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"The Mrs Bradley Mysteries" Speedy Death (1998)

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The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Season 1: Episode 0 -- Emmy Award winner Diana Rigg plays Mrs. Adela Bradley in this classic mystery set in the 1920s.  Infamous, intuitive crime-solver Mrs Adela Bradley and her resourceful chauffeur, George, are on the trail of a country-house murderer after a series of deaths at the engagement party of her god-daughter, Eleanor Bing. With a house full of suspects, she charms and schemes until the mystery is solved.


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Simon Booker (screenplay)
Gladys Mitchell (novel)
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Original Air Date:
31 August 1998 (Season 1, Episode 0)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Alderton ... Alastair Bing
Simeon Andrews ... Family Doctor
Lynda Baron ... Mrs MacNamara
Tom Butcher ... Bertie Philipson
Tyler Butterworth ... Ferdinand Bradley
John Conroy ... Henry Baxter

Emma Davies ... Hermione Bradley
Sue Devaney ... Mabel Jones

Neil Dudgeon ... George Moody
Emma Fielding ... Eleanor Bing

Tristan Gemmill ... Garde Bing
Andrew Hallett ... Constable
Roger Grainger ... Vicar
Alec Linstead ... Wedding Vicar
Carmela Marner ... Pamela Storbin
William Oxborrow ... Everard Mountjoy

Diana Rigg ... Adela Bradley

Russell Tovey ... Stable Boy
Eleanor Tremain ... Dorothy Manners

Michael Troughton ... Inspector Starkey

Episode Crew
Directed by
Audrey Cooke 
Writing credits
Simon Booker (screenplay)

Gladys Mitchell (novel "Speedy Death")

Produced by
Ruth Caleb .... executive producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Deborah Jones .... producer
Simon Mills .... associate producer
Mal Young .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Simon Maggs 
Film Editing by
Luke Dunkley 
Production Design by
Anthony Ainsworth 
Art Direction by
Jane Shepherd 
Costume Design by
Mécheal Taylor 
Makeup Department
Pippa Hindle .... makeup artist
Neil Marshall .... makeup artist
Jean Speak .... make-up & hair designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Beeston .... second assistant director
Jane Harris .... third assistant director
Dez McCarthy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mark Bevan .... stand-by props
Max De Nett .... stand-by props (as Max de Nett)
Paul Emerson .... prop master
Andrew Fox .... stand-by carpenter
Maura Laverty .... production buyer
Barry Moll .... construction manager
Tony Power .... stand-by painter
Steve 'Moose' Smith .... dressing props
Maddy Turnbull .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ronald Bailey .... sound mixer
Paul Batchelor .... dubbing editor
Fiona Curran .... dubbing editor
Steve Hudson .... dubbing mixer
Gordon Thomson .... boom operator
Denise Ryan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Battersby .... clapper/loader
Bob Brock .... electrician (as Rob Brock)
Billy Byrne .... best boy
Ian Franklin .... electrician
David Meadows .... focus-puller
Steve Pugh .... grips
Peter Robinson .... lighting gaffer
Casting Department
Jane Deitch .... casting advisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheryl Brittain .... costume assistant
Sarah Melvin .... assistant costume designer
Steve Paciello .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Susanne Hamilton .... post-production coordinator
Chris Packman .... telecine
Location Management
Patrick Schweitzer .... location manager
Music Department
Graham Dalby .... music advisor & original arrangements
Rhodri Davies .... musician: harp music
Graham Dalby & The Grahamophones .... musicians: jazz band
Other crew
Sarah Alexander .... production secretary
Sally Brocklehurst .... continuity
Mark Chare .... production accountant
Polly Hill .... script editor
Richard Morrison .... title design
Rachel Plose .... assistant production accountant
Gordon Ronald .... production executive
Samantha Vince .... production coordinator
Lynne Hazelden .... stand-in: Diana Rigg (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Sweden:89 min | UK:90 min
Sound Mix:
UK:12 (video rating) (2007)

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Mrs. Adela Bradley:I've never cared much for the countryside. To me, it's a soggy sort of place where animals and birds wander about uncooked.
[shotgun fires in the distance]
Mrs. Adela Bradley:Or *don't* wander about, as the case may be.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"She's not mad, she's unique", 27 June 2013
Author: Paularoc from United States

Gladys Mitchell (1901-1983) is one of my favorite British mystery writers. She wrote 66 Mrs. Bradley, later Dame Beatrice, novels and Speedy Death is the first, published in 1929. Fortunately, Diana Rigg looks nothing like Mitchell described her in the books where her looks are repeatedly described as reptilian. Indeed, one of her associates nicknames her Mrs. Croc. But Rigg does excellently portray Mrs. Bradley's wit, tolerance, cynicism and reasoning skills. After attending the funeral of one of her ex-husbands, Mrs. Bradley visits the estate of an old friend, Alistair Bing. Mrs. Bradley is his daughter Eleanor's godmother. Eleanor, who was paralyzed as the result of an auto accident some years previously is engaged to Everard Mountjoy. But just prior to the engagement party, Mountjoy is found dead in a bath tub. Thereafter, Eleanor and another young woman are attacked. Mrs. Bradley, a trained psychiatrist, unravels the many twists and turns the plot takes. I liked the gimmick of Mrs. Bradley making asides to the viewing audience. Mrs. Bradley is good at discerning or finding out people's secrets but in this episode, as in a number of the original stories, she does keep one secret from the police. George, Mrs. Bradley's chauffeur, nicely sums up her character when he tells a cheeky stable boy that "She's not mad, she's unique." The production values of this series are great and Diana Rigg shines as Mrs. Bradley. It's a shame only five episodes were made, but at least we have those five. It's a series worth watching more than once.

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