Campion: The Case of the Late Pig (1989)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Peter Davison stars as bespectacled, aristocratic private detective Albert Campion in this two-part adaptation of Margery Allingham's novel The Case of the Late Pig. The title character is Roland Isidore "Pig" Peters (Mike Charles), a lifelong bully who had been Campion's principal tormentor during his school days in the early 1900s. Although Campion would just as soon never see Peters again, he accepts a curiously poetic invitation to "Pig"'s funeral. Three months later, a former girlfriend of Campion asks him to solve a recent murder -- and the victim is none other than "Pig" Peters, who apparently has died twice! Ingredients essential to the story include the wrong body (and wrong species) in Peters' coffin, a shady information peddler (played by Michael Gough, better known as Alfred the butler in the Batman theatrical films), and a handful of ice cubes. In America, "The Case of the Late Pig" was telecast October 12 and 19, 1989, as the first "Campion" story to appear on the PBS anthology Mystery!

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aristocrat, deduction [reasoning], investigation, bully, clue, crime-solving, evidence