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

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Mona Bunting
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Dr Simms
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Miss Ferris
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Clementine Dingwall Main
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Agnes Delamere
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Prunella 'Plum' Fisher
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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 staff member dies, supposedly by suicide, Mrs. Bradley looks to the students for a solution. Written by garykmcd

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16 January 2000 (UK)  »

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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 »

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Mrs. Adela Bradley: [addressing the students and faculty] But society is changing. Last year we women won the right to vote; Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic; who knows, one day a woman might be Prime Minister. I was expelled from Harleigh Heights. Had I stayed I might well have come to believe in home, harmony, humility, and gone on to lead a life of jam-making and gin rummy, and Chalfont St Giles. So, girls, before you settle for the little life, remember the world is now your oyster, and, provided you believe in...
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You're the Cream in My Coffee
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Written by Ray Henderson, the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
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Wonderful!
7 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Diana Rigg proves she's still got it in these wonderful and atmospheric mysteries. Her Adela Bradley is an eccentric woman of strength and character, an accomplished author and expert on psychoanalysis and criminology during a time when women of her class were content to sit around and look pretty. After divorcing her "boring" husband, she travels about with her trusty driver and indulges her interests and curiosities, prying into the darker side of human nature. Rigg is wonderful in the role; few women could pull off that severe bob and yet still look so inviting. It's hard to imagine a better actress for the part.

In this episode, she investigates a murder at the posh finishing school she herself attended decades before. Someone, it seems, has killed the art teacher during a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan play. Adela sets out to solve the case, but more murders follow and there's a subplot involving jewel theft and illicit love. A cast of colourful characters (look for David Tennant) and absolutely beautiful 30's-era set design and automobiles makes this a treat on every level. It's too bad this series didn't last. It fits right in there with the much more successful Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries.


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