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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It is stated that Harriet Vane discovers the body on Wednesday, 16th October. Specifying the day of the week means that the action must take place in either 1929 or possibly 1935. However since action in Strong Poison takes place in May to July 1929 (based on a murder that took place in February 1929) and action here follows that within a short time, it must be October 1929. 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 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love all 3 Dorothy SAyer's mysteries with Harriet Walter and Edward Petherbridge. They have amazing chemistry and I couldn't get enough of these two!

I have all 3 films(Strong poison, have his carcase, and Gaudy night) on tape, and I am well into wearing them out due to over-watching!

All the characters are very well cast and the performances are very believable indeed.

I am an avid who-done-it fan and this series is right up there in my list.

Go watch it if you haven't yet!

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