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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The title is taken from a version of the poem "Lord Randall." See more »


The Dowager Duchess of Denver: [Referring to Harriet Vane] Curious to write about murder and be accused of murder oneself!
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References Blackmail (1929) See more »

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Charming and Budgetless
1 November 2005 | by (Ft. Myers, FL) – See all my reviews

As with many British miniseries, this one obviously did not cost very much compared to a major motion picture or even a more mainstream television show. Nevertheless, the excellence of material and acting more than makes up for any deficiencies.

Dorothy Sayers' novels are mystery classics, and these adaptations remain true to her stories. Of course, one person's interpretation of a role may be very different from another's, but I was especially struck with the way Harriet Vane is portrayed. It's as if she walked straight out of the pages of the books. Edward Petherbridge is marvelous as Lord Peter, though he does not act the role in exactly the way I would have expected. He is a bit more mild mannered and sedate that I had envisioned Lord Peter to be. He is irresistibly charming anyway.

For me, some of the most important aspects of the books and films are their Britishness and their scholarly quality, both of which are amply in evidence in these adaptations.

Despite what appear to be penny pinching production values, this set is well worth watching and re-watching for its engaging plots and marvelous characters.

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