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Malice Aforethought (2005)

Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is married to a particularly overbearing woman who reminds him at every turn that he is living in her house. But the good doctor has outside interests to help him cope:... See full summary »

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David Blair

Writers:

Anthony Berkeley (novel) (as Francis Iles), Andrew Payne (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronnie Masterson Ronnie Masterson ... Miss Janet Wapworthy
Phyllis Ryan Phyllis Ryan ... Miss Adele Peavey
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Florence
Barbara Flynn ... Julia Bickleigh
Ben Miller ... Dr. Edmund Bickleigh
Megan Dodds ... Madeleine Cranmere
Peter Vaughan ... Widdicombe
Lucy Brown ... Ivy Ridgeway
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Mrs. Ridgeway
Gemma Reeves Gemma Reeves ... Beryl
Joseph Beattie ... Denny Bourne
Orla O'Rourke ... Gwynfryd Rattery
Richard Armitage ... William Chatford
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Rev. Hessary Torr
Ger Ryan ... Constance Torr
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Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is married to a particularly overbearing woman who reminds him at every turn that he is living in her house. But the good doctor has outside interests to help him cope: many of the town's female population seems to have had intimate relations with him. When a new arrival to town becomes involved romantically with Edmund, he decides maybe it was time his wife wasn't around much longer. He puts in place a plan to become free to remarry -- after all he has a cabinet full of lethal (and mostly legal) drugs on hand. But it's an old lover that proves his savior, at least for a short time. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey,com>

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Mystery | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Why do Ladies like Doctors so much?
11 April 2005 | by lampsSee all my reviews

What a lovely, absorbing production. Bursting with period style supported by actors clearly enjoying the opportunity given to them. Ben Miller especially and intensely so.

Even the most grotesquely contrived modern TV soap story line would struggle to compete with this dark plot. Love, sex, greed, jealousy, murder most foul and to cap it off, a twist in the tail.

Most of all I enjoyed the pace. I dare say the whole thing could have been crammed into a Miss Marple style one hour afternoon TV filler but thankfully it wasn't. Three hours was timed to perfection. Enough time to absorb the period whilst the plot unfolds at a suitably measured pace.

Unlike some two part TV dramas, there's no padding. We don't experience the disappointment of a promising first part followed by a damp squid second.

A credit to all involved, especially it's producers.


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