The emancipated Mrs. Bradley attends her ex-husband's funeral and segues to the estate of her paralyzed goddaughter, who is hosting an engagement party.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Bing
Simeon Andrews ...
Family Doctor
Lynda Baron ...
Mrs MacNamara
Tom Butcher ...
Bertie Philipson
Tyler Butterworth ...
Ferdinand Bradley
John Conroy ...
Henry Baxter
Hermione Bradley
Sue Devaney ...
Mabel Jones
Eleanor Bing
Garde Bing
Andrew Hallett ...
Alec Linstead ...
Wedding Vicar
Carmela Marner ...
Pamela Storbin


The unconventional, outspoken Mrs Bradley and loyal chauffeur George attend the engagement party of her god-daughter little realising that, by the end of the evening, her detective skills will be required to solve a brutal murder. Written by Mark Smith <>

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7 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Entertaining, If Not Faithful
1 November 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The first of the "Mrs. Bradley Mysteries", "Speedy Death", based on the 1929 (first) Gladys Mitchell novel, was adapted for TV by the BBC, starring Diana Rigg ("The Avengers", "Evil Under the Sun") as Mrs. Adela Bradley - note that in the books she was Mrs. (later Dame) Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, an elderly woman resembling a pterodactyl with the smile of a Cheshire Cat - not at all like Rigg.

The plot itself is reasonably faithful - Mrs. Bradley, accompanied by her chauffeur George (in the TV series, a romantic lead - in the books, a faithful servant), arrives at Chayning Court, to visit her god-daughter's engagement party. Her god-daughter's fiance, Everard Mountjoy, dies - drowned in the bathtub, and ... a woman. Mrs. Bradley investigates, and after two attacks - one on the god-daughter Eleanor Millicent Bing, the other on a young woman staying at the house - apprehends the killer. The famous trial scene (one of the best parts of the book) is missing from the film, unfortunately.

The acting is well done - Rigg excels as Mrs. Bradley, as do the actors playing Arthur Bing, Eleanor Bing, and Bertie Philipson. The story is full of action, the suspicion is well spread, and the denouement is surprising. Excellent.

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