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7 x 50 minute episodes
Roy Marsden starred as Detective Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh in this Anglia Television adaptation of PD James’ best-selling novel, with John Vine as his young assistant, DS John Massingham
The seven episodes told a complicated story of murder and disappearance, set in a bleak Norfolk landscape.
Scotland Yard detective Dalgliesh – whose wife and baby recently died in childbirth – is first called to the forbidding Fens when a fun-loving 19-year-old girl is found strangled and sprawled over the back seat of an abandoned car in a clay pit. He returns again when Dr Edwin Lorrimer (Geoffrey Palmer) is found murdered in the regional forensic laboratory, known as Hoggatt’s.
Roy Marsden returned to play Dalgliesh in a number of television miniseries, including Shroud For a Nightingale (1984), Cover Her Face (1985), The Black Tower (1985), A Taste For Death (1988), Devices and Desires (1991), Original Sin (1997) and A Certain Justice (1998). He also reprised the role in the made-for-television movie Unnatural Causes (1993).
Detective Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh
Dr Maxim Howarth
Dr Henry Kerrison
DS John Massingham
DI Tom Doyle
Stella Mawson (‘Star’)
Chief Superintendent Mercer
Dr Edwin Lorrimer