A murder mystery by Dame Ngaio Marsh, produced by Brian Bell and staring Athol Coates.

There will be many faces familiar to TV viewers when the Dame Ngaio Marsh contribution to the NZBC’s Television Workshop drama series gets to our screens. The cast list includes Donald Hope Evans, a veteran of BBC and local radio productions who has also been seen, in Junior Magazine. He has the lead as Detective Superintendent Roderick Alleyn. Pamela Seabold has been in several TV productions but will be spotted as the partner of Merv Smith in a current commercial series referred to most felicitously by local TV critic Barry Shaw as a continuing breakfast cereal. John Larking was in some of the Revue '66 sketches; Irene Woods had a part in Yo Heave Ho; David Prosser was briefly the front man for Speak Up; Bruce Allpress was occasionally a panellist a year or two back; Michael Noonan has been in junior shows: and Rhys Jones will be remembered in the We Three Show. The rather surprising member of the cast at first glance is Town and Around’s Tom Finlayson-but there is no surprise when you know that the play is set in "Auckland’s art world" and includes a Town and Around sequence

First published in New Zealand TV Weekly, September 11 1967.

Reviewed by Patricia Roddick, ‘Four Television Plays’, Landfall 84 (1967), 366-371.

Many thanks to David Brawn for the news that the script has been published in Bodies from the Library 3

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  • ISBN: 9780008380946
  • ISBN 10: 0008380945
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • Imprint:Collins Crime Club
  • On Sale: 2020-07-09

Also released as an audiobook read by Philip Bretherton

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