Mystery!: Cadfael: Season 1, Episode 1

One Corpse Too Many (29 May 1994)
"Cadfael" One Corpse Too Many (original title)

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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.



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


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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The first entry in the popular series. See more »


There is an aerial shot that shows the corpses of the garrison hanged by King Stephen, followed by Brother Cadfael's counting them by tens: "seventy... eighty... ninety... five?" In the aerial shot, there are only eighty-five corpses. See more »


Hugh Beringar: [before the trial-by-combat begins] I knew you wouldn't fail me.
Brother Cadfael: Now see that *you* don't fail *me*.
Hugh Beringar: No dread. I shall never be readier, and your arm will be seconding mine.
Brother Cadfael: Yes, at every stroke.
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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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