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Coffin Scarcely Used: Part 1 

After the death of Harold Carobleat, his wife is shocked to find that he has left his estate to a neighbor who is subsequently found electrocuted.


Ronald Wilson


Richard Harris (screenplay), Colin Watson (novel)

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Episode cast overview:
Anton Rodgers ... Detective Inspector Purbright
Christopher Timothy ... Detective Sergeant Love
John Comer ... Sergeant Malley
Peter Sallis ... Rodney Gloss
Caroline Blakiston ... Mrs. Helen Carobleat
James Grout ... Jonas Bradlaw
Anthony Carrick ... Dr. Rupert Hillyard (as Antony Carrick)
Milton Johns ... George Lintz
Hector Ross Hector Ross ... Marcus Gwill
Janet Michael Janet Michael ... Mrs. Poole
Lesley Dunlop ... Eileen
Jeffrey Segal Jeffrey Segal ... Ted House
Adam Bareham Adam Bareham ... Curate


Purbright and Love attend the funeral of a prominent Flaxborough citizen, Councilman Harold Carobleat, who was under investigation for a variety of potential felonies at the time of his death. They observe that the event is also attended by some of the town's leading citizens, a doctor, an undertaker, a newspaper publisher, and a lawyer. At the reading of the will by lawyer Rodney Gloss, Mrs. Carobleat is shaken to hear that the bulk of her husband's estate has been left to the publisher, neighbor Marcus Gwill. Shortly thereafter, after a late-night meeting with the other three, Gwill is found electrocuted by a power relay tower with the imprint of a daffodil burned into his palm. Purbright is faced with the type of case he most detests... murder by conspiracy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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12 June 1977 (UK) See more »

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BBC Birmingham See more »
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Detective Inspector Purbright: I know what you mean, Sid. A lot of people are goin' to feel snubbed. If there's one thing they can't stand, it's flagrant un-ostentation.
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I really love these mysteries!
23 January 2015 | by coelewis-801-713548See all my reviews

I have watched these over and over. So British in every way. Anton Rogers and the core line-up of players are fabulous and each episode is great...and I pick up more subtleties with each viewing. The stories of Colin Watson are terrific. Seriously clever and so wacky at times...great stuff. The guest actors like Caroline Blakiston...Peter Sallis...John Normington, etc. are very good choices in their roles as well. Also the on location filming adds to the ambiance that I love...the feeling of the cold damp English weather that jumps off the screen and envelops the villagers and the secrets they keep. Clever writing and great storytelling for an adult viewer who doesn't want the usual blood and gore. Too bad more of the Flaxborough Chronicles weren't made. I really enjoy these...

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