Five Red Herrings (1975– )
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An obnoxious artist in southern Scotland alienates everyone around him and his dead body is found at the foot of a seacoast cliff.


Robert Tronson


Dorothy L. Sayers (novel), Anthony Steven


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Lord Peter Wimsey
Glyn Houston ... Bunter
Russell Hunter ... Matthew Gowan
Donald Douglas ... Hugh Farren
John Junkin ... Mr. Alcock
Clive Graham Clive Graham ... Michael Waters
Ian Ireland ... Sandy Campbell
David Rintoul ... Jock Graham
David McKail David McKail ... John Ferguson
Roy Boutcher Roy Boutcher ... Henry Strachan
James Copeland James Copeland ... Wully Murdoch
Susan Macready Susan Macready ... Gilda Farren
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Mrs. Alcock
Jake D'Arcy Jake D'Arcy ... Hammond
Sally Kinghorn Sally Kinghorn ... Betty


An obnoxious painter in southern Scotland succeeds in alienating everyone around him and later his lifeless body is found at the base of a seaside cliff. Although it appears the fall may have been accidental Lord Peter thinks it may be murder. Written by

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Crime | Mystery







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19 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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Lord Peter Wimsey: [catches a fish and puts it with another he caught earlier] What did I tell you, Bunter? That's two for lunch! Anything hereafter may be regarded as a bonus.
Bunter: [distracted, deadpan] Excellent, my lord...
Lord Peter Wimsey: Your enthusiasm overwhelms me.
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Follows Clouds of Witness (1972) See more »


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Written by Herbert Chappell
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Good Sound Stuff
14 March 2016 | by flash-104See all my reviews

This is good sound Wimsey; Carmichael carries off the characterization to my complete satisfaction, and the digitization is acceptable given the age of the original. Glyn Houston and the rest of the cast do quite well, and the script was faithful enough (unlike _Strong Poison_) not to conflict with my (admittedly not recent) recollection of the book, with the obvious exception necessitated by the change of medium.

One recommendation for viewers of the DVD set(s): The packaging suggests watching the books in production order; I'm watching them in the order the books were published, which entails watching this after the Edward Petherbridge _Strong Poison_. (Which I also recommend, despite the initial attempt at sensationalism in the screenplay. Petherbridge is obviously a more distinguished actor, though his characterization is darker—more lord and less whimsy, as one reviewer noted.)

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