A Taste For Death (Women's Hour Drama) 10-11-2008 - 21-11-2008
Richard Derrington and Deborah McAndrew star in this thrilling dramatisation of PD James's enduringly popular mystery in 10 parts for Woman's Hour.
When two men are discovered with their throats cut in the vestry of St Matthew's Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge – one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne and the other Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.
For Commander Adam Dalgliesh, now heading a Scotland Yard unit set up to investigate politically sensitive crimes, the case is particularly affecting – he had known Berowne, and the minister had asked for his help regarding an anonymous letter, shortly before his resignation.
From The Radio Times
PD James's main strength is her sense of place and the opening scene of blood-soaked slayings in a church vestry is one of her finest. As usual, her sleuth Adam Dalgliesh seems to hover over proceedings without being fully formed: almost all we know of his character is that he's a respected poet. It's certainly hard to work out why, as one suspect explains, he's regarded "as the most dangerous detective in London". Good job then that the cast of vile nobility at the centre of this absorbing mystery make up for it with their deliciously ignoble acts.
-- David Brown
Part 1 - Commander Adam Dalgliesh investigates when two bodies are found murdered in the vestry of a London church. One of them is a tramp and the other a recently resigned government minister, who had previously asked Dalgliesh for help.
Part 2 - Following the death of her son, Lady Ursula Berowne talks to medical consultant Stephen Lampart about his relationship with her daughter-in-law. Meanwhile, Dalgliesh prepares to visit the grand lady himself.
Part 3 - After interviewing Lady Ursula, Dalgliesh moves on to Sir Paul's widow Barbara and is introduced to her volatile brother Dominic. Meanwhile, Sir Paul's wayward daughter Sarah is behaving secretively.
Part 4 - Stephen Lampart proves a much more willing witness than Dalgliesh and Kate expect. He reveals something about his private life and offers more information about Sarah's boyfriend Ivor.
Part 5 - Lampart throws light on the deaths of Theresa Nolan and Diana Travers and gives his version of Barbara's birthday party. Meanwhile, Dalgliesh and Kate call on Sarah and her radical boyfriend Ivor.
Part 6 - As Commander Dalgliesh tries to unravel the mysterious death of Sir Paul Berowne, the doorman of The Black Swan gives a different view of Barbara's fateful birthday party. Meanwhile, the housekeeper Iris Minns inadvertently gives Kate a vital clue.
Part 7 - As Kate takes a walk in the park with Carole Washburn, she learns a lot more about life at Lampart's clinic, Pembroke Lodge.
Part 8 - A trip to see romantic novelist Millicent Gentle in her riverside cottage reveals an unlikely friendship as well as more important information about the night of the infamous birthday party.
part 9 - Kate receives bad news about her grandmother and the collection box at the church reveals a secret.
Part 10 - Events come to a head as Dalgliesh forces the Berowne family to face the truth, and Kate has to fight a dangerous battle of her own.
Dalgliesh ...... Richard Derrington
Kate Miskin ...... Deborah McAndrew
Massingham ...... Mark Carey
Father Barnes ...... Rob Swinton
Lady Ursula/Iris Minns/Millicen ...... Auriol Smith
Lampart ...... David Birrell
Barbara ...... Sonia Ritter
Dominic/Ivor ...... Richard Katz
Sarah/Mattie ...... Octavia Walters
Henry ...... Rob Swinton
Carole ...... Liz Sutherland
Producer/Peter Leslie Wild
Type : mpeg 1 layer III
Bitrate : 128
Mode : joint stereo
Frequency : 44100 Hz
Length : 02:17:41
Encoder : FhG
Source : BBC iPlayer
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