A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Season 1, Episode 8

Gaudy Night: Episode One (13 May 1987)

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While Peter is on a governmental mission, Harriet attends a reunion at Oxford and is recruited to find the author of a rash of vicious poison pen letters there.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Petherbridge ...
Richard Morant ...
Sheila Burrell ...
Dr. Baring
Carol MacReady ...
Miss Martin
Dilys Hamlett ...
Miss Devine
Miss Burrows
Merelina Kendall ...
Miss Lydgate
Charmian May ...
Miss Hillyard
Auriol Smith ...
Miss Barton
Charlotte West-Oram ...
Miss Pyke
Nina Edwards ...
Miss Chilperic
Desmond McNamara ...
Eileen Bell ...
Carrie Sadler
Lavinia Bertram ...
Annie Wilson


Harriet Vane attends a reunion at her Oxford College and is asked by the Warden to investigate a series of poison pen notes that several members of staff have received. She takes up residence in the college and receives one of these notes herself. In the cloistered environment of the school, there is any number of possible suspects. In the absence of a motive however, it is difficult to determine if the culprit is a member of staff, a student or even if it is a man or a woman. When Lord Peter Wimsey visits the college - as much to see Harriet as for anything else - he agrees to assist in the investigation. What he finds is that one member of the staff had reason to seek vengeance. Written by garykmcd

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[Harriet calls Peter to talk at a restaurant with a dance hall]
Lord Peter Wimsey: Tell me, what's the matter?
Harriet Vane: I'm not sure I should.
Lord Peter Wimsey: Tell me or tango.
Harriet Vane: You know I can't tango!
Lord Peter Wimsey: You've no choice then, have you?
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Tremendously disappointing
21 August 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I've loved the book of Gaudy Night for years, so when I discovered there was a filmed version I was very enthusiastic and bought it on eBay. Bad mistake. It didn't cost me much but boy did I waste my money. The script is deadly, much of the acting is wooden and a lot of the casting is completely wrong. Peter Wimsey has the right look and dress style but instead of foppish he comes across as camp, while Harriet Vane doesn't appear to be a strong, dependable woman but someone very self-doubting and almost timid. I saw no chemistry between them whatsoever. The actor playing Bunter looks completely wrong and lacks the essential hauteur. While some of the female dons are portrayed well, many of the small parts are attacked with skills reminiscent of The Art of Coarse Acting. And where, oh where is all of DL Sayers's sparkle and wit? The scriptwriter pulls the odd chunk of text verbatim from the book, then proceeds to drown it in long, turgid scenes jammed with his own dialogue. This would be fine if it did any good, but much of what I saw was unnecessary to the plot and wasted good scenes and story lines in the process. So much of this seemed to be going through the motions. It was very sad to see and tremendously disappointing. Perhaps someone will take Gaudy Night on again one day and do a better job??? To be frank, I made it less than halfway through the 150 minutes. I just couldn't bear to watch it any longer.

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