The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries

Set One

DVD - 2010
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Clouds of Witness - Death hits close to home when Lord Peter's future brother-in-law is murdered. Complicating matters is the man who stands accused: Gerald Wimsey, Lord Peter's brother. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club - When a member of the prominent Bellona Club dies on the same day as his sister, Lord Peter must determine who will inherit a sizeable fortune. Bonus features included.

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jasmine81
Aug 14, 2017

I agree with the comment about Sir Wimsey's sister: I almost decided not to watch the rest! I also thought Sir Wimsey was not played well in the first story, which goes on too long. The second story was much better; maybe not having his sister in the story made it better! I'm still undecided if I'll watch another set of these. Not nearly as good as Foyle's War or Midsomer Murders.

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miaone
Jul 30, 2017

Clouds of Witness is a well-done story, with one glaring exception that nearly caused me to fast forward much of it. Rachel Herbert, who plays Wimsey's sister, Mary, must be the worst actor in history. Her voice is high and artificial, her acting ability nil, and her self-consciousness about how to move, sky high. The woman can't figure out what to do with her arms! Really, I've never seen such poor acting, ever!
Worse, it is in this story that the handsome, charming Charles, friend of Wimsey and detective from Scotland Yard, starts to fall for her. It made me squirm! The idea that anyone as intelligent and capable as he is could fall for such a shallow numbskull as Mary is depicted as being in this movie is preposterous!
In Sayers' books, Mary is a normal, intelligent woman. But in this film representation, she is just bizarre.

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kgariepy
Mar 08, 2012

Engaging mysteries produced with modest sets, costumes, and other props, but competently acted and suitably complex, based as they are on the stories by Dorothy L. Sayers. Ian Carmichael's (d. 2010) Wimsey is comical, gentlemanly, and at times chivalrous, deftly tackling the intricacies of two murders that are as peculiar as they are confounding. These programmes remind one of what British television used to be like at its best: naturally paced and thoughtfully edited, even if, at times, slightly stagy.

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