This is the Second and Final Season of this very entertaining British Mystery Series. Campion the Complete Second Season stars Peter Davidson ( Doctor Who ) as Albert Campion the very enigmatic Young Sleuth investigating a series of Four Two Part Mysteries set in Rural England in the 1930's. Season two is more fast paced and entertaining than the first season was. With the help of his trusty and somewhat Shady Man Servant Lugg Campion solves Four Difficult Mysteries : Sweet Danger, Dancers in Mourning, Flowers For The Judge and Mystery Mile. This is a Classic Mystery Series that Played on Masterpiece Mystery in the late 80's and it was one of my favorite shows to watch along with Miss Marple and Poirot. A Truly Class Act of a series that I'm really glad that I was able to get a copy of . A great series to own and to watch whenever you want.
Condition and quality of the DVD's was excellent. The subject matter was also excellent. Exciting and entertaining twists with great period costumes and autos, (and horse teams). Plenty of entertainment without all the extraneous violence and sexual content that Hollywood/New York productions seem to consider necessary.
Both seasons 1 and 2 are available on Amazon streaming video on demand and are free of extra charge to members of Amazon Prime. As an Amazon Prime member I was excited to discover one of the new benefits of Prime membership was free access to a large number of movies and TV episodes.
Included among the free selections available was Seasons 1 and 2 of Campion. We really enjoyed Peter Davison as Campion when we saw them broadcast on PBS and have now enjoyed watching him as Campion and Brian Glover as Lugg all over again.
As in season I, these are all in two parts but with either the DVD, if you're a collector, or the streaming video you don't have to wait for part 2 as we did when it was being broadcast.
As in Season 1 you'll find 4 stories divided into two parts each for a total of eight episodes. In Season 2 the opening was revised but other than that you will find familiar ground as Campion solves the mysteries with the indispensable help of Lugg.
These are fun mysteries and if you appreciate the genre you will probably enjoy these as well.
Like her fellow detective fiction writer Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham developed a number of plots involving actors and/or artists. Allingham's debonaire sleuth has a different background, than Marsh's Allyn or Sayers' Wimsey. Although of somewhat noble birth, he was born on the `wrong side of the covers' and his name does not reflect his pedigree. The name Campion is taken from a small white field flower that he sometimes wore in his buttonhole.
Unfortunately, this and other bits of trivia are missing from these DVDs, because the BBC videos are missing `Mystery Theater' hostess Diana Rigg who introduced the stories to PBS viewers and related additional information about the background of the protagonist and his sidekick valet-sometimes house maid, the former house breaker and very talented Mr. Lugg.
The second season includes episodes that feature: 1/ the royal claims of the Pontsbright family to a newly formed country in the Balkans also of interest to the Nazis; 2/ Evil happenings involving dancers and death; 3/ Murder at a publishing house; 4/ Mobsters and Turkish smugglers.
Like Christie, Allingham excelled in the creation of plots and her characterization of Campion (played by Peter Davison -- `All Creatures Great and Small' and "At Home With the Braithwaites) and Lugg are well done. Some of the peripheral actors are also well developed and many of faces are familiar. The episode `Sweet Danger' introduces the woman Campion will eventually marry, but only those who read the series or saw the PBS presentation will know that bit of trivia.
We've enjoyed watching Peter Davison since seeing him years ago in All Creatures, Great and Small. He plays Albert Campion well. Enjoyable series of mysteries. The mysteries are in two parts. I suggest watching both episodes together to maintain the flow of the story. If you like Peter Davison try watching The Last Detective. Its a good series too.
"Albert Campion. Born 20 May 1900. Name known to be a pseudonym. Education: privileged. Embarked on adventurous career 1929. Justice neatly executed. Nothing sordid, vulgar, or plebian. Deserving cases preferred, police no object. Business address: 17 Bottle Street, Picadilly, London W1. Specialist in fairy stories."
I watched the Campion series on PBS' "Mystery!" when it first aired - I was only a young teenager, but as a life-long anglophile, not to mention sucker for 1930s mysteries, I was absolutely enamoured. I awaited a re-run of the series (to no avail), but finally we have Mr. Campion and friends on DVD! Peter Davison ("All Creatures Great and Small," "Dr. Who," "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries") is pitch-perfect as upper-class sleuth Albert Campion, and Brian Glover is incomparable as his manservant/sidekick, Lugg. As with all BBC productions, all details of the series are impeccable, and the scenery is positively delicious. (The Dower House, not to mention the Manor, in "Mystery Mile" is particulary stunning.) Unlike many of his literary peers, Mr. Campion possesses great wit, and uses it disarmingly, even in the most stressful of situations (for instance, when the Bad Guys are practically upon him - hardly a time for anyone but our hero Campion to be cracking wise! -- most people just can't carry that sort of thing off, dontcha know...). Even that other high-tone sleuth Lord Peter Whimsey can't match Mr. Campion! Sit back, watch the adventures of Campion, and have a spot of fun!
I turned to Campion when I could not tolerate another dynamic hero or explosion. He is the civilized alternative. Of course the background of the English countryside helps create a calm atmosphere into which the viewer can step. This is not award winning stuff but viewers need a place to relax and enjoy. There is humor and plot enough to justify your watching.