 episodes, 1985
Heather James Heather James ...  Helen Rainer 5 episodes, 1985
Martyn Hesford Martyn Hesford ...  Dennis Lerner 5 episodes, 1985
Valerie Whittington Valerie Whittington ...  Jennie Pegram 5 episodes, 1985
Albie Woodington Albie Woodington ...  Albert Philby 4 episodes, 1985
Gillian Barge ...  Millicent Hammitt 3 episodes, 1985
David Webb David Webb ...  Inspector Rouse 3 episodes, 1985
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Frustrated with his career, Commander Dalgliesh is invited to Toynton Grange, a home for the disabled, by his old teacher, Father Baddeley, who is resident there. But unbeknown to Dalgliesh, something happening at the Grange is making the Father uneasy, and Dalgliesh quickly finds himself investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Written by Diariser

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A desolate clifftop retreat is witness to a series of bizarre and inexplicable deaths...

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

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English

Release Date:

8 November 1985 (UK) See more »

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Det sorte tårn See more »

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Anglia Television See more »
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(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The Clavell Tower (built in 1830) was partially painted black for this show. The tower has since been fully restored and moved 82 inland from the cliff's edge because of erosion. See more »

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Followed by A Certain Justice (1998) See more »

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A polished product - delightful viewing
25 January 2011 | by suzanne-959-956081See all my reviews

This perfectly polished period piece does full justice to P D James' erudition and her beautifully honed cast of almost Dickensian characters. The dramatic scenery of Dorset provides the ideal setting for this complex and absorbing mystery. Roy Marsden portrays the detective poet, Adam Dalgliesh with his usual panache and is ably supported by fellow cast members. Those who have not read PD James' brilliant novels will not be able to guess the identity of the murderer until the last episode, despite the meticulous and perfectly timed trail of clues, interspersed with a plethora of red herrings, necessary to ensure the enjoyment of both crime buffs and novices to the genre.


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