Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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A Morbid Taste for Bones 

Cadfael and a deputation of monks from Shrewsbury are dispatched to Wales to recover the remains of martyred St. Winifred over the objections of the local lord and residents.


Richard Stroud (as Rick Stroud)


Christopher Russell (screenplay), Edith Pargeter (novel) (as Ellis Peters)




Episode complete credited cast:
Derek Jacobi ... Brother Cadfael
Michael Culver ... Prior Robert
Julian Firth ... Brother Jerome
Terrence Hardiman ... Abbot Radulfus
Mark Charnock ... Brother Oswin
Anna Friel ... Sioned
John Hallam ... Lord Rhysart
Nick Patrick ... Brother Columbanus
Ellis Jones Ellis Jones ... Father Ianto
Stephen Moyer ... Godwin
Phil Rowlands Phil Rowlands ... Bened (as Philip Rowlands)
Steffan Trefor Steffan Trefor ... Peredur
Elizabeth Fitzherbert Elizabeth Fitzherbert ... Apparition


Ambitious Prior Robert and self-serving novice Brother Columbanus instigate a trip to Wales to bring Saint Winifred's bones back to the abbey. Welsh Brother Cadfael is co-opted as translator. When a local bigwig opposes letting their saint leave and winds up dead, Cadfael must both prove the innocence of a foreigner and determine whether the little Welsh girl wants her bones left in peace. Written by mama.sylvia

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25 August 1996 (UK) See more »

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When they are traveling to Wales, Jerome is wearing a modern day wristwatch. It is visible only for a moment when the sleeve of his habit falls back off of his left wrist. See more »


[first lines]
Brother Oswin: My first bleeding.
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Not great but it ends very well.
20 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Morbid Taste for Bones" is a slightly below average installment of Cadfael--mostly because it's rather talky and there's less action than normal. Fortunately, it does end well.

The show begins with one of the monks having a vision. He determines that this means that the abbey is destined to have the sacred bones of St. Winifred. The problem is that the bones are buried in Wales and the local community would rather they just stay where they are. The biggest impediment in getting the bones is the local boss-man. However, when this guy is later found dead, the locals assume the monks did it and the monks assume that one of the locals did it--and both sides seem ready to kill each other. So, it's up to Brother Cadfael to straighten everything out. And, in a most bizarre fashion, he eventually does. Exactly how is something you'll need to see for yourself and it might be best you see this one before "The Holy Thief" from season 4, as the bones of Winifred once again become the bones of contention.

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