Cadfael is sure the unlikely novice Meriet is hiding a secret, and when a missing bishop's envoy is found dead, Meriet takes the blame. Cadfael must discover who Meriet is protecting and who is the ...
A young nun is found violated and murdered, while the brother and sister she was escorting have disappeared. A mysterious forest ranger dedicates himself to rescuing the children, while Brother Oswin...
Paired with her reliable and devoted chauffeur, Mrs Bradley's finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind the mysteries surrounding a death at the opera, crimes of passion at a circus, poisoning and family secrets.
Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand novelist Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.
At and around the Shrewsbury abbey, Brother Cadfael is a monk with a difference. Given a choice, he would enjoy just being a simple gardener and herbalist for his home. However, too often events force him to use his other talent as a master sleuth in response to mysterious crimes happening in his community. While he investigates these crimes, he often finds himself at odds with the contemporary attitudes of the times with his own ahead of his time beliefs. Written by
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The original choice for the part of Cadfael was Ian Holm; Holm accepted but ITV took so long to bring the project to fruition that he decided to take other roles that were offered to him in the meantime. Philip Madoc, who had played the part in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisations, was also considered. See more »
I love Cadfael and would give it 10/10 except for a couple of things. The episodes were too short to do the books justice and consequently the stories lacked the historical content that made the books so unique (i.e. they were both murder mysteries and historical novels) and the Welsh connection was lost because Derek Jacobi (wonderful though he is) does not seem to portray Cadfael as Welsh. It also loses out not being shot in England (for financial reasons I believe) unlike Robin of Sherwood a few years earlier. The countryside is so obviously unlike England it distracts a little. But other than these few gripes it was wonderful filled with fantastic actors, such as shame more could not have been made. It was also a shame that 3 actors had to be used to portray Hugh. One final comment an earlier reviewer trying to fill in the historical facts said that Empress Maud was the daughter of William II, she was in fact the daughter of Henry I. I'll forgive him though because I know Americans are not that good on English history!! (just joking!)
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