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The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries - Series 1 (Speedy Death / The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries)

Diana Rigg , Neil Dudgeon , Audrey Cooke  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Diana Rigg, Neil Dudgeon, Lynda Baron, Emma Fielding, Simeon Andrews
  • Directors: Audrey Cooke
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XVRXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries - Series 1 (Speedy Death / The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Speedy Death (1.33 aspect ratio)
  • The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (Death at the Opera, The Rising of the Moon, Laurels Are Poison, and The Worsted Viper) (1.78 letterbox)
  • Cast filmographies
  • Diana Rigg biography
  • Described video for the hearing impaired

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Emmy® Award-winner Diana Rigg (Rebecca, The Avengers) stars as stylish and outspoken sleuth Mrs. Adela Bradley in these sophisticated 1920s whodunit filled with blackmail, a shooting and plenty of devious twists and turns. Mrs. Bradley is a well-traveled, well-appointed divorcée who dabbles in psychoanalysis and murder investigations. Assisted by her devoted chauffeur and confidant George Moody (Neil Dudgeon), Mrs. Bradley solves the most complicated crimes with a sly combination of charm, intelligence, and wit. In this set of five scintillating mysteries based on the novels by Gladys Mitchell, she gets the lowdown on the upper crust. Includes: Speedy Death, Death at the Opera; The Rising of the Moon; Laurels Are Poison; and The Worsted Viper.

Special DVD features include: virtual tour of the Mystery! studio; selected filmographies; selected cast list; biography for Diana Rigg, star of Mrs. Bradley and host of Mystery!; link to the Mystery! Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.

On three DVD5 discs. Region coding: All regions. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: Letterboxed.

This free adaptation of Gladys Mitchell's classic crime novel Speedy Death as a vehicle for a full-blooded performance by Diana Rigg as the louche 1920s analyst Mrs. Bradley is a splendid piece of period drama with an intriguing puzzle at its heart. Mrs. Bradley attends the engagement party of her crippled goddaughter Eleanor, only to find the home of her old beau, Eleanor's father Bing (John Alderson), a hotbed of intrigue and sudden death. Eleanor's unsatisfactory fiancé Everard is found drowned in the bath after quarrelling with the former suitor whose bad driving crippled Eleanor; someone tries to shoot the fiancée of Eleanor's brother Gorde. Full of memorable characters like the sinister housekeeper Mrs. McNamara (Lynda Baron), Speedy Death is an impressive feature-length curtain-raiser to a popular series. For once, a detective has to investigate a crime where she has something seriously at stake--her sense of her own past and her own friends. --Roz Kaveney

Diana Riggs glides through The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries like a true grand dame. Set in 1920s England, this mystery series wallows in swank cars, jaunty tunes, well-cut clothes, and extravagant hats--and every so often, Riggs turns to the camera and delivers sardonic observations with a wicked purr. Aided by her chauffer George Moody (Neil Dudgeon), scandalous divorcie Mrs. Bradley (Riggs) solves murders with her keen observations and psychological insight (along with a little pickpocketing and genteel extortion). Saucy storylines abound: Death at the Opera mixes lesbianism at a girls' school with a bread-slicing machine; The Rising of the Moon features knife-throwers, dwarves, and a hall of mirrors; in Laurels Are Poison, ghosts kill with poison-tipped arrows; and in The Worsted Viper, the revival of an ancient virgin-sacrificing cult threatens Moody's own daughter. The mysteries are more stylish than fair in their presentation of clues; anyone looking for a puzzle to solve will be frustrated as crucial information is withheld until after Mrs. Bradley has brought the villain to justice. But the heart of the show is the delightful rapport between Rigg and Dudgeon, which will win over any fan of British mysteries. --Bret Fetzer

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
"The countryside? A place where the birds and animals wander about uncooked." That's Mrs. Adela Bradley speaking. The mystery is titled Speedy Death, the first of five in this set. The place is an English country manor home. The time is the 1920s. And the who include an old friend of Mrs. Bradley, the wealthy Alastair Bing; his daughter Eleanor, who is Mrs. Bradley's god-daughter, confined to a wheelchair since an auto accident two years earlier and who will come into a fortune when she marries; Eleanor's fiancee, Everard Mountjoy; his son, Garde; Garde's best friend (who was driving when Eleanor was crippled), Bertie Philipson; and Garde's house guest, Dorothy Manners. Of course, there are assorted servants as well as Mrs. Bradley's chauffeur, George Moody (Neil Dudgeon). George is big, capable man who dislikes boredom as much as Mrs. Bradley does.

Adela Bradley (Diana Rigg) is a wealthy woman of a certain age, a divorcee, a psychoanalyst, a catcher of criminals, a woman who drives about in a Rolls Royce, enjoys cocktails, is skeptical about many things, especially love and husbands, and who some might say is, in one of the great descriptive words of the Twenties, louche. "I'm never entirely sure if I'm famous or notorious," she confides to us in one of her asides spoken into the camera. "Someone once said famous is to live in poverty and end up as a statue. Naturally, I prefer to be notorious."

Little does Mrs. Bradley realize that during her weekend at the Bing estate, where Eleanor's engagement to Mountjoy will be formally announced, she will encounter murder. That's in addition to calculated emotional manipulation, pre-planned adultery, psychotic obsession and a shocking discovery that takes place in a bath tub.
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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful Before Purchasing This Item!! December 3, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase

OK, up front I have to say that I am reviewing this item without watching it because it is a Chanukkah gift, and so I still have a week to go before I can see it! That said, I purchased this for my wife because we watched it on WGBH Boston and we both liked it when we saw it on TV.

The reason why I am reviewing this now is because I want to caution Amazon shoppers that this product, which is a 3 DVD set, is being sold by Amazon ALONG WITH the individual DVD sets as if they were all different!

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Series 1 consists of "Speedy Death" which is one DVD and also "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (Death at the Opera, The Rising of the Moon, Laurels Are Poison, and The Worsted Viper)", which is two DVDs.

Then Amazon says: "Frequently Bought Together" and then lists the individual components that make up this 3 DVD set along WITH the 3 DVD set!

So Amazon is selling the 3 DVD set and they suggest that you buy the 1 DVD set and the 2 DVD set, but the 1 DVD set PLUS the 2 DVD set make up the 3 DVD set, so you would be buying everything all over again if you take their suggestion! I know, because I bought the 3 DVD set AND the 2 DVD set, thinking that I was getting another series - I didn't realize that I was only duplicating my purchase!

That is why I'm writing this review not based on having watched the DVDs, but just to tell Amazon shoppers to BEWARE - and NOT make the same mistake that I did!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! March 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Very entertaining if you like a good mystery. Diane Riggs smartly plays a Mrs. Adela Bradley who travels with her dependable chauffeur George to Chayning Court to attend an engagement party for her god-daughter, Eleanor. Only this party brings murder instead of merry. Eleanor's fiance is the unfortunate corpse and we have a sorted cast of characters who are all suspects. Mrs. Bradley, with the help of George, work to solve the puzzle. There are a couple very interesting revelations. And learning the identity of the killer in the end may prove surprising. But the mystery is not exactly over when one thinks it is. The setting is in the 1920's, and the costumes and music of the era present nicely to the viewer's escape. Also, the show was shot on film and not on video as is sometimes done in these series. Therefore the cinematagraphy in this mystery is rich and has depth. The location is pretty, full of countryside greens. A pleasure to watch.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid British Mystery Fare September 24, 2003
By Sires
The Mrs. Bradley series appears to be loosely based on the series written by Gladys Mitchell. Gladys Mitchell began writing the series in 1929 with Speedy Death and continued until shortly before her death in 1983. They are not easy to find in the US, but well worth the search.
However, back to the DVD. Diana Rigg, who thrilled me in the Avengers in the 60's, continues to appeal in the first decade of a new millenium. While the black leather is now relegated to shoes and gloves, her smooth and sophisticated style adapts well to a 1929 setting. Neil Dudgeon, her chauffeur and crime solving sidekick, manages to inject just a frisson of possible romance (held back by class difference maybe?).
Fun to watch and it's worth adding to your DVD library for future reruns.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what fun! August 16, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Dame Diana Rigg stars as the wise, witty and brutally honest Mrs. Bradley in this clever mystery. Her god daughter Eleanor, after a tragic accident that left her paralyzed has finally found happiness but the night before the wedding the groom drowns in the tub. Is it an accident or murder? Follow Mrs. Bradley and her chauffer George (who it is hinted is a wee bit more than just her driver) find the truth at all costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Wish there were
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Published 1 month ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love Diana Rigg (all the way back to The Avengers)!
Published 2 months ago by Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Wish it had gone on longer. Great story and characters. Diana Rigg is always worth watching. So is her daughter in the Bletchley Circle.
Published 7 months ago by Love Labs
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mrs Bradley Mysteries
Poor director decision. Saw the pilot and it is an enjoyable and well-acted movie, but the decision to have the main character repeatedly address the audience is just wrong. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bronlev
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I usually like BBC mysteries and Diana Rigg so I looked forward to seeing the "Mrs. Bradley Mysteries". I found them very disappointing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This DVD was formatted for USA and we love it! It is very funny. It is in perfect condition and a good DVD to share with a friend. The entire series is wonderful and fun.
Published 15 months ago by Valerie Tucker
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I love Diana Rigg, but this series is just silly. Poirot and Miss Marple are not violent, but are serious stories, usually, with characters who are serious and dedicated to the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Linda One
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Rigg is great
This is another great Brit comedy-mystery series. I wish there were more. I like when Mrs. Bradley talks to the audience about what she is thinking.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dame Diana is terrific
Dame Diana Rigg of Avengers fame is Mrs Bradley, a strong, successful woman who travels with her loyal chauffer and solves crimes that cross her path. Read more
Published 22 months ago by MirajaniHiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Dame Diana makes this divine viewing
Diana Rigg totally inhibits the roles of Adela Bradley-the forward thinking, quick witted very chic amateur sleuth who aided by her trusty chauffeur George solves murders that... Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Nixon
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