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Mystery!; Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Nursing Home Murder


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Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Nursing Home Murder
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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Sir Derek O'Callahan, a prominent cabinet minister, has been receiving letters threatening his life. During a noisy debate in parliament Sir Derek collapses and is rushed to the hospital. His wife begs Sir John Phillips, a prominent surgeon and family friend, to perform an emergency operation. Inspector Alleyn is summoned by Lady O'Callaghan and given evidence of a possible murder. An autopsy on the victim points to the poison. John Phillips, Sir Derek's surgeon, becomes a likely suspect in the murder and when Inspector Alleyn confronts him, he confesses to having sent a threatening letter to Sir Derek. Nurse Harben, who was once the mistress of Sir Derek, has gone missing. Nurse Banks reveals to Dr. Roberts that the police are investigating the death as a possible murder.



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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Nursing Home Murder,” 03/26/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B14001D68D5D42E59BF9B2A49B393112.
MLA: “Mystery!; Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Nursing Home Murder.” 03/26/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B14001D68D5D42E59BF9B2A49B393112>.
APA: Mystery!; Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Nursing Home Murder. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B14001D68D5D42E59BF9B2A49B393112
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