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Dorothy L Sayers Mysteries
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Dorothy L Sayers Mysteries

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Director: Christopher Hodson,

Cast: Christopher Hodson, Edward Petherbridge, Harriet Walter

 
The British whodunit series Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries comes to DVD with this set that contains three adventures. The episodes contained on this disc include "Gaudy Night," "Have His Carcass," and "Strong Poison." All three are presented in the original broadcast aspect ratios. The English soundtracks all do a fine job of capturing the

Overview

The British whodunit series Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries comes to DVD with this set that contains three adventures. The episodes contained on this disc include "Gaudy Night," "Have His Carcass," and "Strong Poison." All three are presented in the original broadcast aspect ratios. The English soundtracks all do a fine job of capturing the dialogue. Fans of Murder She Wrote should certainly enjoy these well-written, engaging mysteries.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Legendary crime author Dorothy Sayers's quintessentially aristocratic amateur criminologist, Lord Peter Wimsey, mixes sleuthing and wooing in Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries, the 1987 3-part, 10-episode BBC TV production that aired in the US on PBS's Mystery! series. Edward Petherbridge stars as the monocled crime solver, and the three novels adapted for the series chronicle Wimsey's romantic pursuit of mystery writer Harriet Vane (Harriet Walter) in 1930s England. In part one, "Strong Poison," Wimsey falls head over heels for Vane while she's on trial for the murder of her lover, and then employs his skills as a detective to prove her innocence. He continues his pursuit in "Have His Carcase," as the two mystery buffs investigate the death of a Russian gigolo whose corpse Vane discovers while picnicking on a beach. And this long courtship comes to its conclusion in "Gaudy Night," as Wimsey and Vane work to uncover the identity of an obscene poison pen who's plaguing Vane's Alma Mater, Oxford. Each of the leisurely paced mysteries has its appeal, with plenty of suspects, twists, and red herrings. But the unusual Wimsey/Vane romance is the real pleasure here. Don't expect sparks or smoldering glances; virtually all romantic tension between this rather cerebral pair is buried under Wimsey's flippant and frequent declarations of love and proposals of marriage and Vane's stony resistance. It's an affair that is oddly, almost perversely, compelling. Petherbridge is the perfect Wimsey, with a slightly foppish charm and effeminate manner quite faithful to Sayers's vision. And Walter's portrayal of the stubborn, fiercely independent Vane oozes stoicism through every pore. The overall effect is British in the extreme, so chaste as to seem almost exotic, and so bone-dry that it is curiously refreshing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
UPC:
0794051162427
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
8:20:00
Sales rank:
8,827

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries
1. Opening Title [1:59]
2. The Case of the Crown [15:41]
3. A Spot of Refreshment [3:05]
4. The Missing Ten Minutes [3:03]
5. The Girl Is Innocent [2:03]
6. We Have a Verdict [2:34]
7. Improving the Case [6:51]
8. Investigations Begin [4:43]
9. The Will [2:19]
10. Discussing the Plot [3:04]
11. An Entrée Into Bohemia [5:19]
12. End Credits [1:18]
1. Opening Title [1:21]
2. Bohemia [3:06]
3. A Packet of White Powder [4:21]
4. Mr. Vaughn [3:19]
5. Distressing Symptoms [6:48]
6. Urquhart [5:34]
7. Are You Still Going to Marry Me? [2:29]
8. The Letter [4:34]
9. Something Awful [9:16]
10. Jealousy [2:07]
11. Picking a Lock [6:54]
12. End Credits [1:17]
1. Opening Title [1:41]
2. Bicarbonate of Soda [3:56]
3. The Dope on Urquhart [1:35]
4. A Voyage of Discovery [6:45]
5. Preparing for the Spirits [9:02]
6. The Medium [4:13]
7. Uncovering the Motive [5:55]
8. Arsenic [6:17]
9. You Are Such a Romantic [2:29]
10. Turkish Delight [5:17]
11. The Acquittal [2:37]
12. End Credits [1:26]
Disc #2 -- Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries
1. Opening Title [5:31]
2. Scene of the Crime [4:46]
3. A Shortsighted Companion [3:09]
4. The Camper [1:04]
5. To Find a Phone [3:23]
6. Quid Pro Quo [4:53]
7. The Resplendent [5:56]
8. A Plain Enough Case of Suicide [3:59]
9. Exhibits [3:21]
10. Mrs. Weldon [7:44]
11. Colonel Belfridge [3:34]
12. End Credits [1:47]
1. Opening Title [2:03]
2. No Reason to Kill Himself [3:56]
3. A Fatal Weapon [3:22]
4. Never Satisfied [5:20]
5. A Dangerous Age [5:42]
6. Flotsam & Jetsam [7:36]
7. In Need of a New Shoe [3:53]
8. A Kind Thought [1:48]
9. The Itinerant Hairdresser [7:01]
10. Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction [4:13]
11. Old Pollock [5:39]
12. End Credits [1:11]
1. Opening Title [1:38]
2. High Spirits [3:42]
3. A List of Suspects [7:54]
4. Mr. Weldon's Farm [3:16]
5. Ping-Pong [4:19]
6. One and the Same [4:17]
7. Weldon's Water-tight Account [6:26]
8. Mrs. Morecambe [3:16]
9. The Body [5:40]
10. One Impossibility at a Time [4:58]
11. A Witness [5:08]
12. End Credits [1:11]
1. Opening Title [1:46]
2. An Interfering Busybody [3:14]
3. Perkins [5:41]
4. Codes & Ciphers [6:18]
5. Code Cracked [5:00]
6. Bright's Reward [3:25]
7. Fabricated Alibi [3:30]
8. An Independent Witness [4:49]
9. Quick Change [4:43]
10. The Blood of the Romanovs [4:23]
11. Case Closed [7:40]
12. End Credits [1:15]
Disc #3 -- Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries
1. Opening Title [1:32]
2. A Rendezvous With Miss Vane [6:17]
3. The Blood Is on Your Hands Too [3:01]
4. Harriet Vane? [5:28]
5. A Particular Problem [6:21]
6. Welcome Back to Shrewsbury [7:18]
7. Passion Is a Rare Virtue [5:04]
8. Dancing Around the Subject [5:13]
9. You Are Damned [2:28]
10. A Turn for the Worse [2:36]
11. Feminine Insight [3:09]
12. End Credits [1:40]
1. Opening Title [1:32]
2. An English Aristocrat [5:00]
3. Feminine Insight [1:56]
4. Suspects [4:18]
5. The Fellow's Garden [7:03]
6. Rumor and Gossip [4:50]
7. Conventions [3:15]
8. Miss Burrows [4:24]
9. The Assault on Miss Vane [8:33]
10. Dame Agatha Browning [5:33]
11. The Great Detective [3:21]
12. End Credits [1:43]
1. Opening Title [1:34]
2. Noises in the Night [4:18]
3. Dusting for Prints [6:22]
4. The Question of Motive [3:14]
5. Miss Divine's Story [7:39]
6. A Man About a Dog [3:05]
7. Waiting for Miss Divine [4:39]
8. The Heart of the Matter [4:43]
9. Arthur Robinson [4:45]
10. Annie [4:06]
11. Will You Marry Me? [4:05]
12. End Credits [2:08]

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Dorothy L Sayers Mysteries 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
edwPA More than 1 year ago
Engrossing, well acted
srj More than 1 year ago
Impecable performances by both Mr. Petherbridge and Ms. Walter. Although Gaudy Nights does not mirror the written text of Sayers, its adaption is, nevertheless, quite good.
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