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 ...
Julian Firth ...
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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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 »


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: [as he and Cadfael watch Godith and Torold depart] You'll miss her.
Brother Cadfael: Like a fiber gone from my heart.
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A bit cerebral but worth your time.
31 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My uncle was recently talking about how much he enjoyed the Cadfael films. Well, other than knowing that Derek Jacobi starred in the shows, I know nothing about them and decided to give them a try. And, logically the first, "One Corpse Too Many", seems like a good place to start.

The show begins with some usurper, Stephen, seizing the crown. However, a castle refuses to submit to his rule and they send a couple squires out to find the Empress in order to bring her treasure to finance a new army. But, the garrison falls and Stephen has the folks in the garrison put to death. When the bodies are ready for burial, Cadfael is given the task of arranging for this. But, he notices there is one extra body. And, when he examines the dead carefully, he notices one was NOT hung like the rest but was murdered. So, he decides to investigate.

While I do think that "One Corpse Too Many" was a quality production, I doubt that it really is something that would appeal to everyone. While the acting is very good, the plot involving and the finale rousing, most people probably have little interest in the Middle Ages and might find the film a bit too cerebral. This is NOT a complaint--just an observation about the audience for the film. I liked it but I did think the whole girl dressing like a boy angle was ridiculous--as I knew immediately (and you will too) that it was a she.

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