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Dandelion Dead 

Drama based on the true story of a solicitor who in 1922 found himself at the center of one of Britain's most notorious murder trials.




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Series cast summary:
Michael Kitchen ...  Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Sarah Miles ...  Catherine Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
David Thewlis ...  Oswald Martin 4 episodes, 1994
Lesley Sharp ...  Constance 'Connie' Martin, née Davies 4 episodes, 1994
Peter Vaughan ...  Dr. Hinks 4 episodes, 1994
Diana Quick ...  Marion Glassford-Gale 4 episodes, 1994
Bernard Hepton ...  Mr. Davies 4 episodes, 1994
Don Henderson ...  Chief Inspector Crutchett 4 episodes, 1994
Robert Stephens ...  Henry Vaughan 4 episodes, 1994
Chloe Tucker ...  Eleanor Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Alexandra Milman Alexandra Milman ...  Margaret Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Joseph Steel Joseph Steel ...  Pearson Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Lucy Jenkins Lucy Jenkins ...  Inez 4 episodes, 1994
Roger Lloyd Pack ...  Phillips 4 episodes, 1994
Patrick Godfrey ...  Griffiths 4 episodes, 1994
Rhonda Lewis Rhonda Lewis ...  Mrs. Davies 4 episodes, 1994
Sam Cox Sam Cox ...  Vicar 4 episodes, 1994
Jack Walters Jack Walters ...  Wilks 4 episodes, 1994
Christine Pollon Christine Pollon ...  Pearce 4 episodes, 1994
Paul Brooke ...  Arthur 4 episodes, 1994
Amanda Walker ...  Bessie 4 episodes, 1994
Arbel Jones ...  Mrs. Flitch, Barmaid 4 episodes, 1994
Fraser Cains Fraser Cains ...  Doctor 4 episodes, 1994
Brian Pettifer ...  Bank Manager 4 episodes, 1994
Eve Bland Eve Bland ...  Dorothy Martin 4 episodes, 1994
Stephen Lyons Stephen Lyons ...  Gilbert Martin 4 episodes, 1994
John Owens ...  Official 4 episodes, 1994
Nick Miles Nick Miles ...  Sgt. Sharp 4 episodes, 1994
John Pierce Jones John Pierce Jones ...  Supt Weaver 4 episodes, 1994
Robert Oates Robert Oates ...  Williams 4 episodes, 1994
Nicholas Selby ...  Sir Bernard Spilsbury 4 episodes, 1994
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  Curtis-Bennett 4 episodes, 1994
John Horsley ...  Pollock 4 episodes, 1994
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ...  Justice Darling 4 episodes, 1994
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ...  Governor 4 episodes, 1994
Richard Strange ...  Hangman 4 episodes, 1994
Laurence Richardson ...  Michael 4 episodes, 1994


This is a dramatisation of the true story of Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong, a solicitor and magistrate's clerk who lived in the small Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. In 1921 he was arrested and charged with poisoning his domineering wife, Catherine, and later attempting to poison a business rival, Oswald Martin, by administering arsenic to them. At his trial, Armstrong claimed that he had bought the arsenic simply to kill the dandelions on his lawn. However he was convicted of murder and executed in 1922. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp previously co-starred in Naked (1993), directed by Mike Leigh. See more »

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Well-acted, if a bit dry
27 March 2002 | by lons2002See all my reviews

I watched this film knowing nothing about the case, or Major Armstrong before, and found it engaging, and very well acted - but still a bit cold and distant.

The story follows Major Armstrong, a lawyer with a shrewish wife who plots to murder her and a business rival with arsenic. Michael Kitchen does excellent work as Armstrong, playing him as extremely conniving, but also horribly pathetic and weak. David Thewlis does a great turn as well as terminally shy fellow lawyer Oswald Martin, whom Armstrong attempts to murder because of a real estate deal gone south.

These performances are worth watching "Dandelion Dead" alone, as well as the interesting true-life story, but director Hodges fails to really delve into the psychological thriller aspects of the material, which seem so apparent, so the whole experience fails to really connect with the viewer emotionally.

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30 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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