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A Taste for Death

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A Taste for Death
A Taste for Death 1988.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by John Davies
Release Date 1988
Studio Anglia Television
Distributor ITV
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commander Adam Dalgliesh Roy Marsden
Lady Ursula Berowne Wendy Hiller
Lady Barbara Berowne Fiona Fullerton
Inspector Kate Miskin Penny Downie
Emily Wharton Avril Elgar
Father Francis Barnes Oliver Ford Davies
Stephen Lampart Simon Ward
Sir Paul Berowne Bosco Hogan
Dominic Swayne Matthew Marsh
Sarah Berowne Kate Buffery

A Taste for Death is a 1988 British detective 6-part mini series adapted from the 1986 novel by P.D. James and starring Roy Marsden as Adam Dalgliesh, detective of the Scotland Yard and talented poet. In A Taste for Death, Dalgliesh investigates the death of recently resigned Government Minister Sir Paul Berowne after his body discovered in a church. It is not initially clear if Berowne's death was murder or suicide.

A Taste for Death is the fifth installment in 1980s-1990s series starring Roy Marsden as Dalgliesh. The novel is also adapted into an episode of the Season 1 of Dalgliesh 2020s TV series.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries A Taste for Death:



Smith & Wesson 39

In the final scene Dominic Swayne (Matthew Marsh), Sir Paul's brother-in-law, holds a Smith & Wesson 39 pistol. The pistol is a model 39-2 with plain hammer.

Smith & Wesson 39-2 with plain hammer - 9x19mm
Dominic Swayne, pretending to be a Special Branch detective, shows the pistol to young Darren Wilkes (Tat Whalley). Two screws in the frame below the barrel are supposed to be a part of deactivating of the pistol.
Swayne unloads the pistol before letting Darren hold the gun. The single stack magazine is seen.
Swayne takes the pistol back and inserts the magazine.
A view from the muzzle.
Swayne takes Inspector Kate Miskin's grandmother as hostage.
Swayne orders Kate Miskin to organise an escape for him.
A decent view of the pistol.
Kate Miskin manages to kick the pistol off Swayne's hand.
When the pistol fires during the brawl, the spent cartridge is seen in the midair. Possibly a different gun is used in this scene, as the deactivated pistol cannot fire even blanks.

Unidentified pistols

During the hostage scene, several police detectives are armed with pistols that are seen mostly briefly.

A plainclothes officer at the far left holds a pistol.
Another officer holds an M1911 style pistol.
An officer holds his pistol at Swayne's head.


Mossberg 500

One of the officers of the firearms unit is armed with a Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun. The shotgun has rifle front sight.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the wood furniture.
An officer with a shotgun goes up the stairs.
The pump is seen.
Despite the blurry view, it can be seen that the shotgun has rifle front sight.
Another view of the shotgun.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Heckler & Koch HK33

During the hostage scene, several officers of the firearms unit are armed with Heckler & Koch HK33 assault rifles, some fitted with sniper scopes.

Heckler & Koch HK33A2 with 25-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A uniformed officer at the background right holds a HK33 with a 25-round magazine.
A plainclothes detective holds a HK33 with a sniper scope.
The same officer at the doors of Kate Miskin's apartments.
The barrel with the flash hider is seen.
The sniper scope on the HK33 is seen.

Ruger Mini-14

What is supposed to be a Ruger Mini-14, fitted with long flash hider, is partially seen in the same hostage scene.

Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
An officer with a supposed Mini-14 goes up the stairs.

Sniper rifles

Some more officers carry sniper rifles of unclear models.

The barrel of a rifle is seen at the foreground. Judging by the shape of the front sight, this is a .22 sporting rifle, possibly some Anschütz model.
An officer holds a bolt action rifle at the doors of Kate Miskin's apartments. This is a different rifle, with unhooded front sight, but it also seems to be a small caliber gun. The rifle seems to have a straight bolt handle which is uncommon for modern guns.
Another view of the same rifle.
The sniper scope is seen.

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