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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Cast

Series cast summary:
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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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The Englishness of the production needs to be recognised
18 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I notice that the two comments with an American address have found difficulty appreciating the "Englishness" of the portrayals and general directorial approach. One complains of the missed opportunity to delve into the psychological thriller possibilities of the plot. Surely the point is that it is not meant to be a thriller at all and that this is all the better for it. As for Sarah Miles' acting, few play neurotic and repressed better than her. This is mainly why the death so strongly elicits sympathy in the watcher however morally unacceptable. I felt the production was perfectly pitched, the acting uniformly on target and Michael Kitchen, outstanding, doing what he does best, stiff upper lip, repressed emotion, English social manners etc.


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