Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
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One Corpse Too Many 

Assigned by King Stephen to dispose of 94 hanged rebels, Cadfael discovers the body of a murdered man among the corpses and given just four days to solve the crime.

Director:

Graham Theakston

Writers:

Russell Lewis (screenplay), Edith Pargeter (novel) (as Ellis Peters)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Brother Cadfael
Sean Pertwee ... Hugh Beringar
Peter Copley ... Abbot Heribert
Michael Culver ... Prior Robert
Julian Firth ... Brother Jerome
Christian Burgess Christian Burgess ... Adam Courcelle
Michael Grandage Michael Grandage ... King Stephen
Richard Henders ... Torold Blund
Juliette Caton ... Godith / Godric
Jeremy Young ... Arnulf of Hesdin
David Garfield ... Sergeant Rhys
Maggie O'Neill ... Aline Siward
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ... Sheriff Prestcote
Bill Neville Bill Neville ... Nicholas Faintree
Nigel Hastings ... Giles Siward
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Storyline

Brother Cadfael, a Crusader-turned-Benedictine-monk, is among those who tend to the bodies of an executed garrison. But when he finds one more body than should be there, he winds up in a mystery involving an heiress masquerading as a boy and two knights campaigning for the same maiden. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1994 (UK) See more »

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(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The first entry in the popular series. See more »

Goofs

(at around 55 mins) Godith rides away side-saddle. The side-saddle was invented in the 14th century. Before that, women rode pillion (a padded seat behind a male rider) or on a similarly equipped horse behind a servant leading the horse. The side-saddle was created to allow women to ride themselves. (Of course, out of the public view, many women just rode astride no matter what period in history.) See more »

Quotes

Brother Cadfael: Is there something here I can help you to? Or are you just curious to learn about these simple herbs of mine?
Hugh Beringar: I'd hardly say it was any simplicity I came to study.
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Crazy Credits

Although the first season of this series was 1994, the credits for these episodes mistakenly say MCMLXIV, which is 1964. It should be MCMXCIV for 1994. See more »

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Mass, not Vespers
26 July 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I watched the first four episodes of the first season in reverse order, taking this one last. As the first in the series, I should have done it first. Clearly four times the effort went into it and it has twice the runtime. This allows them to follow something of the structure of the better written versions. In that form, one discovery leads to another and another. It isn't a matter of one mystery and a side story as we have in the following episodes (and 99% of all TeeVee).

So I think I will recommend this. Its still pretty thin on the detective side, but good enough to give an excuse for the costumes and slightly different culture. The gimmick is to provide some historical context. Mainstream TeeVee mystery has evolved in a manner that does not allow the primary mechanism of the detective novel — where you try and outwit the writer. Instead, our minds have to be captured other ways, more simple because the attention has to span those cursed commercials.

The girls in their costumers are lovely.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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