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The Rising of the Moon 

Mrs Bradley investigates the murders of two members of a traveling circus troupe, one a bullwhip artist and the other a member of a knife-throwing act.


Martin Hutchings


Julie Rutterford (screenplay), Gladys Mitchell (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Baglow Richard Baglow ... Peter Forrester
James Baglow James Baglow ... Francis Forrester
Kenneth Colley ... Archie Burlington
Peter Davison ... Inspector Christmas
Neil Dudgeon ... George Moody
Janine Duvitski ... Mrs. Cockerton
Pete Gallagher Pete Gallagher ... Little Bernard the Tall Man (as Peter Gallagher)
Francis Magee ... Castries
Nikki Bond Nikki Bond ... Lily (as Nicky McInnes)
Mick Walter Mick Walter ... Tom (as Big Mick)
Felicity Montagu ... Ruby Larkin
Diana Rigg ... Adela Bradley
Sheila Steafel ... Celestine Venus
Meera Syal ... Madam Marlene
Nicholas Woodeson ... John Forrester


Mrs. Bradley is asked by Insp. Henry Christmas to help investigate the murder of a member of a traveling circus. The woman, who appeared as the human target in the knife throwing act, was stabbed to death and stumbled onto the stage. The police soon arrest the knife thrower but Mrs. Bradley isn't convinced they've got the right man. There is a good deal of animosity towards the travelers from amongst the villagers and she believes that is where the killer will be found. Two additional murders point her and chauffeur George in the right direction. Written by garykmcd

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Mystery | Thriller


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2000 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Archie tells Mrs Bradley that women should be at home rather than throwing themselves under horses and tying themselves to railings. He is referring to the activities of the suffragettes, who tried such tactics to get the vote for British women, specifically Emily Davison who threw herself under the King's horse at the Derby in 1913. See more »


"The Mrs Bradley Mysteries" (1998) {The Rising of the Moon (#1.2)} ends with "Blue Moon" which wasn't written until 1934. See more »


George Moody: [after the knife thrower narrowly misses castrating him] Well, there's no point doing these things half-cocked.
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Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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9 May 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Pity the poor scriptwriter given this as a challenge.

Create a Peter Wimsey type, except make her an aged flapper who would have been far ahead of flapperdom. Have her pointedly look at the camera and provide witticisms galore. What folded fun! Have her stumble upon mysteries and pretend she is a detective. In fact, have her be a world famous detective and allow everyone to call her that, but in reality have every step of the mystery be revealed by accident.

In this case, the accident is a suspect who hides in her car and becomes a key witness.

As with the first of the four, have this begin in a folded manner (since scriptwriting school says that's effective). So our thriller begins with a show, one presented by "travellers." The show within melds with the show we are watching when the young woman (the target for the knives), stumbles onto the stage having been killed by a knife.

Be sure to place the female detective in peril at the end, after showing a hugely shocking (for TeeVee) murder.

That's the scriptwriter's challenge. Your challenge, dear reader, is to find better ways to relax.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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