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Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (BBC Crime, Patrick Malahide, Belinda Lang)

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Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Patrick Malahide William Simons David Hargreaves BBC

Period crime drama series detailing the cases of Detective Chief Inspector Alleyn (Patrick Malahide) in the late 1940’s. Academically gifted, with a double first from Oxford, Roderick Alleyn is a somewhat cerebral detective.

Aided by his partner Inspector Brad Fox (William Simons) and novelist lady friend Agatha Troy (Belinda Lang), Alleyn solves a series of murder cases.

The character, created by New Zealand author Ngaio Marsh, had first appeared on TV in the 1960’s anthology series Detective and then in a one off TV movie in 1990 where he was played by Simon Williams. This can be considered very much a pilot for the series with Belinda Lang and William Simons both appearing.

The series is also known as The Alleyn Mysteries.

Cast: PATRICK MALAHIDE as Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn; WILLIAM SIMONS as Inspector Brad Fox; BELINDA LANG as Agatha Troy

Producer: George Gallaccio / Characters: Ngaio Marsh / Music: Anne Dudley (closing theme) and Ray Russell / Script Editor: David Crane (High profile directors on the series included Jim Goddard, Martyn Friend and Michael Winterbottom)

UK / BBC One / 9×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 April 1993 – 29 August 1994