A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Season 1, Episode 1

Strong Poison: Episode One (25 Mar. 1987)

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Lord Peter Wimsey investigates after the novelist Harriet Vane is accused of poisoning her former lover.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Petherbridge ...
Richard Morant ...
Paul Hastings ...
Philip Boyes
Derek Royle ...
The Rev. Arthur Boyes
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Ryland Vaughan
Preston Lockwood ...
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Sir Impey Biggs
Derek Ensor ...
Christopher Scoular ...
Freddy Arbuthnot
David Quilter ...
Clive Francis ...
Norman Urquhart
Timothy Bateson ...
Shirley Cain ...
Miss Climpson
Norma Streader ...
Miss Murchison


Lord Peter Wimsey is struck all of a heap by Harriet Vane, a murder-mystery novelist who's on trial for poisoning her lover with arsenic. And when she's given a temporary reprieve, Lord Peter, together with his manservant Bunter and the incomparable Miss Climpson, must work against the calendar to prove her innocence. Written by Kathy Li

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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During rehearsals for the scene where Wimsey (Edward Petherbridge) and Climpson (Shirley Cain) have tea together, Wimsey's monocle fell into his tea. Despite numerous attempts, they could not recreate this hilarious incident for the camera. See more »


Harriet Vane: Being a writer of detective fiction, I have naturally studied your career with interest.
Lord Peter Wimsey: Well, that's good, because then you'll understand that I'm not such an ass as I'm appearing at present.
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References Blackmail (1929) See more »

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Great acting ...
3 November 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The acting in this series is excellent; the episodes suffer from the usual problems of being abridged, and it is distinctly helpful to know the books - otherwise you may find yourself somewhat lost as the show gallops through the plot in three hours per story. You may also fall into the odd plot hole that has opened up.

Having said that, Dorothy L Sayers is delightful - no matter how mutilated by dramatisation - and the production and acting enhance that delight.

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