The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

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The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 9
Original channel BBC1
Original release 23 December 1990 – 29 August 1994

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is a British detective television series adapted from nine of the Roderick Alleyn novels by Dame Ngaio Marsh. It originally aired between 1990 and 1994.

In the pilot episode Detective Chief Inspector Alleyn was played by Simon Williams. William Simons played Alleyn's righthand man and "Dr. Watson" figure, Detective Inspector Fox, and Belinda Lang starred as the painter Agatha Troy, Alleyn's love interest.

Williams was unavailable after the first series was made, so whilst Simons and Lang reprised their original roles, the lead character was henceforth played by Patrick Malahide.

The BBC made nine episodes in all, each based on a separate novel. The eight episodes featuring Malahide are available on DVD in the USA and UK. An Australian set has all nine episodes.


The figures in parentheses indicate the original publication year of each novel and the date on which each adaptation was first aired. Only the first two Malahide episodes are in order of publication.

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Artists in Crime" Silvio Narizzano T.R. Bowen 23 December 1990
2 "A Man Lay Dead" Sarah Pia Anderson Barbara Machin 18 April 1993
3 "The Nursing Home Murder" Silvio Narizzano Kevin Laffan 25 April 1993
4 "Final Curtain" Martyn Friend Barbara Machin
Hugh Leonard
2 May 1993
5 "Death at the Bar" Michael Winterbottom Alfred Shaughnessy 9 May 1993
6 "Death in a White Tie" John Woods Ken Jones 16 May 1993
7 "Hand in Glove" Martyn Friend Ken Jones 10 January 1994
8 "Dead Water" John Woods T.R. Bowen 1 April 1994
9 "Scales of Justice" Jim Goddard Cyril Williams 29 August 1994