The Nine Tailors (1974)

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The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name,... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Ian Carmichael ...
 Lord Peter Wimsey (4 episodes, 1974)
Glyn Houston ...
 Bunter (4 episodes, 1974)
Elizabeth Proud ...
 Mary Thoday / ... (4 episodes, 1974)
Patrick Jordan ...
 Cranton (4 episodes, 1974)
Gail Harrison ...
 Hilary Thorpe (4 episodes, 1974)
Donald Eccles ...
 Venables (3 episodes, 1974)
Elizabeth Bradley ...
 Mrs. Venables (3 episodes, 1974)
Neil McCarthy ...
 Will Thoday (3 episodes, 1974)
Kenneth Thornett ...
 Supt. Blundell (3 episodes, 1974)
David Jackson ...
 Jim Thoday (2 episodes, 1974)
Dan Meaden ...
 Ezra Wilderspin (2 episodes, 1974)
Herbert Ramskill ...
 Hezekiah Lavender (2 episodes, 1974)
Peter Tuddenham ...
 Jack Godfrey (2 episodes, 1974)
Charles Lamb ...
 Harry Gotobed (2 episodes, 1974)
John Duttine ...
 Walter Pratt (2 episodes, 1974)
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The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name, Lord Peter Wimsey, stranded in a New-Year's Eve snowstorm ca. 1930 in the fens of eastern England, becomes the guest of a local clergyman, an adept enthusiast of the esoteric, mathematical art of change-ringing the eight swinging bells of his magnificent medieval church. Wimsey is pressed into service to assist with a heroic and historic all-night peal to welcome the new year. A few months later the vicar, having learned of Wimsey's reputation as a sleuth, summons him back to the village to investigate a mysterious body newly discovered in the churchyard, an unknown man secretly buried, who had apparently died about the time of Wimsey's first visit. A much earlier jewel robbery, details of church architecture, unclaimed letters from a French farm, and peculiarities of canon law are only a few of ... Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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[Lord Peter guesses that two suspects have run away to get married in secret]
Lord Peter Wimsey: Ah yes, I thought he had a nice easy number. May I use your telephone?
Supt. Blundell: Help yourself.
Lord Peter Wimsey: [into telephone] Canterbury 123, please. If you wouldn't mind, it's urgent.
[to Superintendent Blundell]
Lord Peter Wimsey: In their flight, you know there is one thing the Thodays certainly overlooked. We have an ally, Blundell. A haughty prelate. An arbitrary prince. To wit, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Supt. Blundell: Oh yes, and Mr. Mussolini and the Emperor of ...
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Near-perfect whodunnit
18 February 2002 | by (Derbyshire, UK) – See all my reviews

In the 1970's several of Dorothy L. Sayers's "Lord Peter Wimsey" mysteries were made into TV series, starring Ian Carmichael. This is probably the best of them.

There is, to a purist, one error; in the book, the identity of the corpse (an obligatory element of whodunnits) is carefully concealed by means of red herrings and misleading information, while in the TV series, the viewer is given so much information in the first episode that the identity is almost too easy to guess. Even with this lead, there is enough for the viewer to puzzle over and try to work out.

There is some very good acting, especially by Carmichael, who successfully portrays a twenty-something young officer and a fortyish sleuth in the same episode. The location shots give a good idea of the flatness and bleakness of the Fen country of Eastern England.

This series is well worth watching, for its content.


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