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



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