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Well Schooled in Murder 

When an old school friend contacts Lynley about a missing schoolboy, the inspector soon has to launch a murder inquiry.


Robert Young


Elizabeth George (novel), Simon Block (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Sessions ... John Corntel
Lisa Stevenson Lisa Stevenson ... Patsy Whateley (as Lise Stevenson)
Curtis Woodruff Curtis Woodruff ... Matthew Whateley
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ... Barry Summers
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ... Mr. Whateley
Nathaniel Parker ... Thomas Lynley
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
June Watson ... Mrs. Havers
Anthony Mark Barrow ... Uniformed Officer
Alex Giannini Alex Giannini ... Mike Canerone
Henry Cavill ... Chas Quilter
Bill Nighy ... Lockwood
Martin Jarvis ... Cowfrey Pitt
Samuel Barnett ... Brian Byrne
William Mannering William Mannering ... Clive Pritchard


Inspector Lynley is asked by his old school friend to investigate when one of his pupils is killed. The school in question is Bredgar Hall, a haven for the rich and the privileged with annual fees of £20,000 a year. The dead boy however, 13 year-old Matthew Whately didn't come from a rich family. From all accounts, he was well liked and fit into the school and its unique culture quite well. DS Havers is appalled with the whole concept of parents shipping their children off to a boarding school just when they need parenting the most. Faced with school administrators who seem more concerned with the school's reputation than the boy's death, Lynley and Havers must determine if the threat is from students, staff or someone not at all connected with the school. Written by garykmcd

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31 August 2003 (USA) See more »

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The murder was set in an all boys school but when Havers was pinning up a map of the school to allow her to mark the places searched the notice board clearly had "Girls Games" above it. See more »


Barbara Havers: [to the police squad searching the school] If you've got a key, use it! Otherwise kick the door down!
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High Marks
23 August 2006 | by Polly_PlummerSee all my reviews

Unlike the other reviewers, I have never read the book this episode is based on. But I have seen quite a lot of detective shows, and I would argue that this is a good one. The detectives' lives and personalities are put second to the central mystery, but they provide an engaging background to the main plot. The acting, by the leads and the many familiar-faced guest stars, is excellent.

The solution to any mystery, in my opinion, should be two things: surprising and believable. Many detective shows try so hard to shock the audience that they fail to make the solution at all plausible. Too often the murderer's motive is outrageous or based on some vague aphorism like "a person in love will do anything" or "people would do anything for money." The motives in "Well Schooled in Murder" are much more complex, and much more involving, and the film has a strong social message as well. In short, this mystery does what it ought to do, and does it with style. Recommended.

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