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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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Murder mystery set in a 1920's French château. See more (5 total) »


 (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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Did You Know?

The name of lead villainess Vanity Fair is from a city in John Bunyan's novel Pilgrim's Progress (1670s), and was later appropriated for the title of a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray in the 1840s as well as a 20th century fashion magazine.See more »


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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Murder mystery set in a 1920's French château., 2 April 2003
Author: tojo-1 from victoria, bc

This excellent murder mystery starring Malcolm McDowell and Eileen Atkins as the cruel and evil Vanity Fair, is a wonderful way to escape for a couple of hours. The story is based on the novel by Dornford Yates which in some respects is very different from the film version. Although keeping to the general sense and feel of the book, the film version actually is more exciting. Set in the Pryennes in the 1920's this film is full of lively performances and the good story and great scenery makes this story come to life. My only question is, why is it not available on video or DVD! Other stars include Micheal Jayston and Karen Dotrice (the little girl in Mary Poppins).

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