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Mystery!; Heat of the Sun: Private Lives

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Heat of the Sun: Private Lives
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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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NOTE: This was a 120 minute program.

When Superintendent Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) is thrust into an investigation of the disappearance of millionairess Lady Daphne Ellesmere (Kate McKenzie), he penetrates the closed world of Nairobi's "Happy Valley" set to question Daphne's aviatrix sister, Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker; Pride and Prejudice); Daphne's estranged husband, Lord Harry (Tim Woodward); and her suspected lover, Viscount Guy "Boy" Cameron (Daniel Betts). Tyburn soon becomes tangled in a web of murder, arson, and a secret love affair, which holds a surprising fate for his sidekick, Clive Lanyard (James Callis). Meanwhile, Tyburn's own secret is revealed in a romantic moment with Emma.



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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
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