Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: The Complete Series
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The legendary Diana Rigg stars in this classic whodunnit set in the 1920s about the infamous, intuitive crime-solver Mrs Adela Bradley and her resourceful chauffeur, George. The irrepressible Adela Bradley solves complex cases of blackmail, murder, sacrifice and mistaken identity with characteristic style and grace.
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So, this is an AWESOME series. The last time I checked, you can watch the first episode on Netflix for free. THAT begin said, I got tired of waiting for this to be released (it's been pre-release forever), so I went a browsin' for the episodes elsewhere and found Diana Rigg at the BBC (DVD) for (1) a cheaper price then this collection, (2) available NOW and (3) with a bunch of other movies featuring Diana Rigg.
This is what comes in the Diana Rigg collection (note that the last five movies are the five Mrs. Bradley mysteries that are in this product's unreleased collection):
Three Piece Suite (6x30, 1977):
Hearts & Flowers, Screen Night, Briefer Encounter
After You’ve Gone, Little Things…Parking, Wonderful Woman
Bitter Suit, Entrance Fee, Public Lives
Miss, Celluloid Dreams, Mea Culpa
Come in No. 1, This Situation, All in the Mind
Little Things…That Go Bump in the Night, Walking the Dog, Every Day in Every Way
Little Eyolf (1x97, 1982)
Unexplained Laughter (1x135, 1989)
Genghis Cohn (1x78, 1994)
Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (5x60, 1998-2000):
Death at the Opera
The Rising of the Moon
Laurels Are Poison
The Worsted Viper
If you have fallen in love with Miss Fisher Mysteries, you will love Mrs. Bradley! The older and maybe wiser version with just as good of a wardrobe.
In this set of four mysteries Adela returns to her alma mater to deliver a speech and stays to solve a murder (DEATH AT THE OPERA), in THE RISING OF THE MOON, Adela and George happen on a traveling circus and soon find themselves embroiled in long buried secrets, unrequited love, blackmail and murder. Adela (and George) take a break to visit an old friend only to find that her home is truly haunted by more than one ghost from the past (LAURELS ARE POISON). The final mystery (THE WORSTED VIPER) in this set finds Adela accompanying George to a seaside village to attend the wedding of George's daughter. While there a mystery from Adela's past returns. Throughout this series Adela finds herself bumping into Police Inspector Christmas (Peter Davison) much to the annoyance of George.
The tone of these mysteries is lighthearted and irreverent. Adela makes caustic asides to the viewer while delightedly defying conventions. The costuming of this series is marvelous, Adela is dressed in a manner designed to be both up-to-date and shocking, completely keeping in with a character who would do this simply because she could. The muscial score is filled with music from the Jazz Age and is a joy in itself. The mysteries themselves are clever, fastpaced, fairly laid out and full of enough twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing to the end.
I highly recommend this series, especially for any fans of THE THIN MAN or the LORD PETER series.