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Original Sin is an installment in the successful Adam Dalgliesh series of murder mysteries, which are inspired by the book series by novelist P.D. James. It is part of the adaptations starring Roy Marsden as the troubled Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who is not a traditional police officer shown by his love of poetry and intense privacy.

Original Sin follows closely the plot of the novel of the same name, which depicts a successful London publishing house being plunged into chaos when its CEO, Gerald Etienne is found murdered. Dalgliesh is called in from Scotland Yard to investigate the murder, which seems to be a prank gone wrong, the detective soon uncovers a series of pranks and jokes have recently been played by members of the Peverell Press publishing company. Adam Dalgliesh quickly discovers that the murderer may have struck on a number of occasions and takes the investigation to the diverse, troubled and often poor London area of Tower Hamlets.

1 Season, 3 Episodes
March 20, 1997
Cast: Roy Marsden, Ian Bannen, Cathryn Harrison, Amanda Root
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Original Sin Full Episode Guide

  • Commander Dalgliesh is closer to naming a suspect when a third body washes ashore -- that of a recently rejected author.

  • While visiting a publishing house to question a board member about a threatening letter, Commander Dalgliesh is drawn into a murder investigation.

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