The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 4

The Worsted Viper (6 Feb. 2000)

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Mrs. Bradley and George travel to a seaside resort town for the wedding of George's daughter and are faced with a ritualistic serial killer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Myrtle Quincy
John Bowe ...
Reverend Baines
Matthew Burgess ...
Constable Sharp
Cecily Moody
Charlotte Francis ...
Temperance Baines
Katy Lown ...
Ronald Quincy
Jasper Hicks
Lester Hicks
Delilah Hicks


Mrs. Bradley and chauffeur George visit a seaside village to wish Inspector Christmas a happy retirement and find themselves investigating the murder of Chastity Baines, the daughter of Reverend Baines. Wrapped around the dead girl's neck is a worsted viper with her ring stuffed in its mouth. The circumstances remind Mrs. Bradley of her first case involving a cult led by Black Jack Briggs that killed virgins. George's daughter lives in the villages and he is shocked to learn that his daughter is engaged to be married. Things become serious when she is kidnapped and may be the cult's next victim. Written by garykmcd

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Jason O'Mara's character is referred to in dialogue as Jake Hicks but Jasper Hicks in the end credits. Jake is an abbreviation for Jacob, not Jasper. See more »


Mrs. Adela Bradley: [Aside to the camera] If a picture's worth a thousand words, a look is worth even more. As my hairdresser Monsieur Javais says, 'Same old coiffure - husband secure; new style of hair - husband beware.'
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Murdered, She Was
9 May 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

This was the last of four, and by this time the producers knew they had a dead fish on their hands. They tried quite a few things. They turned Rigg's hair red. They increased the level of obnoxiousness in her character, including more time when she spoke directly to the audience. And more of that talk was "character foible" rather than plot comment.

And this time they worked in as many extreme plot devices as possible: the loyal chauffeur's daughter threatened; a twist in the identity of the hooded villain; stronger hints of romance for our detective and sexual swapping elsewhere; an impossibly cute little girl and ancient mysticism.

The plot is one of those that depends on a certain person ordering scrambled eggs in the middle of the day, then slipping on a lemonpeel as a motorcycle goes by and certain other accidents all aligning miraculously.

They really pulled out all the stops on this. I guess even with all they tried, the reports came back: we hate this, it is horrible, kill it.

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

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