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The Nine Tailors 

The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name,... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Ian Carmichael ...  Lord Peter Wimsey 4 episodes, 1974
Glyn Houston ...  Bunter 4 episodes, 1974
Elizabeth Proud Elizabeth Proud ...  Mary Thoday / ... 4 episodes, 1974
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ...  Cranton 4 episodes, 1974
Gail Harrison Gail Harrison ...  Hilary Thorpe 4 episodes, 1974
Christopher Banks Christopher Banks ...  Archbishop of Canterbury 4 episodes, 1974
Donald Eccles ...  Venables 3 episodes, 1974
Elizabeth Bradley Elizabeth Bradley ...  Mrs. Venables 3 episodes, 1974
Neil McCarthy ...  Will Thoday 3 episodes, 1974
Kenneth Thornett Kenneth Thornett ...  Supt. Blundell 3 episodes, 1974
David Jackson David Jackson ...  Jim Thoday 2 episodes, 1974
Dan Meaden Dan Meaden ...  Ezra Wilderspin 2 episodes, 1974
Herbert Ramskill Herbert Ramskill ...  Hezekiah Lavender 2 episodes, 1974
Peter Tuddenham Peter Tuddenham ...  Jack Godfrey 2 episodes, 1974
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ...  Harry Gotobed 2 episodes, 1974
John Duttine ...  Walter Pratt 2 episodes, 1974
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The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name, Lord Peter Wimsey, stranded in a New-Year's Eve snowstorm ca. 1930 in the fens of eastern England, becomes the guest of a local clergyman, an adept enthusiast of the esoteric, mathematical art of change-ringing the eight swinging bells of his magnificent medieval church. Wimsey is pressed into service to assist with a heroic and historic all-night peal to welcome the new year. A few months later the vicar, having learned of Wimsey's reputation as a sleuth, summons him back to the village to investigate a mysterious body newly discovered in the churchyard, an unknown man secretly buried, who had apparently died about the time of Wimsey's first visit. A much earlier jewel robbery, details of church architecture, unclaimed letters from a French farm, and peculiarities of canon law are only a few of ... Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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13 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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The Lord Peter Wimsey: Nine Tailors See more »

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[Lord Peter guesses that two suspects have run away to get married in secret]
Lord Peter Wimsey: Ah yes, I thought he had a nice easy number. May I use your telephone?
Supt. Blundell: Help yourself.
Lord Peter Wimsey: [into telephone] Canterbury 123, please. If you wouldn't mind, it's urgent.
[to Superintendent Blundell]
Lord Peter Wimsey: In their flight, you know there is one thing the Thodays certainly overlooked. We have an ally, Blundell. A haughty prelate. An arbitrary prince. To wit, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Supt. Blundell: Oh yes, and Mr. Mussolini and the Emperor of ...
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Follows Clouds of Witness (1972) See more »

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Near-perfect whodunnit
18 February 2002 | by hgallonSee all my reviews

In the 1970's several of Dorothy L. Sayers's "Lord Peter Wimsey" mysteries were made into TV series, starring Ian Carmichael. This is probably the best of them.

There is, to a purist, one error; in the book, the identity of the corpse (an obligatory element of whodunnits) is carefully concealed by means of red herrings and misleading information, while in the TV series, the viewer is given so much information in the first episode that the identity is almost too easy to guess. Even with this lead, there is enough for the viewer to puzzle over and try to work out.

There is some very good acting, especially by Carmichael, who successfully portrays a twenty-something young officer and a fortyish sleuth in the same episode. The location shots give a good idea of the flatness and bleakness of the Fen country of Eastern England.

This series is well worth watching, for its content.


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