A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Season 1, Episode 4

Have His Carcase: Episode One (15 Apr. 1987)

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While on a walking tour of the West Country, Harriet stumbles on the body of a bearded man with his throat cut on a rocky outcropping near the sea.

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Edward Petherbridge ...
Richard Morant ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. Weldon
Simon Cuff ...
Alexis
Peter Benson ...
Perkins
Romney Marsh ...
Haviland Martin
Ray Armstrong ...
Inspector Trethowan
Michael Troughton ...
Arthur Cox ...
Salcombe Hardy
Arthur Blake ...
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Antoine
Trudie Goodwin ...
Cherie
Arthur Hewlett ...
Gaffer Trewin
Richard Caldicot ...
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After her acquittal on a murder charge, Harriet embarks on a walking tour of the West Country while working on her new novel. She spots a man lying on a rocky outcropping and tries to warn him that the tide will soon cut him off from the land. Approaching him, she finds his throat has been cut. She cooly collects evidence from the corpse before it is swept out to sea and walks to the nearest village to report the death. She shrewdly also calls the newspaper in order to cash in on the publicity of her discovery. Wimsey and Bunter volunteer their services to help her in her investigation. The dead man turns out to be a gigolo who worked as a professional dancer in aa local seaside resort and was engaged to a wealthy middle-aged widow who is convinced the death is murder and not homicide as the police believe. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The small amount of whiskey that the reporter pours in Bright's glass does not match the amount that he drinks. See more »

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Lord Peter Wimsey: May I come into your parlor?
Harriet Vane: Peter! What on earth are you doing here?
Lord Peter Wimsey: [holds up newspaper] "Famous Mystery Author Finds Body on Beach" So, here I am, like a bird that hears the call of its mate.
Harriet Vane: I didn't call you...
Lord Peter Wimsey: I meant the body. But talking of mates, will you marry me?
Harriet Vane: Certainly not.
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Well worthwhile
14 February 2005 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

After seeing the miniseries of Sayers mysteries starring Ian Carmichael as Wimsey, I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy another actor's characterization. The first Petherbridge episode I watched was "Gaudy Night" (even though it is the last of the trilogy) and judging from the first few minutes, I didn't like him. He seemed to be a precious twit at first, and I daresay I'll always find this opening rather a mis-step. But by the end of the story, he had won my affection, and only increased it through the other two.

Wimsey is a gentleman amateur sleuth. Carmichael (who is after all known as a comic actor) emphasizes the gentleman and amateur, full of hearty bonhomie. Petherbridge's Wimsey, on the other hand, is much more reticent, sensitive, even melancholy, while capable of merciless confrontation when he has cornered the villain. Bunter observes that he has a mind like mousetrap. Compare the climactic interview in "Strong Poison" with its counterpart in "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club." He is first and foremost a man of keen observation and penetrating intelligence, an avid disciple of Sherlock Holmes in his intellectual and emotional makeup as probably in his appearance. Underneath his sometimes frosty persona, however, beats a compassionate heart that doesn't fail to go out to various characters whom society exploits while considering unsavory because... well, just because.

I will recommend and continue to enjoy both series, thankful to be able to do so. The sharply contrasting pictures which two talented actors can paint of a single character only increase the interest.

The Harriet Vane stories lead one to speculate that Dorothy L. Sayers might have put herself into this character, and drawn Wimsey as an imaginary ideal mate. She was herself a pioneer as a sterling academic in a time when many assumed that women were incapable of such a role; and her own marriage, though long and devoted, was far from happy.


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