Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

Season 1 Episode 4

Death at the Bar

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 09, 1993 on BBC
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Death at the Bar
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A well-known barrister dies in a bizarre incident at a village pub, seemingly killed by poison on the tip of a dart in the course of a bar-room trick.

Alleyn has to deal with a mystery which is not at all what it seems to be. Was the death murder, and, if so, what prompted it? Everyone who was in the bar insists the death was an accident, but surprisingly most of them also prove to have a motive for murder.moreless

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  • It was just a silly game in a pub. But a man has died, and what's more, he's been poisoned - but how, and by whom?

    8.5
    One of the Alleyn mysteries in which Agatha Troy does not appear (although she's mentioned at the end), and this version moves the story from before the war to shortly after it - a reference to going to a cinema to see "Oliver Twist" places the date as 1948. The post-war setting also allows some political references - one character is said to have been a member of the British Union Of Fascists in the 30s - and there is an implied homosexual relationship between two characters which is not in the book, and of which Dame Ngaio is unlikely to have approved. The plot is quite ingenious and director Michael Winterbottom, just before embarking on a major movie career, makes the absolute most of the coastal setting - it's a really good-looking episode, and one full of unnerving surprises. When the killer comes close to polishing off Alleyn's imperturbable sidekick Inspector Fox, it's a real shock, and a jarring one. It's not the cosy period mystery one had expected.moreless
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