Television & Film Mysteries
Sit back, relax. No need for those reading glasses. Watch a murder mystery play out before your eyes on television. Here are some recommendations...
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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Complete Cases Collection
Spanning 25 years and the entire Poirot canon, David Suchet's iconic portrayal of Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective has been hailed as "one of TV's greatest achievements" (Telegraph, U.K.).
These 70 episodes of the hit mystery seen on public television are rich with period detail and feature some of film and television's brightest stars, including Michael Fassbender, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Damian Lewis, Tim Curry, Iain Glen, Christopher Eccleston, Aiden Gillen, Peter Capaldi, Lindsay Duncan, Hugh Bonneville, and many more.
Follow Hercule Poirot and his "little grey cells" from his very first case to his final curtain call. This 28-disc set includes all 13 series of the beloved mystery, remastered and restored to original U.K. broadcast order. 70 Episodes, approx. 86 hours, plus bonus. 28 Blu-ray discs.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 1-3 Collection
Award-winning actress Essie Davis (The Babadook, The Slap) stars as Miss Phryne Fisher, a glamorous "lady detective" with a flair for fashion and a knack for crime-solving.
Armed with her pearl-handled revolver and vivacious charm, Phryne tackles the toughest cases 1920s Melbourne has to offer, to the bemused exasperation of handsome Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us).
Aided by her maid, "Dot" Williams (Ashleigh Cummings, Tomorrow, When the War Began), and Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt, San Andreas), Phryne sashays through back-alley jazz clubs and Melbourne high society, fighting injustice and leaving a trail of admirers in her wake.
Gleaming with period detail and high production values, this Australian hit sparkles with wit and intrigue. Guest stars in the Series 1-3 Collection include Miriam Margolyes (Little Dorrit), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings), Nicholas Bell (Shine), John Noble (Fringe), Vince Colosimo (Janet King), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (A Place to Call Home), and Maeve Dermody (And Then There Were None). 34 episodes on 8 discs, SDH.
Father Brown: Season One (DVD)
Don’t be fooled by Father Brown’s mild-mannered behavior. His compassion helps him see into the hearts of people on both sides of the law, while his playful wit and razor-sharp mind catch thieves and murderers off guard.
Join the Father and his good-hearted helpers as they save an innocent woman from the gallows, foil a jewel thief, catch a poisoner and more. Inspired by the short stories of G. K. Chesterton and filmed on location in the beautiful Cotswolds.
Midsomer Murders, Series 1
The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this hit British television series. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for nice-guy detective Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, Bergerac) and his eager assistant, Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey, The Wingless Bird).
Charming locations, dry humor, and an outstanding ensemble cast have earned the series a worldwide following. Guest stars include Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Firth, Elizabeth Spriggs, Anna Massey, Joanna David, Bernard Hepton, and Nicholas Le Prevost. 5 cases, 8½ hrs, 3 DVDs, SDH.
Miss Marple: The Complete Collection
In 1946, Agatha Christie sent Joan Hickson a note that read, "I hope one day you will play my dear Miss Marple." Years later, Hickson did, taking on the role of the spinster sleuth at age 78.
Many fans consider her the definitive Marple. Collection includes all 12 episodes starring Hickson, all filmed in the mid-1980s, seen on Mystery!, restored and remastered in HD. 22¾ hrs, 9 DVDs.
Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: The Complete Series
Dame Diana Rigg stars as witty, glamorous divorcee Adela Bradley in this classic whodunit set in the 1920s.
Dabbling in psychoanalysis, toxicology, pre-feminism, and sleuthing, she gets the lowdown on the upper crust.
Based on the novels by Gladys Mitchell, made by the BBC in the late 1990s and seen on PBS's Mystery!, the series is full of fabulous costumes, lavish cars, and hot jazz. With Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders) and Peter Davison (The Last Detective). 5 episodes, 5 ½ hrs, 2 DVDs
An Inspector Calls
The mysterious 'Inspector Goole' interrupts a wealthy family's family party to tell them a young woman committed suicide that night. But what's that got to do with them?
One by one, they will find out... as their shattering, dark secrets are revealed.
Murder On The Orient Express
Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case the Lindbergh kidnapping. In the movie, everyone on board the Orient Express seems to have concluded that hateful financier Ratchett (Richard Widmark) was behind the abduction and murder of the infant daughter of a famed aviatrix. Thus, when Ratchett is himself found murdered, everyone is suspect.
Normally, the police would handle the investigation, but the train has been stalled by a snowslide halfway between Istanbul and Paris. Thus, it's up to the insufferable but brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (an unrecognizable Albert Finney) to activate his "little grey cells" and determine who's guilty. Among the suspects are colorful characters played by Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, and Ingrid Bergman, whose performance won her a third Academy Award. (In her acceptance speech, Bergman apologized for her win, insisting that Day for Night's Valentina Cortese deserved the prize.)
The first and best in a long line of contemporary Christie adaptations, the film scores on atmosphere, period detail, and richness of characterization.
Vera 1-7 Collection DVD
A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her "patch" of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail.
Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) continues to captivate in this long-running British drama that is "sheer heaven for fans of police procedurals" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). 28 episodes, 43 hrs, 28 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.
Rosemary & Thyme: Complete Collection
Glorious gardens and classic whodunits combine in this hit British series seen on public television. Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) is a former professor, Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris) a former policewoman.
They share a passion for horticulture and a talent for sleuthing. Filmed on location in English and European countryside settings, the collection includes all 3 series-- now with subtitles. 22 episodes, 18½ hrs, 7 DVDs, SDH
James Norton stars as Reverend Chambers, with Robson Green as Inspector Geordie Keating, based on James Runcie's acclaimed Grantchester Mysteries. Fond of whisky, jazz, and women, Reverend Sidney Chambers gives clergymen a fresh image.
In Grantchester, the young vicar and a veteran cop join forces to solve baffling murders around a placid English village in 1950s.
It's the start of a beautiful friendship that will take Sidney and Geordie through a series of challenging cases, revealing the dark side of early 1950s England - jealousy, prejudice, class conflict, and plain old passion. A treasure trove of special features includes cast interviews, deleted scenes, the Making Of Grantchester, and much more.