When a farmer, William Tey, is hacked to death with an ax in his barn, Scotland Yard assigns Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers to the case. Lynley is the 8th Earl of Asherton and is a graduate of Eton and Oxford; he is on the fast track in the police service. Havers has a working class background and feels that she is discriminated against. Despite the differences in their background - very often, the two simply don't understand one another - they make a good team. As for the murder, there are several possible suspects. Tey's wife had left him many years before and one of his daughters ran away and would have nothing to do with him. A nephew will now inherit his farm, providing a good motive. Throughout the investigation, Lynley has to deal with former colleagues who would like nothing better than to bring him down.Written by
Nicholas Day, Chief Superintendent Hillier, and Anthony Calf, Simon St. James, both played Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman's boss in "New Tricks." Day played Deputy Assistant Commissioner Donald Bevan for 6 episodes and Calf played DAC Robert Strickland in 56 episodes. See more »
During the final interrogation scene Lynley removes the earpiece, but at the end of the scene it's back in. See more »
According to hostess Diana Rigg, "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Great Deliverance" is of the "cozy mystery" genre which she explains is similar to Agatha Christie novels and much like a good crossword puzzle. I'm not sure such comments are a credit to this film. However, "A Great Deliverance" is the first in a series of British mysteries from the pen of American writer Elizabeth George which pits the urbane Inspector and aristocrat Lynley and his trusty and contrastingly funky sidekick Barbara Havers (Small) against the wrongdoers of the Shires. A so-so mystery flick, this film tells of a young woman found catatonic and sitting with the decapitated body of her father. At issue, of course, is who did the dirty deed? As the film progresses we find an abundance of characters and some development of the male/female cop team all wound up in a convoluted plot which casually overlooks some obvious questions while making excursions into side plots all happening in the bucolic Yorkshire countryside. When all was said and done, I felt pretty cozy so perhaps Rigg was right. This film will be most appreciated by those who enjoy the "Murder She Wrote" TV fare with minimal action, sex, nudity, swearing, edge, grit, etc. Good stuff for those into tame, sanitized mysteries. (B)
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