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Under the production staff of:
John Davies - Director
Thomas Ellice - Screenwriter
P.D.Read more ›
This particular series is not for general viewing by the entire family as there are several scenes with partial frontal nudity and rather graphic scenes of murdered corpses; I cannot recommend this one for children. From the perspective of British detective shows this one is good and holds ones interest through all six episodes.
As is usual liberties are taken with P. D. James' story line but all in all the series works pretty well. There are some lovely beach scenes that help establish a mood of isolation.
If you're a Dalgliesh fan you'll probably enjoy this one too.
Dalgliesh is not in charge of the investigation.It is also somewhat unrealistic
(even for fiction),as 7 women have been murdered at night,and women are still
going outside alone after the sun sets. The discovery of the main murderer seems
to have occured with little police input (it's a wonder the local "cop" was
not superceeded by an outsider).The technical production is good,except I do
miss not having Closed Captioning (British sound/pronunciation takes some
careful listening at times. Also,a spell out of the character names would have
been helpful). All this said,this DVD set is worth viewing and my remarks should
be considered along with more positive ones,such as those of "Mr Jim".
In the middle is Commander Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden), stern, moralistic and, in this story, nearly as passive as a muffin. He's taking a bit of time off from his job with the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard. He's finished a new book of poetry and has come to stay in a converted lighthouse that he has inherited. Since he's on vacation and not the copper in charge of investigating the Whistler murders, he busies himself taking long walks, stumbling across corpses and meeting people. These include the attractive Meg Dennison (Susan George); the head of the nuclear plant, Dr. Alex Mair (James Faulkner); and Mair's sister, Alice (Gemma Jones). All are exceedingly well mannered, even when they're distraught. Dalgliesh knows the chief inspector in charge of the Whistler case, Terry Rickards (Tony Haygarth), who once worked for him.Read more ›
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Roy Marsden is to PD James what Joan Hickson and David Suchet are to Agatha ChristiePublished 2 months ago by very tall mouse
Good movie. Book better than the movie, if I had it to do over again I would not have ordered. These movies are black & white. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
unless you can lip read do not buy this DVD. The audio is awfulPublished 13 months ago by Alan Martin
one year of series 1991 --- as always BBC does a great job -- actors are outstanding -- if u like a good mystery this is itPublished 13 months ago by R. Rivette