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Ngaio Marsh's The Alleyn Mysteries

a.k.a.The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

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by kingkong

Last updated:
Wed, 23 Aug 2006 03:00

aired from: Dec 1990 to: Apr 1994 9 eps BBC1 100 min stereo closed captioned

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    Pilot 1990

  1. "Artists in Crime" (105 min; mono)
    gs: Ursula Howells [ Lady Alleyn ], Edward Judd [ Sir Norman Chapple ], Reginald Marsh [ Colonel Pascoe ], Janet Henfrey [ Mrs Hipkins ], Leslee Udwin [ Katti Bostock ], Piers Gibbon [ Julian Malmesley ], Georgia Allen [ Valmai Seacliff ], Nick Reding [ Basil Pilgrim ], Andrew Baker [ Wolf Garcia ], Pippa Hinchley [ Phyllida Lee ], Siri Neal [ Sonia Gluck ]

    rc: Agatha Troy, Sgt Bailey

    Alleyn is called away from a boating holiday on the Broads to investigate the circumstances of the suicide by a leading artist. No sooner does he find that he has a connection with someone who may have been blackmailing him, artistic model Sonia Gluck, that she is murdered in the studio of an art teacher, Agatha Troy. He discovers there was no shortage of people being blackmailed by her and thus had a motive to kill her, but which one was it?

    b: 23 Dec 90 w: T R Bowen s: Ngaio Marsh d: Silvio Narizzano

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    1st Series 1993

  2. "A Man Lay Dead"
    gs: Julian Glover [ Sir Hubert Handesley ], David Haig [ Arthur Wilde ], Clare Higgins [ Marjorie Wilde ], Susan Wooldridge [ Rosamund Grant ], Nickolas Grace [ Dr Hans Hoffner ], Michael Feast [ Dieter Kranz ], Patricia Lawrence [ Mother Superior ], Robert Reynolds [ Charles Rankin ], Matthew Lloyd Davies [ Nigel Bathgate ], Robin Soans [ Walters ], Martin Wimbush [ Benningden ], Harriette Ashcroft [ Mary ], Clare Cathcart [ Florence ], Sian Webber [ Dr Beatrice Eaton ], Brenda Peters [ Edith ], Jan Chappell [ Nellie Weston ]

    rc: Agatha Troy, Sgt Bailey, Asst Comm Connors

    In Spring 1948, Inspector Alleyn joins a weekend party at Frantock Hall, where the theft of a priceless chalice and a game of murder that goes horribly wrong prove a severe test of his powers of deduction.

    b: 18 Apr 93 w: Barbara Machin s: Ngaio Marsh d: Sarah Pia Anderson
  3. "The Nursing Home Murder"
    gs: John Stride [ Sir Derek O'Callaghan ], Judy Parfitt [ Lady O'Callaghan ], Anna Massey [ Ruth O'Callaghan ], David Rintoul [ Sir John Phillips ], Robert Swann [ Dr Roberts ], Georgia Slowe [ Nurse Harben ], Penny Bunton [ Nurse Banks ], John Bennett [ Blautwicz ], John Arnatt [ Nash ], David Sibley [ Sage ], Adam Bareham [ Dr Thomas ], Roger Sloman [ PC Perkins ], Glynis Brooks [ Sister Graham ], Joan Campion [ Mrs Oliver ], Andrew Robinson [ Police doctor ], Kevin Stoney [ Meeting house speaker ], Geoffrey Wilkinson [ Prime Minister ], Anthony Byrne [ PC Dixon ], Colin Dudley [ House of Commons Speaker ], Andrew Lancel [ PC Merritt ], Sasha Paul [ Nurse Inskip ], Robert Perkins [ PC Blake ]

    rc: DC Robinson

    A prominent British cabinet minister dies as a result of an operation, but his wife is convinced he was murdered.

    b: 25 Apr 93 w: Kevin Laffan s: Ngaio Marsh d: Silvio Narizzano
  4. "Final Curtain"
    gs: Graham Crowden [ Sir Henry Ancred ], Eleanor Bron [ Millamant Ancred ], Susan Fleetwood [ Pauline Kentish ], Peter Blythe [ Thomas Ancred ], Felicity Dean [ Desdemona Ancred ], Emma Amos [ Sonia Orrincourt ], Michael Bilton [ Barker ], Jonathan Cullen [ Cedric Ancred ], Sarah Winman [ Fenella Cairness ], Edward Atherton [ Paul Kentish ], Patricia Garwood [ Jenetta Cairness ], James Greene [ Rattisbon ], David Walker [ Dr Maltravers ], Michael Sheard [ Juniper ], Samantha Glenn [ Panty Kentish ], Michael Elwyn [ Trumper ]

    rc: Agatha Troy, Asst Comm Connors

    Having accepted a commission to paint a birthday portrait, Agatha Troy has to report to Alleyn that her subject has been murdered. She undertakes some of the investigations herself.

    b: 2 May 93 w: Hugh Leonard s: Ngaio Marsh d: Martyn Friend
  5. "Death at the Bar"
    gs: David Calder [ Robert Legge ], Anna Cropper [ Hon Violet Duffy ], Kevin McNally [ Luke Watchman ], Alex Jennings [ Sebastian Parish ], Kate Hardie [ Decima Pomeroy ], Paul Brooke [ Abel Pomeroy ], Carol MacReady [ Mrs Ives ], Ben Daniels [ Norman Cubitt ], Mark Anstee [ Will Moore ], Brian Rawlinson [ George Nark ], Mary Miller [ Mrs Freeman ], Alan Gilchrist [ PC Oates ], Peter Gale [ Dr Mordent ], Tim Meats [ Dr Shaw ], Al Gregg [ Henry Bartram ], Robert Barrett [ Rev Hawes ], Terence Edmond [ Fraser ], Paul Bigley [ Kirby ], David Hargreaves [ Supt Harper ]

    An eminent barrister dies in a village pub, apparently from a poisoned dart. Alleyn investigates how it was done, and by whom.

    b: 9 May 93 w: Alfred Shaughnessy s: Ngaio Marsh d: Michael Winterbottom
  6. "Death in a White Tie"
    gs: John Carlisle [ Sir Daniel Davidson ], Harold Innocent [ Lord Robert 'Bunchy' Gospell ], Charles Kay [ Colombo Dimitri ], John Bowe [ Capt Maurice Withers ], Diana Quick [ Lady Evelyn Carrados ], Madge Ryan [ Lucy, Dowager Marchioness of Lorrimer ], Robert Lang [ General Halcut-Hackett ], Oliver Ford Davies [ Sir Herbert Carrados ], Amanda Boxer [ Dorothy Halcut-Hackett ], Samuel West [ Donald Potter ], Polly Adams [ Mildred Potter ]

    rc: Agatha Troy

    With a blackmailer at large on the London debutante scene, Alleyn plants a friend amongst them. But a murderer gets there first.

    b: 16 May 93 w: Ken Jones s: Ngaio Marsh d: John Woods

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    2nd Series 1994

  7. "Hand in Glove"
    gs: John Gielgud [ Percival Pyke Period ], Barbara Jefford [ Constance Cartell ], Geoffrey Palmer [ Harold Cartell ], Moira Redmond [ Lady Bantling ], John Holz [ Andrew Bantling ], Debra Beaumont [ Nicola Maitland-Mayne ], Jayne Ashbourne [ Mary Rawlston ], Matthew Morgan [ Leonard Leiss ], Derek Benfield [ Alfred Belt ], Patsy Byrne [ Mrs Mitchell ], Bill Wallis [ Cyril Short ]

    rc: Agatha Troy, Sgt Bailey, DC Robinson

    Alleyn investigates the discovery of a dead body in a drainage ditch outside the home of Percival Pyke Period in the quiet little village of Chalfont Green. It seems that several people had reason to wish Harold Cartell dead.

    b: 10 Jan 94 w: Ken Jones s: Ngaio Marsh d: Martyn Friend
  8. "Dead Water"
    gs: Margaret Tyzack [ Emily Pride ], Jane Lapotaire [ Elspeth Cost ], James Cosmo [ Keith Ballantyne ], James Laurenson [ Dr Nairn ], Eleanor David [ Margaret Ballantyne ], Tom Watson [ Supt Campbell ], Mona Bruce [ Dulcie Criuckshank ], Robert McIntosh [ Alistair Cruickshank ], Jimmy Yuill [ Angus Findley ], Ewen Bremner [ Wally McNabb ], Peter Kelly [ Archie MacPherson ], Andrea Gibb [ Cissie McCulloch ]

    rc: Agatha Troy, Sgt Bailey

    Two women are at war over the future of a small Scottish island. Miss Pride is the rightful landlord of Portacarrick, but Miss Cost is determined to turn it into a tourist attraction after the alleged cure of a young boy's warts by a 'fairy' spring. A local squabble turns sinister after an attempt on Miss Pride's life. An old friend, Alleyn, returns for his holiday to investigate. A web of adultery and sexual jealousy soon weaves itself around picturesque Pixie Falls.

    b: 1 Apr 94 w: T R Bowen s: Ngaio Marsh d: John Woods
  9. "Scales of Justice"
    gs: Frederick Treves [ Sir Henry Lacklander ], Elizabeth Spriggs [ Lady Lacklander ], Tom Wilkinson [ Gerald Lacklander ], Denis Lill [ Col Cartarette ], Frances Barber [ Kitty Cartarette ], John Franklyn Robbins [ Octavius Danberry Phinn ], Marcus Hutton [ Mark Lacklander ], Daisy Bates [ Rose Cartarette ], David Henry [ Commander Syce ], Shirley King [ Nurse Kettle ], Donald Douglas [ Sir George Alleyn ], Madhav Sharma [ Sunny Ranjan Chaudhury ], Mark Penfold [ Dr Curtis ]

    rc: Asst Comm Connors

    When he makes plans for the publication of a friend's memoirs, a World War II veteran is murdered.

    b: 29 Aug 94 w: Cyril Williams s: Ngaio Marsh d: Jim Goddard

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NOTES

A first set of episodes is now available on Region 1 DVD from Acorn Media, with the episodes: 'A Man Lay Dead', 'The Nursing Home Murder', 'Final Curtain' and 'Death at the Bar'.
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