Mystery!: Cadfael: Season 3, Episode 2

St Peter's Fair (19 Aug. 1997)
"Cadfael" St Peter's Fair (original title)

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A dispute between Church and State over Fair fees leads to a brawl and the murder of a prominent visiting merchant, supposedly by a townsman. As more bodies are found, Cadfael starts to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Hardiman ...
Michael Culver ...
Julian Firth ...
Mark Charnock ...
Eoin McCarthy ...
Jacqueline Defferary ...
Emma Vernold
Ivo Corbiere (as Benjamin Pullen)
Tim Wylton ...
Geoffrey Corviser
Glover of Shotwick
Brendan O'Hea ...
Philip Corviser
Terry John ...
Tony Spooner ...
Thomas of Bristol
Tony Kirwood ...


A dispute between Church and State over Fair fees leads to a brawl and the murder of a prominent visiting merchant, supposedly by a townsman. As more bodies are found, Cadfael starts to think the Church/State difference isn't the cause after all. Written by mama.sylvia

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A bit talkier than most but still quite good.
9 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

dead man found floating in water after argument between abbot and the merchants--who killed Master Thomas? spies missing tongue, missing eyes, cut arm--yet the master killed him--OBVIOUS ending talky

Brother Cadfael (Derek Jacobi) must have lived in the most violent town in all of Christendom, as once again folks are dying in this installment of the BBC series. It begins with a disagreement between the local tradesmen and the abbey. This is because during the fair, the local tradesmen receive none of the benefit--and this seems wrong. However, the dead guy is neither a tradesman nor a member of the abbey--and his tongue has been cut out!! During the course of Cadfael's investigation, another murder occurs and the eyes of the dead man have been cut out! Cadfael sure has his work out for him!

This is a good episode--as all the shows are excellent. My only complaints are both things that occur near the end. First, the guy behind the killings is VERY obvious when he kills one of the conspirators. No one seems to say 'isn't it odd that he killed the suspect when they might have been able to capture and cross-examine him?!'! Second, the ending is very talky and Cadfael has to explain, in some length, what's occurred. Still despite these shortcomings near the end, it has what you expect--a nice period look, some nasty murders, Gregorian chants and some interesting twists.

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