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Dalgliesh on Channel 5: Release date, cast, trailer and latest news

The new adaptation of PD James’ internationally celebrated detective series airs on Channel 5 in the UK.

Published: Wednesday, 17th November 2021 at 11:21 am

The third instalment of Dalgliesh arrives this week on Channel 5, stripped across Thursday 18th and Friday 19th November.


Doctor Foster star Bertie Carvel plays the title role in Channel 5 and Acorn's new adaptation of PD James’ bestselling Inspector Dalgliesh books.

Set in the mid 1970s, Carvel (The Sister) plays the policeman and published poet Adam Dalgliesh, while the series is set against the picturesque backdrop of the English countryside.

Carvel, who has some form in playing mysterious characters, portrays a man with hidden depths and a broken heart.

Here's everything you need to know about Dalgliesh.

Dalgliesh release date

The new series consists of three two-part films, adapting three of P.D. James’ Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries tales.

Dalgliesh premiered on Thursday 4th November at 9pm on Channel 5 and My5.

The second story was broadcast on 11th and 12th November, while the third story airs on 18th and 19th November at the same time of 9pm.

Production began in Northern Ireland in December 2020.

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, said: “Acorn Media Enterprises is thrilled to work with Channel 5, New Pictures, and all3media international to commission new adaptations of P. D. James beloved Dalgliesh Mysteries. Acorn TV subscribers around the world are sure to love these contemporary adaptations starring Bertie Carvel as the iconic detective.”

Sebastian Cardwell, Channel 5 Deputy Director of Programmes, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Acorn TV , All 3 Media & New Pictures on our next drama commission. P.D. James was one of Britain’s great crime writers and we're incredibly excited to be creating new adaptations of her work.”

Dalgliesh cast

Doctor Foster star Bertie Carvel plays the title role, while Jeremy Irvine plays his colleague Charles Masterson.

Other Dalgliesh cast members include Mirren Mack, Natasha Little, Paul Mallon, and Siobhán Cullen.

What is Dalgliesh about?

Beginning in the mid 1970s in England, the series follows Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, a reserved, enigmatic detective and widower who is still grieving his wife's death, and struggles to form new romantic attachments as a result.

According to a Channel 5 synopsis, the series "follows Dalgliesh’s career to present day as he solves unusual murders and reveals buried secrets," while each of the three murder mysteries "will offer its own unique setting and extraordinary cast".

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The three stories to be adapted are “Shroud for a Nightingale,” “The Black Tower," and “A Taste for Death". The first, Shroud for a Nightingale, was published in 1971.

In Shroud for a Nightingale, the story focuses on the young women of Nightingale House, where they learn to nurse the sick. However, when a student is killed, Dalgliesh must hunt down a murderer who seems to believe that murder is a cure for all ills.

Dalgliesh trailer

You can watch a trailer for Dalgliesh – from when the show was made available in the US via Acorn TV – below.


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