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 »


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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23 July 2003 | by (State College, PA) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of Dorothy L Sayers' novel is excellently adapted for television. I watched this in junior high school and credit its production for tweaking my interest in reading Sayers' novels themselves. The acting is phenomenal. Lord Peter is played by the sublime Edward Petherbridge, who absolutely epitomises the character. Harriet Walter, although not posessing the adequate deep voice for Harriet Vane, nonetheless shines as the character and is absolutely believeable. The beautiful Cornish coast is a gorgeous backdrop. The story is fairly true to the original book; with some exceptions...but it is so well-directed that one barely notices. Fantastic production. Two thumbs up.

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