Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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The Leper of St. Giles 

When a cruel middle-aged baron and a beautiful wealthy orphan are to be wed at the abbey, it comes as no surprise when the sadistic nobleman is found strangled to death.


Graham Theakston


Paul Pender (screenplay), Edith Pargeter (novel) (as Ellis Peters)

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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
John Bennett ... Lazarus the Leper
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Avice of Thornbury
Tara Fitzgerald ... Iveta de Massard
Susan Fleetwood ... Agnes Piccard
Jonathan Hyde ... Godfrid Piccard
Jonathan Firth ... Joscelyn
Jamie Glover ... Simon
Adrian Ross Magenty Adrian Ross Magenty ... Guy
Norman Eshley ... Baron Huon de Domville
Albie Woodington Albie Woodington ... Sergeant Warden


Young heiress Iveta de Massard comes to the abbey to marry Baron Huon de Domville, as dictated by her guardian Godfrid Picard. Joscelyn loves her and would protect her with his life, which makes him the prime suspect when de Domville winds up dead. Cadfael must find the real villain from a tangle of hidden motives and a mysterious leper who has arrived at the hospice. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

12 June 1994 (UK) See more »

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Brother Cadfael: [reviewing the death of Godfrid Picard] A man dies, strangled... yet he was armed. And he'd had time to draw his dagger... to draw but not strike; it lay by his side, unbloodied. Now those who kill with their hands do so because they have no other weapon.
Hugh Beringar: Who, then? Who would engage with an armed man with nothing but his bare hands? None but a fool.
Brother Cadfael: [pause, then] Or one with little left to lose.
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The series improves a bit with "The Leper of St. Giles".
29 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Cadfael series is quality throughout--with lovely acting from Derek Jacobi in the lead, a nice medieval look and some interesting mysteries. This is the third in the series and represents a bit of an improvement over the previous ones--not that they were bad, they weren't. It's just that the story here is a bit stronger--particularly the ending.

The show begins with Iveta de Massard coming to the abbey to marry Baron Huon de Domville, per the wishes of her guardian Godfrid Picard. However, it's obvious to Cadfael that Iveta really isn't excited about marrying the guy, as she already has a boyfriend and the Baron isn't the most pleasant person. So, when he ends up dead, suspicion first falls on her and her old boyfriend. However, when Cadfael begins to investigate, he learn several interesting things--such as a long-time mistress AND something about a mysterious leper. What does all this mean? See the show for yourself.

As I mentioned above, the plot was a bit better in this one and the end is particularly memorable. Well done all around--and evidence that the series was hitting its stride.

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