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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Petherbridge ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. Weldon
Simon Cuff ...
Peter Benson ...
Romney Marsh ...
Haviland Martin
Ray Armstrong ...
Inspector Trethowan
Arthur Cox ...
Salcombe Hardy
Arthur Blake ...
News Editor
Trudie Goodwin ...
Arthur Hewlett ...
Gaffer Trewin
Richard Caldicot ...
Colonel Belfridge


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 April 1987 (UK)  »

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The comment about the year being 1929 is incorrect. In the book the events of Strong Poison happened between December 1929 and January 1930, dealing with a death that happened in June 1929. Have His Carcase, whilst not specifying the year, started on Thurday 18th June. The dates were changed in the TV series so that the weather in which they were filming was suitable for the dates specified. Lord Peter tells us in the 'quarrel' scene that they had known each other eighteen months at this point, meaning that this must be the June in the year following the second trial in Strong Poison. When they changed the dates for the TV series, they correctly changed the date to the 16th October 1930 but rather inexplicably changed the day from Thursday to Wednesday, making the day of the week incorrect for the date of the year. They also overlooked changing the period of time Lord Peter mentions in the quarrel. In the book, they met in December 1929 and have the quarrel in June 1931, a period of eighteen months almost exactly. For the series they moved the events so that they met in June 1929 and have the quarrel in October 1930, a period of only sixteen months. See more »


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


Bunter: What the eye don't see the heart can't grieve for.
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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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