Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand novelist Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.
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William Simons ...  Inspector Fox 9 episodes, 1990-1994
...  Chief Inspector Alleyn 8 episodes, 1993-1994
Belinda Lang ...  Agatha Troy 6 episodes, 1990-1994
...  D.S. Bailey / ... 5 episodes, 1990-1994
Sandy Welch ...  D.C. Robinson / ... 3 episodes, 1993-1994
...  Assistant Commissioner Connors 3 episodes, 1993-1994
Mark Penfold ...  Doctor Curtis / ... 2 episodes, 1993-1994
...  Police Doctor 2 episodes, 1990-1993
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Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand novelist Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.

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Not the best casting but still solid series
16 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I like this series very well. I agree with the previous reviewer that the casting was not the best, in particular that of Agatha Troy. I do, however, think that Ngaio Marsh's supporting characters in her books are considerably more fleshed out than her lead characters. So, taking that into account I feel that the creators of this television series had plenty of leg room in deciding who to cast and how to have each actor play the parts. I wish the series had lasted long enough to include all 30+ novels. I do not know what led to the series' demise but I would guess that like other failed mystery series (Campion comes to mind) the ratings were probably not high enough to warrant the vast expenditures that period drama requires. The fact that Ngaio Marsh's books are rather dry and slow in pace compared to Agatha Christie's adds additional problems, making an exact transfer to television difficult. Still, the show is great and is well worth the money on DVD.


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