Alleyn Mysteries (1990–1994)
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Death at the Bar 

During a display of dart throwing in a Cornish pub a man's hand is impaled by a dart, and he dies shortly afterward from cyanide although no one can explain how.

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Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay), Ngaio Marsh (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Gilchrist Alan Gilchrist ... PC Oates
Paul Brooke ... Abel Pomeroy
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ... Kirby
Kevin McNally ... Luke Watchman
Patrick Malahide ... Chief Inspector Alleyn
Alex Jennings ... Sebastian Parish
David Calder ... Robert Legge
Ben Daniels ... Norman Cubitt
Kate Hardie ... Decima Pomeroy
Mark Anstee Mark Anstee ... Will Moore
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Ives
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... George Nark
Anna Cropper ... Violet Duffy
William Simons William Simons ... Inspector Fox
Peter Gale Peter Gale ... Dr. Mordent, Coroner
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Storyline

After an evening of darts and vintage brandy, a distinguished, although amorous, barrister succumbs to rigor mortis in a cozy pub. Every witness swears that the freak accident was caused by a dart that punctured the victim's finger. But to Inspector Roderick Alleyn, the "accident" is really a clever case of murder and everyone in the bar has a motive! Written by Daphne O. Klemme <dklemme@indiana.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Release Date:

9 May 1993 (UK) See more »

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Throughout the episode, a grey van keeps appearing in scenes. It is the same make, model and year of vehicle that Agatha Troy drives, and has the same license number HGX 874. See more »

Quotes

Abel Pomeroy: Fox, what are you looking for?
Inspector Fox: Anything that may have been overlooked.
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The Very Thought of You
Music and Lyrics by Ray Noble
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Top Winterbottom
19 October 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I watch a lot of these BBC-produced mystery series. Its one of the few things from the TeeVee side that I can stand, though regular readers of my comments are used to me being disappointed by many of them.

Its because the BBC formula is fairly strict and apparently based on solid market research about how viewers want to spend their time unwinding after a work day. The problem is that these are mysteries and the way the mystery component is handled is dreadful, ordinarily. What they turn into is a storytelling form that has a surprise ending that we know is coming.

We aren't given enough clues to guess; we aren't supposed to. We are just supposed to enjoy the dessert when served. So what it boils down to is whether the writer and filmmaker merge into competent storytellers.

The director in this case is Michael Winterbottom, someone who knows his business. That makes this one of the very best made of any BBC mystery episodes. It really is superb and I recommend it. I came to this particular one because of Winterbottom, despite knowing that Ms Marsh's stories are inherently uncinematic. But this story is not hers and the combination of writer and director is quit sublime.

The way the story is told is a matter of flashes back and forward, blinking vision, confusing snippets, seeing and not seeing.

Winterbottom is a solid talent and he has given us something quite masterful where you have no reason to expect it.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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