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 enigmati... more »c sleuth, with Brian Glover as his loyal but slightly shady manservant in these classic mysteries set in the 1930's.« less
"I was quite relieved, after the passage of almost 15 years, to find that this series was indeed as good as I remembered it. Peter Davison and Brian Glover were both terrific, as, respectively, the owlish Albert Campion and the rough-around-the-edges (but loyal) Magersfontein Lugg. The stories kept my attention with their twists and turns, the supporting casts were top-notch, and the scenery, costumes, and sets were a delight to the eye. Even the opening theme was as charming and soothing as I remembered. As is the case with most BBC transfers to DVD, don't expect much in the way of extras: you get some information concerning the television/film work the stars and supporting casts have engaged in, but that's about it. That's ok.....at least the sound and picture quality are very good, which is the main thing. So, after a hard day at the office settle down with a nice cup of tea (or, as Lugg says, "I prefer cocoa meself") and enjoy these wonderfully crafted stories. And let's hope that we don't have to wait 15 years for season two to come out on DVD!"
A Class Act
Bruce Loveitt | 07/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank goodness that this series was released. I remember it well from when it first aired. It's whimsical at times, serious at others, but always very "classy." Compared to the current offerings on American television this show is outstanding. One doesn't need to see mutilated bodies or be inundated with sex scenes to be entertained. In a time when reality seems grim at best, such a venue as the Campion series offers a welcomed alternative. I have enjoyed this first series and Iook forward to the second series."
Bruce Loveitt | 05/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is good to have Campion once again available to the public.
He is a Wimsey with a touch of violence (to his person).The
performances are true to the books,the atmosphere,acting,and
photography are excellent.It's impressive that so much of the
book can be put into 2 hours.The lack of extra features and
the price are a bit disappointing-but expected for BBC/PBS
Worth every penny
babydoh | 05/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This wonderful series is worth purchasing and watching over and over. Even if - like me - you're not so much of a mystery aficionado, but you're just interested in watching a good story unfold, chances are you'll still become quickly engrossed. In my particular case, I was captivated by actor Peter Davison long before I ever saw this series, so it was doubly easy for me to become involved in the stories!The set is comprised of eight episodes on four discs. Each story is told in two parts, the first of which always ends in a perfect cliffhanger. The four stories, all based on the books by author Margery Allingham, are entitled (in order) "Look to the Lady," "Police at the Funeral," "The Case of the Late Pig," and "Death of a Ghost." All four are wonderful, though the third is my personal favorite. An added bonus is a fascinating special feature consisting of a behind-the-scenes look at the fourth story.As for the actors, they too are absolutely perfect. I cannot say enough about the aforementioned Mr. Davison, who plays the role of Albert Campion beautifully and has a smile that may leave some viewers in an incoherent stupor for upwards of forty-eight hours. (He also sings the theme music.) Campion's assistant, Lugg, is also wonderfully played by the late Brian Glover. The scenes between the two of them are a lot of fun to watch.Aside from the behind-the-scenes segment, the only other added feature(s) is/are the cast biographies, and some have complained that this set costs too much for something with so few add-ons - but personally I believe that it is worth every penny."
Dashing and Debonair
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 01/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Any fan of series like Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, Cadfael, or Jeeves & Woolster should love it. Not as much comedy as the latter but certainly a period piece of the 1930s that has great costumes and sets. Often a case deals with a wealthy client that has an estate in the country. It doesn't move at a fast pace until near the climax of the case. It may seem a bit slow at first, but well worth a little patience.
Albert Campion, played by Peter Davison, is not your average detective nor is his assistant Magersfontein Lugg, Brian Glover. He receives the ocassional assistance from his friend Chief Instpector Stanislaus Oates, played by Andrew Burt. He is not at all the bumbling inspector sometimes portrayed in some series, but is helpful and resourceful. Campion is charming and although he may seem quite whimsical at times, he's always completely attuned to what is happening around him. Lugg is quite adept at fereting out information at the local pubs or from the butlers, maids, and other hired help of the estates. A bit of a brute with a thick accent, he's always fun to watch in action. The cases are always interesting and show us a fascinating window into the society of this period.
The DVD quality is excellent and picture and sound are sharp and clear. The set includes behind the scenes look at "Death of a Ghost". A little disappointing that is all, but a series well worth adding to your collection of detective movies."