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The Murder Room 

Adam Dalgliesh looks into the connection between the grisly exhibits at the Dupayne family museum and the murder of adopted son Neville.

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Complete series cast summary:
Martin Shaw ...  Adam Dalgliesh 2 episodes, 2005
Janie Dee Janie Dee ...  Emma Lavenham 2 episodes, 2005
Samantha Bond ...  Caroline Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
Kerry Fox ...  Muriel Godby 2 episodes, 2005
Siân Phillips ...  Marie Strickland 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Maloney ...  Neville Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Le Prevost ...  Marcus Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
Jack Shepherd ...  James Calder-Hale 2 episodes, 2005
Anita Carey Anita Carey ...  Tally Clutton 2 episodes, 2005
Tilly Blackwood ...  DI Kate Miskin 2 episodes, 2005
William Beck ...  DI Piers Tarrant 2 episodes, 2005
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ...  Ryan Archer 2 episodes, 2005
Lisa Kay ...  Angela Faraday 2 episodes, 2005
Kate Alderton ...  Sara Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
Lesley Vickerage ...  Clara 2 episodes, 2005
Anthony Calf ...  Lord Martlesham 2 episodes, 2005
Thomas Wheatley Thomas Wheatley ...  A / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Harry Burton Harry Burton ...  Bruno Denholm 2 episodes, 2005
Ty Glaser ...  Celia Mellock 2 episodes, 2005
Richard Cubison Richard Cubison ...  Nobby Clarke 2 episodes, 2005
Sara Carver ...  Dalgliesh's P.A. 2 episodes, 2005
Greg Wakeham Greg Wakeham ...  Ryan's Flatmate 2 episodes, 2005


The lease on the Dupayne Museum is almost up and under the terms of their father's will, all three of the Dupayne children must agree to continue or the museum is to close. Neville Dupayne is dead set against continuing the museum when the money could be used for a much better purpose. One of the museum's key attractions is the Murder Room, displaying information on a series of notorious murders from between the two World Wars. When Neville dies in a way reminiscent of one of the murders on display in the Murder Room, Commander Adam Dalgleish is asked to investigate. There are any number of suspects: his siblings, several museum employees who will lose their job, his secretary with whom he once had an affair and his daughter who felt he was an absentee father. A second murder reveals some of the activities of the upper classes and the solution lies in a long-ago wrong that someone is seeking to right. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 January 2005 (UK) See more »

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BBC Drama Group, WGBH See more »
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(2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Room of Past Murders
31 May 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This is a great murder mystery story about a museum which is having problems among its administrators and there is a possibility it will be closed. The main attraction to the museum is a room dedicated to murders which were committed in a brutal and horrible fashion. For example, a person being stuffed in a trunk and a mallet that crushed in a skull and the list goes on and on. Martin Shaw, (Adam Dalgliesh) plays the role of a stuffed shirt uptight investigator who is told to his face he is hard to communicate with. Adam has his hands full trying to investigate various murders which were being copied from murders committed in the Murder Room of the museum. Adam meets up with a pretty female he knew in the past and his character seems to change after this girl hits on him for romance. Great Mystery story and a great film to view. Enjoy.

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