Five Red Herrings (1975– )
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An obnoxious artist in southern Scotland alienates everyone around him and his dead body is found at the foot of a seacoast cliff.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Farren
Mr. Alcock
Clive Graham ...
Ian Ireland ...
Jock Graham
David McKail ...
John Ferguson
Roy Boutcher ...
James Copeland ...
Wully Murdoch
Susan Macready ...
Gilda Farren
Ann Scott-Jones ...
Mrs. Alcock
Jake D'Arcy ...
Sally Kinghorn ...


An obnoxious painter in southern Scotland succeeds in alienating everyone around him and later his lifeless body is found at the base of a seaside cliff. Although it appears the fall may have been accidental Lord Peter thinks it may be murder. Written by

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Crime | Mystery





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19 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Michael Waters: You know, the trouble with you Scots is that you suffer from an ingrown sense of inferiority.
Sandy Campbell: Say that again?
Michael Waters: I'll make it simpler - when a man has to brag about his country the way you do, he's not concerned with anyone else. It's himself he's trying to convince!
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Follows Murder Must Advertise (1973) See more »

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Good Sound Stuff
14 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is good sound Wimsey; Carmichael carries off the characterization to my complete satisfaction, and the digitization is acceptable given the age of the original. Glyn Houston and the rest of the cast do quite well, and the script was faithful enough (unlike _Strong Poison_) not to conflict with my (admittedly not recent) recollection of the book, with the obvious exception necessitated by the change of medium.

One recommendation for viewers of the DVD set(s): The packaging suggests watching the books in production order; I'm watching them in the order the books were published, which entails watching this after the Edward Petherbridge _Strong Poison_. (Which I also recommend, despite the initial attempt at sensationalism in the screenplay. Petherbridge is obviously a more distinguished actor, though his characterization is darker—more lord and less whimsy, as one reviewer noted.)

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