The closed captioning on this DVD is not functioning so we could not watch it - HUGELY disappointing.
This P.D. James mini-series adapted from her book of the same title is three hours long. It is a great piece of drama to watch: compelling viewing, never boring. There are so many various characters that all at some point become suspects in Adam Dalglish’s investigation. The drama is set on the rugged East Anglian coast at a Theological College, where men train to become Anglican priests. Adam Dalgish (played by Martin Shaw) is called to investigate after the bizarre death of one of the students. That same weekend, aside from dealing with the horror of the death of this student, the priests at the college are also expecting a visit by the Archdeacon (beautifully played by Clive Wood) whom they fear will press for the imminent closure of their beloved school. There are complications. The benefactress who set up the college left very valuable pieces of art which she willed to remain at the college as long as it remained open. But if the college were ever closed down, she intended that the ownership of the art would pass to the priests who were on staff at that time. The priests are faced with a fight with the Archdeacon both over the closure and over his desire to transfer the art out of the school for the benefit of the church as a whole. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Wonderful acting throughout the entire film with each actor perfect for his or her role. Martin Shaw was perfect as Commander Dalgliesh and turned practically every interaction into an interesting character study. Which brings me to the music: lovely, lovely musical score. I have so many favorite scenes that I don't mind re-watching this movie with those I recommend it to. I expected the high quality since it's a BBC production but still, in my mind it was just a TV movie and I thought, how good could it be? The answer: extremely good. Personally, I enjoy movies that are invested in the characters, not just in the plot, action or mystery. Death in Holy Orders delivers all the way.
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