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Behind his distinctive owlish glasses and gentle, deceptive naivete, Albert Campion conceals a passion for excitement and danger. Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who) plays Margery Allingham's enigmatic sleuth, with Brian Glover as his loyal but slightly shady manservant in these classic mysteries set in the 1930's. Albert Campion discovers that an old school chum, whose funeral he attended, might not be dead after all. Coincidentally, he receives an urgent plea from an old flame to solve another puzzling murder. Could the two be connected?
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The Case of the Late Pig, one of the best of the BBC adaptations of Margery Allingham's mystery novels of the 1930s, takes her whimsical gentleman sleuth Albert Campion (Peter Davison) and his cantankerous ex-con manservant Lugg (Brian Glover) into the British countryside, where they encounter the usual collection of ridiculous personalities, improbable murders, and unexpected narrative twists--this time featuring a childhood bully, mysterious poetic letters, a human corpse replaced by a dead pig, and some very important ice cubes. Thanks to particularly sharp writing and dramatic flair, The Case of the Late Pig achieves the perfect mix of suspense and self-satire that marks Allingham's mysteries; and since one of the suspects is an old flame of Campion's, it allows Davison the opportunity to play more than just his usual investigative relish and slightly macabre humor. Topnotch. --Bret Fetzer
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