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The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Set 2

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Ian Carmichael stars in the original British adaptations

"Eternally appealing" --NPR’s Fresh Air

As seen on Masterpiece Theatre

"Realized superbly" --The New York Times
"The cast is splendid" --The Washington Post

IAN CARMICHAEL STARS in the original BBC adaptations of the Dorothy L. Sayers crime thrillers. Hailed by critics as one of the finest mystery series ever filmed, its success on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre inspired the spin-off Mystery! Running at least three hours each, these dramas do full justice to Sayers’s vivid characters, trenchant wit, and lavish 1920s settings.


Lord Peter goes deep undercover at Pym’s Publicity to investigate the suspicious death of a young copywriter following his affair with a wealthy and indolent socialite.

When the body of an unpopular artist is found in a stream, it’s up to Lord Peter to determine which of six suspects could have committed the crime.

Stranded in a sleepy village after a car accident, Lord Peter quickly stumbles upon a decades-old case of stolen emeralds, unidentifiable corpses, and coded messages.

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  • Interviews with Ian Carmichael
  • Production notes
  • Biographies of Dorothy L. Sayers and Ian Carmichael
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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 604 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038M2SBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,086 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dorothy Sayers created a rather unusual sleuth in Lord Peter Wimsey -- think Bertie Wooster, except with a formidable crime-solving brain and a haunted past. And "The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Set 2" brings together a second round of the solid BBC adaptations of her works, which are hampered mainly by the fact that the cast is a bit old for their roles.

"Murder Must Advertise" when an employee at an advertising agency falls down a spiral staircase and breaks his neck. Using the name "Death Bredon," Lord Peter goes undercover at the agency, and quickly discovers that he has a natural talent for it. He also discovers that the agency is involved somehow in a seedy drug smuggling ring, and has links to an upper-class party crowd. Oh yeah, and there are more murders.

Then in "Five Red Herrings," a fishing/painting vacation to an arty little village in Scotland goes horribly awry. Bunter and Wimsey stumble across the body of Sandy Campbell -- a violent, malicious, verbally-abusive painter who has alienated almost everybody in Galloway -- face-down in the pond. At first it appears to be an accident, but Wimsey soon realizes that it was murder. Now he has to figure out who actually murdered the man everyone wanted to throttle.

And finally, in "The Nine Tailors" Wimsey helps out the bellringers at a remote village by helping them ring in the New Year... and of course, a corpse is found the next day. As Wimsey investigates the identity of the mystery man, he discovers that it's connected to stolen emeralds from several years ago -- AND the biggest mystery is not just who killed the man, but HOW.
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Bonnie fine PI mystery, init? Bonnie but not wee, as EACH story is over 3 hours, each divided into 4 parts. Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey plays a perfect gentleman of the 1920s/30s with all the pomp and finesse that an aristocrat can emit. Glyn Houston plays Bunter, the gentleman's gentleman, Watson-like in investigations, a fine chef, and as spiffy stuffy as any English butler can be. The series has a parade of fine period vehicles; cars, bus, even a period ambulance.

You will enjoy the dialects, both English and Scot, with the subtitling available but unnecessary for the accent. Scenery is wonderful, costumes perfection. A period delight in all ways. Some book adaptations can fail the author's classic skill. Not so here, the BBC adapted Dorothy L. Sayers Wimsey novels very well, thank you.

MURDER MUST ADVERTISE--1973 airing -book published 1933
Advertising copywriter, Dean, was associating with a wealthy group who used drugs. Was his death fall down a spiral stairs truly accidental? Sister Pamela (Gwen Taylor-"A Bit of a Do", "Heartbeat","Barbara") says he's not a drug user. Did he know something? How is Msajor Milligan (Peter Bowles-"To the Manor Born","Lytton's Diary","Rumpole of the Bailey") connected? One annoying over-played blonde actress in this story, but bang-on good, regardless. As true to the series, a surprise, very uncommon ending, but satisfying after 3 hours.

FIVE RED HERRINGS--1975 airing -book published 1931
Wimsey is told of Bunter's art hobby while riding a train to Gallway area, Scotland, for a holiday in the fishing area frequented by artists. Later Mr. Campbell is ejected from a golf club and has a drunken fight in a local pub.
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It's interesting to me to see the points of view of the various reviewers here. Though there are only three of them (prior to this review), all are extremely experienced reviewers. However, it's easy to tell that all three are Americans. Being brought up in Britain, my view is a little different.

Dorothy L. Sayers is one of the best mystery writers Britain has produced. She's also, along with Reginald Hill and P.D. James, one of the most literate. Her detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, is an aristocrat, but not the typical member of the aristocracy. He's sensitive, vulnerable, at times tortured and somewhat rebellious. As the series of stories develops, from Whose Body?, written in 1923, to Busman's Honeymoon in the mid-1930s, his character becomes more and more developed. Many believe that Dorothy L. Sayers fell in love with him and it's true that Harriet Vane, who eventually becomes Wimsey's wife, bore more than a passing resemblance to Sayers herself.

Carmichael's Wimsey, unfortunately, misses almost all of the more human elements of Wimsey. He's basically a bit of a silly ass- Bertie Wooster playing detective. It's a million miles away from Sayers' conception of the character. In fact, the series portrays what I believe many Americans see as a typical member of the English upper-class, hence the reason the other reviewers find him convincing. To someone from Britain, he's a caricature.

Now I'm not usually a fan of comparing anything done for the big or small screen to the book from which it is drawn, as my other reviews make clear. However, in this case there is another TV series with which to compare this. In the 1980s Wimsey was revisited in a series starring Edward Petherbridge.
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