Mystery!: Cadfael: Season 1, Episode 2

The Sanctuary Sparrow (5 Jun. 1994)
"Cadfael" The Sanctuary Sparrow (original title)

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Liliwin is a poor acrobat hired to entertain at an Aurifaber wedding. But when he is dismissed and the master of the house is found unconscious and robbed, Cadfael must find the real thief before the mob takes vengeance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Culver ...
Julian Firth ...
Roy Barraclough ...
Walter Aurifaber
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Juliana Aurifaber
Susanna Aurifaber
Maria Miles ...
Margery Aurifaber
Daniel Aurifaber (as Richard Bonneville)
Patrick Brennan ...
John Boneth
Roger Booth ...
Baldwin Peche
Sara Stephens ...
David Tysall ...


Lilwin, a traveling minstrel, entertains at the wedding feast of the son of wealthy Walter Aurifaber but incurs the wrath of the bride's grandmother when he accidentally breaks a piece of crockery. When the wealthy man is apparently bludgeoned to death and a great deal of money stolen, suspicion falls on the young man, who becomes the sparrow of the title when he seeks sanctuary at the abbey from an angry mob. Although it later turns out that Aurifaber survived his attacker, further complications arise from Lilwin's romantic involvement with one of the household's serving girls, the murder of a blackmailing gossip, and the rivalry between the young bride and her controlling sister-in-law. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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[last lines]
Sheriff Hugh Beringar: Old friend, I doubt even you can get Susanna into the fold among the lambs. Now she chose her way and it's taken her far out of the reach of man's mercy. Oh, and now I suppose you'll tell me that God's reach is longer than man's.
Brother Cadfael: It had better be. Otherwise we're all lost.
Sheriff Hugh Beringar: Hmmm...
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A Couple
3 July 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed at how uninteresting these Cadfael episodes are.

But in this one, I found two remarkable things. The first is how bluntly and exclusively it features copulation. I think there are five or six couplings; it is as if the author though he missed it in previous volumes and wanted to make up all in a hurry. Its pretty much the whole story — sexual urge.

The second thing, far more interesting, is watching two actors who appear in minor roles. Toby Stephens and Natascha McElhone. Both of these seem more intense than those surrounding. Both have gone on to careers as effective but uncelebrated screen actors — a rare thing. I have counted them both as valued guides into obscure places.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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