Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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The Potter's Field 

A year after Brother Ruald answers his vocation and becomes a monk at Shrewsbury, a body, believed to be his deserted wife, is unearthed near his cottage.



(screenplay), (based upon "The Potter's Field" by) (as Ellis Peters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brother Cadfael
Abbot Radulfus
Prior Robert
Brother Jerome
Sioned Jones ...
Peter Baldwin ...
Prior Mortimer
Peter Aubrey ...
Philip Herbert ...
Rabble Rouser
Shane Hickmott ...
Brother Adam


When the Brothers find the body of a dead woman buried in a farmer's field given to them by Lord Blount, the suspicion is that she is Generys, the wife of one time potter Brother Ruald, who had abandoned her a year previously to follow his vocation and joining the monastery. Ruald denies any responsibility for his wife's death and when the identity of the victim is brought into question, Brother Cadfael sets off to determine just who was killed and why. While Cadfael successfully identifies the killer, there is little that can be done to bring the culprit to justice. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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23 December 1998 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lord Hugh Beringar: [to Cadfael] People do die by other than murder.
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Lots of Loose Ends
16 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a very complicated plot. You will never guess what is going to happen next.

It starts with a man leaving his wife of 10 years and joining the priesthood. He is obsessed with the question of whether it is God or the Devil drawing him to do this. From our perspective, it is neither. It is himself, but why? Is he gay? Is he sick of his wife? Is he just tired of being a potter, and wants to goof off all day with prayers and chanting? We have no clue.

Some of the loose ends:

Why does young Sulien claim he saw Generys alive when he did not? Why does he lie about how he came into possession of her ring? Why does Sulien confess to the murder?

How did Ruald's (the husband's) cross come to be in the grave?

Perhaps if I watched again, it would make more sense. There are medieval motives like ensuring burial on hallowed ground and protecting the reputation of one's family that have almost no pull for us today.

Why did Generys hide valuables in the wheel as she was dying? Should they not be there already?

The religious people have a short-circuited sense of justice. It there is any clue at all that points to the culprit, they want to hang right away. They love hanging, so can't wait to do it.

Whoever did the makeup for Peter "the hedgepig" should get an Oscar. He was covered in boils. He teeth were hideous. He was so repulsive you could barely look at him. It was as though you could smell him through the screen. It was completely believable.

There is a scene where Sulien gets blood on his hands and tries to wipe it off with leaves. This somehow magnifies the horror.

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