I first bought both US box sets of this classic BBC series, and rejoiced to find them finally released here in the UK ( Why do the Americans get our tv series on DVD long before us ??) I have now bought them again, purely because I love watching them so much, and prefer to view without the shudder and jerks inherent when viewing region 1 discs on a multi region player. I have read all of Ngaio Marsh's novels over the years(and re-read many of them too)and I was always totally impressed by this classy BBC series. I only wished they had filmed more ! I can't agree with the reviewer who describes Patrick Malahide as a 'Tony Blair' lookalike, I've always thought of him as a very good Alleyn, and I also think that whoever was the ghost painter for Agatha Troy was excellent - certainly evidenced in the episodes 'Hand in Glove' and 'Final Curtain'.
My only complaint of this box set is that the packaging is useless - nowhere does the box set list the episodes, not even on the discs themselves, leaving an almost pot luck element as to which episodes are about to come up on screen. I would also have liked to have the pilot episode included, 'Artists in Crime' , which although featured Simon Williams in the title role, would have been a very welcome addition.
Any one who enjoyed the BBC 'Miss Marple' series featuring Joan Hickson from the 1980s, will probably enjoy this series too - it is produced by many of the same people.
So, I would rate the films five stars, the packaging one star !, but please don't let the packaging put anyone off - the films are superbly written, acted and produced, and the price of the box set is very good value for money.