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"Ripping Yarns" Murder at Moorstones Manor (1977)

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Original Air Date:
11 October 1977 (Season 1, Episode 4)
Sir Clive Chiddingfield invites his family to his birthday party at lonely Moorstones Manor but in the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Palin ... Charles Chiddingfold / Hugo Chiddingfold
Isabel Dean ... Lady Chiddingfold
Iain Cuthbertson ... Dr. Farson

Frank Middlemass ... Father
Harold Innocent ... Manners
Candace Glendenning ... Dora
Ann Zelda ... Ruth (as Anne Zelda)
Barbara New ... Jehovah's Witnesses
Gilly Flower ... Jehovah's Witnesses
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Delaney ... Double for Father (uncredited)
Shirley English ... Double for Ruth (uncredited)
Stuart Fell ... Stunt Double for Charles (uncredited)
Derek Hunt ... Double for Hugo (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Terry Hughes 
Writing credits
Michael Palin (by) and
Terry Jones (by)

Film Editing by
Ray Millichope 
Production Design by
Martin Collins (designer)
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
Makeup Department
Jean Speak .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer
Bryan Showell .... sound recordist
Stuart Fell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Hall .... film cameraman
Music Department
William Walton .... composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" (uncredited)
Other crew
Marcus Plantin .... production assistant
Jim Delany .... double: Frank Middlemass (uncredited)
Shirley English .... double: Ann Zelda (uncredited)
Derek Hunt .... double: Michael Palin (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video rating) (1986)

Did You Know?

Michele Dotrice was asked to play Dora.See more »
Continuity: When Dora is shown lost during the night on the Moors, she is wearing a cardigan which she was not wearing in the car or when she finally arrives at the Manor.See more »
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Whodunnit? Everyone dunnit!, 21 April 2014
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Next to 'Tomkinson's Schooldays', this is my favourite 'Ripping Yarns' episode. 'Sir Clive Chiddingfold' ( the wonderful Frank Middlemass ) and 'Lady Chiddingfold' ( Isabel Dean ) have a family get together one weekend at Moorstones Manor. Their sons are the car-obsessed 'Hugo' ( Palin ) and his bounder of a brother 'Charles' ( Also Palin ), the latter being responsible for the murder of 'Aunt Mabel' ( though we never find out why ). Hugo dumps his wife 'Dora' ( Candace Glendenning ) en route and arrives at the manor alone, while Charles's wife 'Ruth' ( Ann Zelda ) wants whisky but keeps being offered Bovril. Then the deaths begin, and the first to go is Sir Clive himself...

A wonderfully funny half-hour, bolstered by a first-rate supporting cast. Middlemass' torture-obsessed 'Sir Clive' is reminiscent of Trevor Howard's 'Sir Henry At Rawlinson End', while Dean affects the right blend of sweetness and light as his wife. Special mention must go to the late Harold Innocent as the devoted butler 'Manners'. Iain Cuthbertson's 'Doctor' does not show up until late in the story, but he's worth waiting for, trying to seduce Lady Chiddingfold and complaining about his 'cheap upper lip'. But its Palin's show throughout. His 'Charles' is a fabulous Woosterish character, stuck-up, referring to his mother as 'Mumsy' and father as 'Dadsie Pie' while plotting to do away with his family to inherit the Chiddingfold estate.

Funniest moment - alone with Hugo's corpse, Charles' rifle goes off. He explains to his mother that he was cleaning it and it went off by accident, the bullets hitting Hugo. "But Hugo's already dead!", she points out. "Yes, I know!", says Charles, casually, "Lucky thing!".

Second funniest moment - the Peckinpah-inspired climax!

Produced by Terry Hughes.

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