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:
Michael Culver ...
Christian Burgess ...
Michael Grandage ...
Richard Henders ...
Juliette Caton ...
Jeremy Young ...
David Garfield ...
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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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 »


In the final credits, the copyright reads MCMXLIV (1944) instead of MCMXCIV (1994). See more »


Brother Cadfael: Is there something here I can help you to? Or are you just curious to learn about these simple herbs of mine?
Hugh Beringar: I'd hardly say it was any simplicity I came to study.
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Pertwee as Beringar
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sean Pertwee was a good Hugh Beringar, but he doesn't look anything thing like the book character. The book Hugh Beringar is small and dark, not tall and blond. Even so, it's too bad he could play the role for one the one season. I would have liked to see him in all of the episodes. The rest of the casting was marvelous. Sir Derek Jacobi is perfect as Cadfael. It's a shame they had to tinker with the story and change so many things. I really missed the romance between Hugh and Aline. I also missed the beggar that provided Cadfael with crucial clues to discover the murderer. Why did they have to change him to a soldier?

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