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Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh investigates the death of Alice Liddell who ran a home for unwed mothers. One of those residents is Sally Jupp who was a witness in a drugs smuggling and... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ...  Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh 6 episodes, 1985
Phyllis Calvert ...  Eleanor Maxie 6 episodes, 1985
Mel Martin ...  Deborah Riscoe 6 episodes, 1985
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Stephen Maxie 6 episodes, 1985
John Vine John Vine ...  Inspector John Massingham 6 episodes, 1985
Jean Heywood ...  Martha 6 episodes, 1985
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ...  Simon Maxie 6 episodes, 1985
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ...  Sir Reynold Price 5 episodes, 1985
Julian Glover ...  Felix Hurst 5 episodes, 1985
Clare Higgins ...  Catherine Bowers 5 episodes, 1985
John Bott ...  Rev Bernard Hinks 5 episodes, 1985
Robert Glenister ...  Derek Pullen 4 episodes, 1985
Kim Thomson ...  Sally Jupp 4 episodes, 1985
Charles Morgan Charles Morgan ...  Dr. Charles Epps 4 episodes, 1985
Barbara Hicks ...  Miss Molpas 3 episodes, 1985
Katja Kersten Katja Kersten ...  Ingrid Graham 3 episodes, 1985
Ronnie Stevens ...  Victor Proctor 3 episodes, 1985
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas ...  Marcos Iturralde 3 episodes, 1985
Lucy Hancock Lucy Hancock ...  Rosie 3 episodes, 1985
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Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh investigates the death of Alice Liddell who ran a home for unwed mothers. One of those residents is Sally Jupp who was a witness in a drugs smuggling and murder investigation in London. Sally works at the local manor house for the Maxies and it is apparent that eldest son Stephen has more than just a passing interest in her. The night after they announce their engagement, Sally is found strangled in her bed. The question is whether her death is related to the London investigation or a completely different reason altogether. Her engagement created a good deal of ill feeling among the Maxies and several guests in the house with any one of them having a motive to kill her. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1985 (UK) See more »

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Anglia Television See more »
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(6 episodes) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh: We know that Volunus was not only a drug king, but was using money to finance other activities.
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Disappointing
27 August 2005 | by jamesandteresaSee all my reviews

While not a devoted fan of P.D. James, my husband and I have enjoyed several of her novels. We looked forward to the entire series of P.D.James adaptations in this set. But they were produced badly, and we can't quite figure out why. All of the actors bounce between being wooden and melodramatic, even though after looking up their other work they seem to be actors of high caliber. The camera angles seem borrowed from soap operas--even the music never seems to fit the action on the screen. The director, producer, screenwriter, or all three simply did not know what they were doing or did a very sloppy job. They are not unwatchable, but we found ourselves laughing at scenes that were supposed to be dramatic because they were so overdone.


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