Drama based on the true story of a solicitor who in 1922 found himself at the center of one of Britain's most notorious murder trials.
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 Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Catherine Armstrong (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Oswald Martin (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Constance 'Connie' Martin, née Davies (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Dr. Hinks (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Marion Glassford-Gale (4 episodes, 1994)
Bernard Hepton ...
 Mr. Davies (4 episodes, 1994)
Don Henderson ...
 Chief Inspector Crutchett (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Henry Vaughan (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Eleanor Armstrong (4 episodes, 1994)
Alexandra Milman ...
 Margaret Armstrong (4 episodes, 1994)
Joseph Steel ...
 Pearson Armstrong (4 episodes, 1994)
Lucy Jenkins ...
 Inez (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Phillips (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Griffiths (4 episodes, 1994)
Rhonda Lewis ...
 Mrs. Davies (4 episodes, 1994)
Sam Cox ...
 Vicar (4 episodes, 1994)
Jack Walters ...
 Wilks (4 episodes, 1994)
Christine Pollon ...
 Pearce (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Arthur (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Bessie (4 episodes, 1994)
Arbel Jones ...
 Mrs. Flitch, Barmaid (4 episodes, 1994)
Fraser Cains ...
 Doctor (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Bank Manager (4 episodes, 1994)
Eve Bland ...
 Dorothy Martin (4 episodes, 1994)
Stephen Lyons ...
 Gilbert Martin (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Official (4 episodes, 1994)
Nick Miles ...
 Sgt Sharp (4 episodes, 1994)
John Pierce Jones ...
 Supt Weaver (4 episodes, 1994)
Robert Oates ...
 Williams (4 episodes, 1994)
Nicholas Selby ...
 Sir Bernard Spilsbury (4 episodes, 1994)
Denys Hawthorne ...
 Curtis-Bennett (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Pollock (4 episodes, 1994)
Ralph Nossek ...
 Justice Darling (4 episodes, 1994)
Hubert Rees ...
 Governor (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Hangman (4 episodes, 1994)
Laurence Richardson ...
 Michael (4 episodes, 1994)
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This is a dramatisation of the true story of Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong, a solicitor and magistrate's clerk who lived in the small Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. In 1921 he was arrested and charged with poisoning his domineering wife, Catherine, and later attempting to poison a business rival, Oswald Martin, by administering arsenic to them. At his trial, Armstrong claimed that he had bought the arsenic simply to kill the dandelions on his lawn. However he was convicted of murder and executed in 1922. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Well-acted, if a bit dry
27 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I watched this film knowing nothing about the case, or Major Armstrong before, and found it engaging, and very well acted - but still a bit cold and distant.

The story follows Major Armstrong, a lawyer with a shrewish wife who plots to murder her and a business rival with arsenic. Michael Kitchen does excellent work as Armstrong, playing him as extremely conniving, but also horribly pathetic and weak. David Thewlis does a great turn as well as terminally shy fellow lawyer Oswald Martin, whom Armstrong attempts to murder because of a real estate deal gone south.

These performances are worth watching "Dandelion Dead" alone, as well as the interesting true-life story, but director Hodges fails to really delve into the psychological thriller aspects of the material, which seem so apparent, so the whole experience fails to really connect with the viewer emotionally.


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