Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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The Potter's Field 

A year after Brother Ruald answers his vocation and becomes a monk at Shrewsbury, a body, believed to be his deserted wife, is unearthed near his cottage.


Mary McMurray


Christopher Russell (screenplay), Edith Pargeter (based upon "The Potter's Field" by) (as Ellis Peters)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Brother Cadfael
Terrence Hardiman ... Abbot Radulfus
Michael Culver ... Prior Robert
Julian Firth ... Brother Jerome
Anthony Green ... Hugh Beringar
Gregor Truter ... Ruald
Mel Martin ... Astola
Jack Klaff ... Eudo
Sioned Jones Sioned Jones ... Generys
Robin Laing ... Sulien
Peter Baldwin Peter Baldwin ... Prior Mortimer
John Bowler ... Badon
Peter Aubrey Peter Aubrey ... Peter
Philip Herbert Philip Herbert ... Rabble Rouser
Shane Hickmott Shane Hickmott ... Brother Adam


When the Brothers find the body of a dead woman buried in a farmer's field given to them by Lord Blount, the suspicion is that she is Generys, the wife of one time potter Brother Ruald, who had abandoned her a year previously to follow his vocation and joining the monastery. Ruald denies any responsibility for his wife's death and when the identity of the victim is brought into question, Brother Cadfael sets off to determine just who was killed and why. While Cadfael successfully identifies the killer, there is little that can be done to bring the culprit to justice. Written by garykmcd

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23 December 1998 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Lord Hugh Beringar: [to Cadfael] People do die by other than murder.
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a step aside from the template
30 June 2017 | by karlcatteeuwSee all my reviews

Normally these Cadfael episodes are rather predictable: rich man does something which upsets a lot of people, then dies, some poor soul is pointed at as being the culprit, then the monk fished some plant from the body which only grows in this specific spot, and therefor proofs it was someone else who did it.

This episode is far from that: a long flashback at the beginning showing a climax, the death only occurs halfway through, no really obnoxious characters offending others, and the victim more or less pointed at the real killer, instead of Cadfael doing that.

Contrary to the comment above, I see no loose ends, just a red herring-sidetrack (confusion over the body's identity):

  • Young Sulien claimed he saw Generys alive, simply because he wanted to save Ruald's life - it fits into his soldier-protector character. - He lied about the origins of the ring to offer proof for that lie (alas, thereby attracting suspicion upon himself). - And in the end he certainly confessed in order to protect his father's reputation. - It is clearly shown how the cross ended up in the grave, and even explained why. It wasn't meant to point at its maker, but served as a cross. - The valuables ('savings', they're called in the episode) were hidden at that spot well before the drama, and were there already - only the 'weapon' was added by Generys when dying. Why? Either to point at what had happened (no-one would be able to erase that pointer) or to hide what had happened.

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