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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 Lord Peter Wimsey (4 episodes, 1974)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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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Doesn't get better than this...

This is undoubtedly the best of the LPW adaptations from the 1970s. The location shooting is beautiful, in particular the church interiors and, as other reviewers have noted, the countryside. There is a truly epic feel to this production, with many years elapsing during the course of its 4 episode duration. Acting is incredible as always.

What really strikes me though about this particular production is the way in which it uses its epic quality to construct an entire believable, romantic, nostalgic, world, where criminals and coppers have thick cockneys, our UC heroes speak perfect Beeb English, and even the first World War has a bit of a romantic glow about it! You half expect Wimsey's Sergeants to apologize for the bombing interrupting his pipe! It's as easy to get hypnotized by this world as it is with the beautiful bell-ringing.

Glyn Houston is the perfect Bunter, BYW. One of the joys of 70s BBC productions is looking out for great actors. Here we have Maude Grimes from Coronation Street and Gan from Blake's 7!


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