Death in Holy Orders

Mondays from 16 March at 8.30pm on UKTV

PD James’s bestselling novel brought to the screen

The story is set in St Anselm’s, a select Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of Britain’s coastline. When the body of one of the students is found on the shore, smothered by a fall of sand, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard re-examine the verdict of accidental death.

Commander Dalgliesh spent time at St Anselm’s as a boy and so agrees to pay a visit, expecting no more than a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence given at the inquest.

Things are not as innocent as they seem though, and Dalgliesh finds himself embroiled in one of the most horrific and puzzling cases of his career. Other visitors come to the college on the weekend of his arrival, not all with benign intent. One of them will not leave alive.

The college’s future is at stake: external pressure for it to be closed down is mounting. The atmosphere bristles with tension. No one seems entirely innocent, each haunted by his own demons. Intrigue, conflict and dangerous secrets emerge as the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

Death in Holy Orders has all the qualities, along with an unerring eye for human detail, which distinguish PD James as a novelist – the sensitive evocation of place; a complex and credible mystery; respect for forensic detail; and the tension of a plot that never flags. Stunning location filming, an outstanding cast, and knife-edge suspense combine in this adaptation of a classic detective story with a twist.

Stars Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, A&E, The Professionals), Robert Hardy, Alan Howard, Hugh Fraser, Clive Wood, Jeff Rawle, David Calder

“This is a classy production, with a cast to match … and it will certainly keep you guessing.” Daily Mail

 

Mondays from 16 March at 8.30pm on UKTV

 

PD James’s bestselling novel brought to the screen

The story is set in St Anselm’s, a select Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of Britain’s coastline. When the body of one of the students is found on the shore, smothered by a fall of sand, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard re-examine the verdict of accidental death.

Commander Dalgliesh spent time at St Anselm’s as a boy and so agrees to pay a visit, expecting no more than a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence given at the inquest.

Things are not as innocent as they seem though, and Dalgliesh finds himself embroiled in one of the most horrific and puzzling cases of his career. Other visitors come to the college on the weekend of his arrival, not all with benign intent. One of them will not leave alive.

The college’s future is at stake: external pressure for it to be closed down is mounting. The atmosphere bristles with tension. No one seems entirely innocent, each haunted by his own demons. Intrigue, conflict and dangerous secrets emerge as the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

Death in Holy Orders has all the qualities, along with an unerring eye for human detail, which distinguish PD James as a novelist – the sensitive evocation of place; a complex and credible mystery; respect for forensic detail; and the tension of a plot that never flags. Stunning location filming, an outstanding cast, and knife-edge suspense combine in this adaptation of a classic detective story with a twist.

Stars Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, A&E, The Professionals), Robert Hardy, Alan Howard, Hugh Fraser, Clive Wood, Jeff Rawle, David Calder

“This is a classy production, with a cast to match … and it will certainly keep you guessing.” Daily Mail