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The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

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The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries
The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Channel BBC1
Genre Crime
Broadcast 1990 (pilot)
1993 (Season 1)
1994 (Season 2)
No. of Seasons 2
No. of Episodes 9
Main Cast
Character Actor
DCI Roderick Alleyn Patrick Malahide
Simon Williams (pilot)
DI Fox William Simons
Agatha Troy Belinda Lang

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (also released as Ngaio Marsh's Alleyn Mysteries) is a British detective TV series adapted from nine of the novels by Dame Ngaio Marsh, featuring Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn (Simon Williams in pilot episode; Patrick Malahide in regular episodes) and his faithful assistant Inspector "Brer" Fox (William Simons).

The following weapons were used in the television series The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries:



Webley .22 Mk VI Training Revolver

Kranz' henchman Bryant (Gareth Milne) holds a Webley .22 Mk VI Training Revolver revolver in "A Man Lay Dead" (S01E01). Then he gives the gun to Dieter Kranz (Michael Feast).

Webley .22 Mk VI Training Revolver, a version with stepped cylinder.
Bryant puts the opened revolver that he cleans on the table. The cartridges on the table are definitly too thin and long for .455 Webley but very likely are .22.
Bryant aims at too curious Nigel Bathgate (Matthew Lloyd Davies).
Bryant orders Bathgate to explain what he's doing here.
Bryant hands the revolver to Kranz.
A good view of the revolver in Kranz' hands. Note the thin barrel and the high profile of the front sight.
Kranz aims at DCI Alleyn.

Webley .455 Mk VI

Sir Herbert Carrados (Oliver Ford Davies) owns a Webley .455 Mk VI revolver in "Death in a White Tie" (S01E05).

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
Sir Herbert is practicing shooting with a Webley .455 Mk VI revolver.
In the final scene, Alleyn takes the revolver from Sir Herbert's dead hand.
Alleyn opens the revolver and unloads it.
He hands the revolver to Inspector Fox.

Webley .38 Mk III

A snub nose Webley .38 Mk III is seen in hands of one of Blautwicz's men in "The Nursing Home Murder" (S01E02).

Webley .38 Mk III Commercial Contract 3 inch barrel - .38 S&W
Blautwicz's man aims a revolver towards Sir Derek O'Callaghan.
The revolver lies in the car. The shape of the grip allows to identify it as a .38 Mk III rather than a "Pocket" Mk IV.

Webley .38 Mk IV

Major Keith Ballantyne (James Cosmo) owns a Webley .38 Mk IV revolver in "Dead Water" (S02E02, in DVD release S02E03). In the climactic scene, Dr. Robert Nairn (James Laurenson) picks up Major's revolver.

Webley Mk IV - .38 S&W. WWII production.
Major Ballantyne's revolver lies on the table.
Major loads and closes the revolver.
He aims the gun, explaining to DCI Alleyn that he uses the revolver for rabbit hunt.
Major drops the revolver in the climactic scene.
A good view of the Major's Webley.
Dr. Nairn aims the revolver.
Doctor puts the revolver to his head.
Inspector Fox (William Simons) picks up the revolver and opens it.


Walther PPK

In "The Nursing Home Murder" (S01E02), Aaron Blautwicz (John Bennett), the head of a Jewish group secretly supplying weapons to Israel, owns a Walther PPK. The gun is described as "Walther PPK 9mm, Officer issue". Blautwicz claims that this pistol belonged to an SS officer whom Blautwicz killed during the uprising in Auschwitz.

Walther PPK - 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
One of Blautwicz's men draws a Walther PPK when the police breaks into the house.
Another view of the pistol in hands of the same man.
The police arrest and disarm Blautwicz.
The pistol on the floor.
Inspector Fox (William Simons) picks up the pistol.
Close-ups of the pistol in hands of Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn (Patrick Malahide).

Browning Hi-Power

In "Death in a White Tie" (S01E05), the second gun that Sir Herbert Carrados (Oliver Ford Davies) is practicing shooting with is a Browning Hi-Power.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
Sir Herbert aims a Hi-Power.
He holds the pistol after shooting.

Percussion Dueling Pistol

In one scene in "A Man Lay Dead" (S01E01) Agatha Troy (Belinda Lang) examines a Percussion Dueling Pistol from Sir Hubert Handesley's collection of weapons. The gun looks similar to English mid-19th century dueling and target pistols, like the ones by Charles Moore or Samuel Nock.

For comparison: a modern replica by Pedersoli of Charles Moore in London percussion cap dueling and target pistol - .36 caliber
Troy takes a pistol from the shelf. The faceted barrel is seen.
The muzzle is seen.
The stock and the lock of the pistol are seen.

When the scene is repeated in the final as a flashback, the pistol is replaced with a different prop.

Troy holds a pistol in the flashback scene. The stock and the lock of this pistol, especially the barrel wedge plate, are quite different from the one of the previous screenshots.

Long Guns

Flintlock Muskets

Several antique muskets, most likely flintlock ones can be seen in Sir Hubert Handesley's collection of weapons in "A Man Lay Dead" (S01E01). All guns are seen partially or in distance. The muzzle caps of two muskets allow to guess that the one on top is a French Charleville or one of the models based on it, and the one on bottom is a British Brown Bess.

Charleville Mousquet Modele 1777 - .69 caliber
Modern reproduction "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Infantry musket made from 1722-1768 - .75 caliber.
The typical Charleville muzzle cap is seen.
Supposed Charleville and Brown Bess muskets are seen.
A row of nondescript muskets is seen at the background.

Carrados' Gun Cabinet

Six long guns is seen in the gun cabinet in Sir Herbert Carrados' house in "Death in a White Tie" (S01E05).
From left to right: 1 - a long, military style rifle; 2 - unknown gun with a very thick barrel; 3 - a bolt action rifle with turned down bolt handle, also likely a military model; 4 - a Winchester Model 1873 or Winchester Model 1876 lever action rifle; 5 - Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers; 6 - unknown as almost completely closed by the door frame.

For reference: Winchester 1873 "Long Range"
For reference: Winchester Model 1876 "sporting" configuration in 45-60 WCF with 26 inch barrel
J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun with exposed hammers - 12 gauge
The buttstocks of the guns are seen, as well as the turned down bolt handle of the 3rd rifle and the lever of the 4th rifle. The 4th rifle, the Winchester 1873 or 1876, has a steel receiver with yellow brass side platings; such combination can be seen on custom build deluxe guns.
Another view of the guns.
The barrels are seen. The 2nd rifle has a very thick barrel. The 6th gun has a full length wooden handguard, like the 1st and the 3rd guns, so it also may be a military bolt action rifle.

Other Weapons

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Mk 2 hand grenades are found in a payload of weapons, prepared for smuggling to Israel in the boxes with medical supplies in "The Nursing Home Murder" (S01E02).

Mk 2 "Pineapple" World War II-made High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Inspector Fox (William Simons) finds the grenade hidden in a bag of bandages.
A close-up of the grenade.

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