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Spider's Web (1982)

The wife of a Foreign Office diplomat discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent.

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... Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
... Sir Rowland Delahaye
Thorley Walters ... Hugo Birch
... Mildred Peake
David Yelland ... Jeremy Warrender
John Barcroft ... Inspector Lord
... Pippa Hailsham-Brown
... Henry Hailsham-Brown
Brian Protheroe ... Oliver Costello
David Crosse ... Elgin
Mark Draper ... Constable Jones
Lee Fox ... Doctor
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Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. 'Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?' she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party, and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.

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26 December 1982 (UK)  »

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This was watched by 5.4 million viewers on its original transmission, making it the second most popular programme of the week on BBC2. See more »

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A Wonderful night's entertainment
22 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This UK television adaptation of Dame Agatha Christie's 1954 West End hit is a lot of fun and a great way to spend a stormy night. Equal parts mystery and comedy, it tells the story of house-wife Clarissa's trials and tribulations when an unexpected body turns up at exactly the wrong time (as if there's ever a RIGHT time!!)

TV fans will recognize the marvelous Penelope Keith from GOOD NEIGHBORS and TO THE MANOR BORN, and she is as fabulous as ever as the slightly muddled Clarissa.

The producers wisely elected to give the teleplay a cozy period setting and it would make a nice addition to any Christie collection if it were ever released commercially. Here's hoping.....


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