The Murder Room (2004–2005)
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Dalgliesh finds his investigations getting in the way of his romantic life, and also hampered by security services.


Diarmuid Lawrence


P.D. James (novel), Robert Jones (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Shaw ... Adam Dalgliesh
Janie Dee Janie Dee ... Emma Lavenham
Samantha Bond ... Caroline Dupayne
Kerry Fox ... Muriel Godby
Siân Phillips ... Marie Strickland
Michael Maloney ... Neville Dupayne
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Marcus Dupayne (as Nicholas le Prevost)
Jack Shepherd ... James Calder-Hale
Anita Carey Anita Carey ... Tally Clutton
Tilly Blackwood ... DI Kate Miskin
William Beck ... DI Piers Tarrant
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Ryan Archer
Lisa Kay ... Angela Faraday
Kate Alderton ... Sara Dupayne
Lesley Vickerage ... Clara


Dalgliesh finds his investigations getting in the way of his romantic life, and also hampered by security services.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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2 January 2005 (UK) See more »

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[Adam writes a letter to Emma, and then races to the station to meet her off the train; she has already told him that if he is not there to meet her, she will know there is no future for them]
Adam Dalgliesh: [voiceover] "Emma. I have told myself that I am writing this because it will give you time to consider before you reply - but that may only be cowardice. To read a rejection will be more bearable than to see it in your eyes. I have no reason to hope. You *know* that I love you, but my love gives me no claim...
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Episode 2
5 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

As Commander Dalgliesh investigates the death of Neville Dupayne. His team come across another murder. A body found in a trunk. Again it mirrors a past crime.

The suspects are lining up thick and fast. Dalgliesh finds out that Neville was adopted. Neville got a wayward lad a job as a gardener. He has a past of stealing cars, even burning one out.

Dalgliesh also finds out that one of the rooms was used as a sex club for the rich and the privileged.

Then there is the case of keeping things discreet as a member of staff at the museum has links with the secret service.

After a slow first episode, it picked up in the second. The denouement came as a bit of a disappointment to me.

However this was such a badly paced story. Slow and lacking elan.

Martin Shaw seems to be playing a generic detective, rather than a character who was popular in a long running television series for a number of years, when he was played by another actor.

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