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Campion: the Complete First Season

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This disc contains all four mysteries from the British detective series Campion. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette for the episode "Death of a Ghost" and biographies of the cast as well as of the author who created the title character.
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Overview

This disc contains all four mysteries from the British detective series Campion. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette for the episode "Death of a Ghost" and biographies of the cast as well as of the author who created the title character.
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Special Features

A behind-the-scenes look at "Death of a Ghost"; Cast and author Bios
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A most mild-mannered detective proves more than a match for a few hardened criminals in this first-series collection of the BBC's Campion, four splendid period mysteries adapted from the 1930s novels of Margery Allingham. Peter Davison portrays Albert Campion, a rather unconventional detective hero who is assisted in his sleuthing by his butler-cum-henchman, Lugg Brian Glover. They're an odd crime-fighting duo to be sure: Campion's a well-bred, rather eccentric smart aleck in round glasses, given to cryptic remarks delivered with a grin, and with a penchant for singing quietly to himself. Lugg, on the other hand, is a man of the streets, a former tough with a Cockney accent as thick as molasses. They're a quirky pair, and Allingham's mysteries are quirky, too. "Look to the Lady" finds Campion trying to prevent the theft of an unusual family treasure, a 1,000-year-old chalice that becomes the center of a case involving witches, Gypsies, and even a monster. And while "Police at the Funeral" unfolds as a more classic whodunit on an estate where family members are being killed one by one, "The Case of the Late Pig" is anything but conventional, as the death of Campion's grade-school nemesis kicks off an unusual mystery involving murder at an exclusive country club. It's a beautiful example of Allingham's stylistic strengths, as the case is not laid out neatly but congeals gradually out of a swirl of odd characters and clues. And while "Death of a Ghost" mines an all-time classic scenario in a crowded room, a murder is committed when the lights go out!, it develops into the most unpredictable -- and dangerous -- of the four mysteries. Campion is an intriguing protagonist, meandering affably through his cases while keeping his suspicions and conclusions to himself, and Davison neatly evokes his sense of boyish pleasure in the art of sleuthing. And as sidekicks go, Lugg is quite a package, bringing his own keen powers of observation and deduction to the table while providing some necessary muscle. As good as Davison's Campion is, Glover's Lugg often steals the show during some feisty verbal sparring with his employer. It all adds up to a quartet of sparkling "golden age" mysteries that, despite their high stakes, are executed with a decidedly light touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • UPC: 794051174222
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Presentation: 4 Pack
  • Time: 7:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,680

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Davison Albert Campion
Brian Glover Magersfontein Lugg
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Look to the Lady
1. Opening Credits [:42]
2. An Adventurous Career [5:30]
3. Taxi Ride [3:41]
4. The Gyrth Chalice [4:17]
5. To Suffolk [5:52]
6. Homecoming [5:45]
7. Frightful Murder [3:58]
8. The Clearing [4:10]
9. Veiled Chalice [6:31]
10. Spirited Away [5:48]
11. A Proper Fake [6:21]
12. End Credits [1:30]
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. Criminal Intentions [5:40]
3. Goat or Ghost? [5:22]
4. Night Hunting [4:20]
5. Cursed [3:13]
6. Gypsies [7:27]
7. Val's Return [3:19]
8. Fortune Telling [4:24]
9. Horse Play [7:00]
10. The Tower [3:58]
11. Initiation [7:09]
12. End Credits [1:30]
Side #2 -- Death of A Ghost
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. Johnny's Legacy [4:43]
3. Tom Darce [6:23]
4. Show Sunday [3:16]
5. A Blown Fuse [4:04]
6. Announcing Murder [6:00]
7. Max's Confession [5:02]
8. The Potters [3:37]
9. Paintings Amiss [6:26]
10. Picture Hunt [4:13]
11. Claire Potter [7:55]
12. End Credits [1:12]
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. Drinking Death [5:03]
3. The Widower [3:53]
4. Bottled Poison [4:58]
5. Closing In [4:17]
6. Hard Evidence [4:01]
7. A New Lead [6:12]
8. Hidden Cottage [6:38]
9. Dinner With Max [6:01]
10. Drunken Trap [5:25]
11. Mad Ending [5:31]
12. End Credits [1:13]
Side #3 -- Police at the Funeral
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. The Faradays at Home [4:31]
3. Dangerous Visitors [6:30]
4. Campion's Rendezvous [4:40]
5. Miss Blount's Story [7:30]
6. Marcus Calls on Campion [4:53]
7. Uncle William [3:53]
8. Scene of the Crime [2:27]
9. Aunt Caroline Request [6:27]
10. After Dinner Sleuthing [7:07]
11. Murderous Morning [2:23]
12. End Credits [1:36]
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. Family Mourning [4:47]
3. Calling Inspector Oates [3:58]
4. Nighttime at Socrate's Close [6:16]
5. "Explain Mr. Faraday" [4:15]
6. Sign of Evil? [7:13]
7. An Unexpected Guest [4:56]
8. Getting George Settled [3:34]
9. Another Unexpected Guest [5:46]
10. Last Victim [3:39]
11. A Murder Solved [6:44]
12. End Credits [1:27]
Side #4 -- The Case of the Late Pig
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. School Chums [4:28]
3. Funeral Guests [4:21]
4. Murder at Highwaters [6:40]
5. Calling at the Club [6:06]
6. A Murderous Urn [4:29]
7. Dinner Guests [5:49]
8. Pig's Brother? [5:50]
9. An Old Flame [3:05]
10. The Other Woman [5:35]
11. A Missing Body [5:25]
12. End Credits [1:13]
1. Opening Credits [:43]
2. Hayhoe's Proposition [4:06]
3. Morning Developments [3:14]
4. A Visit With Poppy [6:07]
5. Concealing Evidence [7:50]
6. Hayhoe Scarecrow [6:40]
7. Pig's Solicitor [4:20]
8. Exhumation [4:54]
9. Chasing Lugg [5:26]
10. Flushed Out [3:09]
11. Happy Endings [5:52]
12. End Credits [1:22]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Look to the Lady
   Play All
   Look to the Lady (Part 1)
      Scene Selections
   Look to the Lady (Part 2)
      Scene Selections
   Cast Biographies
      Albert Campion
      Magersfontein Lugg
      Inspector Oates
      Professor Gardner Calrey
      Mrs. Shannon
      Val Gyrth
      Penny Gyrth
      Colonel Gyrth
      Margery Allingham
Side #2 -- Death of A Ghost
   Play All
   Death of A Ghost (Part 1)
      Scene Selections
   Death of A Ghost (Part 2)
      Scene Selections
   Special Features
      See for Yourself
      Cast Biographies
         Albert Campion
         Magersfontein Lugg
         Inspector Oates
         Belle Lafcadio
         Max Fustian
         Lisa
         Linda Lacfcadio
         William Potter
         Claire Potter
         Donna Beatrice
         Margery Allingham
Side #3 -- Police at the Funeral
   Play All
   Police at the Funeral (Part 1)
      Scene Selections
   Police at the Funeral (Part 2)
      Scene Selections
   Cast Biographies
      Albert Campion
      Magersfontein Lugg
      Inspector Oates
      Caroline Faraday
      William Faraday
      Joyce Blount
      Marcus Featherstone
      Andrew Seeley
      George Faraday
      Margery Allingham
Side #4 -- The Case of the Late Pig
   Play All
   The Case of the Late Pig (Part 1)
      Scene Selections
   The Case of the Late Pig (Part 2)
      Scene Selections
   Cast Biographies
      Albert Campion
      Magersfontein Lugg
      Sir Leo Pursuivant
      Mr. Hayhoe
      Dr. Brian Kingston
      Gilbert Whippet
      Poppy Burridge
      Janet Pursuviant
      Margery Allingham
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