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Malice Aforethought (2005)

Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is married to a particularly overbearing woman who reminds him at every turn that he is living in her house. But the good doctor has outside interests to help him cope:... See full summary »

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David Blair

Writers:

Anthony Berkeley (novel) (as Francis Iles), Andrew Payne (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronnie Masterson Ronnie Masterson ... Miss Janet Wapworthy
Phyllis Ryan Phyllis Ryan ... Miss Adele Peavey
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Florence
Barbara Flynn ... Julia Bickleigh
Ben Miller ... Dr. Edmund Bickleigh
Megan Dodds ... Madeleine Cranmere
Peter Vaughan ... Widdicombe
Lucy Brown ... Ivy Ridgeway
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Mrs. Ridgeway
Gemma Reeves Gemma Reeves ... Beryl
Joseph Beattie ... Denny Bourne
Orla O'Rourke ... Gwynfryd Rattery
Richard Armitage ... William Chatford
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Rev. Hessary Torr
Ger Ryan ... Constance Torr
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Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is married to a particularly overbearing woman who reminds him at every turn that he is living in her house. But the good doctor has outside interests to help him cope: many of the town's female population seems to have had intimate relations with him. When a new arrival to town becomes involved romantically with Edmund, he decides maybe it was time his wife wasn't around much longer. He puts in place a plan to become free to remarry -- after all he has a cabinet full of lethal (and mostly legal) drugs on hand. But it's an old lover that proves his savior, at least for a short time. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey,com>

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Mystery | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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excellent ironic drama
12 April 2005 | by pandatopinoSee all my reviews

I thought this was unusually good - there was enough irony, a sense that he story was presented a little tongue-in-cheek, that it was easy to suspend disbelief. Had the drama been entirely 'straight,' the fact that more or less all the characters were unsympathetic would have been annoying - one must care what happens in order to keep watching.

Instead, the very self-aware tone well complemented the fine acting and the later plot twists.

I am interested that the original novel dates from 1931 and is said to have been generically significant a) by exploring the psychology of a murderer and b) in that the identity of the murderer is known at the very beginning; the 'mystery' is therefore whether he gets away with it, and indeed, who else he intends to target.


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