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An Autumn Shroud 

Crime drama based on the novel by Reginald Hill, about two police colleagues, one of whom gets involved in some strange goings on at a country house, whilst the other gets married.


Richard Standeven


Malcolm Bradbury (screenplay), Reginald Hill (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Daniel Wilson ... Photographer (as James Wilson)
Susannah Corbett Susannah Corbett ... Ellie Soper
Colin Buchanan Colin Buchanan ... Det. Insp. Peter Pascoe
Sylvia Kay ... Ellie's Mother
Peter Halliday ... Ellie's Father
David Royle David Royle ... Det. Sgt. Edgar Wield
Warren Clarke ... Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ... Det. Sgt. Cross
Francesca Annis ... Bonnie Fielding
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Hereward Fielding
Michael Coles ... Papworth
Susannah Wise ... Louisa Fielding
Daniel Ryan ... Bertie Fielding
Glenn Hugill Glenn Hugill ... Charley Tillotson
William Mannering William Mannering ... Nigel Fielding


Peter (Colin Buchanan) and Ellie (Susannah Corbett) eventually get married and head off on their honeymoon. Meanwhile, Dalziel ('Warren Clarke') leaves for his first holiday in several years. However, his quiet drive through the countryside turns into something of a busman's holiday as he meets and falls under the spell of the beautiful and mysterious Bonnie Fielding (Francesca Annis) when his car breaks down very near to her home and he starts to investigate the strange events taking place!! Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Crime | Mystery | Drama


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30 March 1996 (UK) See more »

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The title of this episode is An Autumn Shroud but the book by Reginald Hill on which it is based is called An April Shroud. See more »


Ellie Soper: I suppose we should congratulate you.
Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: Why's that, then?
Ellie Soper: For coming though with flying colours. You had every temptations to act like a real human being and you still managed to be true to yourself. The patron saint of policemen must be proud of you.
Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: Nice to see marriage has mellowed you, darling.
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Clunky, clumsy adaption of good, not very good Hill novel
23 April 2010 | by clotblasterSee all my reviews

Although Autumn Shroud is not a very long book, 90 minutes still is too short a time frame to do a decent adaptation. And this is what this film clams to be. I am not criticizing the show because it isn't as good as the book. No way. The film itself judged as a film, completely apart from the book or any other of Reginald Hill's books, is a vast improvement to A Clubbable Woman, which was just plain awful. Nevertheless, once again,the actor playing Dalziel simply isn't believable as a rude, crude copper with street smarts, who disdains education and civility. Unfortunately, juxtaposing this randy chief cop with the Francesca Annis character (and the father character, brilliantly acted, by the way) is a mistake of the first degree. Fine acting by Annis is wasted because the film's writers and director (and editor etc) create total cognitive dislocation and lack of believability.

The film lacks any kind of coherent plot development and disdains continuity. It is rushed throughout, particularly at the end. Moreover, the mystery is drowned in the relentless effort to make a film that has rounded characters and some depth of feeling and insight. You must expect very little to like this film. For a contrast, see Midsomer Mystery and the Morse and Rumpole serieses to see what can be done with a charismatic lead. Also, Pascoe's prettiness distracts from the show--I think the casting of this extremely good looking actor undoubtedly reveals a not too obvious nod to homoerotica. This is particularly emphasized in the plainness of his wife. Not that a handsome man can't be married to a woman less good looking than he, but this isn't real life and the film suffers from the anti-heterosexual perspective. It is obvious that the film should be at least 30 minutes longer, but the writer who adapted the film could have been given another two hours and I'm afraid we would still have to watch a wretched, failed effort to make a mystery film with interesting characters and a winning story line.

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