Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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One Corpse Too Many 

Assigned by King Stephen to dispose of 94 hanged rebels, Cadfael discovers the body of a murdered man among the corpses and given just four days to solve the crime.


Graham Theakston


Russell Lewis (screenplay), Edith Pargeter (novel) (as Ellis Peters)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Brother Cadfael
Sean Pertwee ... Hugh Beringar
Peter Copley ... Abbot Heribert
Michael Culver ... Prior Robert
Julian Firth ... Brother Jerome
Christian Burgess Christian Burgess ... Adam Courcelle
Michael Grandage ... King Stephen
Richard Henders ... Torold Blund
Juliette Caton ... Godith / Godric
Jeremy Young ... Arnulf of Hesdin
David Garfield ... Sergeant Rhys
Maggie O'Neill ... Aline Siward
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ... Sheriff Prestcote
Bill Neville Bill Neville ... Nicholas Faintree
Nigel Hastings ... Giles Siward


Brother Cadfael, a Crusader-turned-Benedictine-monk, is among those who tend to the bodies of an executed garrison. But when he finds one more body than should be there, he winds up in a mystery involving an heiress masquerading as a boy and two knights campaigning for the same maiden. Written by mama.sylvia

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29 May 1994 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


At the end of the story, Hugh Beringar refers to Cadfael as "a rare Benedictine". "A Rare Benedictine" is the title of Ellis Peters' (Edith Pargeter) three story collection covering Cadfael's transition from soldiering to the monastic life. See more »


(at around 55 mins) Godith rides away side-saddle. The side-saddle was invented in the 14th century. Before that, women rode pillion (a padded seat behind a male rider) or on a similarly equipped horse behind a servant leading the horse. The side-saddle was created to allow women to ride themselves. (Of course, out of the public view, many women just rode astride no matter what period in history.) See more »


Brother Cadfael: We deal with what is. Leave what might have been to eyes that can see it plainly.
Hugh Beringar: And none see plainer than yours.
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Crazy Credits

Although the first season of this series was 1994, the credits for these episodes mistakenly say MCMLXIV, which is 1964. It should be MCMXCIV for 1994. See more »

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An intriguing, intelligent mystery.
24 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I'm watching The Cadfael series for the very first time, it's never appealed to me, but I was wrong, if this first episode is anything to go by, it's going to be a very good watch.

It's a clever mystery, the description of needle in a haystack fits perfectly, why on Earth would someone look for a murder victim during a time of battle? Cadfael is clearly a man of great intuition and intelligence.

Terrific production values, amazing sets, clearly the pudding basin has done the rounds with the haircuts.

I loved Maggie O'Neill is excellent as Aline, her costumes, and many others are fantastic. Jacobi is terrific as expected, but it is the performance of Sean Pertwee that I enjoyed most of all.

It's not a casual watch, you need to commit to it, or you may lose it. Ultimately it's a rewarding watch. 8/10

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