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  • TV-14
  • 1989
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.7  (986)

Campion is a British detective drama TV series that was produced by BBC One and aired from 1989 to 1990. The show was based on the novels written by Margery Allingham, featuring the titular character Albert Campion who is a 1930s English detective. The series stars Peter Davison as the lead character, Albert Campion, alongside Brian Glover and Andrew Burt in supporting roles.

The show is set in 1930s England, where Campion is seen as an aristocrat who moonlights as a private detective. He is often assisted by his butler and chauffeur Magersfontein Lugg, played by Brian Glover, as well as his friend Inspector Charles Luke, played by Andrew Burt. The series follows Campion as he solves various cases and mysteries, all while navigating the social and economic structures of the time.

Campion is the quintessential gentleman detective of his time. He is well-educated, well-connected, and a man of manners in a society that values status above all else. He uses his charm, intellect and observational skills to uncover clues and solve cases, often going against the expectations and stereotypical notions of his social standing.

The show consists of two seasons with eight episodes each, and each episode has a self-contained plot that unravels over the course of an hour. The series boasts of an impressive production design, recreating the look and feel of the 1930s England. The costumes, sets and props are all carefully designed to evoke a sense of nostalgia and familiarity, making the audience believe that they have been transported back in time.

Peter Davison delivers a captivating performance as Albert Campion. He brings out the character's wit, intelligence, and charm effortlessly, making it easy for the audience to relate to him. His interactions with Lugg and Luke form the backbone of the show, and the chemistry between the actors is palpable.

Brian Glover as Magersfontein Lugg steals the show with his comedic timing and impeccable delivery. Lugg is Campion's right-hand man, and his bumbling nature and penchant for getting into trouble often complicate matters. However, Glover's performance adds a much-needed dose of levity to the show, and his character acts as an effective foil to Campion's more refined persona.

Andrew Burt's portrayal of Inspector Charles Luke is understated but effective. As Campion's friend in the police department, Luke often finds himself caught between his loyalty to the force and his admiration for Campion. Burt's performance complements Davison's perfectly, creating a believable dynamic between the two characters.

Overall, Campion is a must-watch for fans of detective dramas, period dramas, and British television. The show's attention to detail, strong performances, and intricate plots make it stand out from other shows of its genre. Whether you are a fan of Margery Allingham's novels or not, Campion is a treat for anyone looking for a well-crafted, immersive, and entertaining detective series.

Campion is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on January 22, 1989.

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Mystery Mile: Part 2
8. Mystery Mile: Part 2
March 16, 1990
As the village locals and the residents of the country hideaway begin to panic at the strange events Campion, as usual, remains calm throughout. But then strange Turkish art expert Mr 'Ali' Barber arrives at Mystery Mile and Biddy Pagett is kidnapped.
Mystery Mile: Part 1
7. Mystery Mile: Part 1
March 9, 1990
Judge Crowdy Lobbett and his family flee across the Atlantic to England to escape the Simister gang. But when a further attempt on his life in London proves the mob is still hard on his heels, Campion is called in to protect him. He decides to hide the judge far away in the remote village of Mystery Mile on the Suffolk coast, but even here the judge's life remains at risk.
Flowers for the Judge: Part 2
6. Flowers for the Judge: Part 2
March 2, 1990
Campion's friend Mike Barnabas is put under arrest pending trial for the murder of Paul Brande. Campion, determined to prove Mike's innocence, digs deep and discovers hidden secrets of the Golden Quill and its staff. A meeting with Paul's mistress confirms Campion's suspicions that the highly valuable Congreve manuscript scored in the firm's safe is the reason Paul was killed. But Campion now must find out who the murderer is before the murderer gets to him.
Flowers for the Judge: Part 1
5. Flowers for the Judge: Part 1
February 23, 1990
The Golden Quill is a long-established and old-fashioned publishing company run by the Barnabas family, John, Mike and Ritchie and 'outsider' Paul Brande. Mike tells Campion of the feuding between John the senior partner and Paul, who wants to revolutionize the firm and bring it up-to-date. Campion is invited to the family's regular Sunday gathering and looks forward to meeting Paul, but learns he has been missing for days. The morning after, Paul's body is found in The Golden Quill's strong room. Campion's friend Mike, the last person to enter the room, becomes the chief suspect.
Dancers in Mourning: Part 2
4. Dancers in Mourning: Part 2
February 16, 1990
Campion visits the country home of song-and-dance star Jimmy Sutane to investigate a string of nasty jokes and ends up falling in love. Part 2 of 2.
Dancers in Mourning: Part 1
3. Dancers in Mourning: Part 1
February 9, 1990
Campion visits the country home of song-and-dance star Jimmy Sutane to investigate a string of nasty jokes and ends up falling in love. Part 1 of 2.
Sweet Danger: Part 2
2. Sweet Danger: Part 2
January 19, 1990
Sweet Danger: Part 2 Detective Campion must stop a robber baron who plans to claim the tiny state of Averna. Part 2 of 2.
Sweet Danger: Part 1
1. Sweet Danger: Part 1
January 12, 1990
Averna, a tiny Dalmatian state of equally small significance, has been rendered a natural harbour and a valuable source of oil by a recent earthquake. It has attracted interest from the British Government and from a bold, bad baron of commerce called Brett Savanake. Averna belongs by right of conquest and subsequent purchase to the once noble, but now depleted, Pontisbright family (now named Fitton). Whoever can trace ownership by showing possession off the Pontisbright crown and its attendant documents will own the place. Campion is employed to find these before Savanake can get his hands on them. With the help of the Fittons, especially Amanda Fitton, a beautiful redhead barely out of her teens, Campion and Lugg, together with assorted companions, set off on a fine old-fashioned treasure hunt.
Where to Watch Campion
Campion is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Campion on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 22, 1989
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (986)