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Episode #1.2 

Sidney attends a dinner party that ends with two mysteries: a missing engagement ring and a dead body.


Harry Bradbeer


James Runcie (based on the novel "Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death" by), Daisy Coulam (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Norton ... Sidney Chambers
Robson Green ... Geordie Keating
Morven Christie ... Amanda Kendall
Al Weaver ... Leonard Finch
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Mrs. Maguire
Fiona Button ... Jennifer Chambers
Ukweli Roach ... Johnny Johnson
Pip Torrens ... Sir Edward Kendall
Tom Austen ... Guy Hopkins
Pippa Nixon ... Daphne Young
Harry Hadden-Paton ... William Calthorpe
Carolina Main ... Lilian Calthorpe
Gregg Lowe ... Sandy
Chris Bearne ... Mr. Brant
Beth Lilly Beth Lilly ... Edna


Barely able to conceal his disappointment Sidney attends Amanda's engagement party to stuffy Guy Hopkins. His sister Jennifer brings her boyfriend, black jazz musician Johnny Johnson, and, when the engagement ring goes missing, bitchy Lilian Calthorpe leads some of the other guests in accusing Johnny. Next day Lilian is found dead and her jewellery discovered in Johnny's bag. Sidney is not convinced of his guilt and points Geordie towards Lilian's husband William as a likely suspect. Aided by new curate Leonard Finch Sidney and Geordie discover how Lilian died, linking it to the theft of the ring, solving the case in time for Sidney's birthday. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The issue of The Cambridge Journal of Psychology passed around during the episode has written on the front: Edited by Daphne Young, PhD. Emeritus Professor of Psychology in the University of Cambridge. Emeritus however is a title only given to much older academics who have retired from active teaching. As a young, currently teaching academic, Daphne Young would never be given this title. See more »


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Performed by Fiona Button, Tessa Peake-Jones and Ukweli Roach
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Episode 1.2
24 May 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Sidney's ex girlfriend Amanda is having an engagement party. He is loathed to attend but his sister wants him to attend and she brings her jazz loving black musician boyfriend, Johnny.

The party has a bunch of snobby people, a wannabe politician, bohemian Daphne and a married couple, William and Lillian. Amanda's wealthy father warns Sidney away as he can spot that he still pines for he.

Over the course of the evening the engagement ring goes missing and the black man gets blamed.

The next day the body of Lillian is found in the canal and her jewellery is missing that is eventually found on Johnny.

Geordie and Sidney team up hoping to exonerate Johnny but Geordie also figures that Sidney is in with these wealthy folks and will be useful.

There are red herrings and blind alleys but this murder might be a crime of passion with Johnny being framed. Sidney keeps mentioning that there are no coincidences when it comes to crime.

Like the BBC version of Father Brown, there is a modernist outlook to this 1950s set series. Not only a black boyfriend who becomes a convenient scapegoat but also the new curate Leonard is gay.

Geordie and Sidney have hit it off, they make a good team but Sidney has noticed that Geordie likes a drink.

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