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Anthony Berkeley (novel)
Andrew Payne (screenplay)
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  (in credits order)
Ronnie Masterson ... Miss Janet Wapworthy
Phyllis Ryan ... Miss Adele Peavey

Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Florence

Barbara Flynn ... Julia Bickleigh

Ben Miller ... Dr. Edmund Bickleigh

Megan Dodds ... Madeleine Cranmere

Peter Vaughan ... Widdicombe

Lucy Brown ... Ivy Ridgeway

Kate O'Toole ... Mrs. Ridgeway
Gemma Reeves ... Beryl

Joseph Beattie ... Denny Bourne

Orla O'Rourke ... Gwynfryd Rattery

Richard Armitage ... William Chatford
Niall Buggy ... Rev. Hessary Torr

Ger Ryan ... Constance Torr
Hannah McCabe ... Felicity Torr
Tom Kelly ... Benjie Torr
Mal Whyte ... Mr. Painter

Des Braiden ... Sir Tamerton Follet
Eileen Colgan ... Mrs. Painter
Conor Evans ... Coroner
Ewan Stewart ... Inspector
Michael Hayes ... Sergeant Tanner

Frank Kelly ... Mr. Gunnell
Bernard Kirby ... Clerk of the Court

Nigel Terry ... Sir Bernard Deverell
Michael Twomey ... Sir Francis Lee Bannerton
Lise Ann McLaughlin ... Handwriting Expert
Peter Dix ... Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Desmond Daly ... Policeman

Nick Dunning ... Mr. Dent
Laura McGuirk ... Nurse

Directed by
David Blair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Berkeley  novel (as Francis Iles)
Andrew Payne  screenplay

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Charles Elton .... executive producer
Morgan O'Sullivan .... co-producer
Keith Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
Cinematography by
Ryszard Lenczewski 
Film Editing by
Melanie Viner-Cuneo 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Production Design by
David Wilson 
Costume Design by
Grania Preston 
Makeup Department
Rosie Blackmore .... chief makeup artist
Sonia Dolan .... daily makeup artist
Audrey Doyle .... makeup artist
Carole Dunne .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Maggie Mooney .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Mulcahy .... first assistant director
Hannah Quinn .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Jules Harris .... trainee prop
Dave Kinsella .... dressing props
Keavy Lalor .... props buyer
Owen Monaghan .... props
Sound Department
Jamie Caple .... dubbing editor
Jim Corcoran .... sound recordist (as James Corcoran)
Marc Lawes .... dubbing editor
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Adam Powell .... foley editor
Visual Effects by
Seth Dubieniec .... visual effects
Philippe Zone .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Fleming .... second cinematographer
Tim Fletcher .... best boy
Addo Gallagher .... electrician
Eoin Keating .... focus puller: second unit
Aideen McCarthy .... camera trainee
Anthony Meade .... additional clapper loader
Micheal O'Mogáin .... electrician
Cormac O'Omáille .... second assistant camera
Dave King .... trainee grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Hanna .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colette Jackson .... costume supervisor
Tricia Monk .... standby costumer
Editorial Department
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Location Management
Peter Conway .... location manager
Conor O'Carroll .... assistant location manager
Other crew
Miriam Cahill .... assistant production coordinator
Imogen Cooper .... script editor
Jennifer Griffin .... first assistant accountant
Susan Holmes .... production coordinator
Laura McGuirk .... production trainee

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UK:180 min (including commercials) (2 parts)
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a murderous doctor in a small English village, 19 March 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

From 2005, "Malice Aforethought" is another adaptation of the 1931 book by Anthony Berkeley, this one starring Ben Miller, Barbara Flynn, Lucy Brown, and Megan Dodds.

The story takes place in an English village between the wars and concerns one Dr. Edmund Bickleigh, married to an older woman, Julia (Barbara Flynn), who is an upper class, domineering snob. Edmund busies himself with doctoring, his art work, and an affair with Ivy (Lucy Brown), which the whole town seems to know about. When the flashy Madeleine (Megan Dobbs) moves into town, he becomes very interested in her. Anxious to marry her, he kills Julia over time by giving her a drug withdrawn from the market because it causes severe headaches, and helping the headaches with larger and larger amounts of morphine. When she dies, it's assumed from the injection sites that she was a morphine addict.

Things don't work out for dear Edmund as he planned, however. Madeleine, it turns out, despite the fancy house, is broke and needs to marry someone with money, which she does. Ivy marries William Chatford (Richard Armitage) and confesses her affair with Edmund to him. He therefore hates Edmund and has an axe to grind against him. Before long, suspicion has fallen on Edmund, and he is forced to take desperate measures.

Excellent story, and though I haven't read the book or seen the 1979 version, I liked it. I loved the production values, and Ben Miller made an attractive Edmund who tries to keep his cool in the face of some difficult questions.

Hywel Bennett played the role in 1979 and he has been described as "darker" - I'm sure his portrayal worked beautifully in that production. Here, I liked the fact that Miller didn't seem particularly menacing. Often narcissists or people out for themselves take the need to murder as a matter of course and feel it's a necessity, and that's how Miller played the role.

The rest of the cast was very good, and the ironic ending will be a cause for discussion if you're not aware of what happens.

I get the feeling this version was given a lighter touch than previously. Because the story is so good, I think it works fine. Supposedly it differs from the book in some key spots, including the doctor's relationship with his wife. Enjoy.

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