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"BBC2 Play of the Week" She Fell Among Thieves (1978)

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Tom Sharpe (writer)
Dornford Yates (novel)
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Original Air Date:
1 March 1978 (Season 1, Episode 17)
A villainess concocts a nefarious plot around her stepdaughter and matches wits with an English gentleman adventurer. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Malcolm McDowell ... Richard Chandos

Eileen Atkins ... Vanity Fair

Michael Jayston ... Mansel

Karen Dotrice ... Jenny
Sarah Badel ... Virginia
Philip Locke ... Acorn
Richard Pearson ... Father Below
Freda Jackson ... Lafone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Arliss ... Bell
Simon Cadell ... Candle
Derek Deadman ... Luis
Pat Gorman ... John

Bernard Hill ... Carson

Jonathan Lynn ... Gaston

Episode Crew
Directed by
Clive Donner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Sharpe  writer
Dornford Yates  novel

Produced by
Mark Shivas .... producer
Original Music by
John Cameron 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Lovett 
Makeup Department
Sue Bide .... makeup artist

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Aspect Ratio:
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Because the plot of the original story was so elaborate, this adaptation is actually an original story featuring the novel's characters.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
gorgeous fun, 15 February 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

BBC Mystery got off to a great start in 1978 with this first Mystery!, She Fell Among Thieves.

The story takes place in 1920s France. A gentleman named Richard Chandos (Malcolm McDowell, looking very young and cute),finds a body while he's on vacation. He's told by the police that this man was connected somehow to a notorious crime boss that goes by the name of Vanity Fair. And she must be a pretty persuasive person from all they've learned.

Eileen Atkins is the evil, cruel Vanity Fair and she is an absolute scream. She plays it for comedy -- so bad she's funny -- with more makeup than you've ever seen on a person. Her stepdaughter has to marry before she becomes of age so that VF gets her husband's fortune and gets to stay in the incredible Château Jezreel. Her stepdaughter gives her a lot of trouble, and VF is forced to replace her with a tart, another one with more makeup than you've ever seen, to pose as her stepdaughter and get married. Chandos arrives at the château to investigate.

The scenery is spectacular, as are the costumes, and the script moves like lightning. There are some very funny scenes. It was really impossible to take any of it seriously, but it made for delightful watching.

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