A large archive of material relating to the life and career of actor Marius Goring CBE, including photographs, documents and several early episodes of BBC TV series 'The Expert' recorded on 16mm film and a Dr Finlay episode from the pictures.
Post by Patrick Coles on Dec 28, 2020 10:55:55 GMT
'The Expert' was an excellent BBC series - probably inspired 'Quincy M.E.' in the USA - and was possibly based upon the career of Prof Keith Simpson our real life 'expert'
Marius Goring starred as Dr John Hardy (if I recall correctly) with Ann Morrish as his lady doctor wife (in the first series) plus Victor Wilding as the police inspector
it followed the 'expert' pathologist piecing together causes of death in suspicious circumstances as the police built a case - sometimes nailing sometimes clearing a prime suspect
- I recall one episode 'A Way To Die' I think where what seemed at first to be a murder turned out to be a horrible accident where an intruder (an animal rights protestor I think) had his fingers sliced off by a ventilation fan and fell to his death...and was then partially eaten by the pigs he was trying to free from captivity - the Expert worked out the horrible chain of events by pathological science (if I remember the tale correctly - it was decades ago !)
another episode had Dr. Hardy presented with a badly decomposed skeleton...and the photo of a pretty girl - Hardy had life size images of the skull and photo of the girl's face...and superimposed them together (as Keith Simpson famously did years ago)...and got a perfect match - Marius Goring got the scene perfect going from professional clinical detachment...to stopping for a moment to show pity as he reflected upon the human loss...then going straight back to being a professional pathologist - all without uttering a single word !
made with then typical 'BBC Class' (how times change....) 'The Expert' I think began in black and white but there was a colour version later series too which I think was screened on mondays at around 9 pm
Hopefully at least some of the series survives in the BBC archives and together with Marius Goring's own collection episodes might one day get a deserved DVD release ?