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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison and the role he was born to play !, 16 May 2008
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This review is from: Campion: The Complete Collection [1989] [DVD] (DVD)
Available at long last on PAL Dvd, this excellent BBC drama series from twenty years ago is a visual feast. Peter Davison, in a role he was born to play, excels as Margery Allingham's gentleman detective. It is probably fair to say that Allingham's work hasn't quite stood the test of time in the way that say Agatha Christie has. However, the Campion stories were more than just 'whodunnits', they were more in keeping with the work of Dorothy Sayers. These are stories that really couldn't be transposed to a modern setting, they are firmly attached to their 1930s roots, and they are played out superbly by a cast of characters that make up a virtual 'who's who' of British acting talent. All eight episodes are presented here, in the way they were originally transmitted - each story in two halves with a beginning and end credits attached to each episode. Each of the four discs have two complete stories, and titles are listed not only on the box but on each disc as well - something Acorn left from their boxset of Alleyn Mysteries last year. If you are familiar with the Campion novels then I recommend these films without reservation, but for those who have never read a Margery Allingham book then please don't expect a 'Miss Marple' or 'Poirot' type of adventure. True, they are murder mysteries, but more in keeping with the Lord Peter Wimsey or Mrs Bradley school of British detective fiction. And for me that is just perfect !
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2012 18:05:31 BDT
J. Kinory says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 13:20:08 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
Probably because A.C was still writing long after M A had passed away - to my mind Margery Allingham could evoke the feel of post war London (yes, well after these stories) better than any other writer... check out "More Work For The Undertaker", and "Tiger In The Smoke"
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