Quick DVD review – ‘Campion’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

As it’s a day before my birthday today, it’s good timing to do a quick review on a birthday present I gave my Mum in March this year! My parents and I have finished watching the complete series of ‘Campion’ starring Peter Davison. I’ve enjoyed watching this crime drama TV series with my parents!

Peter Davison of course is well-known for playing the Fifth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ and Tristan Farnon in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. It was nice to watch Peter in another TV series he did from 1989 to 1990. In 2018, my parents and I watched Peter in ‘Sink or Swim’ with Robert Glenister.

‘Campion’ is of course a crime drama series based on the books by Margery Allingham. I’ve never come across Margery Alingham as a crime author before, but I like the atmosphere of the stories featured in the series especially with it set in 1930s England, almost feeling ‘Jeeves & Wooster’-like.

Peter Davison plays Albert Campion, who is like an aspiring young gentleman of the 1930s with a vein of Bertie Wooster in him solving crime mysteries. From what I’ve read, Campion was originally envisaged as this parody of Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey before he developed and matured.

I greatly enjoyed Peter Davison’s talents as an actor playing Campion in the series. It was interesting to see how Campion solved the murder mysteries of 1930 compared to how other crime detectives do it such as Poriot; Miss Marple and the aforementioned Lord Peter Wimsey who I’ve also enjoyed.

The series also stars Brian Glover as Campion’s manservant, Magersfontein Lugg. I’ve seen Brain Glover in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘Attack of the Cybermen’ with Colin Baker. The relationship between Campion and Lugg is pretty different to how I’ve seen Bertie Wooster and Jeeves together.

There’s also Andrew Burt as Stanislaus Oates, who is Campion’s policeman friend in some of the stories of the series. Andrew Burt worked with Peter Davison in the ‘Doctor Who’ story called ‘Terminus’. Andrew Burt is pretty different playing Oates compared to how his role in ‘Doctor Who’.

The TV series lasted for two seasons from 1989 to 1990. I’m surprised they didn’t do more episodes after the series ended. There are four stories in each of the two seasons, with each story divided into two episodes lasting for about 55 minutes each. Peter Davison ‘sang’ the theme song for Series 1. 😀

There were quite a number of good guest stars featured in the episodes of ‘Campion’ my parents and I saw. These include the likes of Timothy West, Mary Morris, Michael Gough, Moray Watson, Adrian Lukis, Milton Johns, David Haig, Michael Melia, Neil Daglish, Geoffrey Bayldon, Roger Hammond, etc.

Some of these actors are people that Peter Davison has worked with before either in ‘Doctor Who’ or something else and he would re-work with again in future productions such as the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. I enjoyed the wide variety of talent featured in these ‘Campion’ TV episodes.

I enjoyed many of the murder mysteries featured in the TV series. There were some I got rather confused by in terms of how the reveal of the murderer got resolved. But for the most part, they’ve all been enjoyable and I’m certain I’ll enjoy revisiting them when it comes to seeing the series again.

So yeah, ‘Campion’ is a great TV series starring Peter Davison in the main role. I’m glad I purchased the TV series on DVD for my Mum’s birthday and I’m glad she enjoyed the series overall. The 1930s atmosphere of the series was good and it does make you feel like you want to go back to the period.

But without the murders of course! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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