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  • Actors: Samantha Baker, Cherie Lunghi, Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Directors: Richard Laxton, Kim Flitcroft
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN12W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries - Set 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: Well-Schooled in Murder, Payment in Blood, For the Sake of Elena, and Missing Joseph
  • Q&A with Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Small
  • Diana Rigg biography
  • Elizabeth George bibliography
  • DVD-ROM: Virtual tour of the Mystery! studio

Editorial Reviews

Love, life and murder. Just a few of Inspector Lynley’s mysteries.

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries feature the most celebrated British detective duo in years: Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small). Over the course of more than 10 intriguing Elizabeth George novels, beginning with A Great Deliverance, Lynley and Havers have won millions of loyal fans. It’s no mystery why.

Decidedly uppercrust detective Lynley and his partner Havers endure a marriage made at police headquarters. Lynley is suave, sophisticated, and the eighth Earl of Asherton. Havers is rumpled, resentful, and working class—with an inborn dislike of the highborn. Despite their differences, the sleuths evolve into a potent team, employing their cunning, intuition, and street smarts to unravel some of the most heinous—and suspenseful—crimes.

Well-Schooled In Murder When a student from prestigious Bredgar Hall is found dead under bizarre circumstances, Lynley receives a call from an old school chum asking for help. The Inspector and Havers soon discover hints of impropriety among both masters and students and race to crack the case before more students come into harm’s way.

Payment in Blood A playwright is murdered in her sleep on the eve of her new play’s debut, forcing Lynley and Havers to select from an entire cast of suspects. The mysterious drama is further complicated by Lynley’s deepening feelings for a woman involved with the play’s director, who is himself a prime suspect.

For The Sake Of Elena The fog lifts over the green hills of Cambridge, revealing the lifeless body of a prominent professor’s daughter, a young woman admired for being fun-loving, popular, daring—and deaf. The mystery is far from academic as Lynley and Havers discover fatal twists that sealed the fate of one dysfunctional family.

Missing Joseph A rural vicar is the victim of hemlock poisoning. Lynley and Havers discover that everyone from the local herbalist and her troubled teenage daughter to the local constable has a motive. The duo combs the countryside sifting for clues, and finally uncovers the secrets behind the murder.

Special DVD features include: virtual tour of the Mystery! studio; Q&A with Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Small; selected cast filmographies; selected cast list; biography for Diana Rigg, host of Mystery!; bibliography for Elizabeth George; selected cast list; link to the Mystery! Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.

On fourDVD9 discs. Region coding: All regions. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: Letterboxed.

Customer Reviews

Film had a good plot, well acted, and well directed.
T. Weeks
Seems like Havers and others think that Lynley needs to apologize for having that "stately home" in the country.
C. Richard
I love mystery programs and I very much enjoy the British shows like Inspector Lynley.
skypapa63

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By skytwo on September 29, 2004
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I've been catching episodes of Mystery for well over a decade, and to be honest, most of the time it just bores me to tears. I was always attracted to Chandler, Hammett, and John D. MacDonald, when it came to reading mysteries. On the other hand, I've really enjoyed some Dorothy L. Sayers and some Conan Doyle efforts.

So the curious can see how I might have been turned off by the BBC's more quaint efforts, like the annoyingly effete Poirot, or even the overly-PC Heat of the Sun, or whatever it was called. The series just seems to try too hard sometimes. Then again, I was crazy about the Cadfael series. So I'm always willing to give take another chance.

And man, did I hit the jackpot when I caught the second half of 'A Great Deliverance' here in Boston a couple of years ago. I was astonished, but soon forgot about the project, thinking that it was over and done with. Then I caught part of 'For the Sake of Elena.' Again impressed. Finally, a few weeks ago, I happened to catch 'Playing for the Ashes,' and once again I was floored. I decided that I had to own them all. Immediately.

Here's the deal:

1) The shows are cast to perfection. Lynley and Havers are utterly believable in their roles, and manage to achieve that most impressive feat of acting-- conveying in a glance more than is actually said. The most emotionally intense moments are those where little is actually said.

2) The mysteries are solid. While they do make some use of 'trendy' issues (animal rights) and sometimes take another trip to the well of British stereotypes (the lovely hamlet with a dark secret, or the exclusive boys' school with...
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on March 8, 2004
Format: DVD
I have been thoroughly enjoying this series based upon Ms. George's mysteries, and, frankly, I am surprised at those viewers who have expressed "disappointment" that the video versions have taken some liberties with, or have been edited from, the books upon which they are based. ALL video adaptations of books go through the requisite editing in order to conform to time constraints, but I feel that, in this case, the screenplays are well written, and, above all, well acted.
Nathaniel Parker comes to the series with very impressive credentials, from previous sterling portrayals of historic and biblical figures, and of characters from classic literature. In this series, he once again proves his versatility, with top-notch performances as Inspector Lynley.
Sharon Small is an absolute delight as Sgt. Havers -- the polar opposite of Lynley, in upbringing and in attitude. The developing rapport, humorous banter, and verbal sparring between the two characters provides added interest and enjoyment to the plot.
I do not interpret their relationship as "romantic," but there is certainly a developing closeness, sensitivity, and mutual respect which they exhibit toward one another, and which is not uncommon between partners working together daily in a stressful profession. He naturally feels empathy toward her, in her trials and tribulations of caring for her mentally and physically handicapped elderly parents -- he would rightly be termed a "cad," if he turned a blind eye to her suffering -- and she is sensitive toward his feelings of hurt and betrayal, in his unhappy and unsatisfying relationships with the opposite sex, even going so far as to "make herself scarce" when they unexpectedly come across the object of his affection --i.e., "Helen" -- in one episode of the series.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Miro on August 1, 2005
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As a fan of mysteries in all forms, I continue to be amazed by the excellence of the TV adaptations of Elizabeth George's books. Usually I like reading the book first and then watching the TV version. Most often one gets thoroughly disappointed or even disgusted by the liberties the directors took with the material. Not in the case of "Inspector Lynley Mysteries.".

It would be unrealistic to expect all the book details to be included, especially with books like George's, which sometimes stretch the patience of even those most liking thorough characterizations. I read her first book after watching the TV adaptation, and at first I was shocked by the appearance of several people essential for the story as told in the book. Quickly I realized, however, that it would have been impossible to include them and keep any semblance of coherence within the time limit of the TV format, and second, that they were not essential for the mystery part of the story. The title of the series is "Inspector Lynley Mysteries," after all. Some of the soap-opera parts of the books are better left ignored.

I would call the TV adaptations perfect, if it were not for one huge flaw: Helen Clyde. The TV person is a total antithesis of the elegant and witty Lady Helen of the books. The TV Helen is described as a brilliant profiler, but so far has not shown any brain at all. The producers would do best to send this neurotic person permanently to a psychiatric couch and get rid of her for good.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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First off, TV is a very different medium than books. Obviously you can't capture the detail of an entire book in hour and a half episodes such as these. And anyone who would go into watching them thinking otherwise is simply deluding themselves. You must accept each medium for what it is and then if you want to judge it, judge it in comparison to others from the same medium. And that is where these mysteries truly shine. The great thing about every one of these episodes is that you, the viewer, solve the case at the same time as Lynley and Havers. In comparison, if you've ever watched other TV series such as Miss Marple or Poirot, they always solve it by using some clues and information that never got presented to the audience. It is so refreshing to watch these and learn EVERYTHING that the detectives do so you are lead up to the same solution at the same time versus the miraculous deductions of Poirot and Marple where they always have to explain to everyone else how they solved the case! And lastly, compared to other mystery series, the acting here is far better overall - it isn't over-the-top like is so common in many mysteries on TV and even the bit-part characters do an excellent job and are believable.
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