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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13 April 1975 (USA)  »

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The Lord Peter Wimsey: Nine Tailors  »

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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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Followed by Five Red Herrings: Episode #1.1 (1975) See more »

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The best of the Sayers mysteries
1 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Of all the novels by Dorothy Sayers, this is the best for mystery and surprise. This Masterpiece Theater production does it full justice. Carmichael is almost tolerable as the insufferable Peter Wimsey and a competent cast supports well, but the real star is the plot and is thoroughly engrossing and entertaining.


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