Mystery!: Cadfael: Season 2, Episode 2

The Devil's Novice (18 Aug. 1996)
"Cadfael" The Devil's Novice (original title)

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Cadfael is sure the unlikely novice Meriet is hiding a secret, and when a missing bishop's envoy is found dead, Meriet takes the blame. Cadfael must discover who Meriet is protecting and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Hardiman ...
Michael Culver ...
Julian Firth ...
Peter Clemence
Albie Woodington ...
Eoin McCarthy ...
Rosanna (as Chloe Annett)
Daniel Betts ...
John Dallimore ...
Louisa Milwood-Haigh ...


Cadfael is sure the unlikely novice Meriet is hiding a secret, and when a missing bishop's envoy is found dead, Meriet takes the blame. Cadfael must discover who Meriet is protecting and who is the real murderer. Ellis Peters fans will find the character name changes confusing and not helpful to the story. Written by mama.sylvia

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When Cadfael is talking to Rosanna and Tristan at Leoric Ashby's house, a shot from behind Cadfael shows him stroking his donkey's back. In the next shot, from behind Rosanna and Tristan, she takes Cadfael's right hand in hers. In the next shot, from behind Cadfael, he is stroking the donkey with his right hand. See more »


[first lines]
Leoric Ashby: Master Clemence.
Peter Clemence: Leoric.
Leoric Ashby: [to Meriet] Take his horse, boy. Welcome to Ashby Manor.
Peter Clemence: [dismounts into a puddle] The pleasure is all yours... cousin.
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Everybody is wrong!!
23 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In some ways, "The Devil's Novice" is pretty funny. After all, folks keep confessing to crimes or assuming someone did it and they didn't! So, if you think you know who dunnit, hold on--you're probably wrong.

This show begins with the obligatory rich jerk arriving in town. I say obligatory because in most of the previous installments of "Cadfael", some rich jerk acts boorish...and is soon killed. Well, no surprises here--though it takes a while for everyone to find the corpse. But you can scratch one more rich jerk! Well, oddly, a guy who didn't do it confesses and everyone seems ready to hang the guy. Everybody except Brother Cadfael, of course.

This one has a very interesting plot and is well worth your time--as are the other Cadfael shows. I just wish they'd kill more ordinary or poor folks--and ones that AREN'T jerks in order to keep the viewer in suspense!

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