Detective

Season 1 Episode 1

The Moving Toyshop

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 30, 1964 on BBC
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The Moving Toyshop
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Professor Gervase Fen, Oxford professor of literature and amateur detective, comes to the aid of a poet friend who discovered a body in a toyshop, but now both body and shop have disappeared.

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  • Whatever happened to the toyshop in the Oxford high street, where the drunken poet swears he saw a corpse?

    8.0
    A lively and funny opener for this series, although crushing Edmund Crispin's famous mystery story into the space of an hour doesn't do anything to make the plot less ridiculous. Crispin's fondness for literary jokes is retained - at one point, Fen and his poet chum kill time by playing a game called "Unreadable Books", in which they itemise in turn famous works of literature they can't stand - and the solution is ingenious in an utterly silly way. Setting the tale in a contemporary Oxford wasn't quite right - in 1964, the world was changing fast, and the cosy England of the Fen books wasn't really there any more. Still, Richard Wordsworth and John Wood are just fine in the leads, and the show was good fun.moreless

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