Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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One Corpse Too Many 

Assigned by King Stephen to dispose of 94 hanged rebels, Cadfael discovers the body of a murdered man among the corpses and given just four days to solve the crime.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Ellis Peters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Burgess ...
Michael Grandage ...
Richard Henders ...
Juliette Caton ...
Jeremy Young ...
David Garfield ...
Geoffrey Leesley ...
Bill Neville ...


Brother Cadfael, a Crusader-turned-Benedictine-monk, is among those who tend to the bodies of an executed garrison. But when he finds one more body than should be there, he winds up in a mystery involving an heiress masquerading as a boy and two knights campaigning for the same maiden. Written by mama.sylvia

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rebel | crusader | fiance | wales | jewel | See All (24) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 May 1994 (UK)  »

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Sir Derek Jacobi had his hair shaved to a tonsure during filming, instead of wearing a bald cap. Some actors felt that was a little too much; others had their own heads shaved. See more »


(at around 55 mins) Godith rides away side-saddle. The side-saddle was invented in the 14th century. Before that, women rode pillion (a padded seat behind a male rider) or on a similarly equipped horse behind a servant leading the horse. The side-saddle was created to allow women to ride themselves. (Of course, out of the public view, many women just rode astride no matter what period in history.) See more »


Godith: [referring to Brother Cadfael] *He* at least can tell a hart from a hind!
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Mass, not Vespers
26 July 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I watched the first four episodes of the first season in reverse order, taking this one last. As the first in the series, I should have done it first. Clearly four times the effort went into it and it has twice the runtime. This allows them to follow something of the structure of the better written versions. In that form, one discovery leads to another and another. It isn't a matter of one mystery and a side story as we have in the following episodes (and 99% of all TeeVee).

So I think I will recommend this. Its still pretty thin on the detective side, but good enough to give an excuse for the costumes and slightly different culture. The gimmick is to provide some historical context. Mainstream TeeVee mystery has evolved in a manner that does not allow the primary mechanism of the detective novel — where you try and outwit the writer. Instead, our minds have to be captured other ways, more simple because the attention has to span those cursed commercials.

The girls in their costumers are lovely.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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