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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Edward Petherbridge ...
Richard Morant ...
Paul Hastings ...
Philip Boyes
Derek Royle ...
The Rev. Arthur Boyes
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Ryland Vaughan
Preston Lockwood ...
Judge
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Sir Impey Biggs
Derek Ensor ...
Crofts
Christopher Scoular ...
Freddy Arbuthnot
David Quilter ...
Clive Francis ...
Norman Urquhart
Timothy Bateson ...
Pond
Shirley Cain ...
Miss Climpson
Norma Streader ...
Miss Murchison
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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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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 »

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[Thinking about Harriet Vane]
Lord Peter Wimsey: She has a sense of humor... and brains... life wouldn't be dull. One would wake up, and there would be a whole day full of jolly things to do. And then we would come home and go to bed... and that would be jolly too.
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If only these excellent films could be released on video!
17 May 2000 | by (Worcestershire, England) – See all my reviews

I very much enjoy Dorothy L Sayers' detective stories, and I loved the Lord Peter Wimsey series of three stories produced by the BBC. I thought Edward Petherbridge made a convincing and lovable Wimsey, and Harriet Walter was cool and independent as Harriet Vane. I wrote to the BBC several times asking if these films could be shown again on TV or released as videos, but to no avail. I believe the films were later shown on UK Gold, but we didn't have cable TV at the time. It seems such a shame that such good films should never be seen again, but as time has gone by I have gradually lost hope that they ever will be re-shown.


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