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Strong Poison
     

Strong Poison

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Director: Christopher Hodson

Cast: Edward Petherbridge, Harriet Walter

 

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Based on a novel by author and BBC darling Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison chronicles the adventures of Lord Peter Whimsey (Edward Petherbridge) and Harriet Vane (Harriet Walter), a novelist and detective who does an excellent job of getting under Whimsey's skin. The blurred line between their personal and work relationship rivals that of The X-Files'

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Based on a novel by author and BBC darling Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison chronicles the adventures of Lord Peter Whimsey (Edward Petherbridge) and Harriet Vane (Harriet Walter), a novelist and detective who does an excellent job of getting under Whimsey's skin. The blurred line between their personal and work relationship rivals that of The X-Files' infamously tense crimefighting duo, and the partners find themselves trying (though not necessarily consciously) to solve more than the mysterious crime unraveling before them. ~ Tracie Cooper

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of mystery novelist Dorothy L. Sayers tend to have very strong feelings about the two actors who have portrayed her inimitable sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey. Edward Petherbridge takes over for the earlier Ian Carmichael in this, the first of a 1987 BBC series, and while some may prefer Carmichael, many more will likely be charmed by Petherbridge's quiet, intelligent work. Understanding the value of understatement and perfectly capturing a sense of privilege and noblesse oblige without falling into snobbishness or foppishness, Petherbridge is an absolute delight throughout Strong Poison. He has strong competition from the object of his character's affection, played with quite intensity by Harriet Walter. Although the actress is given less chance to shine here than in the other two episodes of the series, she still makes a formidable presence, and her silences have a way of speaking volumes. The screenplay is strong, although the condensation of events and characters is handled a bit clumsily in places and the Judge's expository monologue falls a bit flat. Still, the structure is sturdy and the dialogue is sharp. Christopher Hodson has directed with style -- if perhaps not as much brio as might be desired -- and the result is a very pleasing journey for murder mystery aficionados.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
UPC:
0794051163431
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner

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Strong Poison 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best TV series ever made!! I recently acquired these DVD's (Strong Poison/Have His Carcase/Gaudy Night) and they are now my most treasured set. The performances by Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter are flawless! This series is a MUST HAVE for all mystery buffs (especially Dorothy Sayer's fans!) For those who were disappointed in the Ian Carmichael series produced 10 years earlier, take heart--you have now found the answer to your prayers! My only criticism is that there were no more titles produced in this series. I can't understand why they did not continue to make more of these wonderful productions. And furthermore, I can't understand why the BBC took so long to release this series onto Video/DVD. If I had known of the existance of this series sooner, I would have launched a campaign to demand that they make more episodes. Oh well...I guess we will just have to make do with the three gems that were made. (In fact you should probably buy two sets of these, as you may wear out your original DVD's from watching them over and over and over and ...ahem...oh yes back to the review...) The first two films, Strong Poison and Have His Carcass, are faithful to the books and each is truly a pleasure to watch. The third, Gaudy Night (or ''Gaudy Lite'' as I have seen it referred to) skimps a bit in comparison to the novel. However, the extraordinary acting on the part of Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter more than makes up for this, ensuring that this version of Gaudy Night is a highly entertaining one. This series should have segued into ''Busman's Honeymoon.'' However BBC dropped the ball on obtaining the rites and left us all hanging. Perhaps it isn't too late for a continuation of this series after all. It has ONLY been 16 years since the last episode. Surely if Ian Carmichael could have the audacity to play Lord Peter Wimsey at his age, Edward Petherbridge could pull it off for at least another 20 years or so (and do it brilliantly I might add!) Needless to say, I have become an instant fan of Mr. Petherbridge and can only hope I may find more of his work on film. (This is a daunting task since this distinguished stage performer seems to shy away from the camera. Something about acting for the love of the thing and not the money. Oh these serious actors!! By the way, isn't he WAY OVERDUE for some sort of Knighthood or something ...hmm??!!) WARNING: Ordinary television will seem even more unsatisfactory after viewing these DVD's. As I said before, you'd better get at least two copies of each of these DVD's (or to be on the safe side, you'd better make it three!!) (NOTE: It seems that the UK version of the DVD's contain an interview with Edward Petherbridge as a bonus feature. Unfortunately for me, the American version does not. Lucky Brits!!) ENJOY!