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The Blackheath Poisonings 

The investigation of Paul Vandervent into the mysterious death of his father brings further discord among two feuding families tied together in business and marriage, living under the same roof.


Kenny McBain

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Complete series cast summary:
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ...  Isabel Collard 3 episodes, 1992
Ian McNeice ...  George Collard 3 episodes, 1992
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Charlotte Collard 3 episodes, 1992
Judy Parfitt ...  Harriet Collard 3 episodes, 1992
Patrick Malahide ...  Robert Dangerfield 3 episodes, 1992
James Faulkner ...  Roger Vandervent 3 episodes, 1992
Christien Anholt ...  Paul Vandervent 3 episodes, 1992
Julia St John Julia St John ...  Beatrice Vandervent 3 episodes, 1992
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Bertie Williams 3 episodes, 1992
Ronald Fraser ...  Doctor Porter 3 episodes, 1992
George Anton George Anton ...  Doctor Hassall 3 episodes, 1992
Danny Schiller Danny Schiller ...  Morley 3 episodes, 1992
Andrew Robertson ...  Landlord 3 episodes, 1992
Donald Sumpter ...  Inspector Titmarsh 2 episodes, 1992
Ian Bartholomew Ian Bartholomew ...  Jenkins 2 episodes, 1992
Dafydd Hywel ...  Sergeant Davis 2 episodes, 1992
Gabrielle Cowburn Gabrielle Cowburn ...  Hilda 2 episodes, 1992
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ...  Family Solicitor 2 episodes, 1992
Basil Hoskins Basil Hoskins ...  Napier 2 episodes, 1992
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ...  Lady Reading Poetry 2 episodes, 1992
Bob Goody Bob Goody ...  Thompkins 2 episodes, 1992
Douglas McFerran Douglas McFerran ...  Bookie's Clerk 2 episodes, 1992
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ...  Maid 2 episodes, 1992


The investigation of Paul Vandervent into the mysterious death of his father brings further discord among two feuding families tied together in business and marriage, living under the same roof.

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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

14 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

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Central Television,WGBH See more »
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(3 parts)

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Somewhat Twisted, Victorian Who-Done-It
18 January 2008 | by merbatshr3See all my reviews

Thanks to my local Library, I watched "Blackheath Poisonings" in its entirety. The excellent cast includes Judy Parfitt, who is absolutely perfect as the deliciously vicious family matriarch. There are a few recognizable faces including Zoe Wanamaker and Patrick Malahide. Warning! If you want family fare, this ain't it. There are many Adult Themes in this movie. But those of us who live on Planet Earth know that there were many sexual perversions in the Victorian Age just as there are today. They were just well hidden under a hypocritical veil of moral decency. This mystery unveils them all, with death by poisoning woven in. It begins by introducing us to a wealthy family that owns a Toy factory. We learn immediately that there are extramarital sexual relations going on and sooner than we catch that fact, someone dies. When a second death occurs, the smartest member of the family starts hound-dogging around. The police put one person on trial believing they have caught the real killer. But is it really the true killer?? I can guarantee that you won't guess the twists and turns that lead to the real killer. I kind of guessed the additional twist at the end. I love mysteries set in bygone times, especially Victorian dramas. In "Blackheath Poisonings" it's great fun and entertaining to watch. The costumes are great, so are the sets. The actors each do a terrific job of making their characters dis-likable, despicable, or likable. I have cable TV and I've seen stuff like this on USA, TNT, PBS and other non-premium channels, so I wasn't shocked at the adult content like some who've commented here. It also didn't surprise me in the least that all this happened in a rich, so-called respectable, Victorian family. That's part of the entertainment factor!

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