The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 1

Death at the Opera (16 Jan. 2000)

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Mrs Bradley revisits her ala mater and during a school performance of the Mikado, one of the lead singers is murdered.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mona Bunting
Roy Barraclough ...
Dr Simms
Elaine Claxton ...
Miss Ferris
Monique De Villiers ...
Clementine Dingwall Main
Amy Marston ...
Agnes Delamere
Carli Norris ...
Prunella 'Plum' Fisher
Ken Oxtoby ...
Mr Jenner
Susan Wooldridge ...
Mrs Simms


Visiting her alma mater, Hadleigh Heights, to give an address, Mrs. Bradley finds herself investigating the death of Miss Ferris, who is found in her dressing room just prior to her appearance in the student production of the Mikado. Mrs. Bradley and her chauffeur George suspect that the dead woman may have had a secret lover, in the form of another member of staff, likely female. They also learn that a member of staff has changed their identity. When a second member of staff dies, supposedly by suicide, Mrs. Bradley looks to the students for a solution. Written by garykmcd

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In her speech to the school, Mrs. Bradley says that the previous year Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic and that women finally got the vote. These both took place in 1928, allowing the events in this episode to be dated to 1929. See more »


Mr. Simms: [smiling] I hope you like Gilbert and Sullivan.
Mrs. Adela Bradley: Frankly, Doctor, I wish they'd never met.
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All that Meat and No Potatoes
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8 September 2010 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

The great hole of TeeVee programming. What a curse. What a curse.

It has to be filled. It used to be -- in the old days -- that public TeeVee would show nothing rather than try to attract the masses. Then one thing and another, mostly Washington politics, and they end up in this deal with the BBC, cofunding mystery series that followed the old Warner Brothers model. I mean this quite literally. In the 1960s, Warner Brothers TeeVee produced a family of westerns that has been copied in detail so far as the manner of stamping out copies, varying only a few things.

In this case, the patter means you have to have the old "faces and places" values. The music and wardrobe in this one is accurate, more or less. In spite of how the source books were written you need comedy and endearing characters. And TeeVee audiences are lazy. So they don't want to follow clues and actually try to solve the mystery.

They just want to be surprised at the end, the more preposterous, the better.

Rigg has aged very badly in terms of her appearance, but her voice is still magnificent.

This first episode, and the one after, at least had some artistic ambitions: it is a play that starts with a play during which the first murder occurs. To embellish the fold, our detective speaks directly to the audience from time to time, overlapping her role as announcer for similar entries in the game.

Everything about this is dreadful though, and I think the producers knew after this one that the series would be killed.

The most annoying thing about these TeeVee shows is the very strict rules on blocking and framing. You only are allowed three shots: close (always precisely the same distance), three quarter bodies (all group shots are this way) and the long shot where all the physical action takes place. All scrunched for the narrow screen so the thing always looks staged.

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

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