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Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in this classic BBC adaptation of the novels by Dorothy L. Sayers.
These five feature-length adaptations bring all the wit, elegance and style of one of England's classiest detectives to the scene of the crime - five crimes to be exact - each one presenting an interesting challenge for this sharp-witted mastermind.
Join Lord Peter Wimsey as he uncovers the mysteries of: Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors and Five Red Herrings.
Clouds Of Witness: During the Wimsey family retreat in Yorkshire, Captain Cathcart, the fiancee of Lord Peter's (Ian Carmichael) sister Mary Winsey, receives an unwelcomed letter causing him to flee Riddlesdale Lodge in the middle of the night. But he is not the only one with departure plans. One Wimsey plans to escape in the early hours of the morning until she finds a body in the garden.
The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club: The plot of The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club takes a new turn, concentrating not on "who did it?", but moreover "when was it done?" A vast inheritance depends on the timing of the deaths of an elderly brother and sister - the sequence of deaths is the Big Question. Once this is established, only then can Peter Wimsey's sleuthing turn to who the murderer is...
Murder Must Advertise: The aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey investigates the death of a young copywriter at a top advertising agency. Can Lord Peter solve the crime before more deaths occur?
The Nine Tailors: At the wedding of Sir Charles Thorpe's son, an extremely valuable emerald necklace belonging to Lady Wilbraham is stolen. Thanks to Lord Wimsey's quick thinking, the culprits are apprehended although the whereabouts of the jewels remain a mystery. Many years later, when a mutilated, unidentified corpse is found in the grave of the recently deceased Lady Thorpe, Wimsey investigates and becomes embroiled in an attempt to recover the necklace that was stolen many years before.
Five Red Herrings: When Lord Peter goes on holiday to Scotland, he is hoping to do nothing more strenuous than catch some trout. Even Wimsey's loyal servant Bunter is looking forward to taking some time off to go painting. However, when Bunter notices an easel in the distance but no sign of the artist, Lord Peter is called into action. The easel belongs to an unpopular local artist, Campbell, whose body is discovered lying on the rocks below the popular vantage point. Was it an accidental fall? Wimsey suspects not, and with six possible suspects he must use all of his detective skills to determine the five red herrings and expose the murderer.
Actors Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert, David Langton, Georgina Cookson, John Quentin, Vivien Heilbron, Anna Cropper, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert, Elizabeth Proud, Elizabeth Bradley, David Rintoul & Michael Elder
Certificate 12 years and over
Year 1972 - 1975
Duration 16 hours and 42 minutes (approx)