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12 January 1995 (USA) See more »
A riveting mystery and a fascinating glimpse into a medieval world.
A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 16)

Derek Jacobi ... Brother Cadfael (13 episodes, 1994-1998)

Michael Culver ... Prior Robert (13 episodes, 1994-1998)

Julian Firth ... Brother Jerome (13 episodes, 1994-1998)

Terrence Hardiman ... Abbot Radulfus (10 episodes, 1994-1998)

Mark Charnock ... Brother Oswin (9 episodes, 1994-1997)
Albie Woodington ... Sergeant Warden (8 episodes, 1994-1997)

Series Directed by
Graham Theakston (4 episodes, 1994)
Ken Grieve (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Richard Stroud (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Herbert Wise (2 episodes, 1996-1997)

Sebastian Graham Jones (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Edith Pargeter (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Russell Lewis (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Christopher Russell (4 episodes, 1996-1998)

Series Produced by
Stephen Smallwood .... producer (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Neville C. Thompson .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Ted Childs .... executive producer (10 episodes, 1994-1997)
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1998)
Rob Pursey .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Original Music by
Colin Towns (10 episodes, 1994-1998)
Series Cinematography by
Nyika Jancsó (4 episodes, 1994)
Derek Suter (3 episodes, 1995-1997)
Tony Miller (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Walter McGill (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Film Editing by
Jamie McCoan (4 episodes, 1995-1998)
Alan Jones (2 episodes, 1994)
Laurence Méry-Clark (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Casting by
Anne Henderson (6 episodes, 1995-1998)
Doreen Jones (4 episodes, 1994)
Series Production Design by
Brian Ackland-Snow (4 episodes, 1994)
Austen Spriggs (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
József Romvári (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Art Direction by
Andrew Ackland-Snow (4 episodes, 1994)
Jonathan Lee (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Malcolm Stone (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Roberts (3 episodes, 1998)
István Tóth (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Simon Wakefield (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Chantal Giuliani (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Costume Design by
Maria Hruby (10 episodes, 1994-1998)
Series Makeup Department
Karen Z.M. Turner .... hair supervisor / makeup supervisor / ... (10 episodes, 1994-1998)
Lisa Pickering .... makeup artist / makeup assistant (4 episodes, 1994-1996)
Anna Tesner .... makeup artist: extras (3 episodes, 1994)
Nóra Koltai .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Catherine Wilkins .... make-up assistant / makeup artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Pebbles .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1994)

Katalin Jakots .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Gabriella Németh .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Shelley Powell .... post-production supervisor (10 episodes, 1994-1998)
Tamás Guba .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1995-1998)
Maria Ungor .... production manager / production manager: TMA (6 episodes, 1995-1998)
László Tímár .... production manager (4 episodes, 1994)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Bamber .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1995-1998)
David Pearson .... third assistant director (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Gergely Fülöp .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1997)
David Cain .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1998)
Mitch Skinner .... third assistant director (3 episodes, 1998)
Gábor Gajdos .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1994)
Zsuzsa Gurban .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1994)
Rita Nagy .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Laszlo Sefel .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Bill Thompson .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Series Art Department
Béla Péterdi .... construction manager (10 episodes, 1994-1998)
József Kiss .... construction coordinator (5 episodes, 1994-1995)
Peter Gartner .... property master (4 episodes, 1994)
Mihály Marton .... standby props (4 episodes, 1994)
István Tóth .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1994)
Gabor Toth .... swing (3 episodes, 1997)
Susie Jones .... assistant art director (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Sound Department
Iain Eyre .... assistant sound editor (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Stefan Henrix .... dialogue & adr editor / dialogue editor / ... (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
John Pitt .... sound mixer (12 episodes, 1994-1998)
Ross Adams .... digital sound editor (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
Brian Saunders .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Mike Dowson .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 1995-1997)
Richard Fettes .... effects editor / digital sound editor (4 episodes, 1997-1998)
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 1998)

Peter Seres .... cable person (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
László Pintér .... pyrotechnician (7 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ferenc Ormos .... special effects supervisor (4 episodes, 1994)

Kati Tomola .... special effects makeup (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Péter Katona .... stunts (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator (10 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ferenc Novinecz .... stunts (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
László Imre .... stunts (6 episodes, 1997-1998)
Tivadar Mike .... utility stunts (4 episodes, 1994)
Laszlo 'Sancho' Mecseki .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
Sandor Bertalan .... stunts (2 episodes, 1998)

Sándor Boros .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Levente Lezsák .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Hlady .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Rudolf Takács .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1994)
Julian Doyle .... camera: second unit (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Series Casting Department
Marianne Elliott .... casting assistant (4 episodes, 1994)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gabor Szabo .... costumer (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Andrea Friebert .... wardrobe master (9 episodes, 1995-1998)
József Lender .... dresser (8 episodes, 1994-1998)
Michael Price .... wardrobe supervisor / assistant costume designer (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Zsoka Hoka .... wardrobe mistress (5 episodes, 1995-1998)
Sarah Touaibi .... assistant costume designer (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Editorial Department
Paul Newson .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1994-1998)
Adrian Hauser .... telecine colorist (2 episodes, 1994)
Joe Illing .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1994)
Alan Jones .... supervising editor (2 episodes, 1994)
Series Location Management
Terry Bamber .... unit location manager (4 episodes, 1994)
Gyorgy Kuntner .... location manager (4 episodes, 1996-1998)
Series Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer / music recordist (3 episodes, 1994)
Series Other crew
Katalin Baranyi .... interpreter (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Béla Vaszary .... set doctor (13 episodes, 1994-1998)
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant (10 episodes, 1994-1998)
Susie Jones .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 1994-1997)
Gina Cronk .... script editor (4 episodes, 1994)
Deirdre Doorley .... production coordinator / contact: London (4 episodes, 1996-1998)
Paula Byrden .... contact: London (3 episodes, 1998)
Julia Ouston .... script editor (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Liz Watkins .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Ceri Evans .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1998)

Krisztian Kertai .... interpreter (unknown episodes)
Peter Seres .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Sarah Teboul .... post-production accountant (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cadfael" - UK (original title)
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75 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Brother Oswin, the novice and Cadfael's apprentice, has a much larger role in the television series than in the books. In the books he does not appear until the middle of the series. He largely takes the place of Brother Mark, who left the Abbey to run the leper house at St. Giles. Mark can be seen in "The Leper of St. Giles". In "The Virgin in The Ice" Brother Elyas was the brother accused of the rape and murder of Sister Hilaria, not Oswin.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The novels are better, 29 March 1999

I've watched all four sets of episodes in the "Cadfael" series, and I've also read the novels that each episode is based on, and I must say that the novels are much better. Firstly, the dramatizations of Ellis Peters' work are only very, *very* loosely based on the novels; often the plot of the dramatization bears virtually no resemblance to the plot of the corresponding novel. However, the most remarkable difference between the novels and their dramatizations are the way the characters are portrayed: In general, the characters are displayed in a much more sympathetic light in the novels than they are in the dramatizations. In many of the episodes, the only characters who come out with a clean nose are Cadfael and the female lead, while almost all the other characters are portrayed as ignorant and/or mean-spirited and/or having ulterior and selfish motives. In the novels, the kindest and most charitable view of every character emerges from the prose. Even the murderer in most of the novels is treated with a degree of sympathy in the end. Many of the characters who in the novels are genuinely good people (or at least have good intentions or a good will) are presented in the dramatizations as mean, nasty, judgemental, narrow-minded, and stupid. As a consequence, the "Cadfael" video dramatizations are harsher and darker, and they come across as less authentic and balanced compared to the novels.

On a positive note, the sets and costumes in the series are great. Derek Jacobi is absolutely *perfect* in the lead role of Cafael - I cannot conceive of another actor playing Cadfael; Jacobi owns this role the way Jeremy Brett came to own the role of Sherlock Holmes. Michael Culver and Julian Firth are exactly as I imagined Prior Robert and Brother Jerome to be when I was reading the novels. The same goes for the Terrence Hardiman as Abbot Radulfus. Given that Hugh Beringar is such a central character in the series, it is unfortunate that one actor could not have been recruited to play him for every episode. My favorite Hugh Beringar is the first one, played by Sean Pertwee. Finally, the actresses playing the female leads have, without exception, been superb.

In conclusion, the "Cadfael" series is good, but the dramatizations are not as good as the novels. Watch the episodes in the series, but be sure to read the novels they are based on afterwards. And if you read the novels *before* you watch the dramatizations, prepare for yourself for disappointment.

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