Ngaio Marsh Theatre (TV series)

Ngaio Marsh Theatre was a 1977 television miniseries which adapted four of the author's Inspector Roderick Alleyn detective novels for New Zealand television. The British actor George Baker starred in the title role.[1]

The series adapted three Alleyn novels that were set in New Zealand (Vintage Murder,[2] Colour Scheme,[3] and Died in the Wool[4]) along with the London-set Opening Night.[5] The last mentioned featured a major character from New Zealand coming to England to work in the theatre. The series was originally screened on Television New Zealand. A later broadcast on PBS in the United States was the first American screening of a New Zealand television drama.[6]


Local actors who appeared in the series included Terence Cooper, Don Selwyn and Ian Watkin.


  1. ^ "When Wexford was Alleyn New Zealand Memories October-November 2006 No 62 pp50-51". National Library.
  2. ^ Vintage Murder at IMDb
  3. ^ Colour Scheme at IMDb
  4. ^ Died in the Wool at IMDb
  5. ^ Opening Night at IMDb
  6. ^ "NZ On Screen". Retrieved 4 June 2017.