While visiting an old friend on her baronial estate, Mrs. Bradley tries to solve the poisoning of a cook and George confront's his dead brother's c.o.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Seth Billings
Amy Parkin
Ronnie Midwinter
Valerie Gogan ...
Jessie Midwinter
Alf Wolstenholm
Joanna Roth ...
Lacey Prideux


Mrs. Bradley decides to visit her old friend Isobel Marchmont, but soon after her arrival realizes that not all is well. Her friend's daughter Lacey Prideux is pregnant again having given birth only in the last year and the servants are familiar. When the cook is poisoned, Mrs. Bradley and George must first determine the secrets of the house but are unable to do so until before two more of the occupants are killed. George realizes that Douglas Prideux commanded his late brother who died in World War I and has a number of questions he wants answered. . Written by garykmcd

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Mystery | Thriller


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30 January 2000 (UK)  »

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When George asks Adele what 'veneno' means she believes it's Portuguese for 'poison'. It is actually Spanish. See more »


Douglas Prideux: Only an idiot stares down the barrel of a gun!
George Moody: [bitterly] Only a coward walks away.
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The Curare Cure
9 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Of the four Mrs Bradley mysteries that were made before the series was canceled, this is the best. I don't recommend any of them, but if you must, watch this one.

It has a real mystery, not a hoked up Hardy Boys adventure. It actually exploits the period well, in fact better in terms of aura than any of these cookiecutter period mysteries from the UK. We still have that awkward device of the butler-bedcompanion to the aged flapper, but he is more real here than in the others.

There is still a lot of lazy writer's crockery: poisoned arrows, blackmail. But let that pass and you find a story every bit worthy of Dorothy Sayers. And at the end, you'll still have a mystery unresolved, one that makes things seem more human than otherwise.

Its not enough, wasn't enough for them to keep making the series, nor me to actually recommend it to you. But pay attention at the beginning to the state of the hurried maid and let that work on you a bit.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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