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This is my kind of entertainment - mysterious, gently humorous, stylish, beautifully produced and acted. Marjorie Allingham's Campion novels come from the vintage years of the British crime story when the puzzle was the thing, not gratuitous violence and crudity. Albert Campion, nobleman and sleuth extraordinaire, is played by Peter Davison in deadpan style and the stories are full of eccentric characters and ingenious crimes. He is accompanied by his faithful manservant, the reformed criminal Magersfontein Lugg, a richly humorous creation. The murder, however ingenious and nasty, is really just a device to set the story in motion and the real joy is the twists of plot, the elegant period setting and the wonderful characterisations. Every time I watch, there is some new, rich detail to savour. I only wish all the Campion novels had been brought to the screen by this team.
Peter Davison does light comedy very well. In recent years, he has often played villains, but it is a joy to watch him grapple with the part of Campion, the highly intelligent and shrewd sleuth and secret agent, whose public image has to be that of a vacuous idiot. And Brian Glover is completely convincing and just absolutely wonderful as Lugg.